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January 18, 2011


Obama Approval on the Rise

A new ABC News/Washington Post poll finds President Obama's approval rating at 54%, the highest it's been in more than a year.

By an 18-point margin, 58% to 40%, Americans say Obama "understands the problems of people like you." That's up from a mere 2-point split, 50% to 48% in September.

A new CNN/Opinion Research poll finds Obama's approval rating is up five points to 53% "as a growing number of Americans consider him a strong leader who is tough enough to handle a crisis."

Interestingly, the president's approval rating among Democrats and Republicans is essentially unchanged since December, but among independents it has surged 15 points since last month.














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