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Obama's Approval Rating Reaches 2 Year High

For the first time in two years, President Barack Obama has a positive approval rating.

According to a poll by the Wall Street Journal and NBC, 48 percent of Americans say Obama is doing a good job while 47 percent disapprove. However, the margin of error is 3.1 percent.

The president’s all-time low approval rating is 40 percent, which was recorded in August and September of 2014.

Though Obama was favorably reviewed for his handling of the economy - 49 percent of respondents approved of his efforts - he didn’t do as well in foreign policy. Just 40 percent of people approve and 53 percent disapprove. 

There are two theories on why Obama is being viewed more favorably now. Gallup suggested the jump in popularity could be due to lower gas prices in 2014, improved diplomacy with Iran and Cuba and a growing job market. NBC made the case that the Obama’s popularity is less about his performance as president and more about Hillary Clinton entering the spotlight - Republicans have a new Democrat they can disapprove of.

Obama is far more popular than his predecessor, George W. Bush. At the end of his tenure as president, his approval rating stood at 22 percent.

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Sources: CBS, WSJ/NBC, The Huffington PostImage via Pete Souza/Wikimedia Commons


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