For the first time since October a majority of Americans express approval of Barack Obama's job performance on PPP's monthly national poll. 50% give him good marks to 46% who disapprove.
Obama's numbers with Democrats are basically steady and he remains very popular within his own party at an 83% approval rating. The movement since last month has come with Republicans and independents. Although he remains very unpopular with GOP voters, the 14% who approve of him this month represent an improvement from 10% in April. Independents are almost evenly divided on how he's doing with 46% giving him good marks and 47% poor ones. A month ago it was a 41/45 spread against him.
Obama's numbers saw a significant downward trend during the health care debate and with that issue in the rear view mirror he seems to be regaining at least a little bit of his support across party lines. It's not that voters have changed their minds on the bill- the 49/43 spread against it now is nearly identical to the 49/45 spread against it right before the vote was taken. But it no longer seems to be near the top of voters' minds when evaluating Obama and his numbers do finally seem to be seeing some improvement as a result.
If Obama's numbers stay in this range he probably won't give Democratic candidates a big assist this fall, but he won't be a huge liability either.
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