Obama Hits 51 Percent Approval Rating In CNN/ORC International Poll

President Obama has a 51 percent approval rating going into his second term, a sharp drop from how he started his first term but a steady improvement over the lows over the last two years.

Obama’s 51 percent mark comes from a CNN/ORC International poll released Friday, as slightly more than half of respondents said the president had met or exceeded their expectations. But the poll also shows that Obama is not performing well on the issues the public finds most important.

From CNN:

“According to the survey, nearly half of all Americans say the economy remains the most important issue facing the country today, with the federal budget deficit in second place at 23%.

“So how’s Obama doing on those issues?

“Forty-eight percent say they approve of the job he is doing on the economy, with 51% disapproving. Just over four in ten give the president a thumbs up on how he has dealt with the deficit, with 57% giving him a thumbs down.”

Obama’s worst performance on the survey was on the deficit, CNN Polling Director Keating Holland said. He did better in other areas, like foreign policy, but only 4 percent of the public said foreign policy was the top issue facing the county.

“It all adds up to a familiar pattern for Obama: high marks on a wide range of issues that appear to be of secondary concern to the public and lower numbers on a few key issues like the economy and the deficit that are uppermost on Americans’ minds,” adds Holland.

President Obama’ scoring a 51 percent approval rating actually puts the CNN poll slightly behind the national trend. HuffPost Pollster, which aggregates all polls, found that Obama has an average approval rating of 54.7 percent.