President Obama's Approval Rating Rises Again

| by Ray Brown
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President Barack Obama is looking good to many people, and it might be because of Republicans.

According to a Bloomberg poll, Obama's approval rating is 57 percent favorable to 42 percent unfavorable. Daily Kos points out that's slightly better than Ronald Reagan in March, 1988. The high rating also corresponds with Republican front-runner Donald Trump's decreasing favorability rating.

Trump's current rating is 29 percent favorable and 68 percent unfavorable. That's down from September, 2015, when Trump was 38 percent favorable and 50 percent unfavorable.

Trump's numbers almost mirror the entire Republican Party. According to the poll, 33 percent of people view the GOP as favorable and 60 percent view it as unfavorable. That's the highest unfavorable rating the GOP has had since the poll began in 2009. The GOP has also seen a steady decrease, aside from a few slight bumps, in its approval rating.

The Democratic Party, meanwhile, has its highest rating since the poll began. Currently, 51 percent view the Democratic Party as favorable, while 43 percent see it as unfavorable.

However, despite the Democratic Party's popularity, its current front-runner, Hillary Clinton, is seen as favorable by only 44 percent and unfavorable by 53 percent of respondents.

Democratic Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, who is challenging Clinton for the Party's nomination, handily beats her in approval rating. Sanders has a 52 percent favorable rating and 41 percent unfavorable.

Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, Trump's closest competitor for the GOP nomination, has approval ratings almost as poor as the billionaire businessman. Cruz is seen as favorable by only 32 percent of respondents and unfavorable by 55 percent.

The most popular politician, according to the poll, is actually Vice President Joe Biden, who is viewed as favorable by 57 percent of respondents and unfavorable by only 35 percent.

But the owner of the most unpopular rating is the entire U.S. Congress, which holds a 61 percent unfavorable rating and only 29 percent favorable.

Sources: Bloomberg, Daily Kos / Photo credit: The White House/Flickr

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