WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) – The findings of a recent Gallup Poll show that few people in the United States feel there are adequate opportunities for finding a “quality job.”

Though the most recent figures show an improvement in American sentiments on the matter – especially from its lowest point of 8 percent in 2012 – only 27 percent now express confidence.

“[W]hile the current results on this measure are more positive than the recent lows, they are far more negative than at times in the past, and continue to reflect Americans’ generally pessimistic views of the U.S. job market,” a release on the poll’s findings noted.

In an effort to improve conditions for minimum wage workers, and with a mounting a show of support from like-minded governors, President Barack Obama recently put a spotlight on a minimum wage push that Democrats hope will appeal to economically squeezed voters in November’s midterm elections.

Standing at the center of a packed college gymnasium, Obama said raising hourly wages to $10.10 would pull millions of Americans out of poverty. While one of Obama’s top priorities, the proposal is more likely to serve as a rallying cry for Democrats in the approaching election than to be adopted by Congress in the foreseeable future.

In a nod to staunch Republican opposition, Obama urged Americans to demand answers from their lawmakers about whether they support raising stagnant wages and ask if not, why not?

“Ask them to reconsider. Ask them to side with the majority of Americans,” Obama said. “Instead of saying no for once, say yes.”

A reported 1,023 American adults were randomly selected for participation in the poll, which took place between Feb. 6 and Feb. 9 of this year.

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