Ever since leaving office, former President Barack Hussein Obama’s overall favorability ratings have gone up, according to a new poll.
Exactly half of respondents People surveyed by the HuffPost/YouGov poll said that they now approve of Obama’s overall job of president. This number is up from a 48 percent positive rating in December 2016. Obama’s approval rating stayed in the mid-40s during most of his eight years in office.
Respondents also said by a 2-point margin that they approve of Obama’s record on immigration, which is up from the 15-point margin of people who disapproved of his immigration policies during his last full month in office in December 2016.
President Donald Trump is working to tighten immigration and build a border wall with Mexico, whereas the borders were porous under the Obama administration, which welcomed an onslaught of unaccompanied minors for the first time in American history.
According to the poll, Obama also saw an increase during the past year in net approval ratings for his work on health care, from negative 5 percent to 4 percent. This increase comes as Trump and the Republican-majority Congress have worked to overturn his signature Affordable Care Act.
The poll found improvements in Obama’s favorability on all issues surveyed, including foreign policy and social issues.
The HuffPost/YouGov poll surveyed 1,000 U.S. adults from Jan. 10-11 and had a margin of error of 4 percentage points.