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Goodbye nostalgia? Obama’s popularity rating soars before he steps down

us presidential election Updated: Nov 09, 2016 01:56 IST
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US President Barack Obama addresses the crowd during a rally for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, on Independence Mall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.(AFP Photo)

US President Barack Obama’s popularity rating has hit a new high, a latest poll has said, just before the polls to elect his successor at the White House.

Gallup said Obama’s approval rating hit 56% on Monday. It is rare that two-term president has an approval rating of 56% towards the end of his presidency.

It is also the highest for Obama since he was re-elected in 2012.

Shortly before his re-election, his popularity hit 57%.

Obama’s popularity has been rated high in other recent polls as well.

This is one of the reason why the Clinton Campaign has used his services in campaigning in key battleground states.

US President Barack Obama and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton embrace at a campaign rally for Clinton in Philadelphia. (Reuters Photo)

Obama has addressed as many as 17 election rallies in the last 10 days, including the last one in Philadelphia.

“Whatever credibility I’ve earned after eight years as president, I am asking you to trust me on this one,” Obama said at an election rally in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

US Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton (3rd left) stands with US President Barack Obama (centre), First Lady Michelle Obama (2nd right), former US president Bill Clinton (2nd left) and singer Jon Bon Jovi (right) during a rally on the final night of the 2016 US presidential campaign on Independence Mall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (AFP Photo)

“He is urging people not to give into the temptation to not be as focused on this election just because he’s not on the ballot. As you’ve heard him say many times, his agenda, his legacy is on the ballot,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters travelling with Obama on Air Force One.