President Obama's job approval rating has remained "fairly steady," despite a round of controversies and "little legislative success," a new national survey from the Pew Research Center says.
The poll found 49 percent approve of the way Obama is handling his job, while 43 percent disapprove -- a slight dip from a month ago, before the revelations of NSA surveillance and the IRS targeting of conservative groups.
In early May, 51 percent approved of Obama's job performance while 43 percent disapproved.
The survey, conducted June 12-16 among 1,512 adults, finds that Obama is likely benefitting from more positive perceptions of the national economy. The share of Americans saying the economy is in excellent or good shape has doubled over the past year, from 11 percent to 23 percent -- the highest measure since January 2008.