Poll: Positive views of job market back to pre-recession levels

Positive views of job market are back to pre-recession levels with more than one-third of Americans saying now is a good time to find a quality job, according to a new poll. 

The Gallup poll released on Wednesday showed that 31 percent of U.S. adults say now is the time to find that good job, the second highest level since the 2008 financial crisis.


The poll hit 35 percent in July. 

Since 2000, the poll hit its highest level of 48 percent in 2007, which was before the recession started. The latest figure is in line with the readings from the early 2000s.

The poll tanked during the recession, hitting a record-low of 8 percent in November 2009 and November 2011 before beginning a steady climb.

The results are in the line with the labor market's sustained growth this year with the economy averaging more than 200,000 jobs a month since the spring.

Still, the broader economic improvement isn't boosting Democrats' chances in next month's midterm elections.

Among the parties, Democrats were the most optimistic about jobs prospects with 46 percent saying now is a good time to find a quality job.

Meanwhile, only 20 percent of Republicans agreed with that statement, the lowest level among all parties, education and income levels. 

Only those with a high school education or less were close to that figure at 22 percent. 

Results for the poll are based on telephone interviews conducted Oct. 12-15, with a random sample of 1,017 adults.