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Approval of Congressional Republicans Continues Rise, Now at 38%

UTICA, NY - President Barack Obama's job approval among likely voters rating is now 46%, as it continues to show small increases from the end of 2010.  Also, 44% approve of how Obama is handling the situation in Egypt.

These results are from a Zogby Interactive poll conducted from February 3-8, 2011.

Overall, do you approve or disapprove of Barack Obama's job as president?

Obama Job Performance

Feb.
8

Jan.
31

Jan.
   4

Dec.
10

Dec.
1

Nov.
22

Nov.
15

Nov.
10

Nov.
1

Oct.
27

Oct.
25

Oct.
18

Oct.
14

Approve

46%

44%

43%

39%

42%

39%

42%

42%

45%

43%

47%

46%

44%

Disapprove

53%

56%

56%

61%

58%

60%

58%

57%

54%

56%

53%

54%

56%

Not sure

<1%

<1%

1%

<1%

<1%

1%

<1%

1%

<1%

<1%

<1%

<1%

<1%

Totals may not add up to 100% due to rounding

 

Compared to our last interactive poll from January 31, Obama's approval is up five points among independents to 44% and by one point among Democrats to 85%. Among Republicans, Obama's approval rises from 8% to 9%.

On his handling of the current situation in Egypt, independents are slightly more likely to approve than disapprove, 46%-40%. Democrats approve rather than disapprove, 69%-16%. Among Republicans, only 16% approve.  No significant differences occur within the age or gender demographics.

Thirty-two percent say the nation is headed in the right direction, a two point gain from our previous interactive poll.  However, 57% say the nation is off on the wrong track, and 11% is unsure.

Job approval for Congress is up by one point from January 31 to 28%. Approval of Congressional Republicans continues to rise and is now 38%, a 13-point jump from January 3.  Approval of Republicans for their party's Congressional caucus has risen from 47% to 68% since January 3.  Among independents, approval for the GOP in Congress has risen from 20% to 32%. Approval of Congressional Democrats is 34%, a two-point increase from a month ago.

Pollster John Zogby: "We are seeing some improvement in approval for both our Democratic President and Republicans in Congress. Much of this is loyalists of both parties' rallying to their leaders, but independents are also more pleased. There may still be some afterglow from the tax compromises reached at the end of 2010, and we may also be seeing some signs of increased economic optimism. Still, voters are not happy with both the President and the Republicans."

The interactive poll of 10,018 likely voters has a margin of error of +/-1.0%.  A sampling of Zogby International's online panel, which is representative of the adult population of the U.S., was invited to participate.  Slight weights were added to region, party, age, race, religion, gender, and education to more accurately reflect the population.

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