While both parties decry of the state of the economy and terrorism shows no signs of abating, President Obama's job approval rating in every major poll out this month - NBC/Wall Street Journal, ABC/Washington Post, CNN and Bloomberg - is between 51 and 53 percent. The easiest explanation for his rise is that in comparison to the craziness going on in the presidential campaign, he looks that much more appealing. He’s also the first president in quite some time to leave office without any major scandal. No Monica Lewinsky. No Iran-Contra. No unpopular war. The other way to look at it is that voters feel better about him because they feel better about their own lives. If people are feeling better about the state of the country, it’s not showing up in the polling. There has been no increase in the percentage of people who think the country is “headed in the right direction.” The most recent NBC/Wall Street Journal poll actually saw an increase in the percentage of Americans who think the country is “off on the wrong track”

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