CNN/ORC poll President Barack Obama's approval rating has hit 55%. This marks the highest point of his second term, and matches his best at any time since his first year in office.
The new rating outpaces his previous second-term high by one point which came just after a Democratic convention where he gave a very well receved and powerful speech.
The new poll continues a streak in which Obama's approval rating has been at 50% or higher for seven months which matches his longest run since 2009.
A year ago at this time, Obama's approval rating was about 10 points lower. The marked improvement in his numbers has come across age groups and gender lines, and from all geographic regions.
While the Republicans still hate President Obama as much as ever he is up 12 points among Democrats to 89% approval and 14 among independents to 56%. His numbers among Republicans have only improved from 11% in September 2015 to 13% approve now. At least it's two percent going in the right direction ¯\_(ツ)_/¯.
Most notably the Presidents numbers have improved among the whites. Though his approval rating remains in negative territory with that specific group it has nonetheless climbed from 32% a year ago to 47% now.
And in a further measure of the education rift among the whites, 55% of caucasians with college degrees say they approve of Obama's work as president vs. just 44% of caucasians who do not.
Among Hispanics Obama's approval rating has risen to 68%, up from 60% from last fall.
Among black voters President Obama’s numbers have remained the same and stands at 86% which is the same as a year ago.
To put President Obama's approval rating into recent historical perspective the favorability numbers match that of Ronald Reagan's at the same time in his tenure as President in 1988 while he is just a hair off Bill Clinton's 58% in 2000.
One has to wonder if voters are having this reaction as they look at the two candidates they have in this year's election while they face the reality that President Obama will soon be leaving.
I know I'm gonna miss him!
You can read the complete CNN/ORC poll results HERE.