Politics

Obama's Approval Ratings Rise As Democrats' Fall

| by Ray Brown

President Barack Obama will leave office with his highest approval rating in seven years, but the same can't be said for the rest of the Democratic Party.

Obama's approval rating is at 57 percent -- his highest since 2009 -- according to a CNN/ORC poll. The positive rating was attributed to an increase in Republican support. In October, 16 percent of Republicans approved of Obama, but that number grew to 22 percent in November.

Democrats have been almost unanimously loyal, with 91 percent approving of the president's job.

As for the entire Democratic Party overall, only 39 percent of Americans approve of the job they've done. And among Democrats themselves, approval of their own party fell from 91 percent in October to 81 percent in November.

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The Republican Party is slightly more popular than the Democrats right now, with an approval rating of 41 percent. But that's 5 percent more than in October, before President-elect Donald Trump won Nov. 8.

And although he hasn't taken office yet, people certainly have opinions on the billionaire businessman.

According to the CNN/ORC poll, 57 percent said Trump isn’t honest and trustworthy and 66 percent don’t consider him an admirable person.

However, Trump has a slight advantage among people who believe he can run the government well and those who don't: 50 percent to 49 percent, according to Politico.

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Sources: CNN/ORC, Politico / Photo credit: U.S. Department of Defense/Flickr

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