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President Barack Obama got more than rest and relaxation while he was on vacation in Hawaii over the holidays: His job approval rating, which had been languishing in the mid-40-percent range for more than six months, rose to 50 percent, according to Gallup Daily tracking.

The results are the average from tracking conducted Dec. 28-29 and Jan. 2, Gallup said.

Obama's rise in ratings comes after a particularly busy lame-duck session of Congress, which the president termed "a season of progress." Compromise was reached on extending the Bush-era tax cuts, Congress repealed the ban on gays serving openly in the military, and a measure was passed to pay for health benefits for rescue workers who became ill after working at Ground Zero after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

Gallup also said that presidential approval ratings often benefit from a burst of optimism that accompanies the New Year.

Approval for Obama was sharply divided along partisan lines, the poll found. Among Democrats, 80 percent approved of the job the president is doing, while 16 percent of Republican respondents approved. Among independents, his approval rating was 47 percent.

The last time Obama's approval rating hit 50 percent was near the end of May and the beginning of June, Gallup said.

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ttee5

Sometimes I have a feeling that the American public is being duped .... my family travels alot, probably 3/4 different cities a month, and every trip is different, and it's just not a fly in ... it's 2/3 days of walking and talking with the folks that live there because we own a small advertising company, so we talk with 200/300 hundred folks a week, times 4 family members.

Maybe Kansas City or perhaps Philadelphia, and the next time it could be Atlanta or maybe Milwaukee, and the next trip could be Columbus Ohio or Raleigh SC, etc, etc. .... and what we don't understand is, we're not finding folks agreeing with the President and we're certainly not finding Joe Public "approving" his actions more and more --- actually, we're finding more and more of the public *not approving* with the President, by vast numbers on a daily basis.

We just had a 3 hour discussion with 300+ folks at the Cleveland Airport waiting for their canceled flights due to snow --- except for 30 or 40 folks, the vast majority had little or no support for the President -- some had suits, some had boots.

I have a feeling the Gallup poll is more smoke and mirrors then anything else.


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January 14 2011 at 7:46 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
abudotcom

All I have to say is: No One Asked me. I am not included in the 50% approval.

January 05 2011 at 10:19 AM Report abuse +10 rate up rate down Reply
Jean

Obama's approval ratings always go up when he is away from his desk for any length of time because we can all relax for awhile and not worry about what he is going to do next. Seems people are still drinking some of that kool aid but it is starting to go rancid by now. We are not cutting taxes on your so called "wealthy" we are just leaving them as they are for 2 years so "get over it" and stop complaining as the schools and arts and other charities will continue to receive donations from the more affluent in our country. Remember 50% of Americans do not pay taxes AT ALL!

January 04 2011 at 9:45 PM Report abuse +13 rate up rate down Reply
firstad

If the GOP decides Health Care must go, the billions in savings will go with it. There ARE substantial savings, and the GOP will have to figure out how to restore them or we will be worse off. Obama and Health Care is going to be the new congress's trip wire. With jobs number one on the voters horizon, and no GOP plan to address that, they are going to start quickly to look like they don't care about the voters while making the GOP their number one agenda. Bad times ahead for all of us.

January 04 2011 at 7:32 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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nspineda9

Cutting budget is BS. 100 percent of the budget goes eventually to "Private" enterprise and citizens. unless you're GOV employee because for the right you are not private. Gov. schools can't make their own ink for their printers. where do they get that? answer: private companies. teachers and police spent their wages on private companies that provide services to them. The cycle goes on. that's why we call "ECO-nomy" it's a cycle of business. you spin the money around and make it bigger by taking more from the environment(products) or provide services (man-power).Roads are not constructed by GOV but by private contractors or they supplied the materials to do so. So anyone dying to CUT budgets, think again. Imagine stopping/cutting business with XE/blackwater or halliburton in the name of budget cuts.If you stop this cycle of business, there will no business at all and many private companies that you love will go even under.

January 05 2011 at 1:51 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
BILL HARPER

After using the figures in your write up, I calculated Obama's approval rating at 48%. How do you calculate it?

January 04 2011 at 6:55 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
nspineda9

Wow! all the anti-Obama are really great in giving their "very" intelligent opinion. I am an independent. The new health care law was done "in my opinion" not in a nice way. But the benefits are hard to ignore. Who would want to be deny of care base on your past condition? not me. And I don't want my kids either, simply because they are young and vulnerable. I am for lowering fees from ugly big banks especially if they were bailed out. I'm the in fence with the tax cuts for the rich. I'll be for it if they can promise new job hirings. But I doubt that will happen because running a business, like my own, it is more base on demands for services and goods rather than taxes. Any businessperson who worries calculating taxes rather than the entire business should not be in business at all. That meant that they simply suck doing business. DADT- I'm all for that. what else? Oh give him a failed grade when it comes to housing rescue/mortgage something. And as for him handling the economy, it remains to be seen but I'm doing much better than before. Better than Bush years actually. So that's my take on our "Commander in Chief".

January 04 2011 at 4:52 PM Report abuse +12 rate up rate down Reply
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ettu

You don't seem to understand..........the bill was front-loaded with the good stuff........you will feel the pain soon. Scrap the mess and start over, so everyone can understand what is in store for them, and can determine how they will handle the changes. Right now, all you are getting is a whiff of the upside. Do you have any idea of the downside.......there always is one, you know? It is your children you should be worried about, and not only until they are 26. They will feel the pain from this bill for a long, long, time.

January 04 2011 at 7:24 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
nspineda9

we will feel the "pain" of health care if there was no law enacted to protect all Americans. Pain is when you have a country that see that its best interest is to wage war decade after decade while failing to to give care to its people. pain is when you have a party that wants to rid of the only protection to our elder citizens(social security).Pain is when education is seen by he right as not a "right" but reserved only to the rich. Pain is when you see banks defrauded many of us but only one party said something must be done. pain is when you see your neighbor's job sent abroad by companies that got tax cut for doing just that. Finally, pain is when you know there is solution to many problem but when you do try to solve them, "SOME PEOPLE" just can't get off their butts. As for taxes, All Americans pay Taxes. don't give the BS about on 50% does. I pay more state taxes than Federal. Government's only purpose is to serve the people, not other way around. Jesus will not treat people this way.

January 05 2011 at 1:39 AM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply
izzylee

Your ratings got up when you pass DADT, something long overdue. Your ratings go up when you give 9/11 responders the health care they deserve. Your ratings go up when you prevent taxes from going up on the middle class and so on and so forth... Obama is doing a fantastic job despite the obstructionist party on the right.

The bottom line is people with good jobs spend time with their families over the Christmas holidays. After all it is not he that killed our economy so that the rest of us couldn't afford to go on vacation with our kids, it was baby Bush!

You go Obama!!

January 04 2011 at 9:38 AM Report abuse +9 rate up rate down Reply
miselaineyus

Not for one minute do I believe this faux poll! Look when it was taken-during the Christmas New Year holiday! Gues it's another poll that was controlled by the DNC-and they exclusivelyanswered!!!

January 04 2011 at 9:37 AM Report abuse -18 rate up rate down Reply
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WD Simmons

I bet you always believe the ones that show his numbers are down yet most of the folks that bash Obama did better on taxes than they did under President Bush. That's a plain fact.

January 04 2011 at 6:03 PM Report abuse +12 rate up rate down Reply
Chris

This is the worst leadership this nation has ever wrought. Gallup poll is biased by sampling errors and therefore useless. Unemployment, exorbitant healthcare costs, soaring debt, uncontrolled government spending, inflation, no jobs or manufacturing and corporate outsourcing everything but Obama's underwear. This nation is no longer America!

January 04 2011 at 9:27 AM Report abuse -14 rate up rate down Reply
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vinibomba

how can his ratings go up if he did not do anything but play golf. maybe the golf ball industry had to put on more employees to make more balls for he his game of golf is probably like his politics,, way out of line. lets get a president who knows what the hell is going on ,an not someb.s. artist who can not even read the right speech off a tele. prompter. his words are full of b.s.

January 04 2011 at 7:21 AM Report abuse -13 rate up rate down Reply
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Charlie

Sighs. Obama has OBVIOUSLY done more than play golf. If all he did was play golf, the Republicans wouldn't hate him as much as they do... nor would the Democrats love him. You may recall a little thing called health care reform that Republicans hate and Democrats love. Was that, a golf game? Obviously not. I've NEVER actually heard a Republican rant about Obama playing golf. So, obviously, you don't know what you're talking about. You're just making up garbage.

January 04 2011 at 9:26 AM Report abuse +18 rate up rate down Reply

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