Most Americans Still Say Job Recovery Is Only Partial
The most optimistic group -- 78 percent saw at least a partial recovery -- were those whose family incomes were between $75,000 and $99,999. The least optimistic group, with 61 percent seeing full or partial recover, were people with household incomes of less than $30,000. Democrats were far more bullish (80 percent) than Republicans (54 percent). Independents fell between the two, with 65 percent perceiving at least partial recovery.
When it comes to household incomes recovering from the recession, 65 percent of those that bring in $100,000 or more annually said they had partially or fully recovered. Only half of those making less than $30,000 said they had even partially recovered.
Whether you can credit the Obama administration for jobs recovery is a subject of contentious political debate. On the larger question of who benefited from government policies, two-thirds of all respondents said that wealthy people were helped either a fair amount or a great deal. That compares to 32 percent who said that poor people had benefited. Only 26 percent said that middle class families had been helped by government policies. Republicans, at 55 percent, were less likely to believe that wealthy families benefited from government programs, and only 16 percent thought middle class families did, although 38 percent said the poor had. For Democrats, 36 percent said the middle class had been helped, 34 percent said the poor had, and 73 percent said the wealthy benefited. Independents were more pessimistic, with 24 percent saying the middle class had been helped, 39 percent saying the poor had, and 69 percent, the wealthy had.
The study was based on a national sample of 1,504 adults who were interviewed by phone in late February.