Washington (CNN): Americans’ growing optimism about the nation’s economy has not boosted President Barack Obama’s approval ratings, according to a new CNN/ORC poll. The President’s ratings for handling the economy have held steady, and the share who approve of his efforts to help the middle class has risen slightly, but more continue to disapprove than approve of his work on the nation’s economic problems.
Ratings of current economic conditions remain mixed, with 48% describing them as good and 52% as poor, but that’s significantly better than one year ago. In February 2014, just 36% said the economy was in good shape, 64% called it poor. Looking forward, optimism for the future of the economy has grown. The new poll finds 56% say things will be in good shape a year from now, up from 52% in October and the largest share to say so in CNN/ORC polls during Obama’s second term.