Fifty percent of Americans approve of Obama's performance as the country's chief executive, the highest level since May 2013. This is an uptick from his average approval rating during his seventh year in office, which was 46 percent, according to Gallup.
Gallup also pointed out how polarizing Obama remains: 87 percent of Democrats approve of his performance compared to 11 percent of Republicans.
Gallup said Obama's performance rating was lower than Bill Clinton's but higher than predecessor George W. Bush. Obama's rating is similar to that of Ronald Reagan at the same time in his second term. (Reagan's approval in March 1988 was 51 percent.)
The national poll was conducted from Feb. 29-March 6 among 3,563 adults by cell phones and landlines. The margin of error was plus or minus 2 points.