(Week of 5/26/2012) There seems to be nothing like an annual income in excess of $100,000 to improve one’s outlook. Among those in households with total earnings of $100,000 or more, 41% say the country is on right track, 38% say the economy is getting better, and 29% say their personal financial situation is better than it was a year ago. Each of those figures are far in excess of average results nationwide (27% right track, 26% economy getting better, 14% better off financially than a year ago).
The differential impact of life under President Obama for those in the highest income brackets may begin to affect politics. 51% of highest-income Americans approve the job President Obama is doing, compared with 42% of all Americans and 46% of the highest-income Americans say they like Obama a lot regardless of whether they agree with him, compared to 32% of Americans who like Obama a lot (even though the highest income Americans are no more likely than average to say they have a favorable opinion of Obama). Similarly, 52% in the top income brackets expect Obama to win reelection, compared with 43% of all Americans. Almost half (47%) of the highest income intend to vote for the candidate of the President’s party in their local election for Congress.
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