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Zogby: Obama Approval Up After Speech

Tuesday, 15 Sep 2009 02:11 PM

By Jim Meyers

President Barack Obama's approval rating has rebounded following his recent address to Congress on healthcare, and voters are now evenly split in assessing his job performance, a new poll reveals.

The survey of more than 4,700 likely voters by Zogby Interactive, conducted from Sept. 10 to Sept. 14, found that 49.4 percent of respondents approve of his job performance, and 49.5 percent disapprove.

An earlier Zogby poll conducted from Aug. 28 to Aug. 31 showed Obama with a 42 percent approval rating, with 48 percent of respondents disapproving of his performance.

The new poll shows Obama's approval rating among Democrats is up 12 percentage points since the August poll, to 87 percent, while his rating among Republicans remains at 9 percent.

Obama's rating among Independents is up 9 points to 46 percent since August. But a majority, 54 percent, still disapprove.

The survey also shows Obama with double-digit gains among women and voters ages 30 and under, but his rating among voters 64 years and older remains at just 42 percent.

"President Obama's speech on healthcare reform appears to have eased the concerns of some of his most loyal supporters, who may have been questioning Obama's commitment to his campaign pledges," pollster John Zogby said.

"However, he hasn't won over Independents or older voters, and those are the people who are giving some Democrats in Congress cold feet about voting for a major healthcare reform bill."

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