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Gallup: Obama Approval Highest in Three Years

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.

34 Responses to Gallup: Obama Approval Highest in Three Years

  1. Poll shmoll….75% of the people in this country don’t pay attention to what’s going on. We’ll see how he fairs when the higher tax rates kick in. Let’s check back in Feb to see how popular this POS is.

  2. That’s because Republicans can’t or won’t explain the problem to the people and why they need new House Leadership. The ‘Cliff’ will hit every Middle American family with a 5-8% federal tax hike totaling $2000 – $3500 per family. A great many now not paying taxes are going to start paying and those getting tax credits (ie refunds) will no longer. By ‘going over’ President Obama gets his tax increase on the wealthy whether Republicans do anything or not. However, because of poor explanations, the massive tax hike across ALL income levels that Obama can now be blamed on Republicans.

    Though we no longer have a Federal Budget and do everything by Continuing Resolutions, the annual departmental percentage increases each year have been typically greater than any of the required Sequestration Percentage Budget cuts. So the true future affect on Federal Spending will be a wash. Each department’s future budget will probably still get at least the prior year’s budget amount plus one or two percent more (102% instead of 110%). So Sequestration is be at most, a ‘freeze’ on portions of the federal budget because it caps department budgets.

    In that respect, by holding out, Obama becomes more Republican than the current Republicans. He appears to be at least willing to TRY to control the budget. Too many in Congress (including most Republicans) won’t raise taxes to pay for their spending nor cut any spending to bring it in line with revenue. The ‘Fiscal Cliff’ does exactly that.

  3. After the last election, I will never believe another poll.

    Obama is just biding his time, wating to get to flip one conservative member of the Supreme Court. Once he has his liberal majority on the SCOTUS, our republic is officially dead.

    Elections have consequences. And this one was fatal…

  4. Polls are manipulated. Obviously, Gallup must have not questioned any of the people who are supposedly joining the NRA in numbers nor the 75% of the population who want to see spending cuts because Obama certainly is not naming any specifics in his fiscal plans. My guess is the poll questions were massaged into making Obama look good because at this disturbing moment in time we have to rally around the leader whether he’s good or not.

  5. Considering the fact he is a lame duck, who cares what the polls say about his popularity anyway? He can’t run again (legally) so whats the point in measuring this criteria except to feed his swelled ego?

  6. Fools rush in you know. Reading the Daily Mail there’s an article where
    Michelle wrote a letter to the families of Newtown saying her heart brakes for
    them. Perhaps that message should have been delivered in person.

  7. “The survey, which was conducted Monday through Wednesday of this week, found that 37 percent disapprove of the job Obama is doing.”

    Pray tell, what has changed since-the mid-term massacre two years ago when Obama’s approval rating was at 37%? If anything, things are worse. He has done nothing but campaign for 4 years and increase the deficit by $6 Trillion. He kicked the Budget down the road for 4 years – unprecedented. Is everyone suffering from long-term memory loss? We;re about to lose our Second Amendment rights and everyone is celebrating….even Republicans. Knee-jerk reactions do not solve problems!