President Obama took a drubbing in the November elections and is the subject of constant attacks by the new Republican majority in Congress, which has taken issue with his recent executive action on immigration. But Americans appear to be gaining confidence in the president as he enters his seventh year on the job. [...] The jump coincided with a drop of four percentage points, to 40 percent, among those saying they approved of congressional Republicans' "policies and plans for the future."
The economy is not the top priority for Americans heading into 2015, the Pew Research Center reported Thursday, the first time that another issue has been at the top of the public mind under President Barack Obama. Terrorism has eclipsed the economy as the biggest issue for Americans, the group's annual survey of the public's policy priorities found, being named by 76 percent of Americans as a top priority for Obama and Congress. The economy was pegged by 75 percent -- which is still a big number, but it represented a 11-point drop from 2013. Likewise, the job situation was picked by 67 percent, the third priority behind the economy and terrorism, but it has also fallen by 12 points in the last two years.