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May 21, 2013


Obama Approval Steady in Face of Controversies

A new Washington Post-ABC News poll finds President Obama's approval rating has remained steady at 51% to 44%, "in the face of fresh disclosures about the IRS, the Benghazi attack and the Justice Department's secret collection of telephone records of Associated Press journalists as part of a leak investigation."

Key findings: "A bare majority of Americans say they believe that Obama is focused on issues that are important to them personally; just 33% think so of congressional Republicans. Brighter assessments of the economy may be one reason that the president has been able to weather controversies. For the first time since the 100-day mark of Obama's first term, most say they are optimistic about the direction of the economy. More than half, 56%, say the economy is on the mend, the most to say so in polls since 2009."

Nate Silver says there's evidence the economic recovery is helping Obama's approval rating.












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