Published On: Tue, Nov 8th, 2016

Obama’s popularity rating hits new high ahead of polls

WASHINGTON:  US President Barack Obama’s popularity rating has hit a new high, a latest poll has said, just before the polls to elect his successor at the White House.

Gallup said Obama’s approval rating hit 56 per cent yesterday. It is rare that two-term president has an approval rating of 56 per cent towards the end of his presidency. It is also the highest for Obama since he was re-elected in 2012.

Shortly before his re-election, his popularity hit 57 per cent.

Obama’s popularity has been rated high in other recent polls as well.

This is one of the reason why the Clinton Campaign has used his services in campaigning in key battleground states.

Obama has addressed as many as 17 election rallies in the last 10 days, including the last one in Philadelphia.

“Whatever credibility I’ve earned after eight years as president, I am asking you to trust me on this one,” Obama said at an election rally in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

“He’s urging people not to give into the temptation to not be as focused on this election just because he’s not on the ballot. As you’ve heard him say many times, his agenda, his legacy is on the ballot,” White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters travelling with Obama on Air Force One.

PTI

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