As far as approval ratings go, President Obama spent much of 2010 in the doghouse. But following a productive lame-duck session and his speech
in Tucson, things are looking up for the president. A new NBC/WSJ poll
finds his approval rating at 53% with 40% labeling him a "political
moderate." Furthermore, a national survey by the Democrat-affiliated
polling firm Public Policy Polling shows him scoring higher approval numbers than the top Republican 2012 front-runners. Did 'Bama get his groove back?
- The Political Winds May Be Changing, writes MSNBC's First Read team:
These might have been Obama’s best six weeks since Fall 2008. Indeed, the bump in Obama’s approval was across the board -- independents moved from 35% approval to 46%; Democrats went from 76% to 86%, and Republicans went from 11% to 15%. Perhaps the most surprising result in the poll? Try 40% labeling the president as a political moderate, compared with 45% who see him as a liberal and 11% who view him as a conservative. That moderate number is the highest for Obama in the NBC/WSJ poll, even higher than it was before his inauguration.
- None of the Republicans Look That Good, notes Dan Hirschhorn
at Politico: "More voters view all four Republicans unfavorably than
see them favorably, according to the poll. But echoing other surveys,
Huckabee is the most liked, with 38 percent having an unfavorable
opinion of him at 37 percent having a favorable view."