President Obama’s approval rating stands at 56 percent, the highest level since October 2009, according to Gallup.
The survey, which was conducted Monday through Wednesday of this week, found that 37 percent disapprove of the job Obama is doing.
According to Gallup, the sudden bump in Obama’s popularity – it has been hovering at just over 50 percent since he was reelected – could stem from the Newtown shootings.
The timing of the increase in Obama’s ratings could reflect a broad-based public reaction to the Newtown shootings, similar to the “rally around the flag” effect often seen at the start of wars and other threats to national security, in which Americans rally behind their leader. It could also reflect the impact of the president’s specific actions after the tragedy, including his attendance and speech at a Newtown prayer service Sunday night, and his appointment on Wednesday of a national task force to recommend steps that can be taken to reduce gun violence in the future.
Still, the president’s rating is at a higher level than it was after the killing of Osama Bin Laden, when it went up only to 52 percent.
Obama also may be earning some support for his handling of the fiscal cliff, according to Gallup.
H/T to Donovan Slack at Politico.