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Poll numbers rising amid comcerns, why?

NEW YORK – President Barack Obama's approval ratings are starting to rise after declining ever since his inauguration, new poll figures show as the country's mood begins to brighten. But concerns about the economy, health care and war persist, and support for the war in Afghanistan is falling.

An Associated Press-GfK poll says 56 percent of those surveyed in the past week approve of Obama's job performance, up from 50 percent in September. It's the first time since he took office in January that his rating has gone up.

People also feel better about his handling of the economy and his proposed health care overhaul.

But not about the war.

Support for the war in Afghanistan has declined, the poll said Tuesday. And approval of Obama's handling of it is holding steady — in contrast to his gains in other areas — as he considers a big troop increase there. Poll respondents narrowly oppose the increase.

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Asked by Anonymous at 6:10 PM on Oct. 6, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

Answers (22)
  • Who in the hell was surveyed? I certainly wasnt nor do I know of anyone who was..

    Answer by tnmomofive at 6:12 PM on Oct. 6, 2009

  • The Associated Press?


    Aren't they the ones who feed Google and Yahoo????

    There ya go.................

    Answer by mustbeGRACE at 6:16 PM on Oct. 6, 2009

  • Gallup Polls doesn't show that.


    Answer by Anonymous at 6:24 PM on Oct. 6, 2009

  • AP the same org that hid info on Obama from him. LOL Rasmussen doesn't show an increase either.

    Answer by Carpy at 6:26 PM on Oct. 6, 2009

  • This poll information is completely out of line with every other one that I have seen.

    Answer by NannyB. at 6:38 PM on Oct. 6, 2009

  • From rasmussen

    The data shows that, after falling during June, July and August, the president’s ratings have stabilized in September.

    Answer by Anonymous at 6:42 PM on Oct. 6, 2009

  • Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 7:03 PM on Oct. 6, 2009

  • It has been suggested that the anomaly is due to the fact that people feel sorry for him because he looked like a fool running off to Copenhagen to try to hit a home run with the IOC. People tend to give the underdog a short term pity party. It won't last, especially if he continues to waffle on the military decisions he needs to make. He is coming off as very weak to our enemies and abroad. I really don't think he was prepared or even considered that he would have to make the hard decisions (considering he has been able to avoid making decisions for most of his political career - just look at his voting record) that a world leader has to make.


    Answer by Anonymous at 7:06 PM on Oct. 6, 2009

  • What voting record would that be anon mean the one alot of us kept pointing towards during the campaigns and others ignored?

    Answer by tnmomofive at 7:12 PM on Oct. 6, 2009

  • I mean his consistent record of voting present instead of yea or nae. He has an uncanny inability to make decisions, even one's that are seemingly easy. He is the worst kind of politician in my opinion because he refuses to have a stance on anything. He says that he wants things like health care reform, meanwhile he and his party are dismantling due to infighting in the party. The spin masters try to make it look like Republicans are the hold outs, when simple math tells us that they don't need the Republicans for anything other than to place blame on someone and to keep it from touching the party. Unfortunately, they count on a large population of Americans to listen to them rather than to learn math and see that they are lying.

    Really, who is telling the people that they don't need Republican support for the bill to pass? Nobody but Fox.


    Answer by Anonymous at 7:40 PM on Oct. 6, 2009

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