Less than half of Americans (42%) have confidence in President Barack Obama on the economy -- the lowest figure Gallup has on record for Obama. New lows were also found for Democratic (35%) and Republican leaders in Congress (24%).
As taxes increase for some Americans, nearly half in the U.S. say middle-income Americans pay too much in taxes, an increase from last year. Meanwhile, 23% say lower-income people pay too little, a near-record high.
A majority of Americans, 52%, say the amount of federal income taxes they have to pay is too high, the highest reading since 2008. Furthermore, the percentage who say their taxes are fair is the lowest since 2001.
About a third of public school parents (35%) have a positive impression of the Common Core education standards and 28% have a negative impression. Thirty-seven percent have not heard of Common Core or don't know enough to say.
Americans remain more negative than positive toward the Affordable Care Act on various measures, including 43% approval and 54% disapproval of the law itself. A clear majority (64%) say the law has not directly affected them.