Leaving Iraq Boosts Obama Approval

December 23, 2011, 6:00 PM GMT+0

With the last U.S. combat troops out of Iraq, and the more than eight-year war officially ended, Americans are more positive about President Obama’s performance in handling that war, with a level of positive assessment not seen since the first year of his Administration. In the latest Economist/YouGov Poll (Week of 12/17/2011), 49% approve of how the President has handled Iraq, and 40% disapprove. 

The President came into office promising to end the war; his support declined as the war continued for nearly three years under his watch. With the last troops leaving, it has risen again.

But the President’s overall approval rating remains near 40%, where it has been for most of the year. This week 42% of Americans approve of how President Obama is handling his job overall. 50% disapprove. 

The President remains the choice of most Democratic registered voters: by 76% to 11%, they say they are satisfied having the President as their party’s candidate this year.

And he still leads both Republican frontrunners. In a hypothetical 2012 matchup (including registered voters who lean one way or the other), he bests Romney by seven points and Gingrich by 13. 

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Economist/YouGov poll archives can found here.

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