Obama's approval rating is the highest it's been in years. Why?

An improving economy helps. So does a proto-fascist GOP frontrunner.

President Obama is gaining support at the end of his second term.
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Last week, President Obama's approval rating hit 50 percent. That's a three-year high; the last time his approval rating was this strong was way back in May 2013.

The improvement is important, and not just for Obama's legacy. Presidential approval is one of the key indicators of the outcomes of presidential elections. When presidential approval rises, the chance of victory for the incumbent party goes up as well — so Obama's growing approval suggests that Democrats have a better chance to win in November.

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