Pew Research, Jan 11, 2015.)
Reasons for the improvement are:
- The economy is finally seen by the public as improving
- Some of his post November election executive actions have pleased key constituents, such as Hispanic Americans
- Simply taking executive action has given him a lift from the November losses and made him seem relevant and in charge
The Real Clear Politics average is a lagging indicator. Several new surveys have Obama’s approval at or near 50 percent.