Politics

Good News for Re-Election? Obama Job Approval Tops 50%

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There's reason to celebrate at the White House this week, and it isn't just because Barack got Michelle a rocking Valentine's Day gift.

For the first time in over eight months, President Obama's job approval rating has topped 50% meaning more Americans approve of the job the president is doing in office than disapprove.

The 50% threshold is viewed by political insiders as an important mark for presidents seeking re-election.

Further bolstering Democratic optimism about the party's ability to maintain control of the White House this Fall is a full battery of polls showing President Obama running ahead of all of his likely Republican opponents.

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Even Mitt Romney, viewed by many as the most electable politician seeking the Republican nomination, is now running 5-7 points below President Obama in national polls.

A CNN/ORC International Poll also shows that the GOP's advantage on enthusiasm is no longer existent and that Americans are growing more optimistic about the direction of the country as a whole.