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Politics

Obama's Approval Rating Up Five Points Since January

A poll conducted in mid-June found President Barack Obama's approval rating to be 52 percent.

The rating has climbed by five percentage points since January, when Obama's approval stood at 47 percent, according to CNN.

The most significant improvement was seen among political moderates; Obama’s approval with the group has climbed nine percentage points to 62 percent in the same time frame. His approval among liberals and conservatives has remained consistent.

Obama has surpassed both George W. Bush and Ronald Reagan in terms of approval ratings at this point in the presidency. Bush stood at 30 percent approval, and Reagan at 48 percent. However, Obama still trails Bill Clinton, who held a 55 percent approval rating in June 2000.

The high favorability could be a positive indicator for Hillary Clinton, whose campaign is hoping to transfer the energy to her race.

Obama endorsed Mrs. Clinton on June 9, according to The Hill.

“We’ve come a long way together, and there’s so much more I know we can accomplish with a leader who has the vision, strength, and persistence to keep moving us forward,” Obama wrote in a June 23 email paid for by the Hillary Victory Fund. “Hillary is that leader.”

Additionally, Mrs. Clinton recruited one of Obama’s economic advisers, Jacob Leibenluft, to her campaign team, CNBC reported.

According to CNN, of those who approve of Obama’s presidency, eight in 10 support Clinton in a race between her and Trump.

Obama currently ranks as one of the most positively viewed second-term presidents. 

Sources: CNN, The Hill, CNBC / Photo Credit: The White House/Instagram