So we learned earlier this week from a recent Harris Poll that the public’s top concern(s) right now and the areas in desperate need of attention from our government are: health care (despite “reform”), the (lack of) jobs, and the (still failing, contrary to what today's Wall Street Journal article says) economy. So let’s focus today on doors #2 and #3.
Editorializing some (but not much in my humble opinion), it seems like Obama’s approval rating will forever be married to the economy and jobs. We were in a painful state of disrepair when Obama took office and will likely be obsessing until we get some relief...Not to mention, we Americans now prefer our groceries organic, our toys wired, and our faces wrinkle-free, and stating what’s obvious, all of these things take money.
But it turns out we don’t really believe Obama has a handle on it – yet. According to last week's Harris Poll:
- Only 33% of the public rate the job Obama is doing on the economy positively.
- Only 23% feel more financially secure than they did last year when he took office.
- And only 1 in 10 rate the current job market in their region positively.
But we haven’t given up on Obama – yet.
- About 3 in 4 adults feel that their personal financial situation will either stay the same or improve in the next 6 months.
- Still not a majority, but more than 4 in 10 adults believe that the economy has already begun to improve or will start to improve in the coming year.
- Still not a majority, but more than 4 in 10 believe the job market has already started to grow or will start growing in the next year.
What’s your take? Are you focused on the economy more than any other issue? And if so, do you feel hopeful, hope-possible, or hopeless?