05. November 2011
United States president Barrack Obama has reasons to smile these days after his trust rating increased from 47 percent to 49 percent. (Photo: boston.com)
The economic condition of the United States might not look good at the moment but President Barrack Obama still had reasons to smile these days.
This developed after a recent survey has shown that his trust rating has increased by two percent. In a poll conducted by Reuters/Ipsos the trust rating of Obama is 49 percent slightly better than his 47 percent trust rating in October.
Political experts said the increased in the trust rating of Obama could be attributed to the continue mudslinging between the possible candidates of the Republican party in the 2012 US presidential elections. On the same survey it was also learned that the number of Americans who has high hopes that the country is headed to the right direction also increased from 21 to 25 percent.
Ipsos pollster Julia Clark said the result of the survey is a strong indication that the 2012 US presidential election will be a close fight between the Democrats and Republicans. The survey is taken from 1,106 adults, 937 of whom were registered voters was conducted from October 31 to November 3.
Obama is the first African American to hold the office. He previously served as a United States senator from Illinois, from January 2005 until he resigned following his victory in the 2008 presidential election. A native of Honolulu, Hawaii, Obama is a graduate of Columbia University and Harvard Law School, where he was the president of the Harvard Law Review.
He was a community organizer in Chicago before earning his law degree. He worked as a civil rights attorney in Chicago and taught constitutional law at the University of Chicago Law School from 1992 to 2004. He served three terms representing the 13th district in the Illinois Senate from 1997 to 2004. As president, Obama signed economic stimulus legislation in the form of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act in February 2009 and the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act in December 2010. Other domestic policy initiatives include the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act and the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal Act.
In foreign policy, he gradually withdrew combat troops from Iraq, increased troop levels in Afghanistan, signed the New START arms control treaty with Russia, ordered enforcement of the United Nations-sanctioned no-fly zone over Libya, and issued a direct order to a small group of American military forces to kill al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in Pakistan.