President Obama’s job approval numbers continue upward trend

President Obama has sustained recent gains in his job approval rating, logging his highest monthly average in almost a year, according to data released by Gallup on Monday.

In March, the president averaged a 46 percent approval rating, versus 46 percent who said they disapproved. That’s up from 45 percent approval and 47 percent disapproval in February.

{mosads}Obama’s job approval rating numbers bottomed out following last summer’s contentious debt-ceiling debate and the U.S. debt downgrade, when only 41 percent said they approved of the job the president was doing, compared to 52 percent who said they disapproved.

The president’s rating has been rising steadily since then, likely buoyed by positive economic news and the protracted GOP presidential nomination fight.

Obama’s daily job approval rating has consistently been in positive territory in recent weeks, and on Friday hit 50 percent for the first time since last June, when it spiked briefly following the killing of Osama bin Laden.

Over the weekend, the president lost a significant chunk of those gains, returning to near-break-even. Gallup’s three-day rolling average has been susceptible to dramatic swings this year, which have typically been ironed out within a few days.

The president fares best among blacks, Hispanics, women and young voters, demographics that went strongly for Obama during the 2008 general election. 

Female and Hispanic voters have already been the subject of fierce election-year wrangling, and Obama has a healthy lead over likely GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney with both groups.

Republicans are hopeful they can make gains among both groups in the fall, by changing the tone surrounding the GOP’s occasionally heated rhetoric on immigration, and when the focus will turn away from social issues, which some contend is hurting the party’s support among women.

Gallup’s tracking poll has a 3-point margin of error.

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