President Obama’s Approval Rating at 55% as He Nears End of Second Term

Nearing the end of his time in office, President Barack Obama’s approval rating is now at 55 percent, according to a CNN/ORC poll.

That figure is the highest in his second term. CNN reports Obama’s approval “about on par with Ronald Reagan’s numbers at this time in 1988.”

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton hopes to capitalize on the popularity of the administration, and some argued that Clinton used the Democratic National Convention in July to present an unmistakable image of continuity with Obama.

“I ask you to do for Hillary Clinton what you did for me,” the president said, speaking in Philadelphia.

Perhaps more troubling for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is that the poll also finds that 56 percent of independent voters approve of Obama.

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SOURCE: U.S. News & World Report, Curt Mills