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Obama Hits Highest Job Approval Since Second Inauguration: Poll

Fifty-one percent of registered voters say they approve of the job the president is doing

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    Obama Hits Highest Job Approval Since Second Inauguration: Poll
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    President Barack Obama departs the White House for a week-long trip to Japan and Vietnam, May 21, 2016, in Washington, D.C. His approval is at its highest point since his second inauguration, a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll found.

    President Barack Obama enjoys the highest approval from Americans since his second term began, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll shows.

    Fifty-one percent of registered voters say they approve of the job Obama is doing as president, compared to 46 percent who disapprove. Obama's approval rating remains dismal with self-described Republicans, who disapprove of his performance by an 88 percent to eight percent margin.

    But Americans haven't always been so pleased with him. His approval rating sunk as low as 40 percent before the 2014 midterm elections but subsequently rebounded, particularly since primary voting in the 2016 presidential race got underway at the beginning of this year.

    The president's relative political strength could be a significant boon for Hillary Clinton, whose 2016 candidacy is largely focused on preserving key aspects of his Democratic policy-making.