By JIM KUHNHENN, Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) — The economy is recovering, the White House is dealing with multiple controversies, and President Barack Obama appears generally unaffected either way.
Recent polls show the president sustaining an overall approval rating around 50 percent. Gains in housing, jobs and the stock market are not raising his ratings; recent storms over Benghazi, Libya, the Internal Revenue Service, or journalists swept up in leak investigations don't appear to be causing damage.
The data suggests the economy could be insulating Obama from the immediate troubles confronting his administration. It also indicates that while a growing number of those surveyed are more optimistic about the economy, they are evenly split on whether they approve or disapprove of the president's handling of it.