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Obama Popularity Rating Rises In Second Term, Poll Show

Posted by on Jan. 30, 2013 at 1:34 PM
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Obama Popularity Rating Rises In Second Term, Poll Show


President Obama's popularity among constituents is rising in the early days of his second term.

According to a Washington Post/ABC News poll, 60 percent of respondents said they had a favorable view of the president, while only 37 percent said they had an unfavorable view.

This is the highest his favorability has been since 2009, the first year of his first term, when he received 79 percent positive responses in a similar poll. It's also up from last year's ratings, which found his popularity in the 50 percent range.

The poll was conducted between January 23rd and January 27th, in the days following his inauguration speech.

The speech itself has received high marks. A recent Huffpost/YouGov poll found that the majority of Americans agreed with the president on key issues he highlighted in his speech, like equal pay for women and protecting Medicaid, Medicare, and Social Security.

Obama's speech has been widely-regarded as his most progressive.

by on Jan. 30, 2013 at 1:34 PM
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by Gold Member on Jan. 30, 2013 at 11:12 PM

BACKFIRE: OBAMA APPROVAL PLUMMETS DURING GUN PUSH

Just a week before the New Year, Obama enjoyed his highest approval ratings of 2012. According to Gallup, 58% of Americans approved of the job Obama was doing. Survey results released today by Gallup, though, show Obama's approval rating has plummeted to just 49%. It is a dramatic drop, especially coming over a holiday period when people traditionally pay little attention to politics. Four years ago, at his first inauguration, a full 69% of Americans approved of Obama. 

The drop in Obama's approval from 4 years ago is understandable, given the sluggish economy and the hope American's had as his presidency began. The considerable drop from just a few weeks ago is more puzzling. According to the media, he was the "winner" of the fiscal cliff negotiations, getting most of the tax hikes he campaigned on and avoiding spending cuts. 

Also according to the media, he has deftly exploited the Sandy Hook tragedy to make a renewed push for gun control. This is supposedly popular with the American public and Obama has been all over the airwaves pushing his proposals. He even orchestrated a back-drop of children from across the country to release his proposals to the public. 

And, yet, his approval rating is dropping. Exit polls from the past election make it pretty clear that voters chose Obama the person and not his policies. Pushing his policies even further to the left looks like its backfiring with the public. 

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