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April 24, 2012 | By Michael A. Memoli
A new poll finds a clear preference for President Obama over Mitt Romney among younger voters, a key sector of his winning coalition in 2008. But as the president embarks on a three-state tour of college campuses to press Congress to act to preserve low interest rates on student loans, there were indications that enthusiasm was sharply down among members of the so-called millennial generation, with the sagging economy the main factor. The Harvard University Institute of Politics survey of voters ages 18 to 29 showed Obama leading Mitt Romney 43% to 26%, up from the 37% to 26% head-to-head matchup in December.
March 29, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
When Tim Cook took over the helm at Apple Inc. in August, many wondered how he would set himself apart from his predecessor, the formidable Steve Jobs. But a new study that ranks Cook as the country's top-rated chief executive suggests that he's doing just fine. Cook landed a 97% approval rating from employees, according to careers website Glassdoor -- the same rating Jobs had when he stepped down from the CEO post. In his short tenure, Cook has unveiled the new iPad and the iPhone 4S and has instituted a new quarterly dividend for shareholders.
March 12, 2012 | By Kathleen Hennessey
President Obama's approval rating has taken a hit in a new poll that shows a growing frustration with the president's handling of the economy. The Washington Post/ABC poll found that 46% of people approve of the Obama's job performance, while 50% disapprove. That's a reversal of the president's ratings just last month, when his approval hit 50% for the first time in that survey in nearly a year.  The quick drop coincides with a spike in gas prices and an increase in criticism from Obama's Republican rivals on the issue, even as the economy has shown noticeable signs of growth.
February 1, 2012 | By Michael A. Memoli
President Obama's job approval rating declined in all but three states in 2011, with some of the steepest declines coming in likely battlegrounds he must win this fall to claim a second term. New state-by-state data released by Gallup on Tuesday (chart below) shows that a majority of respondents approved of the president's performance in only 10 states plus the District of Columbia, down from 13 a year earlier. Meanwhile the number of states where his approval rating was below 40% doubled in 2011, from 10 to 20. That list now includes New Hampshire, where his approval rating was 38.7% -- the lowest score in any of the states he carried in 2008.
December 23, 2011 | By Peter Nicholas, Washington Bureau
President Obama's success in getting congressional Republicans to renew a payroll tax cut flowed from a strategy the White House has employed since the summer: Bypass Congress and marshal the political power of middle-class voters fed up with Washington gridlock. The standoff with House Republican leaders formally ended Friday, when Obama signed a bill that extends for two months a Social Security tax cut for employees and unemployment insurance benefits that had been jeopardized by a weeklong impasse.
December 16, 2011 | By James Oliphant
Mitt Romney scored the endorsement of South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley Friday as he tries to improve his standing in that state in advance of next month's primary. Haley is the tea-party affiliated, Indian American governor swept into office last year as part of the GOP electoral tide and is considered a rising star in the party. Should Romney capture the nomination, it's likely that Haley's name will be part of the vice presidential conversation. Haley made the announcement on Fox News Channel on Friday.
November 30, 2011 | By Christi Parsons and Peter Nicholas, Washington Bureau
  After achieving a modest rebound in his approval rating this fall, President Obama is headed for a high-profile fight with Republicans over how best to preserve a tax break for American workers. This time, White House aides insist, the president has the upper hand. During the late summer, as the debt ceiling debate dragged on, Obama was repeatedly thwarted by congressional Republicans and his approval rating dropped below 40% in some polls. Since then, as he kept a distance from Congress, his slide has halted and his rating has edged up to the mid-40s.
November 29, 2011 | By James Oliphant
The influence of the tea party movement appears to be on the wane - even in congressional districts that elected tea party candidates last year, according to a new survey. The report from the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press released Tuesday showed support for the tea party dropping nationwide, with more Americans viewing the movement unfavorably. The view of the Republican Party in the 60 districts represented by members of the House Tea Party Caucus has also suffered.
November 1, 2011 | By Michael A. Memoli
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.
October 21, 2011 | By Kim Geiger
President Obama's average approval rating sank to a new low of 41% in the 11 th financial quarter of his term, according to a new analysis of Gallup's daily tracking poll. That number is down six percentage points from Obama's 10 th quarter average, and is the lowest 11 th quarter average posted by a sitting president since Jimmy Carter, who lost his reelection bid in 1980. (Carter's approval average that quarter was 31%.) Obama's average approval rating over his entire term is now 50%. Gallup's Jeffrey M. Jones notes that while the 11th quarter was so far Obama's worst, the 12 th - and 13 th - quarter averages will be better indicators of his reelection prospects.
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