Opinions About Obama Improve

In addition to President Obama currently leading in the national and swing state horse race polling, voter’s opinions about him across several metrics appear to be improving. The polling shows Obama’s job approval numbers, approval numbers on the economy, and favorability rating are the highest they have been in months.

According to a new NBC/WSJ poll, Obama’s overall job approval rating among registered voters is 50/48. This is the first time in their poll that Obama’s approval number has hit 50 percent since March. The biggest improvement, though, has been on his handling of the economy. His job approval rating on the economy is still negative at 47/51, but this is a big improvement from last month when it was 44/54. You would need to go back to February 2011 to find the last time Obama’s job approval rating on the economy was better. Most importantly the poll found a plurality of voters think Obama would do a better job than Romney dealing with basically every issue. The only issue in the poll Obama and Romney are tied on is who would best handle the economy.

The AP-GfK found similar results. According to that poll, Obama’s job approval rating with all adults is 56/40. This is a huge jump from last month when it was 49/49. The last time Obama had a better job approval rating was back in May of 2011. On the economy it found Obama’s approval rating is positive for the first time in over a year at 49/48. Obama’s personal favorably rating is an impressive 58/39, which is a big improvement from last month when it was only 53/44.

The Obama campaign appears to be succeeding as best as can be expected. Perceptions about Obama personally and how he is handling his job as President have improved. Looking at all the polling data it is clear the campaign is going well for the Obama team.

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Jon Walker

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Jonathan Walker grew up in New Jersey. He graduated from Wesleyan University in 2006. He is an expert on politics, health care and drug policy. He is also the author of After Legalization and Cobalt Slave, and a Futurist writer at