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US: Unemployment (CBS/Times 12/4-10)


CBS/Times
12/4-10/09; 1,650 adults, 2% margin of error
708 unemployed adults, 4% margin of error
Mode: Live telephone interviews
(CBS: story, results; Times: story, results)

National

Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling job creation?
Total: 38 / 47
Unemployed: 47 / 44

How would you rate the condition of the national economy these days? Is it very good, fairly good, fairly bad, or very bad?
Total: 22% Very/Fairly Good, 77% Very/Fairly Bad
Unemployed: 12% Very/Fairly Good, 88% Very/Fairly Bad

Do you think the economy is getting better, getting worse, or staying about the same?
Total: 29% Better, 23% Worse, 47% Same
Unemployed: 27% Better, 22% Worse, 50% Same

Regardless of how you usually vote, do you think the Republican party or the Democratic party is more likely to create new jobs?
Total: 42% Democratic, 31% Republican
Unemployed: 45% Democratic, 24% Republican

So far, do you think the government's stimulus package has made the economy better, made the economy worse, or has it had no impact on the economy so far?
Total: 32% Better, 15% Worse, 46% No impact
Unemployed: 33% Better, 13% Worse, 50% No impact

From what you know so far, which comes closest to your own view?
6% Total / 2% Unemployed: The economic stimulus package has already created a substantial number of new jobs in the U.S.
44% Total / 51% Unemployed: It will create a substantial number of new jobs but hasn't done that yet
45% Total/ 41% Unemployed: It will not create a substantial number of new jobs

Over the next year, do you think the job market in your area will get better, get worse, or stay about the same?
Total: 39% Better, 18% Worse, 41% Same
Unemployed: 39% Better, 22% Worse, 36% Same

 

Comments
Jase:

Wow, the results of the job-creation approval are really surprising..the unemployed approve of Obama's work more? I honestly did not expect that.

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Aaron_in_TX:

I find that interesting too. You'd think the unemployed people, particularly the ones who have lost their job this year, would be bitter towards Obama.

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IdahoMulato:

This is very surprising poll. One will think that those unemployed were going to blame the Prez but it turns out that those employed are rather doing the hatchet job. The only deduction I can make here is that either the unemployed continue to blame the Bush Administration for their current predicament or they're giving the Obama Administration the pass due to the extended unemployment benefits they're getting. It can also be due to the fact that most unenployed tend to be minorities, who are generally Obama voters and would not or not going to abandon him. Most also think it will take time to clean the mess despite the noise being made by the ANGRY right.

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