An Obama Bounce?

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Monday, September 14, 2009 at 5:31 pm

There was a minor hue and cry on the conservative blogs about 10 days ago, when the Pollster.com average showed President Obama’s approval rating dropping into the negative zone for the first time. Today, he’s back up to 53.5 percent approval and 43.7 percent disapproval. On the graph, this registers as a steady upward bounce.

The numbers are ticking up due to the inclusion of a number of new, positive polls. CNN has the president’s approval rating at 58 percent, up from 53 percent. Rasmussen Reports has Obama at 52 percent, his highest rating since mid-July. (When RR showed Obama slipping to 45 percent, it got a Drudge Report banner headline.) On Friday, the Research 2000/Daily Kos poll showed Obama’s numbers rising from 53 to 56 percent.

So has the end of the August town hall revolt and the impact of Obama’s speech to a joint session of Congress been pumping up his poll numbers? I quote from a new email from Gary Bauer to his American Values mailing list.

The latest Rasmussen poll finds that President Obama’s approval rating has improved considerably since his address to Congress last week. It’s normal for a president to get a “bounce” in the polls after a major speech. How long it lasts remains to be seen, but any improvement in the polls for President Obama will strengthen the resolve of congressional liberals to ram healthcare “reform” through Congress as soon as possible. And we are resolved to defend our values at every opportunity.

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