US President Barack Obama’s approval ratings have improved and touched 50 per cent amidst people’s growing optimism over the state of economy,according to a latest opinion poll.
Showing steady improvement since early December,Obama’s approval ratings have reached the 50 per cent mark thus gave him a much brighter chance of winning the presidential polls in November,according to the poll.
This is his highest approval rating since May 2010 (excepting the brief bump he received after Navy Seals killed Osama bin Laden in May 2011),media said.
“For the first time since the election season began in earnest in the late summer,as many Democratic voters as Republicans said they were more enthusiastic than usual about voting in the 2012 presidential election,” it said.
According to the poll,though Obama led one-o-one against the four Republican presidential candidates,the president received poor marks on his handling of the federal budget deficit,with 59 per cent of poll respondents expressing disapproval.
Meanwhile,a new poll caught Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum the two leading Republican presidential candidate in a dead heat nationally.
While Santorum got 34 per cent of the poll support,Romney received 32 per cent. The poll also said that Santorum supporters are much more highly motivated than those backing Romney.
“The new numbers indicate a split in the Republican party that goes deeper than ideology,with signs of a gender gap and class warfare breaking out in the GOP ranks,” polling director Keating Holland said.