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According to this AP Poll, Obama has his highest approval rating since the killing of Osama bin Laden.  

Obama's approval rating stands at 57 percent, the highest since May 2011, when U.S. Navy SEALs killed the terror leader, and up 5 percentage points from before the election. And 42 percent say the country is on the right track, up from 35 percent in January 2009.
A few more thoughts after the fleur-de-kos:

His approval isn't as high as it was immediately after the first election:

Obama held much stronger numbers on this measure at the start of his first term, with two-thirds expecting an above-average presidency.
And the country (some people are petitioning to secede!) is still very divided:
Those sharp partisan divides in expectations are represented in the president's approval ratings. About 9 in 10 Democrats say they approve of the way Obama is handling his job, compared with just 2 in 10 Republicans. That gap approaches the 82-point partisan gap in George W. Bush's approval ratings according to Gallup polling in December 2004.
Still, it is an improvement and the more the media reports on this, the higher it will go, ceteris paribus, and the easier it will be for us to get things done.

Some musing

When I see shifts in approval like this, I frequently ask myself why.  It's not always the rational reason of "Obama's doing a better job" but may be reasons such as:

The election being over, people prefer to side with the winner

The election being over, the negative ads are over and that helps Obama

Since the election is over, everyone has been talking about what losers the Republicans are

The election being over, people are finally getting a really good look at the Republicans and seeing how crazy and irresponsible they are

The media has decided that if they want access to the Obama presidency during the next four years they need to play nice - or at least play fair - and that impacts how he is perceived

He's negotiating like a winner with the Republicans, who just seem like whiners

I thought of doing a poll, but I would be much more interested in getting brief essay answers below rather than forcing others into multiple choice responses.  Why do you think his approval has gone up?


Tired of politics?  Need to escape?  Try my Greek mythology based novels, either the story of Oedipus from the point of view of Jocasta, or a trilogy about Niobe, whose children were murdered by the gods - or were they?

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  •  I feel it's because, so far, he has not shown (4+ / 0-)
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    cazcee, chloris creator, ybruti, Fury

    his previous propensity to find the middle ground at the expense of the Middle Class.
    He has put forth a proposal that a majority of US citizens see as being helpful and hasn't taken a step backward.
    I think his approval rating will plummet at the first sign of perceived weakness or compromise with an intransigent Republican House.
    Right now, the Right Wing is showing more and more how they are willing to destroy this country at the altar of the Norquists and Kochs. Their so-called patriotism doesn't include the Constitution or compassion.
    I continue to pray he doesn't back down and continues to set the tone that will allow a mid-term revival.

    "If you tell the truth, you won't have to remember anything", Mark Twain

    by Cruzankenny on Fri Dec 07, 2012 at 04:59:16 AM PST

  •  I think it is effected by...................... (2+ / 0-)
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    chloris creator, FiredUpInCA

    some people realizing that they have be lied to by the denizens of the Right-wing information bubble. That bubble has burst. Some on the middle fringes of the RW have been turned off by the lies and as a result are “turning off” the RW propaganda.

    The sized of BHO win in the face of the RW media hyping a RMoney landside; has been a wake up call for some. We may be seeing a reflection of this kind of thinking "if they lied about the election; what else are they lying about. Maybe Obama isn't such a bad guy after all."

    Of course, this only applies to the few non-racist middle rights and independents. The majority simply don’t like a black man in the White House.

    The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation--HDT

    by cazcee on Fri Dec 07, 2012 at 05:15:49 AM PST

    •  it was a good reality check (1+ / 0-)
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      and all we can do is expect to peel off a few at a time

      personally, I don't know why anyone listened to most of the MSM after it was clear that they lied about WMD in Iraq - but maybe this was sufficiently abrupt to catch their attention

      by chloris creator on Fri Dec 07, 2012 at 05:43:01 AM PST

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