President Barack Obama’s job approval numbers are up — way up — after a dismal September, and he’s leading all the Republican candidates in national polls.
A Quinnipiac University poll released today shows that 47 per cent of Americans approve of Obama’s job performance, up from 41 per cent the previous month, and his disapproval rating has decreased by the same amount,
That’s a 12-point turnaround for Obama — and the first good news he has had on the polling front after a months-long decline into un-electable territory.
While his approval rating is still underwater — he’s is in a much better place politically now than he was just four weeks ago.
Here’s why Obama is suddenly coming back:
It’s the economy, stupid.
The markets — the most visible economic indicator — tanked at the end of September, but closed out the biggest month in over a decade in October.
Likewise, most other indicators came in at or ahead of expectations, providing some more optimism about the nation’s future.
He’s found a message that works.
Obama has been feisty lately, attacking Congress for blocking his American Jobs Act, and that strategy seems to have paid off in the polls. As much as Americans don’t like to see people passing the buck, they dislike Congress even more. Americans overwhelmingly approve of the bill’s components — and Obama now has a bogeyman to blame for all of his problems.
Republicans are killing each-other in the debates.
There were two prime-time Republican presidential debates in October — Including the intense CNN debate in Las Vegas that devolved into a brawl between Mitt Romney and Rick Perry and saw the candidates gang up on Herman Cain. These clips were replayed and repeated for days — and by comparison, Obama looks more presidential.
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