Bam! President’s approval rating hits 3-year high

Updated
President Barack Obama speaks at the YMCA on Guilford Technical Community College Campus in Jamestown, North Carolina, on Oct. 18.
President Barack Obama speaks at the YMCA on Guilford Technical Community College Campus in Jamestown, North Carolina, on Oct. 18.
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President Obama is riding high.

Surfing a post-election wave, the commander-in-chief’s approval rating is the highest its been in more than three years, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday.

In the survey, 53% of Americans approve of how Obama is handling his job, compared to 40% who disapprove. The results are drastically different from July, when more Americans disapproved (49% to 45%).

“Nothing like winning an election to boost your job approval,” Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute said, adding the president hasn’t had such good marks since his 52% approval rating following the death of 9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden.

Among the poll’s other findings:

-Registered voters are more optimistic than not that Obama and Congress will reach a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff by the end of the year, 48% to 43%.

-Voters overwhelmingly support raising taxes on households making more than $250,000 a year, 65% to 31%.

-The majority of Americans believe the economy will get better in the next four years, 50%-26%.

Bam! President's approval rating hits 3-year high

Updated