Poll: Obama's Ratings Highest in Nine Months

Tuesday, 11 Mar 2014 11:30 PM

By Cathy Burke

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President Barack Obama's approval rating is at its highest point since June, but most Americans still disapprove of his performance on nearly every topic surveyed, a new poll released Tuesday night showed.

Americans are evenly split, with 48 percent approving of Obama's job performance, up from 42 percent in December — the biggest positive change of his presidency, according to the Bloomberg National Poll.

Equally, 48 percent do not like the job the president is doing.

The Bloomberg survey also showed Obama with a 49 percent favorability rating, the highest since June.

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"The six-point increase in Obama's approval rating puts him back in the territory he typically occupies," pollster Ann Selzer said. "He had a post-election bump in December of 2012 and February 2013 and then a steady decline."

The pollster warned the president's performance on a wide swath of issues — including the hot-topic issue of the economy — could still threaten his party from retaining Senate control.

For example, the poll found 69 percent of Americans, including 45 percent of Republicans, support the president's call to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10. But 57 percent called it unacceptable if — as the Congressional Budget Office has found — raising the minimum wage would mean the elimination of 500,000 jobs.

The White House has disputed the CBO findings.

On foreign policy, 41 percent of Americans disapprove of the president's handling of the conflict in Ukraine compared with 34 percent who approve.

And 53 percent disapprove of Obama's handling of the economy, and 57 percent aren't happy with his job on the deficit.

The results track results of a Public Policy Polling survey released Tuesday that found Obama's job approval ratings inching up to 43 percent, his best showing since last October's 46 percent level.

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