- The Washington Times - Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Forty-six percent of Americans approve of President Obama’s job performance in a new poll, compared to 51 percent who disapprove.

Mr. Obama’s approval ratings in the new Washington Post-ABC News poll signify an uptick from a 41 percent-52 percent, approve-disapprove split in April and are back near Mr. Obama’s ratings in surveys in January and March, when 46 percent approved and 50 percent disapproved.

Forty-three percent approve of how Mr. Obama is handling the economy, compared to 53 percent who disapprove.

Among smaller samples of the larger survey, 38 percent approve of the way Mr. Obama is handling immigration issues, while 50 percent disapprove, and 39 percent approve of how he’s handling the implementation of Obamacare, compared to 56 percent who disapprove.

Though respondents were split on how Mr. Obama is handling the situation in Afghanistan, more than three-quarters of those polled support his plan to reduce U.S. troop levels in Afghanistan to 9,800 by the end of this year, half of that next year and zero by 2016.

Asked who they trust to do a better job coping with the main problems the nation faces over the next few years, 43 percent say Mr. Obama and 38 percent say Republicans in Congress. Fourteen percent say neither.

Among registered voters, 47 percent say they would vote for the Democratic candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives in their district if the election was today, and 45 percent say they would vote for the Republican candidate.

The survey of 1,002 adults was taken May 29-June 1 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points. The error margin is plus or minus 4 points among a sample of 851 registered voters.

Thirty-three percent of respondents self-identified as Democrats, 24 percent said they were Republicans, and 35 percent said they were independents.