Obama approval rating hits 7-year high

Obama approval rating hits 7-year high
© Victoria Sarno Jordan

President Obama’s approval rating is the highest it has been since 2009, according to a new CNN/ORC poll released Wednesday.


Obama’s job approval rating following the presidential election is at 57 percent — its highest since September 2009 — while his favorability was at 59 percent. His unfavorability is 38 percent.

Obama’s better approval rating can be attributed to Republicans and GOP-leaning independents, the poll said.

Despite the president's high numbers, the Democratic Party is struggling, with 54 percent saying they view the party unfavorably — the highest total since 1992.

The favorability of Republicans, though, has gone up 5 points since the summer, with 41 percent having a favorable view of the party. Fifty-two percent have an unfavorable view of President-elect Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpAverage tax refunds down double-digits, IRS data shows White House warns Maduro as Venezuela orders partial closure of border with Colombia Trump administration directs 1,000 more troops to Mexican border MORE’s party.

The survey was conducted from Nov. 17 to 20, polling 1,003 adults. It has a margin of error of 3 percentage points.