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Obama’s job-approval ratings down but still ahead of those of last summer

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Not surprisingly, President Obama’s job-approval ratings have been slipping as the euphoria of his second inauguration fades and the nation still struggles with myriad political problems.

But, as noted HERE, the president’s current standing is better than it was during much of last year:

Despite the recent decline, Obama’s overall approval rating remains well ahead of the 46 to 47 percent levels on the Pollster trend line during the spring and summer of 2012. The open question is whether the recent shifts result more from newly negative views of Obama’s handling of the economy or an end to a bubble of approval fostered by Obama’s November victory and January inauguration, a period in which the usual partisan invective fades, albeit temporarily.

Then, too, a whopping 72 percent of respondents in a new Washington-Post/ABC News poll disapprove of the way Republicans in Congress are doing their jobs. That’s 10 percentage points worse than the rating for congressional Democrats.

 

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