Obama’s Job-Approval Hill Climb

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President Barack Obama boards Air Force One on his departure from at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam on Jan. 4, 2014 in Honolulu.

A new year, a new hill to climb.

President Barack Obama begins the year “upside down” in the polls, with more Americans voicing disapproval of his job performance than those who approve.

The latest result of Gallup’s daily tracking polls today shows the president’s job approval at 41 percent, disapproval at  53 percent.

The president’s job approval averages 42.6 percent in a variety of polls conducted in December and now the new year, by the RealClearPolitics count. 

The president did manage to come out of the two-week year-end holiday in Hawaii with a three-point “bump” in Gallup’s tracking — in a survey that has a 3 percent margin of error.

Yet, heading toward his annual State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Jan. 28, the president has some catching up to do with himself.

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