March 24, 2016 - Obama Gets Split Approval Rating, Highest In 3 Years, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; Senate Should Vote On Supreme Court Pick, Voters Say 2-1 Quinnipiac University Polling Logo
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American voters give President Barack Obama a split 49 - 48 percent job approval rating, his best net score in almost three years, according to a Quinnipiac University National poll released today.

President Obama hasn't been above water on his job approval rating since a 48 - 45 percent score in a May 1, 2013, survey by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University Poll.

There are large gender, racial, age and partisan gaps in today's score:
  • Men disapprove 53 - 43 percent while women approve 54 - 43 percent;
  • White voters disapprove 57 - 40 percent while non-white voters approve 75 - 21 percent;
  • Voters 18 to 34 years old approve 62 - 35 percent. Approval drops to 51 - 44 percent among voters 35 to 49 years old, to a negative 44 - 53 percent among voters 50 to 64 years old, to a negative 37 - 61 percent among voters over 65 years old;
  • Democrats approve 92 - 7 percent while Republicans disapprove 89 - 8 percent. Independent voters disapprove 50 to 44 percent.
In this election year, American voters dislike Democrats in Congress a lot less than they dislike Republicans.

Democrats get a negative 32 - 62 percent job approval rating, their best rating since a negative 32 - 60 percent score October 1, 2013.

Republicans get a negative 15 - 81 percent job approval rating, virtually unchanged since December.

"Let's face it: Both parties are deeply unpopular, but the Democrats are the least reviled," said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll.

"And for President Barack Obama, some end-of-term numbers that may warm the heart in this ugly political season."

American voters say 62 - 33 percent that the U.S. Senate should consider the nomination of Judge Merrick Garland to the U.S. Supreme Court rather than wait until there is a new president. Supporting action are Democrats 87 - 8 percent and independent voters 63 - 31 percent, with Republicans opposed 62 - 33 percent.

There is support for Senate consideration of Garland among men and women and among all age and racial groups listed.

Voters approve 48 - 27 percent of the nomination of Judge Garland. Again, Republicans are the only listed group opposed.

"He may never get the job or even get a chance to tell his story, but Americans think Judge Merrick Garland is the right person for the Supreme Court," Malloy said.

Only 29 percent of American voters are "very satisfied" or "somewhat satisfied" with the way things are going in the nation today, while 70 percent are "somewhat dissatisfied" or "very dissatisfied."

From March 16 - 21, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,451 registered voters nationwide with a margin of error of +/- 2.6 percentage points. Live interviewers call land lines and cell phones.

The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts public opinion surveys in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Florida, Ohio, Virginia, Iowa, Colorado and the nation as a public service and for research.

Visit http://www.quinnipiac.edu/polling or www.facebook.com/quinnipiacpoll Call (203) 582-5201, or follow us on Twitter @QuinnipiacPoll.

17. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as President?
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Approve              49%     8%    92%    44%    43%    54%    56%    45%
Disapprove           48     89      7     50     53     43     41     51
DK/NA                 4      4      1      7      4      3      2      4
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    NonWht
 
Approve              62%    51%    44%    37%    37%    44%    40%    75%
Disapprove           35     44     53     61     60     53     57     21
DK/NA                 3      5      3      2      3      3      3      4
 
 
18. Do you approve or disapprove of the way the Republicans in Congress are handling their job?
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Approve              15%    26%     8%     9%    14%    15%     9%    17%
Disapprove           81     69     89     85     83     79     86     79
DK/NA                 4      4      3      6      3      6      5      4
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    NonWht
 
Approve              17%    16%    13%    15%    16%    15%    16%    12%
Disapprove           77     80     84     81     80     79     80     85
DK/NA                 7      3      3      4      3      6      5      3
 
 
19. Do you approve or disapprove of the way the Democrats in Congress are handling their job?
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Approve              32%     7%    65%    20%    28%    36%    38%    29%
Disapprove           62     88     29     71     67     56     56     65
DK/NA                 6      5      6      8      4      8      6      6
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    NonWht
 
Approve              39%    35%    28%    28%    24%    28%    26%    52%
Disapprove           52     62     67     66     72     63     67     44
DK/NA                 9      4      5      6      4     10      7      4
 
 
20. In general, how satisfied are you with the way things are going in the nation today; are you very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied, or very dissatisfied?
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Very satisfied        3%     1%     7%     2%     2%     4%     5%     2%
Smwht satisfied      26     10     47     20     28     25     30     24
Smwht dissatisfied   33     31     33     36     34     32     34     33
Very dissatisfied    37     58     13     42     36     38     31     40
DK/NA                 -      -      1      -      -      1      1      -
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    NonWht
 
Very satisfied        3%     2%     4%     4%     2%     3%     2%     6%
Smwht satisfied      33     24     29     20     24     20     22     39
Smwht dissatisfied   35     36     31     31     34     34     34     29
Very dissatisfied    29     37     36     45     40     42     41     25
DK/NA                 -      1      -      1      -      1      -      1
 
 
25. Do you approve or disapprove of President Obama's nomination of Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court?
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Approve              48%    21%    75%    46%    46%    49%    58%    43%
Disapprove           27     52      4     27     29     24     20     30
DK/NA                25     27     21     28     24     27     21     28
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    NonWht
 
Approve              48%    47%    52%    44%    43%    45%    44%    61%
Disapprove           17     25     30     35     32     27     30     17
DK/NA                34     28     18     21     25     27     26     22
 
 
26. Do you think the Senate should consider the nomination of Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court, or do you think the Senate should not consider any Supreme Court nomination until there is a new President?
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Consider Garland     62%    33%    87%    63%    61%    62%    77%    54%
Do not consider      33     62      8     31     33     33     21     39
DK/NA                 5      5      5      5      6      5      2      7
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    NonWht
 
Consider Garland     65%    67%    62%    52%    58%    60%    59%    70%
Do not consider      28     28     34     44     37     37     37     22
DK/NA                 7      5      4      4      6      3      4      7
 
 
 
 

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