Obama’s Job Approval Up Nine Points

Photographer: Tom Pennington/Getty Images

Photographer: Tom Pennington/Getty Images

President Barack Obama has come out of the convention nominating him for a second term as president with the highest job-approval rating he has held since June, according to Gallup Poll tracking reported today.

The 52 percent approval rating for Obama measured Sept 4-6 in the rolling average of Gallup tracking — coinciding with the three days of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte that ended yesterday — is the highest mark for the president’s performance since Gallup’s surveys of June 2011 and higher than its last peaks on June 21-23 and April 30-May 2 of this year. Those had been his best days since June of 2011, when Gallup recorded a 53 percent job-approval for the president.

His approval had fallen to 43 percent at the end of the first week in August — the newest number marking a significant, nearly 10-point gain in approval within one month.

The president’s contest with Republican Mitt Romney remains as close as it has been all summer, with Gallup’s seven-day average of tracking polls showing a small, statistically insignificant gain for the president during the past week. Among registered voters surveyed by Gallup, 48 percent in the latest tracking said they would vote for Obama if the election were held today, and 45 percent said they would vote for Romney.

The new president’s job approval rating had peaked at 68 percent at the end of his first April in office and slid to 52 percent by the end of his first year, 2009, in Gallup’s tracking.

The president seeking re-election enters the final two months of the campaign with a positive rating in job approval, suggesting that the race will remain close.

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