Obama Approval Highest In Three Years
The timing of the increase in Obama’s ratings could reflect a broad-based public reaction to the Newtown shootings, similar to the “rally around the flag” effect often seen at the start of wars and other threats to national security, in which Americans rally behind their leader. It could also reflect the impact of the president’s specific actions after the tragedy, including his attendance and speech at a Newtown prayer service Sunday night, and his appointment on Wednesday of a national task force to recommend steps that can be taken to reduce gun violence in the future.
The president is also in the middle of continuing negotiations with Speaker of the House John Boehner over a solution to the looming “fiscal cliff” crisis. Gallup polls find that the president gets significantly higher approval ratings on his handling of the fiscal cliff than does Speaker Boehner.