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Obama Approval Ratings Nudge Upwards

President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama return to the White House from Tucson. Carolyn Kaster/ASSOCIATED PRESS hide caption

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President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama return to the White House from Tucson.

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President Obama has received widespread and bipartisan praise for his speech at the Tucson observance for the victims of last weekend's mass shootings.

That can only help how Americans perceive him, and as recent polls have indicated, his approval among Americans has been on the upswing in any event.

Quinnipiac University's Polling Institute was out with a new poll Thursday that showed Obama's approval-disapproval ratings at 48%-44%.

The QUPI's report on the poll says the latest reading is the closest it's come to 50 percent since October 2009, a lifetime ago in politics.

A compilation of polls by Real Clear Politics graphically illustrates how Obama has fared in the court of public opinion.

A few of the results that jump out:

Respondents split almost evenly on whether Obama's presidency has been a success or failure, 47% to 45%.

Also, the president is still struggling with the independent voters who he must rely on for re-election. His disapproval versus approval with those voters was put at 46% versus 41%.

Still, the president's ratings are clearly trending in the right direction as far as he's concerned as he enters the second half of his term.