Americans are essentially evenly split on who they trust to make decisions about the economy, with about four in 10 Americans backing both President Obama and the GOP-led Congress, according to a new poll. 

Forty-one percent of Americans trust Obama's handling of the economy, compared to 40 percent who back the Republican-controlled Congress, a Suffolk University/USA Today poll released Wednesday found. The poll found 13 percent don't trust either. 


On handling the economy, the poll found Obama enjoying 77 percent support among those who identify as "liberal" or "very liberal," while Congress holds 62 percent support among "conservative" or "very conservative" respondents. 

A majority of Americans, 55 percent, say the economy is getting better, while 32 percent say it is getting worse. Fifty-one percent credit the improved economy to Obama, while 45 percent say he played little to no role.

Respondents largely said that the improved economy over the past year has gone to help wealthy people, not poor and middle-class citizens.

The poll comes on the heels of Obama's State of the Union address last week where he outlined a slew of initiatives, including a call for major tax hikes on the wealthy and big banks to fund middle class tax cuts, a push for free community college tuition and guaranteed paid sick and family leave.

Only 4 percent of those surveyed think most of Obama's State of the Union proposals will be passed by the GOP-led House and Senate. Sixty-one percent think "some" or "a few" will pass, while more than one in five, 22 percent, think "none" will be taken up in the new Congress. 

A majority of Americans, 53 percent, say the country is on the wrong track, compared to 36 percent who view it as going in the right direction. Eleven percent remain undecided. 

Entering the final two years of Obama's presidency, views of his job performance are evenly split, with 46 percent approving of his time in the Oval Office and 48 percent disapproving. 

Similarly, 48 percent approve of his handling of the economy, while 47 percent disapprove. 

The survey of 1,000 adults was conducted Jan. 21-25 via landline and cellphones with a margin of error of 3 points.