Reality Check

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Blumenthal examines the president’s approval rating:

Despite the recent decline, Obama’s overall approval rating remains well ahead of the 46 to 47 percent levels on the Pollster trend line during the spring and summer of 2012. The open question is whether the recent shifts result more from newly negative views of Obama’s handling of the economy or an end to a bubble of approval fostered by Obama’s November victory and January inauguration, a period in which the usual partisan invective fades, albeit temporarily.