Obama Approval Rating on the Rise
President Barack Obama’s popularity rating has increased, which put him in a better position to defend his presidency in next year’s election. The presidential election is still ten months away and things could still change.
Obama is happy that is job approval ratings have rebounded despite the attacks by his Republican rivals and the country’s weak economy. Gallup poll shows that the president got 46 percent approval from American adults. This is the highest rating he got since July. At the start of the month he was at 41 percent.
Several other polls show that the president has the same recovery over the recent weeks. Observers said that part of the reason of the turnaround is the change of how people feel about the economy. Consumer’s view the economy as weak but improving.
Last Tuesday, the Conference Board in New York released an index of consumer confidence that showed an increase to 64.5 from 55.2 for December. The Consumer Confidence Index is now back in the levels that was last seen last spring. As the consumer confidence increases, the job market has also shown signs of life. The stock market stabilized and European nations have resolved their financial problems.
President Obama’s popularity has also gained ground because of the partisan fight over the renewal of the payroll tax cut for workers. The president managed to cast himself as the defender of the middle-class.