By Justin Sink
Voters remain frustrated by a stagnant job market, with 64 percent reporting jobs are difficult to find in their area. But that's still the most positive measure of the job situation since July 2008; in the president's first term, some 85 percent said jobs were tough to come by.
And while half of all voters still disapprove of the president's handling of the economy, that's down 10 points from his all-time low in August 2011.
Controversies over the National Security Agency's top-secret surveillance programs and the Department of Justice's targeting of reporters may be taking a toll on the president, however. Some 51 percent of those surveyed said they disapproved of the president's handling of privacy and civil liberties, with just 28 percent of independents saying Obama was doing a good job on those issues.
But the president is boosted by generally warm perceptions of his fight against terrorism; 56 percent of all Americans say they approve of his handling of those issues, including 52 percent of independents. While 22 percent say Obama's terror policies have made the country less safe, 36 percent say they have made it safer.
The survey of 1,512 adults carries a margin of error of plus or minus 2.9 percentage points.