Rasmussen reports a 10-point improvement since March 20 for President Obama in its unique and controversial “presidential approval index.” Its more standard approval/disapproval numbers are at 48/52, representing a five-point bump for Obama in recent days.
Gallup’s lastest three-day tracking numbers, just out, put Obama’s job approval numbers at 51-43, a five-point jump in the past week. A separate Gallup poll released yesterday found that 49 percent of Americans believe passage of health care reform was a good thing, while 40 percent say it was a bad thing.
However, those numbers are better than reported in other polls. CBS queried 649 adults last week on health care, then reinterviewed the same population a week later. It too found that support had jumped, although a plurality still opposed the bill:
“From what you’ve heard or read, do you approve or disapprove of the current health care reform bill?”
Approve 42 percent/ Disapprove 46 percent
Approve 37 percent/ Disapprove 48 percent
Gallup also has compared public sentiment on how Obama, congressional Democrats and congressional Republicans have handled themselves on health care. It found:
The question, of course, is whether this is the start of a longer term uptick for Obama and the Democrats as attention shifts away from process to the legislation itself, or whether this bump is temporary. I don’t claim to have a read on that, but I do believe that in the weeks and months ahead, health care will recede in political relevance as other issues elbow their way to the forefront. The American voter does not have a long attention span.