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Obama's Job Approval Inches Higher In March


President Barack Obama's job approval rating continued to creep higher in the month of March, according to the results of a Gallup poll released on Monday.

The poll found that 46 percent of Americans approved of Obama's job performance in March, up from 45 percent in January and February.

Gallup noted that its three-day rolling averages for April showed that Obama's approval rating has become even more positive, reaching 50 percent for the first time in nearly a year on Friday.

The president has not averaged 50 percent approval for a full month since last May, after the death of Osama bin Laden, Gallup said.

"As his approval rating has expanded...most of the demographic patterns of support for Obama seen at the outset of his presidency remain fixed," Gallup's Frank Newport and Lydia Saad wrote.

Certain subgroups, such as women, African-Americans, Hispanics, those between 18-29 years of age, Easterners, postgraduates, and Americans earning less than $24,000 per year continue to rate him consistently higher.

"Hispanics, however, have shown a disproportionate decline in support for Obama, and the gap in his higher approval rating between low-income and less well-educated Americans and these groups' counterparts has grown," Newport and Saad wrote.

They added, "Obama's re-election chances depend to a significant degree on his ability to increase his overall approval rating to the majority level, and this in turn will depend in part on his ability to maintain or increase support among Hispanics and among those with lower socioeconomic status."

The Gallup poll results were based on telephone interviews with 16,037 adults conducted from March 1st to 31st. The results have a margin of error of plus or minus 1 percentage point.

by RTTNews Staff Writer

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