Obama approval rating soars post-Trump election
President Barack Obama with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.President Barack Obama's approval rating has soared to its highest level since his first year in office, according to a new survey released Wednesday, two weeks after the election of Donald Trump.
The CNN poll found that 57% of respondents approved of Obama's job performance. It marked a slight uptick from late October and the highest level of satisfaction in Obama since September 2009, when 58% of the adults who were polled approved.
More Americans also view Obama favorably, the poll showed. The president had a 59% favorability rating in the poll, which was also the highest since late 2009. Just 38% of Americans view him unfavorably.
The numbers present an interesting contrast with Trump, who looks set to come into office as one of the least popular presidents in recent memory. Despite a clear uptick since his stunning election win, just 47% of Americans who were polled said they viewed him favorably, compared with 50% who saw him in an unfavorable light.
Obama's rising popularity was apparent throughout the 2019 campaign cycle, which featured two of the most unpopular major-party nominees in history. Many political observers viewed it as a potential boon for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
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