Barack Obama might be receiving a bounce due to passing health care reform. A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll shows that his approval has jumped five points in the past week. The increased approval comes from both Democrats and independents:
Eighty-six percent of Democrats questioned say they approve of the job Obama is doing, a surge of 12 points over the past week. The poll indicates that 47 percent of Independents approve of the president’s performance, up 6 points in a week, and 12 percent of Republicans give him the thumbs up, basically unchanged from a week ago.
The jump is attributed to passing health care reform:
Health care appears to be behind the jump in Obama’s overall rating. While the president’s ratings on the economy and foreign affairs remained static over the past week, his numbers on how he’s dealing with health care rose five points to 45 percent, although a majority still disapprove of how he’s handling the issue.
Once people find that the scare stories about health care reform are not true, will his approval jump further? Realistically it is way to early to determine the effect of health care reform politically, and it could very well be replaced by other issues before even this fall’s election.