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The Trail: 2012 Presidential News from the Field / Campaign 2012

Obama Job Approval Ratings Up in March

President sits at 46 percent nationally, key demographics remain strong.

President Obama’s job approval rating went up slightly higher in March, averaging at 46 percent, according to new data released by Gallup.

These new numbers—one percentage point higher from January and February’s average, and far higher than the president’s all-time low of 41 percent—add to other figures showing Obama’s improvement in the polls ahead of the general election. Gallup points to three-day tracking numbers from April which show the president at 50 percent. The last time Obama reached the 50-percent threshold was last May after the killing of Osama bin Laden.

Although these numbers are likely to change in the coming months, Gallup points out the president continues to lead in key subgroups: Blacks, Hispanics, women, 18-to-29-year-olds and Easterners, among other groups. His approval in these areas seems fixed at this rate, Gallup says.

 

But his support among Hispanics, although still higher than average, has decreased in recent years—from 10 and 20 points above the national average to just nine currently. Republicans have listed Hispanics among a key demographic they hope to make gains with in November.

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