Improving National Outlook Key to Obama Victory in 2012

Americans’ satisfaction with the way things are going and approval of the job Barack Obama is doing are below historical averages, and their economic outlook continues to be more negative than positive. Still, all of these measures are much improved from a year ago, helping the president narrowly win re-election. Also, more Americans identify as Democrats or lean Democratic than did so a year ago. [cont.]

Jeffrey M. Jones, Gallup