President Barack Obama delivers remarks on the Affordable Care Act in the Brady Press Briefing room at the White House in Washington, D.C., November 15, 2013.
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Polls offer a little something for everyone

As 2013 nears its end, there are quite a few new polls out. And more so than usual, the question of how President Obama is doing depends quite a bit on which survey you’re inclined to believe.
Obama’s supporters will be pleased to learn that the latest New York Times/CBS News poll, the new Pew Research Center/USA Today poll, and Rasmussen’s tracking poll all show the president’s approval rating climbing.
Obama’s detractors will be pleased to learn that the latest polls from Quinnipiac, Bloomberg, and McClatchy-Marist show the president’s approval rating dropping.
As it turns out, a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll offers a little something for both camps: the survey found Obama’s approval rating going up a little, but his disapproval rating went up a little, too.
What are we to make of all of this? Probably not too much. Obama’s popularity has slid since his re-election last year, but he’s at roughly the same point as two years ago. The widely condemned rollout of the Affordable Care Act didn’t do the president’s standing any favors – neither, by the way, did the public backlash against Washington in general during the government shutdown – but Obama appears to have largely weathered the storm, at least for now.
For what it’s worth, the White House probably finds at least some comfort in a separate aspect of the new data: the polls referenced above show congressional Republicans in far worse shape than the president.