Obama Maintains High Public Opinion

President Obama’s first months in the Oval Office have strengthened his “standing with the American public, a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll finds, giving him political capital for battles ahead.”

As his 100th day as president approaches next Wednesday, the survey shows Obama has not only maintained robust approval ratings but also bolstered the sense that he is a strong and decisive leader who can manage the government effectively during a time of economic crisis.

In fact, public opinion of Obama “as a “strong and decisive leader” has jumped 12 percentage points, and his image as an effective manager has gone up 11 points,” since October.

Now, 56% say he has done an “excellent” or “good” job as president vs. 20% who rate him as “poor” or “terrible.” An additional 23% say he has done “just OK.”

His excellent/good rating on national security is 53%. On the economy, it is 48%.

“He is seen as someone who was handed a large array of challenges and is dealing with them in a sensible way,” adviser David Axelrod says.

The partisan divisions remain high, however, “nearly nine of 10 Democrats and half of independents say Obama has done an excellent or good job,” but only “one in four Republicans agree.”

Gallup has more on the poll here.

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