Seventy-four percent of registered voters feel like they are still living in a recession and 40 percent blame President Barack Obama and his economic policies for their situation, according to a Fox News poll.
The survey did not reflect well for the president
overall; he received poor ratings in nearly every category ranging from his policies to his priorities.
The data was gathered by two research firms who conducted live interviews Jan. 19-21 via cell phones and landlines with 1,010 registered voters across the country. Forty percent of those surveyed identified themselves as Democrats, 39 percent as Republicans and 20 percent as independents.
Fifty-three percent of respondents said they disapprove of the job Obama is doing as president, topped only by Congress, which received an 81 percent disapproval rating.
The economy led the list of issues Obama needs to work on, with 49 percent listing it as the top priority, followed by healthcare at 13 percent, the federal deficit at 12 percent, Social Security at 6 percent, terrorism at 3 percent, and foreign policy, guns. and immigration tying for last at 2 percent each.
The survey also revealed that 68 percent now believe that former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden's leak of classified information on NSA data collection programs was a good thing, compared to 31 percent who felt that way in July.
But exactly half of those polled say they still believe the NSA’s collection of phone data helps catch terrorists and protect Americans, while 44 percent say that it hurts law-abiding citizens.
Respondents split evenly on the subject of legalizing gay marriage – 47 percent in favor, 47 percent against. When asked about legalizing marijuana, 50 percent said they approve and 43 percent said they are against it.
Obama, meanwhile, garnered strong disapproval ratings in virtually every category, ranging from 66 percent on his handling of the federal deficit, 57 percent on gun control, and 59 percent on healthcare and the economy.
He also received disapproving grades on some of his policies, ranging from 54 percent on immigration, 53 percent on Iran, and 52 percent on income inequality (52 percent).
The survey found as well that 68 percent of respondents favor a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants and 56 percent think the minimum wage should be raised.
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