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Obama approval ratings languish at 40% mark

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Millennials feel more favorable toward the President than their elders.

According to a recent Harris poll,  positive ratings of President Obama's overall job performance hit the four in ten mark this month (40%), not far from last month's 39% and just shy of his recent peak of 41%, seen in May. This figure is up considerably, however, in comparison to where it sat in August of 2014 (32%).

Forty percent (40%) of Americans also rate President Obama positively on the job he's doing handling the economy; this continues an incremental rise over the past few months (vs. 36% in June and 38% in July) and puts this rating at its highest level since February (when it was also 40%). Moreover, it's a full ten points ahead of where it was a year ago (30% in August 2014).

Majorities of Republicans (87%) and Independents (69%) believe things have gotten off on the wrong track.

On both these measures, strong majorities of Democrats approve of his performance (70% overall, 69% for his performance on the economy) while two-thirds of Independents (66% for each measure) and more than nine in ten Republicans (94% overall, 91% economy) disapprove of the work he's doing.

Millennials are split on their sentiments toward the President overall, with roughly half each rating him positively and negatively. They're definitely bigger fans than other generations, though – more likely than any of their elders to give him positive ratings (49%, vs. 36% Gen X, 37% Baby Boomers and 30% Matures) and less likely to rate him negatively (51%, vs. 64%, 63% and 70%).

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