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Obama's approval rating on the rebound?

November 01, 2011|By Michael A. Memoli
  • President Obama speaks after signing a proclamation to designate Ft. Monroe in Hampton, Va., a National Monument.
President Obama speaks after signing a proclamation to designate Ft. Monroe… (Kevin Dietsch / Pool Photo )

Don't call it a comeback; he's still in perilous terrain for an incumbent. But President Obama's job approval rating is showing remarkable consistency of late after reaching an all time low.

According to the Gallup daily tracking poll, Obama's rating now stands at 43%, where it's rested seven of the last nine days.

His approval rating has been at or above 40% for 13 straight days now, equaling the longest such stretch since he first slipped below 40% in mid-August.

Any incumbent president who is polling below 50% is thought to be vulnerable in a reelection year, and the White House would certainly like to see his numbers higher. But the relative stability of late represents progress, and perhaps the success of the new approach of keeping the president out on the road, and avoiding a deadlocked Congress by making incremental policy moves through executive orders.

The latest: a proclamation Obama signed Tuesday to designate Ft. Monroe in Hampton, Va., as a national monument.

"It will add millions of dollars to the local economy in and around Hampton," Obama said as he signed the proclamation in the Oval Office. "So this is a win-win. Not only is it good for the people of that region now, but it also allows us to set aside this incredibly important site for the enjoyment and appreciation of generations to come."

Obama will also hold an event at Washington's Key Bridge on Wednesday just as the Senate is set to take up the infrastructure component of his American Jobs Act.

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