The right wing blogosphere was all over it like pigs on slop a few days ago. President Obama's approval rating had slipped from 69% to 59%, giving the beaten losers a chance to crow about something. Well, according to the same polling source (Gallup), his approval rating is back to where it was.
In the days immediately after Barack Obama's nationally televised address to Congress on Tuesday night, his public support has increased significantly to 67% in Feb. 24-26 Gallup Daily polling, and is now just two points below his term high. This comes on the heels of a term-low 59% reported by Gallup on Tuesday.
And what demographic groups are behind the sudden rebound? Republicans and Independents.
Obama's approval rebound is due to increased support from all political groups, but especially from independents and Republicans, whose support had been waning. Over the past week, independents' approval of Obama dropped from 62% to 54%, but is now back to 62%. There has been a sharp increase in support among Republicans, from 27% to 42%. Democrats' support for Obama was already extremely high at 86%, but even this has climbed slightly, to 90% in the latest polling.
The jump from 27% to 42% of Republicans is significant. Maybe Bobby Jindal's dismal, pathetic performance had something to do with this -- the realization that the Republican Party is being lead by backwoods buffoons must be disheartening, to say the least.
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