PPP's newest national poll finds the overall political climate improving slightly for Democrats over the last month: Barack Obama's approval ratings have ticked up a little bit, the Obamacare rollout is getting better reviews, and the party's retaken the lead on the generic Congressional ballot.
-Barack Obama's approval rating stands at 43/51 this month, the best it's been since a 46/50 standing in October. He's improved a net 6 points after hitting a record low in PPP's polling in December at 41/55. Nevertheless Obama still has big problems with independents, coming in at 30/62 with them.
-Perceptions of the Obamacare rollout are still negative, but they're at least improving. In late January only 32% of voters said they felt the rollout had been successful, compared to 62% who rated it unsuccessful. Now 39% say they think the rollout's been a success to 56% who give it low marks. Overall 39% of voters support the Affordable Care Act to 48% who are opposed, numbers pretty much consistent with what we've found since 2009.
-Democrats have reclaimed the lead on the generic Congressional ballot, 43/40, after trailing 42/40 on it in January. Congressional Democrats have poor approval numbers, at a 35/56 spread, but that puts them far ahead of Congressional Republicans who come in at 23/67. One key difference is that Democrats are at least happy with their own party in Congress, giving it a 66/21 approval, while Republicans give their own a negative assessment at 43/48.
A few other notes from our national poll:
-The Koch Brothers have become a preferred bogeyman for Democrats across the country, but we find a plurality of voters nationally don't even have an opinion about them. 47% say they don't have a view about the Kochs one way or the other- they do get negative reviews among those who do have one with 36% rating them unfavorably to 17% with a positive opinion. Democrats (9/51) dislike them a whole lot more than Republicans (25/19) like them.
-Finally we looked at how Americans feel about the selection of '12 Years a Slave' as best picture in the Oscars this year. A majority- 52%- said they had no opinion about the selection but it was generally popular with those who did have one- 32% said they agreed with it to 16% who disagreed. There's a partisan divide on that sentiment though- Democrats agree with the choice 53/10, while Republicans with an opinion on it disagreed 15/23.
Full results here