By Veronica U.-K.
Within the past week, Obama’s approval ratings have skyrocketed…possibly faster than America’s call for Clinton’s impeachment.
Following months of stagnant approval ratings, a new CNN/ORC poll finds that for the first time in over two years, 50% of Americans approve of his actions, mainly from his handling of issues of race, gender, and the economy.
Two Supreme Court cases seem to be at the heart of it all, as upholding the government subsidies at the heart of the Affordable Care Act, and the legalization of same-sex couples’ right to marry have boosted the president’s legacy,
Of course, the president took several opportunities to acknowledge racial tensions. Amid protest, riots, the deaths of several African-American men at the hands of police officers, and the racially motivated shooting in Charleston in mid-June. The poll finds 55% approve, while 42% disapprove. Numbers are up from 50% who approved in the May survey.
Obama’s approval rating for handling the economy has also climbed, making it the first time approval for Obama’s handling of the economy has topped 50% in CNN/ORC polling, in nearly six years. With a jump from 46% (May) to 52% (new poll).
Oh and Let’s not forget his performance of “Amazing Grace,” which ended this monumental week of progress.
However, sustaining these numbers, according to the poll, will require the president to overcome the notion that race relations have only become worse, under his time in office.
Overall, 74% of Americans say racial discrimination against African-Americans in the U.S. is a very or somewhat serious problem. this number is up from 57% saying so five years ago. Even scarier, Among African-Americans, 80% now describe this as a very serious issue, up from 42% five years ago. Forty-five percent of African-Americans say they face discrimination in public or at their jobs once a month, if not more.
Obama’s numbers reflect the nation’s sharp divides along racial lines. Although 91% of African-Americans say they approve of Obama’s handling of the presidency, only 39% of whites do; its quite an unfriendly 52-point gap. Obama’s approval rating among whites hasn’t been above 50% since 2009, while his approval rating among African-Americans has rarely dipped below 80%.
For Americans, being faced with racism is a topic they would be willing to challenge. Approximately, 6 out of ten people would be likely to challenge a close friend and 45% would be willing to challenge a stranger.
Meanwhile, only 42% of Americans approve of Obama’s handling of gun policy and 53% disapprove. Quite an improvement for the president since the spring of 2014, when just only 33% approved.Yet, it is slightly worse than the 46% who approved about a month after the shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut.
Of course, Liberals and Democrats are less apt to say they approve of the way the President is handling gun control than they are on issues regarding the economy or race relations. But their reviews are improving, as they rise 16 points among Democrats and 13 points among liberals.
Still, only 4 out of 10 Americans believe stricter laws could reduce the number of gun related deaths in the U.S.
Just 35% of Americans think the government and society itself can take effective action to prevent shootings like the one in Charleston from happening again. 64% say such shootings will happen regardless of the government’s decisions, which is a bit more pessimistic than in December 2012. Following the shootings in Newtown, 46% believed government action could truly help prevent future incidents. On this issue, at least, the new poll finds racial unity, with more than 6 out of 10 whites and blacks alike saying action won’t help.