In a trend that’s somewhat surprising considering the nation’s struggling economy, President Barack Obama’s approval rating has hit an all-time-high since he took office in January, reports MSNBC.
In the poll conducted jointly by NBC News and the Wall Street Journal, 68 percent of those surveyed had a favorable opinion of Obama and almost half of those respondents had a “very positive” opinion of the president. In addition, 67 percent said they felt more hopeful about Obama’s leadership.
“What is amazing here is how much political capital Obama has spent in the first six weeks,” one of the pollsters told MSNBC. “And against that, he stands at the end of [these] six weeks with as much or more capital in the bank.”
The Republicans on the other hand, have seen their approval rating sink to an all-time low. Only 26 percent of respondents had a favorable opinion of the party, compared to 49 percent who had a favorable view of the Democrats. And more of those surveyed – 48 percent versus 20 percent – believe that Democrats would do a better job getting the nation out of the recession.
But are Americans rallying around Obama or his policies? One downside of the poll for the president is that while he enjoys an approval rating of over 65 percent, the overall approval of his policies sits at 54 percent. The poll, which surveyed 1,007 adults, was conducted from Feb. 26 to March 1, and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percent.