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March 13, 2013

Obama economic advantage over GOP lessens -- NC Sen. Hagan tops rivals -- PA Gov. Corbett trails -- School nutrition

YOUR DAILY POLLING UPDATE

OBAMA APPROVAL: CLARUS AVERAGE 50%
(same as yesterday; same as a week ago)

JOB RATINGS: CONGRESS*
(among adults nationwide)

Approve/Disapprove:
U.S. Congress 16%/80%
Republicans in Congress 24%/72%
Democrats in Congress 34%/62%

OBAMA AND THE ECONOMY*

Asked of adults nationwide: "Do you approve of the way Obama is handling the economy?"

Approve 44%
Disapprove 52%

(In mid-December, Obama's economic approval was 50%.)

ISSUES: OBAMA v. GOP*

Asked of adults nationwide: "Who do you trust to do a better job handling ____ -- Obama or the Republicans in Congress?"

Cutting government spending that is not needed and continuing government spending that is needed: GOP +1
Gun control issues: Obama +1
The economy: Obama +4
Immigration issues: Obama +6

(In mid-December, Obama had an 18-point advantage over the GOP on the economy; it's now 4 points.)

ECONOMIC RECOVERY*

Asked of adults nationwide: "In terms of your own personal experience, do you feel the economy has or has not begun to recover?"

Has 53%
Has not 46%

SCHOOL NUTRITION**
(among adults nationwide)

"Next, I'm going to read some proposals that have been made to improve the nutritional value of foods students eat while at school. Please say whether you would vote for or against each of the following--a new federal law that would strictly limit the kinds of food that can be served in school meals or sold elsewhere in public schools to food that meets certain standards for high nutritional value?"

Vote for 67%
Vote against 31%

"Still thinking about a federal law regulating what school districts could serve for meals and snacks on school grounds, how effective do you think such a law would be in terms of ____? Would it be very effective, somewhat effective, not too effective, or not effective at all?"

Reducing obesity in children:
Very effective 19%
Somewhat effective 40%
TOTAL EFFECTIVE 59%
Not at all effective 19%
Not too effective 20%
TOTAL NOT EFFECTIVE 39%

Improving students' academic performance:
Very effective 13%
Somewhat effective 38%
TOTAL EFFECTIVE 51%
Not at all effective 25%
Not too effective 21%
TOTAL NOT EFFECTIVE 46%

PENNSYLVANIA: 2014 GOVERNOR***

Rob McCord (D) over Gov. Tom Corbett (R) +11
Allyson Schwartz (D) over Gov. Corbett +11
Joe Sestak (D) over Gov. Corbett +11
Tom Wolf (D) over Gov. Corbett +9
John Hanger (D) over Gov. Corbett +7

NORTH CAROLINA: 2014 SENATE****

Sen. Kay Hagan (D) over Patrick McHenry (R) +10
Sen. Hagan over Dan Forest (R) +10
Sen. Hagan over Virginia Foxx (R) +12
Sen. Hagan over Cherie Berry (R) +12
Sen. Hagan over Renee Ellmers (R) +13
Sen. Hagan over Thom Tillis (R) +14
Sen. Hagan over Phil Berger (R) +14
Sen. Hagan over Greg Brannon (R) +15
Sen. Hagan over Terry Embler (R) +19

GOP primary:
Dan Forest 18%
Virginia Foxx 13%
Cherie Berry 12%
Renee Ellmers 10%
Phil Berger 8%
Patrick McHenry 7%
Greg Brannon 4%
Thom Tillis 2%
Terry Embler 1%

SOURCES:
Presidential job rating average based on the three most recently reported nationwide polls.
* ABC News/Washington Post, March 7-10
** Gallup, March 8-9
*** PPP(D), March 8-10
**** PPP(D), March 7-10