Poll: Obama Approval Rating Up

Gallup average shows Obama's image improving.

President Barack Obama gestures as he speaks in the East Room of the White House, Friday, Jan. 31, 2014, in Washington, about helping the long-term unemployed.

President Barack Obama gestures as he speaks about helping the long-term unemployed at the White House Friday. 

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President Barack Obama’s image may be improving from an all-time low, according to a new Gallup survey.

A three day rolling average has the president at 46 percent approval and 50 disapproval from Feb. 17-19. That’s up from 39 percent approval from Feb.5-7.

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The improved rating could be a result of the lack of headlines trashing the implementation of his signature domestic policy, the Affordable Care Act, as was the case last fall when the law’s federal website made its rocky debut. The site was slow, broken and unable to accommodate many of the visitors seeking to purchase federally-mandated health insurance. 

Obama has also received largely positive coverage of late for wheeling out funds to help combat drought in California and boost manufacturing in places like North Carolina.

Obama’s numbers have tumbled in his second term, peaking at 54 percent approval in December 2012. His highest marks came in January 2009, just after he was elected America’s first black president, at 65 percent approval.


Democrats fighting to hold on to control of the Senate and attempting to take over the House in the 2014 midterm elections have largely kept Obama - and his toxic popularity - at an arm’s length. But an improving image at the White House could aid them on the campaign trail.

Gallup surveys about 1,500 national adults daily and averages three days of results to come up with Obama’s ratings. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percent.