President Barack Obama's job approval rating has rebounded from historic lows just three months ago and is now at 50 percent for the first time since June 2013, Gallup reports.
Obama reached the Gallup Daily tracking approval number immediately after his Tuesday State of the Union speech
in which he touted the country's economic achievements.
Obama's daily numbers were at 39 percent in October, near his record low of 38 percent, which he last hit in September.
His numbers had risen to 42 percent by the Nov. 4 midterms, when his party saw huge losses to Republicans, despite Americans' rising confidence in the U.S. economy.
But his executive action granting legal status to millions of illegal immigrants and falling gasoline prices helped boost his spike upward, Gallup said. Obama's approval rating averaged 44 percent in December and averages 46 percent so far in January.
State of the Union addresses don't normally help a president's approval rating, Gallup noted, but in Obama's case it may have been the first time many people were made aware of the better economic numbers or Obama's claim that he deserved some of the credit.
Obama got an immediate 2 point bounce from the speech, rising from 46 percent to 48 percent. The 50 percent rating was achieved over the weekend.
Obama saw his worst annual average approval from Gallup in the period from Jan. 20, 2014, to Tuesday. That number was 42.6 percent.
The Daily tracking poll was conducted Jan. 23-25, 2015, with a random sample of 1,527 adults. The margin of error is 3 percentage points.
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