Obama’s approval ratings down by five percentage points since April

May 14th, 2009 - 1:15 pm ICT by ANI  

Barack Obama Washington, may 14 (ANI): US President Barack Obama’s approval ratings stand at 63 percent, down 5 percentage points from last month, according to a CBS poll.

The percentage of Americans who say the country is heading in the right direction, though, continues to inch up.

Currently, 45 percent of Americans agree with that sentiment, which is four points higher than last month and the highest that figure has been since December 2003, shortly after the capture of Saddam Hussein.

Correspondingly, 48 percent of Americans say the country is headed in the wrong direction, down from 50 percent in April and 68 percent in February.

The public’s outlook for the economy is also improving. Thirty-two percent of Americans think the economy is getting better, which is the most optimistic economic outlook in the United States since February 2004, according to the poll.

Still, 42 percent of Americans expect the economic recession to last another two years or more. Another 39 percent think it will last one more year, while one in 10 Americans expects the recession to last another six months.

The percentage of Americans who approve of the way Obama is handling the economy has decreased slightly from 61 percent in March and April to 56 percent.

This poll was conducted among a random sample of 1,874 adults nationwide, interviewed by telephone May 6-12, 2009. Phone numbers were dialed from RDD samples of both standard land-lines and cell phones. The error due to sampling for results based on the entire sample could be plus or minus two percentage points. The error for subgroups is higher. (ANI)

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