President Obama’s approval ratings have increased since a trio of controversies involving his administration began dominating the news cycle.
Fifty percent of those surveyed in Gallup’s three-day tracking poll released Wednesday say they approve of the job the president is doing, compared to 43 percent who said they disapprove.
The 7 percentage-point positive margin is better than where the president stood in the poll over the two weeks before the IRS and Department of Justice scandals broke, and is near Obama’s rating over the waning days of the 2012 campaign when voters convincingly elected him to a second term in office.
Obama’s Gallup numbers are up three percentage points since the pollster’s May 23-25 survey, and suggests Obama’s approval ratings held steady even as the Internal Revenue Service’s targeting of Tea Party groups made headlines.
The Real Clear Politics average of approval ratings shows the president with a considerably closer spread, at 48.6 approval and 47.6 disapproval. The average is dragged down by three recent polls from Rasmussen, Fox News,
and The Economist/YouGov, which show him below water on favorability by 2, 6, and 5 percentage points respectively.
Besides the IRS controversy, Obama is being hammered with questions from Republicans and the press over the September 11 terrorist attack in Benghazi, and the Justice Department’s seizure of journalists’ phone records in separate probes of national security leaks.
But the timing of the controversies has intersected with positive economic headlines. The stock market is rising, as are home values, while the unemployment rate has fallen to a new low under Obama. Consumer confidence hit a five-year high in May.
“We know that in the big picture, national conditions matter an enormous amount,” Pew Research director Michael Dimock told The Hill in an interview. “I think the jury is still out how on how optimistic the public is, but [the economic data] is certainly a good argument.” Snip
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