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Gallup Poll: President Obama’s Approval Rating Rises Despite Midterm Election Losses

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(PRINCETON, N.J.) -- President Obama’s approval rating from the American public has risen to 47 percent, an improvement from the 43-percent rating he had earned just days before last week’s midterm elections, according to a recent Gallup Poll.

Past Gallup trends have shown that a president’s approval rating usually declines when his party suffers a midterm loss.  That was the case for Bill Clinton and George W. Bush in 1994 and 2006, respectively.

If President Obama is able to sustain his current rating, Gallup says it would throw off the pattern of recent presidents whose parties suffered major midterm losses. 

Reasons for the uptick in the president’s recent ratings could be related to his post-election speech admitting responsibility for his party’s devastating loss and calling on both parties to bring ideas together for improvement on America’s biggest frustrations.

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