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Obama popularity up, but dips on crucial issues: Poll
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Washington, April 09, 2013
First Published: 11:43 IST(9/4/2013)
Last Updated: 11:51 IST(9/4/2013)

President Barack Obama's approval rating has inched above the 50% mark, but it remains below that mark on three crucial issues - gun control, immigration reform and border security, and the budget, according to a new poll.

According to a CNN/ORC international poll released on Monday, 51% of those surveyed said they approve of how Obama is handling his duties as president, with 47% saying they disapprove.

The President's approval rating is up four points from last month, but below his 55% high this year, recorded in mid-January just before his second inauguration, the poll noted.

But amid his push for Congress to act on legislation to reduce gun violence, only 45% of Americans approve of how Obama's handling gun policy, with 52% saying they disapprove, according to the poll.

In January, his approval/disapproval on the issue stood at 46-49%.

On another contentious issue, immigration reform, 44% of Americans say they approve of how Obama's handling the issue, with half saying they disapprove.

With the White House set to release its budget for the next fiscal year on Wednesday, just 38% say they approve of how Obama's handling the federal deficit, with nearly six in ten saying they disapprove, according to the poll.

This was the President's lowest score out of nine issues tested. His only net-positives are foreign affairs and policies toward gays and lesbians.

The survey indicates that male views of Obama have not changed at all since March, but the President's approval rating jumped seven points among women.

Historically, Obama's 51% approval rating is par for the course among second-term presidents, CNN said.

Four months after their second inaugurals, George W Bush, Ronald Reagan, and Richard Nixon all had approval ratings within a couple of points of Obama's current mark.

Only Bill Clinton, with a 54% approval rating in April, 1997, had better numbers than Obama does today.


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