President Obama’s approval rating marked its highest three-day average since 2013 this week, according to a Gallup poll.
The president’s job approval rating has been trending upward in recent weeks, reaching 48 percent for Dec. 27-29. Gallup attributed the increase
to favorable reactions among Hispanics to Obama’s immigration moves in November, his announcement regarding restoring relations with Cuba, and positive views about the economy.
Obama’s disapproval rating also was 48 percent during the same time frame, marking “the first time his approval-disapproval gap has not been negative since September of 2013," Gallup said.
Low gas prices and a soaring stock market have increased confidence in the economy, contributing to Obama’s rising approval rating, The Wall Street Journal reported
Gallup's ratings were echoed by other polls, including a CNN/ORC International poll, which found that Obama’s approval rating
hit a 20-month high of 48% during the Dec. 18-21 survey period.
The Rasmussen Reports showed Obama’s approval rating
reached 49 percent on Wednesday.
It remains to be seen whether the trend will continue, but the Chicago Tribune pointed out three factors that could carry the high approval ratings
into 2015: economic growth, which reached 5 percent in the third quarter; policy decisions, including his action on immigration; and executive actions on climate change, relations with Cuba and immigration countering feelings that the president is too passive.
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