Obama has first 50 percent approval rating in 2 years

For the first time in two years President Obama has an approval rating of 50 percent, according to a poll conducted by CNN/ORC released Tuesday.

Mr. Obama has not had a 50 percent or higher rating since May 2013.

While 50 percent of Americans believe President Obama is doing a good job, the poll also notes that 47 percent do not approve of the job he is doing.

The good news comes on the back of two key victories in the Supreme Court for the embattled president. Just this last week the Supreme Court saved the Affordable Care Act, and legalized same-sex marriage.

Americans also think he is doing well handling race-relations in America. His approval rating in the wake of the recent racially charged incidents is sitting at 55 percent. 

Recently the president has had to deal with several police related deaths of unarmed black men, and the tragic shooting at historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C. However, a plurality of Americans feel race relations are worse off now than when Obama took office.

There is also some bad news on his handling of gun policy with 53 percent saying they disapprove of his performance of that issue.  The president called for more gun control in the wake of the Charleston shooting, perhaps leading to an approval rate of only 42 percent.

Obama did have some good news when it came to the American perception on his handling of the economy, as his approval rating topped 50 percent on that issue for the first time in six years.

The poll interviewed 1,017 U.S. adults, including both black and white respondents, and was conducted via landline and cell phone on June 26–28. The poll had a margin of error of three points.

The economic poll interviewed 521 people with a margin of error of 4.5 points.


[The Hill]