pres. obama*Seemingly against all odds, given the state of the economy, not to mention the Republicans’ constant negative propaganda against him, President Obama’s poll numbers are moving up. Obviously for fans of the prez and Democrats, this is extremely good and timely news. But what’s behind the rise in the president’s numbers? Perhaps this report from CNN can clear things up.

The gridlock and partisanship that threatens to ruin Christmas in Washington could be an election year gift for President Barack Obama’s campaign.

A growing number of voters , 50% compared to 44% in March, trust Obama to solve the nation’s problems while the percentage of those with faith in congressional Republicans is slipping, according to a CNN/ORC International Poll.

CNN Poll: President’s approval nearing 50%

For the Obama team, the poll numbers seem to validate the president’s fall and winter strategy: In tone the jobs message like a mantra while squaring off against a do-nothing Congress and congressional Republicans in particular.

“We can’t wait for an increasingly dysfunctional Congress to do its job. Where they won’t act, I will,” the president told a Las Vegas audience in October.

Congress has accomplished a few things, passing trade bills and a tax credit for unemployed veterans. But thanks to repeated failed votes on elements of the jobs bill and leaving town for the holidays with a payroll tax extension unresolved, the lasting image is one of inaction.

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