Obama's approval ticks up in poll

President Obama’s job approval rating ticked up slightly to 41 percent in January after plunging to its lowest level in Quinnipiac polling a month ago. 

A Quinnipiac poll released Wednesday found Obama’s approval rating stood 3 points higher than last month, the first gain in months for the president. His disapproval rating dropped 4 percent and now stands at 53 percent. 

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President Obama’s approval rating has been hovering in the low 40s for months. Following the botched rollout of the healthcare law in October, Obama’s rating hit the lowest level of his presidency in Quinnipiac polling at 38 percent. 

Forty percent of people currently support the healthcare law, largely unchanged since last month. 

Other polls have showed his rating around the same level. Obama’s approval rating in Gallup’s daily tracking poll stands at 41 percent with 52 percent disapproval. 

Only 46 percent of people believe Obama is honest and trustworthy. Another 51 percent say he is not a strong leader; 50 percent said he cares about people’s problems. 

The president is underwater on most major issues, including the economy (39 percent approval), the federal budget (34 percent approval) and foreign policy (41 percent approval). He has a positive rating on his handling of terrorism with 52 percent approval and 41 percent disapproval.

The Quinnipiac poll conflicts with an automated Rasmussen poll released Tuesday that found the same number of people — 49 percent — approve as disapprove of the president. 

Quinnipiac also found that Democrats are about even with Republicans on a general congressional ballot test going into the midterm elections. Thirty-eight percent of people would back a Republican and 37 percent would vote for a Democrat. 

Republican numbers have rebounded since falling nearly 10 percent during the government shutdown. 

By a 4-point margin, voters want the GOP to take back the Senate — 46 percent to 42 percent. In the House, 46 percent want Republicans to keep the House while 44 want Democrats to win back control. 

The survey polled 1,487 registered voters and has a 2.5 percent margin or error.