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Obama Exiting With Strong Approval Ratings

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Voters are sending President Barack Obama into retirement with strong approval ratings, even though they chose his political nemesis to succeed him.

The latest Quinnipiac University poll shows voters approve of the job Obama is doing by a 50-43 percent margin, the highest since his reelection.

Pollster Tim Malloy says Obama’s image benefited by comparison to two mud-slinging presidential candidates.

“The poll was taken as we was consulting with Trump, as the family graciously seemed to pass the torch. So there may be something to that, too. They went out with class.”

The poll shows 22 percent of voters consider Obama a “great” president while 33 percent consider him a “good” president.  Forty-four percent of voters say they believe Obama’s policies were good for the economy.

A Miami native, former WFSU reporter Jim Ash is an award-winning journalist with more than 20 years of experience, most of it in print. He has been a member of the Florida Capital Press Corps since 1992.