When President Obama arrives back in Washington this morning after his Hawaiian vacation, he'll be greeted by a rare bit of good news on the political front.
According to Gallup, Obama's approval rating is currently at 50 percent—the highest its been in seven months. That's up nine points since early November, when Obama acknowledged this his party took a "shellacking" in the midterm elections.
It's too soon to tell if this is a comeback. While Obama's job approval has hit the 50 percent mark before, Gallup notes that he's had a tough time maintaining that number for more than two weeks in a row.
According to Gallup, Obama is at 80 percent approval among Democrats and 47 percent approval among independents—two key voting blocs that fueled his 2008 presidential run. But only 16 percent of Republicans believe he's doing a good job.
Still, the poll is likely to be welcome news for a president trying to gain momentum ahead of his 2012 re-election effort.
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