Poll: Obama approval at highest level since 2009

President Obama hit his highest approval rating since fall of 2009, in a CNN/Opinion Research poll released Monday.

Fifty-five percent of Americans said they approve of the way Obama is handling his job, according to a poll conducted over the weekend, the first time he's hit such a high number in that same poll since November of 2009.

Fourty-four percent of U.S. adults said they disapprove of the way Obama's handling his job, down from a high of 54 percent in September of 2010.

The poll underscores recent signs that the president is experiencing a bit of political renaissance since the "shellacking" his party received in the 2010 elections.

The past two CNN polls showed trendlines pointing toward a rebound for the president, a pattern which seems to have continued through the most recent poll. The same pattern has begun to emerge in other polling, as well.

The rebound comes as Obama has made a point of pivoting toward the center, and making more overtures toward Republicans in Congress. He'll deliver his "State of the Union" address on Tuesday night, which could present an opportunity for him to cement his remade image before the public.

The CNN poll was conducted Jan. 21-23, and has a three percent margin of error.