WASHINGTON (CNN) - A new national poll indicates that nearly two out of three Americans approve of the job Barack Obama's doing as president, but the survey suggests that people appear to be split on how the president is handling some specific aspects of the economy.
Obama's job approval rating stands at 64 percent in a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Monday, down three points from mid-February. When asked specifically about the economy, 59 percent of respondents approve of how Obama's performing, with 40 percent in disapproval.
"Most of the Americans who disapprove of Obama are Republicans," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "His approval rating is 59 percent among Independents and over 90 percent among Democrats, but two-thirds of Republicans have a negative view of his actions in office so far."
Two out of three approve of how the president is helping the middle class, 64 percent give Obama a 'thumbs up' on unemployment, 62 percent approve of how he's handling taxes, and 54 percent support him on the home foreclosure crisis. But Americans appear to be split on how the president is dealing with the massive federal budget deficit, the problems facing the major U.S. automakers, and the federal bailout of Wall Street and the major American banks.
"There's a lot of goodwill towards President Obama in this poll. Americans overwhelmingly hope he will succeed. They believe he will succeed, and they support his economic recovery program. But we're seeing growing doubt about some details," says CNN Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider