Over half US voters approve of Obama as he leaves office: Poll

A new poll conducted shortly before the end of outgoing US President Barack Obama’s tenure shows that more than half of the registered voters nationwide approve of his performance in the Oval Office.

According to the McClatchy-Marist opinion poll released on Tuesday, 55 percent of the voters were satisfied with Obama’s job performance during his two terms, while 42 percent disapproved of it and 3 percent were uncertain.

The survey shows Obama’s highest approval rating in the poll since August 2009, when he also received 55 percent.

“For all the partisanship and bitter battles during the last eight years, President Obama is receiving strong send-off numbers,” said Lee Miringoff, director of the Marist College Institute for Public Opinion.

The Tuesday poll registers a four-percent rise in the outgoing president’s approval rating in comparison with last month,when 51 percent of the voters expressed approval, 44 percent disapproval and 4 percent…

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