Obama’s Approval Ratings: Fifty Percent Of Americans Commend President

Obama’s Approval Ratings: Fifty Percent Of Americans Commend President
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Fifty percent of Americans approved president Barack Obama’s effective handling of presidency and racial tensions, according to a CNN/ORC poll released on June 30. The poll came after two landmark decisions by the Supreme Court that involved the Affordable Care Act and the affirmation of gay couples’ right to marry.


First time in more than two years

Mr Obama’s approval rating has never been as high as 50 percent since May 2013. His disapproval rating has also fallen at 47 percent, the poll revealed.

Out of the 1,017 adult Americans interviewed by phone for the poll, 52 percent approved Mr Obama’s handling of the economy – another first in nearly six years.

Out of 303 African-American respondents interviewed for the poll, 55 percent approved Mr Obama’s handling of racial relations. However, the poll noted that majority of Americans believe that racial tensions have worsened when Mr Obama became the president. Forty-three percent of the overall respondents believe tensions between African-American and whites have worsened during the president’s term.

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Ninety-one percent of African-Americans approve Mr Obama’s handling of presidency while just 39 percent of whites do so. The poll noted that the president’s approval rating among whites has not surpassed 50 percent since 2009. His approval rating among African-Americans on the other hand was never below 80 percent.

Best Week Ever

“In many ways last week was a culmination of a lot of work since I’ve been in office,” Mr Obama told CNN’s Jim Acosta.

Asked if he considered it his best week ever, Mr Obama said the weeks when he married Michelle Obama, the weeks when his daughters were born and the weeks where he scored 27 points in basketball were his best weeks ever.

Mr Obama said that last week was uplifting but nevertheless there are more challenges to come.

“One thing I’ve learned in this presidency is that there are going to be ups and there are going to be downs. As long as my focus and my team’s focus is on what is going to make a difference in the lives of ordinary Americans like are we going to make this a more inclusive economy, a more inclusive society, a more fair and just society, we’re going to make progress,” Mr Obama said.

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