It's always a good idea to win. Any positive turn around or even effort at positive turn around will be looked upon in a good light. FDR was reelected in 1936 even though the economy still sucked. The same applies.
What a brutal mistake that was.
Who wants to try a bottle of merc's "Extroversion Olive Oil?"
90% of people always blame the current administration, no matter if the problems are related to executive policy or not. You haven't seen much Clinton hate, have you? No, the economy was "growing" during his presidency, and the same 90% care about nothing but money anyway.
Agreeing with LL, as long as the administration tries visibly to turn things around and has at least a few successes in making people more comfortable than they would be otherwise, they will be reflected upon in a positive manner. Making an effort sometimes wins when it comes to public opinion.
Human beings make life so interesting. Do you know that in a universe so full of wonders, they have managed to invent boredom? -Terry Pratchett