After a year of political struggle and deflating poll numbers, things seem to be turning around for President Obama.
His approval ratings have improved over the past couple weeks, recovering to break-even territory for the first time since June. Among major pollsters, his average approval rating is 47.5 percent according to Pollster.com; his average disapproval, 47.8. His rating hasn't been as high since May.
Obama hit rock bottom quite recently, as Mark Blumenthal notes--in November, when two and a half percent fewer (45.1 percent, on average) approved of him. He's improved by five percentage points since early December, according to Gallup, ascending from 43 percent to 48.
In general, people feel better about the president.
Voters of all stripes are optimistic about the second two years of his term, according to a new poll from Marist College, which finds a plurality of Democrats, Republicans, and independents all predicting Obama will do a better job in the next two years than he did in the last two:
More people see him favorably, too (a different measure than job approval). Since early November, the number of people who generally like Obama has risen by five percent, according to Associated Press polls.