Obama's Approval Rating Hits Highest Level Since 2009

| by Ray Brown
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Voters don't like either of the major party presumptive nominees much, but they're giving President Barack Obama the highest approval ratings he has seen since the first year of his presidency.

According to an ABC News/Washington Post news poll, 56 percent of Americans approve of Obama's job performance. Obama hasn't seen that high of an approval rating since August, 2009, according to a rundown of Gallup polls.

Presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, on the other hand, is far less popular, with 47 percent of Americans preferring the former first lady and secretary of state in a four-way race between her, presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump, Libertarian Party nominee Gary Johnson and Green Party nominee Jill Stein, according to the ABC News/Washington Post poll.

Trump is less popular than Clinton, with 43 percent of voters preferring the real estate mogul. Johnson is attracting 8 percent of voters and Stein is winning 5 percent.

ABC News points out that although Clinton's numbers are low for a presidential front-runner, Obama's high numbers could help her because more than 83 percent of Obama backers say they would back Clinton in the November race.

When Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona ran against Obama in 2000, President George W. Bush's approval numbers were at only 28 percent and pundits considered it an impediment on the GOP's chances that year.

In the swing states of Florida and Ohio, Obama's approval record is lower than the national average.

In Florida, Obama has a 50 percent approval rating as of June, according to a Real Clear Politics polling average, with 45 percent disapproving.

And in Ohio, Obama has a 49.3 percent disapproval rating as of March, according to a Huffington Post polling chart, with 45.4 percent approving the president's performance.

Although Obama's ratings are positive nationwide and in Florida, the ABC News/Washington Post poll shows that there was another 68 percent of Americans who said that the country is headed in the wrong direction, which reflects some uncertainty and pessimism that could have an effect in the November presidential election.

Sources: ABC News, Real Clear Politics, The Huffington Post, Gallup / Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons

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