POLL Q Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as president? Q Would you describe the state of the nation’s economy these days as . . . Q Do you think things in this country are generally going in the right direction or do you feel things have gotten pretty seriously off on the wrong track? Q Who do you think has better ideas about . . .(Asked of a random half of the overall sample) Q Do you think the country should go in the direction Obama wants to lead it or go in the direction Republicans want to lead it? • Full results available at washingtonpost.com/polls The Washington Post ABC News 0 100 OCTOBER Feb. 2009 Jan. 2012 Jan. 2015 68% 25% 50% 44% 0 NOW 27% 41% 72% 58% 1% 1% EXCELLENT/GOOD APPROVE DISAPPROVE NOT SO GOOD/POOR No opinion 0 100 OCTOBER NOW 28% 39% 68% 56% 5% 5% RIGHT DIRECTION WRONG TRACK No opinion 0 100 35% 34% 9% 16% 5% OBAMA REPUBLICANS NEITHER OTHER No opinion OBAMA NEITHER/BOTH/NOOPINION REPUBLICANS Helping more students afford collegeDealing with climate changeHelping the middle class Creating jobsIncreasing home ownershipEncouraging economic development 61% 22% 18% 45% 28% 28% 45% 37% 18% 45% 40% 15% 37% 36% 27% 38% 44% 18%

SOURCE: The Washington Post-ABC News poll. NOTE: Percentages may not add up to 100 percent because of rounding. This Washington Post-ABC News poll was conducted by telephone Jan. 12 to 15, 2015, among a random sample of 1,003 adults. Interviews were conducted in English and Spanish on land lines and cellphones. Overall results have a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points; the error margin is 5 points for questions asked of a half-sample of respondents. Sampling, data collection and tabulation by Abt-SRBI of New York. . Published Jan. 19, 2015.