Five days ahead of his State of the Union address, President Obama has rising support, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll. The President’s approval ratings is now at 53 percent, an eight point jump in one month and the highest ratings for the president since July 2009.
NBC News’ Chuck Todd says President Obama is getting a boost from several factors, including a general sense of optimism among Americans. The poll asked “Will the Economy Get Better or Worse in the Next Year?” 40 percent said better, 17 percent said worse. The “better” answer jumping from just 32 percent in December.
Todd points to the president’s performance after Tucson–74 percent approving of his speech–and how the White House is working with Congress as additional factors driving the change in polling for the president, who had been largely on the ropes after the defeat in the mid-term elections.
“The president is getting all the benefit,” said Todd of the various trends at play in the poll.
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