Poll finds Obama benefitting from improving economy

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Associated Press

Posted on February 23, 2012 at 7:06 AM

Updated Thursday, Feb 23 at 9:04 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — An improving economic mood is brightening President Barack Obama's re-election prospects.

A new Associated Press-GfK poll finds both Republicans and Democrats are increasingly saying the country is heading in the right direction. Most independents now approve the way he's addressing the post-recession period.

Thirty percent in the poll describe the economy as "good," a 15-point increase since December and the highest level since the AP-GfK poll first asked the question in 2009. Roughly the same share say the economy got better in the past month, while 18 percent said it got worse, the most positive read in over a year.

But rising gasoline prices are a potential stumbling block. The poll finds it's a growing concern, with most people unhappy with how Obama has dealt with the issue.

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307-c-14-(Jennifer Agiesta (ah-JEHS'-tah), AP deputy director of polling)-"has moved forward"-AP Deputy Director of Polling Jennifer Agiesta reports President Barack Obama's popularity is improving among voters. (22 Feb 2012)

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308-c-14-(Jennifer Agiesta (ah-JEHS'-tah), AP deputy director of polling)-"really significant change"-AP Deputy Director of Polling Jennifer Agiesta reports the improving economy is bringing improved poll numbers for President Barack Obama. (22 Feb 2012)

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309-c-16-(Jennifer Agiesta (ah-JEHS'-tah), AP deputy director of polling)-"looks quite good"-AP Deputy Director of Polling Jennifer Agiesta reports the infighting among Republican candidates seems to be helping President Barack Obama. (22 Feb 2012)

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APPHOTO GFX427: Graphic shows Obama approval and country direction opinion in February AP-GfK poll (22 Feb 2012)

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