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AP: Obama’s Rating Highest Since Killing Osama

From an elated Associated Press:

AP-GfK Poll: Obama approval rises postelection

By JENNIFER AGIESTA | December 7, 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) — A month after the bitterly fought election, President Barack Obama has his highest approval ratings since the killing of Osama bin Laden, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll, and more Americans say the nation is heading in the right direction now than at any time since the start of his first term.

Obama’s approval rating stands at 57 percent, the highest since May 2011, when U.S. Navy SEALs killed the terror leader, and up 5 percentage points from before the election. And 42 percent say the country is on the right track, up from 35 percent in January 2009.

A majority think it’s likely that the president will be able to improve the economy in his second term…

For the record, this AP poll oversampled Democrats by 10% (Dem/Ind/GOP = 33/27/23%). In the November elections Democrats only had a 6% advantage over Republicans. But we’re probably not supposed to notice such things anymore.

Americans are divided on what kind of president Obama has been, with 37 percent saying he’s been above average or outstanding and 36 percent describing his tenure as below average or poor. Another quarter say he’s been just average…

So only 37% say Obama has been above average.

Looking ahead to Obama’s final four years, most Americans doubt he can reduce the federal budget deficit. But almost 7 in 10 say he will be able to implement the health care law passed in March 2010 and remove most troops from Afghanistan.

And most think he’ll be able to improve the economy and boost race relations in his final term, though both those figures are down significantly from January 2009…

What a fantasy.

But speaking of the vagaries of polls, we have this from just a week ago, via the New York Times:

Polls Show Below-Average Post-Election Approval Bounce for Obama

By MICAH COHEN | November 30, 2012

Public opinion surveys conducted since President Obama won re-election show an improvement in his job approval ratings. Compared to previous presidents, however, Mr. Obama’s post-election approval bounce has been relatively meager…

Mr. Obama’s net job approval improved by only two percentage points right after the election, according to Gallup…

In 13 of the past 16 presidential elections, the incumbent has seen his job approval ratings improve. Only three presidents, all Democrats, have seen their numbers deteriorate: Harry Truman, Lyndon B. Johnson and Jimmy Carter…

The shift in Mr. Obama’s net job approval is the second smallest — positive or negative — in 60 years, behind only Truman’s one point decline in 1952…

Maybe Gallup and those other opinion surveys still aren’t over-sampling Democrats enough. Axelrod had better get back on the phone to the Justice Department.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, December 7th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “AP: Obama’s Rating Highest Since Killing Osama”

  1. Anonymoose says:

    About page 3:


    It was this question, they were asked if they approved of his performance and it was answered as don’t know or refused they were asked again if they had to choose which way they would lean, and from there got an extra 7%. Take those out and it’s down to the 50% or less the other polls report.

    As with all polls, however, the “raw data” is actually the completed tables, I’d really want to see the actual responses since I don’t know if these are the actual percentages or the result of weighting magic. I do note that skimming through the poll results it looks like the average respondent was a middle-lower income suburbanite, 51% female, who had a listed phone number for the pollers to call at.

  2. yadayada says:

    “But almost 7 in 10 say he will be able to implement the health care law passed in March 2010”

    what’s in the way to stop him? speaker boner?

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