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Presidential Ratings -- Issues Approval

Trend: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling the economy?

Trend: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling foreign affairs?

Trend: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling education?

Trend: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling immigration?

Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling terrorism?

Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling race relations?

Trend: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling gun policy?

Trend: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling healthcare policy?

Trend: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling the situation involving Islamic militants, commonly known as ISIS, in Iraq and Syria?

Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling the situation in Iran?

Trend: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling climate change?

Trend: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling the situation in the Middle East between the Israelis and the Palestinians?

Trend: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling relations with Russia?

Trend: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling energy policy?

Trend: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling the environment?

Trend: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling the situation involving healthcare for veterans at VA hospitals?

Trend: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling the release of U.S. solider Bowe Bergdahl, who had been held in Afghanistan by the Taliban for five years?


Trend: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling the situation in Syria?

Trend: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling the federal budget deficit?

Trend: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling taxes?

Trend: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling the situation involving the IRS?

Trend: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling national defense?

Trend: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling the situation in Libya?

Trend: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling the response to superstorm Sandy??

Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling creating jobs?

Trend: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling the situation in Afghanistan?

Trend: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling relations with China?

Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling foreign trade?

Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling the situation in Iraq?

Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling the situation in Egypt?

Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling the situation in the Middle East?

Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling the situation in North Korea?

Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling controlling federal spending?

Do you approve or disapprove of the way George W. Bush is handling -- [ROTATED]?
How about -- ?

The economy

Approve

Disapprove

No opinion

%

%

%

2008 Feb 11-14

27

71

3

2007 Aug 13-16

35

61

4

2007 May 4-6

39

58

3

2007 Mar 23-25

41

55

4

2007 Feb 1-4

41

56

3

2007 Jan 12-14

45

51

4

2007 Jan 5-7

45

51

4

2006 Oct 6-8

40

55

5

2006 Aug 18-20

39

57

4

2006 Jul 21-23

39

59

3

2006 Jun 9-11

39

57

4

2006 Apr 28-30

34

64

2

2006 Apr 7-9

39

58

4

2006 Feb 28-Mar 1

40

57

3

2006 Feb 6-9

40

56

4

2006 Jan 20-22

39

56

5

2005 Dec 16-18

41

56

3

2005 Dec 9-11

40

58

2

2005 Nov 11-13

37

61

2

2005 Sep 16-18

35

63

2

2005 Sep 8-11

39

58

3

2005 Aug 28-30

38

60

2

2005 Jun 24-26

41

55

4

2005 May 20-22

40

58

2

2005 Apr 29-May 1

43

53

4

2005 Apr 1-2

41

55

4

2005 Feb 25-27

48

49

3

2005 Feb 7-10

45

52

3

2005 Feb 4-6

50

47

3

2005 Jan 7-9

50

48

2

2004 Nov 7-10

47

51

2

2004 Oct 14-16

46

51

3

2004 Sep 24-26

49

48

3

2004 Aug 9-11

46

51

3

2004 Jun 21-23

47

50

3

2004 Jun 3-6

41

58

1

2004 May 7-9

41

56

3

2004 May 2-4

41

56

3

2004 Apr 16-18

46

52

2

2004 Mar 26-28

42

55

3

2004 Feb 9-12

45

52

3

2004 Jan 29-Feb 1

43

54

3

2004 Jan 2-5

54

43

3

2003 Dec 5-7

48

49

3

2003 Nov 3-5

47

50

3

2003 Oct 6-8

42

55

3

2003 Sep 8-10

45

53

2

2003 Aug 25-26

45

52

3

2003 Jul 25-27

46

51

3

2003 Jul 18-20

45

51

4

2003 Jul 7-9

48

50

2

2003 Jun 12-15

48

48

4

2003 May 5-7

53

44

3

2003 Apr 14-16

49

45

6

2003 Mar 29-30

49

47

4

2003 Mar 24-25

52

42

6

2003 Mar 14-15

44

52

4

2003 Feb 3-6

44

52

4

2003 Jan 31-Feb 2

47

48

5

2003 Jan 23-25

46

49

5

2003 Jan 10-12

48

47

5

2003 Jan 3-5

49

47

4

2002 Dec 9-10

49

47

4

2002 Nov 8-10

55

39

6

2002 Oct 21-22

49

44

7

2002 Jul 26-28

52

43

5

2002 Jul 5-8

58

36

6

2002 Jun 28-30

63

33

4

2002 May 20-22

61

29

10

2002 Apr 5-7

60

33

7

2002 Mar 22-24

65

29

6

2002 Mar 1-3

64

31

5

2002 Feb 4-6

66

30

4

2002 Jan 25-27

64

30

6

2001 Nov 2-4

71

24

5

2001 Oct 5-6

72

23

5

2001 Jul 10-11

54

36

10

2001 May 18-20

51

41

8

2001 Apr 20-22

55

38

7

2001 Mar 9-11

55

32

13

2001 Feb 1-4

53

27

20

Foreign affairs

Approve

Disapprove

No opinion

%

%

%

2008 Feb 11-14

32

62

6

2007 Aug 13-16

29

65

6

2007 May 4-6

35

60

5

2007 Mar 23-25

33

63

4

2007 Feb 1-4

31

65

4

2007 Jan 12-14

36

60

5

2007 Jan 5-7

34

61

4

2006 Aug 18-20

39

55

6

2006 Jul 21-23

38

56

6

2006 Jun 9-11

39

53

8

2006 Apr 28-30

33

62

5

2006 Feb 6-9

39

55

6

2005 Dec 16-18

39

57

4

2005 Dec 9-11

42

53

5

2005 Nov 11-13

37

59

4

2005 Sep 16-18

38

58

4

2005 Aug 28-30

43

52

5

2005 May 20-22

44

51

5

2005 Apr 29-May 1

45

49

6

2005 Feb 25-27

50

46

4

2005 Feb 7-10

45

52

3

2005 Feb 4-6

51

44

5

2005 Jan 7-9

47

49

4

2004 Nov 7-10

47

50

3

2004 Sep 24-26

49

48

3

2004 Aug 9-11

44

51

5

2004 Jun 3-6

44

54

2

2004 May 2-4

42

53

5

2004 Feb 9-12

46

52

2

2004 Jan 29-Feb 1

46

51

3

2004 Jan 2-5

58

39

3

2003 Dec 5-7

53

43

4

2003 Nov 3-5

46

50

4

2003 Oct 6-8

49

49

2

2003 Sep 8-10

52

45

3

2003 Aug 25-26

55

42

3

2003 Jul 25-27

54

42

4

2003 Jul 18-20

54

41

5

2003 Jul 7-9

55

42

3

2003 Jun 12-15

58

39

3

2003 May 5-7

68

30

2

2003 Apr 14-16

65

31

4

2003 Mar 29-30

64

31

5

2003 Mar 24-25

65

30

5

2003 Mar 14-15

53

43

4

2003 Feb 3-6

49

46

5

2003 Jan 31-Feb 2

57

39

4

2003 Jan 23-25

50

45

5

2003 Jan 10-12

53

42

5

2003 Jan 3-5

60

35

5

2002 Dec 9-10

59

35

6

2002 Nov 8-10

59

36

5

2002 Oct 21-22

58

35

7

2002 Jul 26-28

63

30

7

2002 Jul 5-8

71

25

4

2002 Jun 28-30

66

27

7

2002 May 20-22

70

23

7

2002 Apr 5-7

70

24

6

2002 Mar 22-24

71

22

7

2002 Mar 1-3

78

17

5

2002 Feb 4-6

79

16

5

2002 Jan 25-27

83

14

3

2001 Oct 5-6

81

14

5

2001 Jul 10-11

54

33

13

2001 May 18-20

55

35

10

2001 Apr 20-22

56

31

13

2001 Mar 9-11

52

27

21

2001 Feb 1-4

46

21

33

Terrorism

Approve

Disapprove

No opinion

%

%

%

2008 Feb 11-14

47

49

4

2007 Aug 13-16

45

52

3

2007 May 4-6

47

50

3

2007 Mar 23-25

45

50

5

2007 Feb 1-4

46

52

2

2007 Jan 12-14

46

52

3

2007 Jan 5-7

44

52

4

2006 Oct 6-8

46

49

5

2006 Aug 18-20

55

43

2

2006 Jul 21-23

47

50

3

2006 Jun 9-11

51

44

5

2006 Apr 28-30

48

50

2

2006 Apr 7-9

45

51

4

2006 Feb 28-Mar 1

47

49

3

2006 Feb 6-9

54

43

3

2006 Jan 20-22

52

44

3

2005 Dec 9-11

52

46

2

2005 Nov 11-13

48

49

3

2005 Sep 8-11

52

45

3

2005 Aug 28-30

53

44

3

2005 Jun 24-26

55

41

4

2005 May 20-22

55

40

5

2005 Apr 1-2

57

40

3

2005 Feb 25-27

60

37

3

2005 Feb 7-10

55

42

3

2005 Jan 7-9

58

39

3

2004 Nov 7-10

60

37

3

2004 Oct 14-16

57

41

2

2004 Sep 24-26

62

36

2

2004 Aug 9-11

57

40

3

2004 Jun 21-23

54

44

2

2004 Jun 3-6

56

43

1

2004 May 7-9

54

43

3

2004 May 2-4

52

45

3

2004 Apr 16-18

60

39

1

2004 Mar 26-28

58

39

3

2003 Dec 5-7

65

33

2

2003 Sep 8-10

64

34

2

2003 Aug 25-26

66

31

3

2003 Jan 31-Feb 2

71

26

3

The situation in Iraq

Approve

Disapprove

No opinion

%

%

%

2008 Feb 11-14

31

66

2

2007 Aug 13-16

27

70

3

2007 May 4-6

30

67

3

2007 Mar 23-25

28

69

3

2007 Feb 1-4

26

72

1

2007 Jan 12-14

28

70

2

2007 Jan 5-7

26

72

2

2006 Oct 6-8

30

66

4

2006 Aug 18-20

36

61

2

2006 Jul 21-23

35

62

3

2006 Jun 9-11

36

60

4

2006 Apr 28-30

32

66

2

2006 Apr 7-9

32

65

2

2006 Feb 28-Mar 1

35

64

2

2006 Feb 6-9

38

59

3

2006 Jan 20-22

39

58

3

2005 Dec 16-18

37

61

2

2005 Dec 9-11

39

59

2

2005 Nov 11-13

35

63

2

2005 Sep 16-18

32

67

1

2005 Sep 8-11

40

58

2

2005 Aug 28-30

40

59

1

2005 Jun 24-26

40

58

2

2005 May 20-22

40

56

4

2005 Apr 29-May 1

42

55

3

2005 Apr 1-2

43

54

3

2005 Feb 25-27

45

53

2

2005 Feb 4-6

50

48

2

2005 Jan 7-9

42

56

2

2004 Nov 7-10

47

51

2

2004 Oct 14-16

46

52

2

2004 Sep 24-26

48

49

3

2004 Aug 9-11

45

52

3

2004 Jun 21-23

42

56

2

2004 Jun 3-6

41

57

2

2004 May 7-9

41

58

1

2004 May 2-4

42

55

3

2004 Apr 16-18

48

49

3

2004 Mar 26-28

51

47

2

2004 Jan 29-Feb 1

46

53

1

2004 Jan 2-5

61

36

3

2003 Dec 5-7

50

47

3

2003 Nov 3-5

45

54

1

2003 Oct 6-8

47

50

3

2003 Sep 8-10

51

47

2

2003 Aug 25-26

57

41

2

2003 Jul 25-27

60

38

2

2003 Jul 18-20

57

39

4

2003 Jul 7-9

58

39

3

2003 Jun 12-15

63

34

3

2003 Apr 14-16

76

21

3

2003 Mar 29-30

71

27

2

2003 Mar 24-25

71

26

3

2003 Mar 14-15

56

41

3

2003 Jan 31-Feb 2

54

42

4

2003 Jan 3-5

55

40

5

2002 Dec 9-10

55

39

6

2002 Oct 21-22

52

40

8

Energy policy

Approve

Disapprove

No opinion

%

%

%

2008 Feb 11-14

26

65

9

2007 Feb 1-4

30

62

7

2006 Aug 18-20

30

60

10

2006 Jun 9-11

30

60

10

2006 Apr 28-30

22

71

7

2006 Apr 7-9

29

61

10

2006 Feb 6-9

30

61

9

2005 Jun 24-26

36

53

11

2005 Apr 29-May 1

34

52

14

2004 Jun 3-6

33

58

9

2003 Aug 25-26

47

44

9

2003 Jan 31-Feb 2 ^

54

34

12

2002 Mar 22-24 ^

57

29

14

2001 Jul 10-11 ^

45

44

11

2001 May 18-20 ^

41

51

8

2001 Apr 20-22 ^

43

45

12

^ WORDING: Energy

Do you approve or disapprove of the way George W. Bush is handling -- [ROTATED]?
How about -- ?

Immigration

Approve

Disapprove

No opinion

%

%

%

2008 Feb 11-14

22

69

9

2007 Feb 1-4

25

70

4

2006 Jun 9-11

38

55

7

2006 Apr 28-30

26

64

9

2006 Apr 7-9

29

62

10

2006 Jan 20-22

25

62

13

2005 Dec 9-11 ^

28

64

8

2005 Nov 11-13

26

65

9

2005 Jan 7-9

34

54

12

^ Asked of a half sample

Healthcare policy

Approve

Disapprove

No opinion

%

%

%

2008 Feb 11-14

25

70

5

2007 Feb 1-4

28

66

5

2006 Apr 7-9

30

63

7

2006 Feb 28-Mar 1

30

63

7

2006 Feb 6-9

27

64

9

2006 Jan 20-22

31

60

10

2005 Aug 28-30

32

60

8

2005 Jun 24-26

34

59

7

2005 Jan 7-9

40

54

6

2004 Nov 7-10

37

57

6

2004 Jan 29-Feb 1

35

57

8

2004 Jan 2-5

43

49

8

2003 Aug 25-26

43

48

9

2003 Jan 31-Feb 2

46

44

10

2003 Jan 10-12

41

44

15

2002 Jul 26-28

47

40

13

2002 Mar 22-24

52

37

11

Education

Approve

Disapprove

No opinion

%

%

%

2007 Aug 13-16

38

53

9

2005 Jan 7-9

52

43

5

2004 Aug 9-11

47

47

6

2004 Jan 2-5

56

35

9

2003 Jan 10-12

57

30

13

2002 Jul 26-28

62

27

11

2002 Mar 22-24

63

26

11

2001 Jul 10-11

63

25

12

2001 Apr 20-22

62

28

10

2001 Mar 9-11

65

22

13

The situation in the Middle East

Approve

Disapprove

No opinion

%

%

%

2006 Aug 18-20

39

56

5

2006 Jul 21-23

37

56

6

2003 Jun 12-15

60

36

4

2002 Jun 28-30

67

27

6

2002 Apr 29-May 1

72

23

5

2002 Apr 5-7

67

27

6

2002 Mar 22-24

72

23

5

The problems caused by Hurricane Katrina

Approve

Disapprove

No opinion

%

%

%

2006 Aug 18-20

37

56

7

2006 Jan 20-22

41

53

6

2005 Dec 9-11 ^

41

57

2

2005 Sep 16-18 ^

41

57

2

2005 Sep 8-11 ^

43

54

3

^ WORDING: The response to Hurricane Katrina

Corruption in government

Approve

Disapprove

No opinion

2006 Jan 20-22

28%

62

10

Controlling illegal immigration

Approve

Disapprove

No opinion

2005 Dec 9-11 ^

26%

65

9

^ Asked of a half sample

Gas and home heating prices

Approve

Disapprove

No opinion

2005 Dec 9-11

28%

67

5

2005 Sep 8-11 ^

22%

71

7

2005 Aug 28-30 ^ †

20%

76

4

2005 Apr 29-May 1 ^ †

27%

67

6

^ WORDING: Gas prices

† Asked of half sample

Controlling federal spending

Approve

Disapprove

No opinion

2005 Nov 11-13

26%

71

3

2003 Dec 5-7

36%

58

6

Social Security

Approve

Disapprove

No opinion

%

%

%

2005 Jun 24-26

31

64

5

2005 May 20-22

33

59

8

2005 Apr 29-May 1

35

58

7

2005 Apr 1-2

35

57

8

2005 Feb 25-27

35

56

9

2005 Feb 4-6

43

48

9

2005 Jan 7-9

41

52

7

2002 Mar 22-24

47

40

13

2001 Jul 10-11

49

35

16

2001 Mar 9-11

49

31

20

The Terri Schiavo Case

Approve

Disapprove

No opinion

2005 Apr 1-2

34%

53

13

Taxes

Approve

Disapprove

No opinion

%

%

%

2005 Jan 7-9

49

47

4

2004 Jan 2-5

57

38

5

2003 Aug 25-26

52

44

4

2003 Mar 29-30

52

41

7

2003 Jan 31-Feb 2

52

42

6

2003 Jan 10-12

49

45

6

2002 Mar 22-24

64

29

7

2001 Jul 10-11

60

33

7

2001 Apr 20-22

54

39

7

2001 Mar 9-11

56

35

9

The federal budget deficit

Approve

Disapprove

No opinion

%

%

%

2005 Jan 7-9

32

63

5

2003 Dec 5-7

32

60

8

2003 Aug 25-26

39

55

6

2003 Mar 29-30

45

45

10

2003 Jan 10-12 ^

43

47

10

2002 Mar 22-24 ^

51

37

12

2001 Apr 20-22 ^

52

37

11

^ WORDING: The federal budget

The environment

Approve

Disapprove

No opinion

%

%

%

2005 Jan 7-9

49

45

6

2003 Jan 31-Feb 2

53

37

10

2002 Mar 22-24

53

36

11

2001 Jul 10-11

46

42

12

2001 Apr 20-22

46

44

10

The conflict between the Israelis and Palestinians

Approve

Disapprove

No opinion

2004 Sep 24-26

45%

41

14

Relations with other countries

Approve

Disapprove

No opinion

2004 Sep 24-26

56%

40

4

Prescription drugs for older Americans

Approve

Disapprove

No opinion

2004 Jun 3-6

33%

58

9

2003 Dec 5-7

40%

47

13

2001 Jul 10-11

52%

28

20

Medicare

Approve

Disapprove

No opinion

2004 Mar 26-28

35%

55

10

2003 Dec 5-7

39%

49

12

2003 Aug 25-26

40%

48

12

2003 Jan 31-Feb 2

44%

41

15

The situation in Haiti

Approve

Disapprove

No opinion

2004 Mar 5-7

50%

25

25

Domestic problems here at home

Approve

Disapprove

No opinion

2003 Jul 25-27

49%

47

4

The situation with North Korea

Approve

Disapprove

No opinion

2003 Mar 14-15

47%

40

13

2003 Jan 3-5

52%

32

16

Diplomatic efforts in the United Nations regarding Iraq

Approve

Disapprove

No opinion

2003 Mar 14-15

54%

43

3

National defense

Approve

Disapprove

No opinion

2003 Jan 10-12

63%

32

5

2002 Mar 22-24

80%

15

5

2001 May 18-20

59%

32

9

2001 Apr 20-22

66%

23

11

Abortion

Approve

Disapprove

No opinion

2003 Jan 10-12

39%

32

29

2002 Mar 22-24

49%

29

22

2001 Apr 20-22

43%

37

20

U.S. military action abroad to fight terrorism

Approve

Disapprove

No opinion

%

%

%

2002 Aug 5-8

71

25

4

2002 May 20-22

83

13

4

2002 Apr 5-7

83

13

4

2002 Mar 22-24

86

12

2

2001 Nov 2-4

87

10

3

Efforts to prevent future terrorism in the U.S.

Approve

Disapprove

No opinion

2002 Mar 22-24

86%

12

2

2001 Nov 2-4

85%

13

2

Campaign finance

Approve

Disapprove

No opinion

2002 Mar 22-24

48%

33

19

2001 Jul 10-11

37%

40

23

2001 Mar 9-11

38%

36

26

Unemployment

Approve

Disapprove

No opinion

2002 Mar 22-24

57%

29

14

2001 Apr 20-22

47%

34

19

Nuclear weapons policy

Approve

Disapprove

No opinion

2002 Mar 22-24

57%

26

17

The response to the recent incidents involving anthrax

Approve

Disapprove

No opinion

2001 Nov 2-4

75%

17

8

Government support for faith-based organizations

Approve

Disapprove

No opinion

2001 Jul 10-11

46%

32

22

Patient's bill of rights

Approve

Disapprove

No opinion

2001 Jul 10-11

51%

28

21

Relations with China

Approve

Disapprove

No opinion

2001 Apr 20-22

54%

35

11

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