Obama's approval ratings have risen somewhat since a fall several months ago that coincided with the catastrophic unveiling of the website for the health care law that goes by his name. The AP-GfK poll showed that 45 percent of those polled approved of his performance and 53 percent disapproved. The CBS/New York Times polls had it 43-51, and an ABC-Washington Post poll returned a finding of 46 percent favorable and 50 percent unfavorable.
Anna Greenberg, who served as New York Mayor Bill de Blasio's pollster in his recent winning campaign, said in an interview that the disgruntlement many individuals feel is centered on the view that "the people on the top have recovered in the way people in the middle and at the bottom have not."
Even those who have found a job are likely to be making less or forced to take two jobs instead of one, as before, she said.
Obama's budget is an all-out appeal for them to vote Democratic this fall.
EDITOR'S NOTE — David Espo is chief congressional correspondent for The Associated Press.