Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Poll: Obama approval up 6 points - Jennifer Epstein - POLITICO.com
President Obama’s approval ratings has climbed to its highest point in nearly a year and opinions of Congress are up too, a new poll Wednesday found.
Fifty-three percent of Americans surveyed for an Associated Press-GfK poll released Wednesday said they approve of how Obama is doing his job.
In November, just after the election day in which the president said Democrats got a “shellacking,” his approval rating in the same poll stood at 47 percent. Obama’s approval was last at 53 percent in this poll in early March 2010, before his health care reform bill was passed in its final form.
Americans’ views of how Obama is handling the economy also improved, with 47 percent approving, up 6 points from November.
A majority of voters are confident that Republicans can bring about an economic turnaround, with 56 percent saying they think the GOP can improve the economy.
Congressional Republicans’ overall approval ratings are also up, from 29 percent three months ago to 36 percent in this poll. Democrats in Congress are also doing better in the eyes of the American people than they were this fall, with 39 percent of those surveyed saying they approve of them, up from 36 percent in October.
The poll surveyed 1,001 adults Jan. 5-10. The error margin is plus or minus 4.2 percentage points.