- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 19, 2015

Renewed optimism from Americans on the state of the U.S. economy has not translated to a marked bump for President Obama’s approval ratings, a new poll said.

Forty-eight percent say the country’s economic conditions are good and 52 percent say poor — a big jump from February 2014, when 36 percent said things were good and 64 percent said they were poor. And 56 percent say things will be in good shape in one year — the largest percentage to have said so in a CNN/ORC during Mr. Obama’s second term.

Still, Mr. Obama’s overall approval rating was at 47 percent in the poll, with 51 percent disapproving — about the same as a similar poll in December.

Fifty-four percent still disapprove of Mr. Obama’s handling of the economy. And 45 percent approve of his handling of the issue of helping the middle class, up a bit from 40 percent in June 2014.

The survey of 1,027 American adults was conducted Feb. 12-15 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 points.

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