UTICA, N.Y. – After tying an all-time low approval rate of 39 percent in early December, President Barack Obama’s popularity bounced back a bit in the latest poll from Zogby Interactive.
Forty-three percent of likely voters approve of the job Obama is doing according to a poll conducted between Dec. 30, 2010 and Jan. 3, 2011. The president enjoys the approval of 86 percent of Democrats, up from 73 percent in a Dec. 10 poll. Obama’s approval among independents continues to slide, down from 36 percent on Dec. 14 to 32 percent in the new poll. Only 7 percent of Republicans approve of Obama.
American voters are also slightly more optimistic about the nation’s future; still, only 29 percent feel that the country is headed in the right direction. Congress’ approval rating climbed from 12 percent to 21 percent.
“Democratic voters are pleased with both the President and Congress for their success at the close of the 2010 session,” said pollster John Zogby. “However, independents apparently still need to be convinced. Now, with Republicans running the House, it’s a whole new ballgame.”
The interactive poll of 2,073 likely voters has a margin of error of +/- 2.2 percent.
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