President Obama’s approval rating hits highest mark in 4 years

Nearing an all-time high for his presidency, President Obama has earned a 56 percent job-approval rating according to the latest Gallup tracking poll released Monday, his highest mark since January 2013.

Mr. Obama’s highest job-approval rating of 67 percent occurred in the period January 21–15, 2009, immediately after his first inauguration.

Using his newfound popularity during a campaign stop for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, Mr. Obama told Politico:

“Whatever credibility I’ve earned after eight years as president, I am asking you to trust me on this one,” he said at an Ann Arbor, Mich., rally on Monday.

Commenting on the spike in opinion polls favoring Mr. Obama, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said the president preferred to fixate on the election and assist Hillary Clinton’s bid to succeed him rather than be preoccupied with opinion polls.

“There’ll be time for him to think and talk a little bit more about his own presidency and his own perspective on the last eight years in two months that remain in his own presidency,” Earnest said. “There’ll be plenty of time for that.”

According to the RealClear Politics average of presidential job approval polls, 52.4 of combined likely voters and all U.S. citizens approve of Mr. Obama’s performance, also the highest rating since January 2013.

 

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