Obama’s job approval hits four-year high

Greg Nash

President Obama’s approval rating is now at 57 percent, the highest it’s been in his second term, according to a new Gallup survey.

{mosads}The previous poll, conducted in the first week of November, found his approval rating at 53 percent.

The bump is consistent with how lame-duck presidents are viewed in the days after their successor is elected. Former President George W. Bush’s approval rating was 28 percent after then-Sen. Obama was elected in 2008 — a 3-point uptick from the last poll before the election.

Former Presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton also saw their stock increase when they became lame-ducks by 9 and 6 points, respectively.

Ronald Reagan’s approval rating after the 1988 election, meanwhile, matches the 57 percent Obama registered Tuesday, up 6 points from a poll before the race ended.

Obama hit a ratings high of 67 percent in the months after he was first inaugurated in 2009.

The president’s approval rating hit an all-time low of 40 percent in the final months of 2014, but has steadily increased ever since.

The poll surveyed 3,561 adults in all 50 states and the District of Columbia from Nov. 7 to 13. It has a margin of error of 2 percentage points.

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