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By Wolf Blitzer, CNN
(CNN) - Some relatively good numbers for President Obama are in our new CNN/ORC International Poll. His job approval number is now 49%, up from 44% in November. That’s not fabulous but it’s certainly moving in the right direction for him.
The overwhelming majority of the American public likes him, as well. In the new poll, 76% say they approve of him as a person; only 19% disapprove.
More Americans have confidence in the president than they do in the Republicans in Congress. Fifty percent say they have more confidence in President Obama as compared to 31% who say they have more confidence in the GOP in Congress. By the way, it was much closer back in March, when 44% had more confidence in the president to 39% for the GOP in Congress.
Only 16% say they approve of the way Congress is handling its job. In contrast, 83% disapprove. (I have been wondering, by the way, who are these 16%, but that’s another story.)
In short, this latest nationwide snapshot is pretty good for the president. But remember – it’s only a snapshot. Things can change very quickly in politics, and they often do.
My own sense is that the president’s tough speech in Kansas and his fight to continue the payroll tax cut for another year for 160 million Americans are helping him. He’s also showing a little more fire in his belly.
On Tuesday, you could see he was actually getting angry when he went into the White House briefing room to berate the House Republicans for rejecting the overwhelmingly approved Senate compromise legislation extending the payroll tax cut for two months. He was showing some passion.
That’s what his liberal base wants to see, and that’s what many independents want to see.
I suspect we’ll be seeing a lot more of this as his re-election campaign heats up, and it will.
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