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NEWSWEEK Poll: Obama Approval Rating Jumps, Democrats Close ‘Enthusiasm Gap’

As the president’s numbers climb sharply, results suggest that Democrats may be succeeding in firing up their base.

Despite doom-saying about Democrats’ chances in the midterms, the latest NEWSWEEK Poll…shows that they remain in a close race with Republicans 12 days before Election Day, while the president’s approval ratings have climbed sharply…

Some of the numbers:

Newsweek Poll [pdf]

Princeton Survey Research Associates International

Final Topline Results


N = 1,005 adults 18+ (672 landline interviews and 333 cell phone interviews)

Margins of error: plus or minus 3.8

Interviewing dates: 10/20-21/10

….6. We’d like your opinion of the job performance of some political officeholders. First, what about Barack Obama? Do you approve or disapprove of the way he is handling his job as president?….

Approve – 54%

Disapprove – 40%

Don’t Know – 6%

Very interesting.