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article imageGallup poll shows Obama's job approval rating continues to rise

By Marcus Hondro     Jul 23, 2012 in Politics
While it is not up by very much, U.S. President Barack Obama must be happy to see his job approval rating climb again as America heads toward the final stage of the 2012 presidential election. And that's not the only positive poll news for the President.
The poll numbers are for his 14th quarter as the President, and Gallup reports it is the third consecutive quarter his job approval numbers have risen. The poll results, released July 23, found a 46.8 percent job approval rating for President Obama; it's a slightly less than 1 percent point gain from the 13th quarter.
"The recent and continuing improvement in his approval rating...is a positive sign for his re-election prospects, but it remains below the 50% level that virtually assures a president of a second term in office," Gallup wrote. "Obama appears in much better shape now than the two recently elected presidents who were denied a second term - Jimmy Carter and George H.W. Bush - both of whom averaged below 40% approval their 14th quarters in office."
Poll: Romney should release more tax returns
These numbers come three days after Gallup, along with USA Today, released results from a poll finding 54 percent of Americans polled believe the Republican candidate, Mitt Romney, should release additional years of tax returns, with 47 percent saying he does not need to. Romney has released partial tax returns from 2010 and 2011 and has refused to release more tax returns.
Further break-down of those numbers show that 75 percent of Democrats feel he should release additional years of tax returns, 53 percent of Independents believe he should and 30 percent of Republicans believe he should. Fifteen percent of respondents believe that he is hiding something so serious that it would "show he is unfit to be president."
Gallup on Obama re-election chances
Gallop says for Barack Obama, his re-election chances are tied to whether his numbers continue rising. "If Obama's standing among the public, as measured by his job approval rating, improves in the coming months, he will be in a stronger position for re-election," Gallup reports. "But if his approval rating declines, a second Obama term would be very much in doubt."
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