Poll: More Americans Feel Good About The Economy And Its Future

| by Amanda Andrade-Rhoades
President Barack Obama.President Barack Obama.

More Americans are feeling good about the economy and are optimistic about the future, according to a CNN/ORC International poll released on April 21.

The poll, which asked 1,018 adults about President Barack Obama’s performance, Republicans and the economy, found 52 percent of Americans rate the current economic condition of the country as "good" or "somewhat good," while 48 percent describe it as "poor" or "somewhat poor.”

This is the first time the majority of Americans have described the economy in positive terms in a CNN/ORC International poll since September 2007. Additionally, 60 percent of those polled said they expect the economy to be good a year from now. This is the third time in Obama’s tenure that opinions on the economy’s future have reached a 60 percent approval rating — the other high points coincided with Obama’s election and reelection.

What’s more, 48 percent of Americans approve of how Obama is handling his presidency, while 47 percent disapprove. This marks the first time in two years that more people approve of Obama than disapprove, notes The Huffington Post. 

Meanwhile, Republican leaders in the U.S. House and Senate faced harsh poll numbers. Only 28 percent of those surveyed approved of their performance this year while 67 percent disapproved.

Sources: CNN/ORC International, The Huffington Post, CNN

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