New polling indicates the approval rating for President Barack Obama has hit its highest peak since he won re-election in 2012.
The solid favorability for the sitting president could prove invaluable for the candidate who hopes to succeed him, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.
On Aug. 4, a CNN/ORC poll found 54 percent of respondents approved of President Obama’s job performance, while only 45 percent disapproved. It is the highest approval rating the president has had in his second term in office, CNN reports.
The surge in popularity has been attributed to his appearance at the Democratic National Convention, which took place July 25 through 28. Previous polls conducted by the same survey found Obama only had an approval rating of 50 percent after the Republican National Convention from July 18 through 21.
The four point uptick in Obama’s approval rating came largely from Americans under the age of 45, whose favorability towards the president increased by nine points. Obama’s approval rating among respondents older than 45 dipped by one point.
“I think that this is unprecedented at this point,” professor of political science Jeanne Zaino of Iona College told The Independent. “We have never really had modern presidents with these ratings — only Bill Clinton and Ronald Reagan.”
This should come as good news to Obama’s former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, who faces a deficit in favorability.
On Aug. 1, a YouGov/Economist poll found Clinton only has a favorability of 44 percent, while 54 percent of respondents viewed her unfavorably. The survey found Clinton has never had an approval rating higher than her unfavorables since June 2015, YouGov reports.
Despite her abysmal favorability ratings, the CNN/ORC poll indicates Obama’s popularity could help carry her to the November election. Ninety-four percent of respondents who rated Obama positively said they would vote for Clinton in a two-person race against GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump.
“Barack Obama has this support among the groups of people she needs and he is happy to help her,” Zaino said.
During the DNC, President Obama made an appeal to his supporters to back Clinton in the general election, tying the continuation of his legacy to her electoral prospects.
“Tonight, I ask you to do for Hillary Clinton what you did for me,” Obama said during his July 27 speech. “I ask you to carry her the same way you carried me.”