NEW YORK, May 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- There is an old saying in Washington – if you want a friend, get a dog. Last week, President Obama may have been very glad he has Bo to keep him company. While the issues of the IRS, Benghazi, and subpoenaing AP records may have kept the White House a little off kilter, there are some bright spots for the President, mostly on the economy. For the first time since September of 2009, the President's first year in office, two in five Americans (39%) give him positive marks on his overall job on handling the economy; three in five (61%) give him negative marks. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20100517/NY06256LOGO ) Looking at household financial conditions, while half of Americans (50%) expect their financial conditions will stay the same over the next six months, one quarter each say it will get better (26%) and that it will get worse (24%). This is an improvement from April, when just over one in five thought their household's financial condition would get better (22%) and almost three in ten said it would get worse (28%). U.S adults are also slightly more optimistic about the coming year economically, with one-third (32%) saying they think the economy will improve and 25% saying it will get worse; two in five (42%) believe it will remain the same. In April, 29% believed it would improve while the same percentage thought it would get worse. These are some of the results of The Harris Poll of 2,240 adults surveyed online between May 8 and 13, 2013 by Harris Interactive. (Full findings with data tables available here) There is also an improvement in how Americans believe the country as a whole is going, with two in five (39%) believing the country is going in the right direction and 61% saying things have pretty seriously gotten off on the wrong track. In March, 34% thought the country was going in the right direction while 66% said it was heading off on the wrong track.