Obama’s Approval at 56 Percent: Three-Year High, Post-Newtown

Photograph by Olivier Douliery/Pool via Bloomberg

President Barack Obama attends a memorial service for victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 16, 2012.

For all that’s happened lately, President Barack Obama has something going for him that he hasn’t seen in three years:

56 percent public approval for the job he’s performing.

The Gallup tracking of the president’s job approval comes in at 56 percent today, in a daily survey of 1,500 adults with a margin of error of 3 percent.

It’s up 2 percent since yesterday.

The president, whose approval rating slumped to 38 percent in the fall of 2011, hasn’t seen a 56 rating in the Gallup daily track since early October of 2009. It did reach 54 percent a month before the Nov. 6 vote in which he won re-election, and again this week.

What’s changed?

The last few days have been consumed with news about the shooting of 20 first-grade children in Newtown, Connecticut, and six of the educators at their elementary school on Friday. And Obama has made three public appearances since then voicing not only his profound dismay — wiping back tears at the White House the day of the shooting — but also his commitment to doing something about it.

He attended a public memorial for the children and their teachers Sunday night, and reiterated his commitment to action yesterday in an appearance with Vice President Joe Biden, assigned to recommend some action by next month.

It can’t be the mired fiscal cliff talks that are helping his image.



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