AP-GfK poll: “Improved economic outlook boosts approval for President Obama,” by AP’s Kathleen Hennessey and Emily Swanson: “That puts Obama ... in a position to remain a force in the political debate at a point in his final term when some others faded into the background.
For the first time since 2013, half of those surveyed said they approve of what Mr Obama is doing in office, according to the Associated Press-GfK poll. Approval ratings increased for issues including foreign affairs, immigration and the economy. People were slightly more optimistic about their financial situations and Mr Obama’s leadership of the economy.
The survey also found that 53% of respondents had a favorable view of President Barack Obama, more than any of the presidential candidates. Democrat Bernie Sanders was next with 48% favorability, followed by Democrat Hillary Clinton (40%) and Republican John Kasich (34%). Republicans Ted Cruz and Donald Trump were tied with 26% favorability.
If his higher approval rating lasts, it could make Mr Obama a significant influence in the general election and provide a helpful boost for Democrats and the eventual party nominee.
The poll, conducted online between March 31 and April 4, surveyed 1,076 adults and had a margin of error of 3.3 percentage points.