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Obama Approval Rating on Economy Highest Since 2009

President Obama returns to the White House on Wednesday.

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A new Bloomberg poll indicates Barack Obama’s economic policies are perceived more positively than negatively by the public—the first time that’s happened in more than five years. The poll also shows the president with a positive approval rating overall, though he gets negative marks in other specific areas of policy:

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Bloomberg also found that a large majority of individuals (69 percent) believe the gap between the rich and poor is growing, though respondents were almost exactly split on what should be done about it:

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Obama’s Gallup approval rating, as measured by the weekly average of the company’s daily polls, is currently at 48 percent; it’s been as low as 40 percent on a number of occasions, most recently in November 2014.