Poll: Obama Approval Rises To 50%

President Barack Obama’s approval rating has risen to 50 percent in a new Washington Post-ABC News poll released Monday, his strongest showing in the survey since the spring of 2013.

Forty-four percent disapprove of how he’s handling his job as president.

The improving poll numbers come one day before Obama’s State of the Union speech, amid positive economic news and complete Republican control of Congress for the first time in his presidency.

By a 40 to 36 percent margin, Americans said they trust Obama over Republicans to “do a better job coping with the main problems the nation faces over the next few years.”

The survey polled a random national sampling of 1,003 adults from Jan. 12-15, and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

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