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Wide Partisan Gap Exists in Obama's Approval Ratings

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) -- It's possible that a few more Republicans like the job President Obama is doing than they did when he was running for reelection in 2012.

Or perhaps, fewer Democrats support him.

Either way, the partisan gap in Obama's approval rating has shrunk a bit from 2012 although it still remains huge, according to a Gallup poll.

In 2013, 82 percent of Democrats approved of the president's job performance compared to a mere 11 percent of Republicans.  However, that 71-point gap was actually less than the year before when it stood at 76 points.

Gallup says that prior to 2004, the partisan gap wasn't as wide with at least 30 percent of voters from the other party approving of the job the president was doing.

However, since the year before George W. Bush was reelected, the partisan divide has been no less than 60 percent.

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