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public opinion

Obama hits highest approval rating in over a year

The president is starting the new year on a high note: the best favorability ratings since August of 2013. Gallup puts him at 48 percent approval (matched with 48 percent disapproval), averaged from December 27-29. It's a notable increase from even earlier this month, when the ratio was 42 to 52.

It's been a rough year to be at the summit of American politics, with ISIS, Ebola, Ferguson, a crushing defeat for his party in the midterms, and a gruesome Senate report on CIA torture. His overall average for 2014 in the same poll was 42 percent.

But with the economy gaining strength, 2015 might just turn out better for everyone.