Americans are gradually concluding that the economy is getting better, which will be a big asset for President Obama in the November election, according to Democratic pollster Cornell Belcher.
Belcher, who takes surveys for the Obama campaign and Democratic congressional candidates, tells me, "Americans are still anxious about the economy, but people see it stabilizing, and that's important."
The improving conditions will make it more difficult for Republican challenger Mitt Romney to argue that voters should fire Obama "and take a risk on a new guy," Belcher notes. This would be a "leap of faith" that increasing numbers of voters won't make, he adds.
Democratic strategists have been heartened by recent reports that the unemployment rate is gradually declining. It now stands at 8.1 percent, a slight improvement from last month.
There is also a sense within the electorate that the worst of the recession has passed and that Obama's policies are starting to work, the strategists say. Overall, consumer confidence is increasing, according to the Conference Board.