As discussions about the debt ceiling intensify, the approval rating for U.S. President Barack Obama has experienced a jump, a new Angus Reid Public Opinion poll has found.

In the online survey of a representative national sample of 1,001 American adults, 48 per cent of respondents (+3 since June) approve of the way Obama is handling his duties, while 45 per cent (-4) disapprove.

The level of strong approval for the U.S. President trails the level of strong disapproval by a 2-to-1 margin (15% to 29%).

Obama’s rating surpasses the 50 per cent mark in the Midwest (54%) and the Northeast (52%).

The approval rating for the U.S. Congress stands at 18 per cent this month (unchanged), while 73 per cent of respondents (+2) appear dissatisfied with its actions (-1).

The level of strong approval for federal lawmakers is four per cent, while 41 per cent of Americans strongly disapprove.

The worst rating for Congress is in the South, where only 15 per cent of respondents approve of its performance.


July is now the second-best month for Obama’s rating in 2011, after the nine-point gain Obama showed in May 2011—shortly after the announcement of Osama bin Laden’s death.

The approval rating for Congress has been mostly steady throughout the year, and has never reached the 25 per cent mark.

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Mario Canseco, Vice President, Angus Reid Public Opinion
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Methodology: From July 8 to July 10, 2011, Angus Reid Public Opinion conducted an online survey among 1,001 American adults who are Springboard America panelists. The margin of error—which measures sampling variability—is +/- 3.1%. The results have been statistically weighted according to the most current education, age, gender and region Census data to ensure a sample representative of the entire adult population of the United States. Discrepancies in or between totals are due to rounding.