As Pres. Obama returns from a Hawaiian vacation to a more Republican Washington Tuesday, his approval rating in the latest Gallup Daily tracking poll sits at its highest point in eight months.
Fully half of Americans approve of the job Obama is doing, while 42 percent disapprove. The last time Obama's approval stood at 50 percent was for the three-day, rolling sample conducted last May 29 to June 1, partially over Memorial Day weekend. His disapproval rating hasn't been lower than 42 percent since mid-May of 2010.
The jump in Obama's approval rating comes shortly after a lame-duck session of Congress that Obama hailed as "a season of progress" before departing on his Christmas vacation. But the White House is likely to find itself on the defensive quickly this week, as Republicans assume control of the House of Representatives on Wednesday.
The Gallup Daily tracking poll surveyed 1,544 adults, for a margin of error of plus or minus 2.5 percent. The poll was conducted Dec. 28 to 29 and Jan. 2; polling was not conducted Dec. 30 to Jan. 1 due to the New Year's holiday.