Obama's popularity soars to highest level in 4 yrs: Poll
Johannesburg, Jan 31 : US President Barack Obama's popularity has hit 60 percent, the highest level since he first took office four years ago, a poll has said.
The survey by ABC television and The Washington Post, also found that his popularity is slightly less than that enjoyed by two other re-elected presidents, Bill Clinton and Ronald Reagan, at the start of their second terms.
Obama's favourability rating at the start of this second term is higher, however, than that of his predecessor George W Bush at the same point during his tenure, the poll, covering 1 022 adults, showed.
The 60 percent popularity represents a 10-point increase since last summer, during the heat of the contentious presidential race against Republican challenger Mitt Romney, News24 reports.
According to the report, the pollsters credited public approval of the president's inauguration address for his soaring poll numbers.
In that address, Obama embraced a liberal agenda that vowed action during his second term on gun reform, gay rights and the environment, among other issues, the report added.