Obama’s approval rating rises to 54%: Poll

Barack ObamaWashington, Aug 4 : US President Barack Obama’s approval rating has risen to 54 per cent, the highest level since just before his second inauguration in 2013, a new poll showed.

According to the new CNN/ORS poll, Obama’s approval rating dipped to 50 per cent after the Republican convention held from July 18 to 21, but has risen to 54 per cent in the wake of his Democratic Party’s convention held from July 25 to 28, with a 45 per cent disapproval.

The increase in Obama’s approval rating comes mostly among younger Americans — he is up 9 points among those under age 45 while losing a point among those age 45 or older — and political independents and moderates — up 9 points among each group, CNN reported citing the poll.

Compared with other recent two-term presidents, Obama’s approval rating at this stage of his presidency ranks on par with Ronald Reagan’s ratings in 1988, and are approaching Bill Clinton’s 57 per cent at this point in 2000, the poll said.

According to the poll, Obama’s improving approval ratings and outspoken stance against Republican nominee Donald Trump could prove beneficial to the Democrat seeking to succeed him in office, Hillary Clinton, CNN said.

Those who approve of Obama’s work as president are almost universally in Clinton’s corner in the upcoming presidential race, 94 per cent of those voters back Clinton in a two-way head-to-head, while Trump carries 85 per cent of those who disapprove of Obama.

Most voters said that if she were elected, Clinton would mostly carry out Obama’s policies, 64 per cent say so to 33 per cent who think her policies would mostly be different from Obama’s, the poll showed.

The CNN/ORC Poll was conducted by telephone July 29-31 among a random national sample of 1,003 adults, including 894 registered voters.

Results among the sample of registered voters have a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.—IANS

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