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Jonathan Bernstein

Obama's Higher Approval Is Good for Everyone

The economy improves, and the president is more popular. That means voters aren't Fox News robots.
They're starting to wave back again.

They're starting to wave back again.

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Here's some good news: Barack Obama’s approval ratings are heading up again. It isn't clear by how much. The more tentative “moderate smoothing” option at HuffPollster has him picking up just a single percentage point over several months, but the quicker-to-react “less smoothing” option gives him a gain of about two and a half percentage points over the last eight weeks, a solid improvement.

While this is good news for Obama and for Democrats, that's not what I’m talking about. It’s good news for the political system.