Surge in Border Crossings Roils U.S. Immigration Debate
About half (53%) of Americans think that the U.S. should speed up the legal process for dealing with Central American children who cross the border illegally, while fewer (38%) support staying with the current policy.
Obama viewed as more caring than Bush, but no more effective
A new Pew Research Center survey finds that President Barack Obama’s overall approval rating has held steady at 44%, even as he receives low marks for his handling of the surge of undocumented child immigrants at the U.S. border.
A dug-in electorate bodes poorly for the Democrats in November
Since the Affordable Care Act was passed nearly four years ago, a plurality of Americans have disapproved of it. Since the onset of the Great Recession 6 years ago, more than 80% of Americans have rated economic conditions as only fair or poor. And since winning a second term, Barack Obama’s approval score has mostly been in the mid-40s or lower.
Obama job ratings higher than Bush, but pale next to Bill Clinton
Obama’s job approval rating stands at 44% while Bush’s was 35% at the same point in the 2006 midterm year. Clinton’s approval rating was a solid 62% at this point in 1998.
Midterm Election Indicators Daunting for Democrats
With the midterm elections six months away, 47% of registered voters support the Republican candidate in their district while 43% favor the Democrat. And more see their vote as a vote against President Obama than for him.
Obama’s approval number is near his lowest as he delivers State of the Union address
President Obama’s job approval rating stands at 43% as he prepares to deliver his State of the Union address.
Deficit Declines as Top Policy Priority
Reducing the budget deficit has declined as a top public priority since last year, due to a dramatic shift in views among Democrats. The public’s highest priorities for 2014 are the economy, jobs and terrorism.
Obama’s NSA Speech Has Little Impact on Skeptical Public
Just half have heard about Obama’s changes and most who did say they won’t increase privacy. Overall approval of the surveillance program has declined 10 points since July, from 50% to 40%.