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Economic attitudes indicate encroaching anxieties

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President Obama's ratings down as well
Positive ratings of President Obama's overall job performance, which jumped a bit to 41% last month, are now back at 38% (identical to April). Strong majorities of Democrats (68%) and Liberals (70%) give the President positive ratings, while even stronger majorities of Republicans (92%) and Conservatives (86%) give him negative ratings. As for Independents, two-thirds (66%) give the President negative overall ratings while one-third (34%) give him positive ratings.

When asked to rate President Obama's performance specifically in regards to the economy, positive ratings, at 36%, are the lowest they've been since last December (when they were at 34%). Correspondingly, negative ratings (64%) are the highest they've been in 2015 to date.

Ratings for Congress and overall state of the country also low
Congress spends its third month in a row just short of a double-digit positive rating, with 9% giving it positive ratings and 91% rating it negatively. Here the parties (and those without a party) are united, with low positive ratings across political lines (7% among Republicans, 10% each among Democrats and Independents).

Ratings improve a bit in relation to one's own member of the House of Representatives, with one-fourth of Americans (24%) rating their own representative positively, 63% rating them negatively and 13% saying they're not familiar enough with their representative to give a rating.

Similar to economic and presidential ratings, the perception that the country is headed in the right direction is at its lowest point of 2015, with three in ten affirming this position (30%, down from 35% last month) while seven in ten (70%, up from 65% last month) feel the country has gotten off on the wrong track. Democrats are split on whether things in the country are going in the right direction (50%) or have gotten off on the wrong track (also 50%), while majorities of Republicans (86%) and Independents (75%) believe things have gotten off on the wrong track.

 

 

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