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March 4, 2013

Personal finances -- Party ratings -- Exports and trade -- Top economic power

YOUR DAILY POLLING UPDATE

OBAMA APPROVAL: CLARUS AVERAGE 49%
(no change from Friday; down 3 from a week ago)

PERSONAL RATINGS*

Favorable/Unfavorable:
Barack Obama 51%/46%
John Kerry 43%/34%
Marco Rubio 31%/19%
John Boehner 23%/41%
Chuck Hagel 17%/24%

PERSONAL FINANCES*

Asked of voters nationwide: "For you and your family, does it feel like the economy is getting better or getting worse?"

Getting better 31%
Getting worse 55%

REPUBLICAN PARTY**

Asked of adults nationwide: "Do you think the Republican Party is/has ____ or not?"

(Yes/No)
Out of touch with the American people: 62%/33%
Too extreme: 52%/42%
Open to change: 39%/56%
Strong principles: 63%/30%
Looking out for the country's long-term future: 45%/50%

DEMOCRATIC PARTY**

Asked of adults nationwide: "Do you think the Democratic Party is/has ____ or not?"

(Yes/No)
Out of touch with the American people: 46%/50%
Too extreme: 39%/56%
Open to change: 58%/38%
Strong principles: 57%/37%
Looking out for the country's long-term future: 51%/45%

LEADING ECONOMIC POWER***

Asked of U.S. adults nationwide: "Which one of the following do you think is the leading economic power in the world today--?"

China 53%
United States 33%
Japan 7%
European Union 3%
India 2%
Russia 0%

INTERNATIONAL TRADE***

Asked of U.S. adults nationwide: "What do you think foreign trade means for America? Do you see foreign trade more as an opportunity for economic growth through increased U.S. exports or a threat to the economy from foreign imports?"

Growing through exports 57%
Threat from imports 35%

SOURCES:
Presidential job rating average based on the two most recently reported nationwide polls.
* FOX News, Feb. 25-27
** Pew Research, Feb. 13-18
*** Gallup, Feb. 7-10