Public Notice Weekly Polling Analysis

| April 6 2013

POLLING ANALYSIS
March 30-April 5, 2013

President Obama: Average approval from mid-March to early April was 47.8% according to RealClearPolitics. Average disapproval was 47.1%. (The average one week ago, which covered early to late March, was 48.0%. Average disapproval was 46.8%)

Here are the polls released this week on Presidential job approval:

Economist: 48% of adults approve and 44% disapprove.
Quinnipiac: 49% of registered voters (44% of Independent registered voters) approve and 45% (46% of Independents) disapprove.

Gallup tracks President Obama’s job approval on a weekly basis. The average one week ago (March 18-24, 2013) showed 47% approved and 45% disapproved. The latest weekly numbers available (March 25-March 31, 2013) showed 48% approve and 45% disapprove. Last year at this time (March 26- April 1, 2012), 46% approved and 45% disapproved.

Rasmussen conducts a daily tracking poll. One week ago (March 29), 53% approved and 45% disapproved. On April 5, approval was 51%; disapproval was 49%. Last year at this time, the President’s approval was 46% and his disapproval 53%.

Congress: Average approval for early to late March was 13.0% according to the RealClearPolitics average. Average disapproval was 81.3%. (The average one week ago, which covered early to late March, was 13.0%. Average disapproval was 81.3%)

Here are the polls released this week on Congressional job approval:

Economist: 12% of adults approve and 59% disapprove.

Right Track/Wrong Track: According to the RealClearPolitics average, which covered late March, 34.7% think the country is headed in the right direction while 59.3% think it is headed in the wrong direction. (One week ago, the right track average, which covered mid-February to late, was 33.8%. The wrong track average was 59%.)

Here are the polls released this week on the direction of the country:

Economist: 29% of adults think the country is headed in the right direction and 53% think it is headed in the wrong direction.
Rasmussen: 35% of likely voters think the country is headed in the right direction and 57% think it is headed in the wrong direction.

ISSUE SPECIFIC

Budget Deficit & Spending: According to the Economist, 58% of adults say the budget deficit is a very important issue to them.

According to Quinnipiac, 20% of registered voters say the budget is the most important issue to them when deciding whom to vote for for Congress. Only the economy – 40% – received a higher percentage.

President Obama approval on the issue:

Economist: 36% of adults approve and 50% disapprove.

Economy & Jobs: According to the Economist, 27% of adults think the economy is getting better, 32% think it is getting worse and 35% think it is stuck in neutral.

According to the Economist, 77% of adults say the economy is a very important issue to them.

According to Quinnipiac, 40% of registered voters say the economy is the most important issue to them when deciding whom to vote for for Congress. No other issue received a higher percentage.

According to Gallup, “U.S. economic confidence fell slightly to -16 in March, from -13 in February, and is at its lowest level since December. Monthly economic confidence was at a five-year high in February, tied with the January 2013 and November 2012 scores.”

President Obama approval on the issue:

Economist: 38% of adults approve and 49% disapprove.

Taxes: According to Rasmussen, 9% of adults believe the United States has the best tax system in the world. 64% disagree and 27% are undecided.

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