Factbox: Highlights of Reuters/Ipsos poll
(Reuters) - Reuters/Ipsos conducted a national poll in late July on American political issues, President Barack Obama's public approval and November's congressional elections.
Here are the main findings.
OBAMA'S RATING DOWN
* Overall, 48 percent of respondents said they strongly approve, somewhat approve or lean toward approving of Obama. That is equal to the number who disapprove.
* Obama's public approval rating has fallen from 50 percent in January and 69 percent in February 2009.
THE ECONOMY IS OBAMA'S BIGGEST PROBLEM
* 48 percent of respondents said the economy is the biggest problem currently facing the United States.
* 67 percent of those polled said Obama is not focusing enough on job creation; 28 percent said he is giving the issue the right amount of focus.
* Satisfaction with Obama's handling of the economy and jobs is deteriorating more quickly than on any other issue. The gap between those satisfied and those unsatisfied is also more negative than on any other issue.
* 34 percent expressed satisfaction with Obama's performance on the economy and jobs, down from 40 percent in January and 53 percent in February 2009.
* 46 percent said his performance on the economy is unsatisfactory, up from 39 percent in January and 26 percent in February 2009.
AFGHANISTAN WAR LOSING SUPPORT
* Satisfaction with Obama's handling of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq is also falling. Of respondents, 33 percent said his handling of the Afghan war is satisfactory, down from 38 percent in January and 47 percent in February 2009; 35 percent expressed dissatisfaction.
* Only 5 percent said war is the biggest problem facing the United States; 4 percent said immigration is the main problem.
HEALTHCARE NOT A BIG ISSUE
* Satisfaction with Obama's handling of healthcare has fallen, but not as sharply as on other issues. Overall the issue polarizes voters but Obama still comes out ahead.
* Some 44 percent expressed satisfaction with Obama's healthcare policy, and 40 percent expressed dissatisfaction.
* Just 3 percent of respondents cited healthcare as the biggest problem currently for the country.
OBAMA SCORES WELL ON TERRORISM, DIPLOMACY, EDUCATION
* Obama gets a positive rating on his handling of terrorism, with 43 percent expressing satisfaction and 31 percent expressing dissatisfaction.
* His handling of diplomacy was viewed positively, with 47 percent expressing satisfaction and 29 percent expressing dissatisfaction.
* His handling of education policy drew a 49 percent to 23 percent satisfied-to-dissatisfied ratio.
* Thirty-nine percent expressed satisfaction with his handling of energy independence, sharply down from when he took office but still ahead of the 32 percent who expressed dissatisfaction.
REPUBLICANS MUCH MORE LIKELY TO VOTE IN MID-TERMS
* Forty-six percent of registered voters said they were inclined to vote Republican in the November 2 congressional elections, while 44 percent said they were likely to vote Democratic.
* But 72 percent of Republicans said they were certain to vote in the elections, compared to just 49 percent of Democrats.
The poll was conducted between July 22 and 25, and surveyed 1,075 adults aged 18 and older across the United States.
For a sample of this size, the results are considered accurate within three percentage points.
Full results can be found here
(Reporting by Simon Denyer in Washington, Editing by Will Dunham)
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