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Pollster Zogby: Obama's Numbers Rising; Good News for Rubio

By    |   Tuesday, 20 Jan 2015 01:00 PM

While the latest Zogby poll shows President Barack Obama's approval rating at 45 percent and his disapproval rating at 51 percent, the president's numbers are on the rise, according to senior analyst and pollster James Zogby.

"We've gone through a period of widespread criticism and sure, we're still in the middle of it but we have to admit that his numbers are in fact going up," Zogby said Tuesday on Newsmax TV's "America's Forum."

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"In fact they've never gone down into the realm of those failed presidents have had their numbers, in the 20s and in the low 30s. Here's a president who at some points posted a 37, 38 approval rating, was averaging through much of 2014, a 40, 41 percent rating, but now he's climbing up and very importantly, he's at 45 percent.

"Congress's approval rating is at 20 percent. The Democrats in Congress, their approval rating is 33, the Republicans, their approval rating is 27. So he's still doing better out there than anybody else."

Looking at 2016, Jeb Bush and Mitt Romney candidacies will not necessarily cancel each other out, he said, noting that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is still a strong contender in addition to there existing the possibility of being a multiple conservative split with a number of tea party candidates vying for the White House.

"So whatever establishment split you may have, the conservatives are going to cannibalize each other as well. So this is wide open. I can tell you, I'm going to be releasing this at the end of the week, but there's very good news in the poll I'm releasing for Marco Rubio, who's now in the top tier."

Zogby said Hillary Clinton will face scrutiny down the road, but her poll numbers have been steadily good because she has been relatively in the background for a while and not making any statements "of any great impact that would cause any real negatives."

"Once she gets out there, she will be scrutinized like any other candidate is scrutinized," he said. "We saw that a bit during her book tour and in fact her numbers went down. Her numbers are down actually from where they were when she left as secretary of state, but the more she gets out there, the more opportunities there are for her to say the wrong thing, do the wrong thing, and the myriads of Clintonian hanger-ons and consultants to say and do the wrong thing. So expect a very competitive race."

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