The Washington Times - December 30, 2013, 01:55PM

Two new polls show President Obama’s approval rating remains below 50 percent, but that it’s ticked back up after plummeting in the wake of a string of terrible news for, and missteps by, the administration, notably the botched rollout of his health care law and new revelations about National Security Agency surveillance.

Forty-seven percent of likely voters approve of his job performance, compared to 51 percent who disapprove, said Rasmussen Reports’ daily tracking poll. Twenty-five percent strongly approve and 41 percent strongly disapprove.

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On Dec. 6, Mr. Obama had a 42 percent job approval rating, with 55 percent disapproving, in Rasmussen’s polling.

Meanwhile, 44 percent of Americans in Gallup’s daily tracking poll approve of Mr. Obama’s job performance, compared to 49 percent who disapprove. A poll conducted by the same group Dec. 21-23 had 39 percent of Americans approving of the president’s job performance and 54 percent approving.

Rasmussen’s daily tracking figures are based on telephone surveys of 500 likely voters, are reported on a three-day rolling average basis, and have an error margin of 3 percentage points. Gallup’s daily results, also reported on a three-day rolling average, are based on interviews with approximately 1,500 American adults and also have an error margin of 3 percentage points.