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December 17th, 2009
03:29 PM ET

CNN Poll of Polls: Obama approval rating stabilizes

As 2009 comes to an end, about half of the country is giving President Barack Obama a thumbs up.

As 2009 comes to an end, about half of the country is giving President Barack Obama a thumbs up.

Paul Steinhauser
CNN Deputy Political Director

As 2009 comes to an end, about half of the country is giving President Barack Obama a thumbs-up.

According to a CNN Poll of Polls compiled and released Thursday, Obama's approval rating in polls taken in the past week averages out to 50 percent, with 44 percent saying they disapprove.

"Obama's average approval rating was at 52 percent or 53 percent every week from early October to mid-November. Each week since then, his average approval rating has been between 48 percent and 50 percent," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "The bad news for the White House is that his current rating is down by roughly 15 points since the start of the year. The good news is that it appears to have stabilized as the end of the year approaches."

Since scientific polling began more than seven decades ago, only one popularly-elected president has ended his first calendar year in office with an approval rating below 50 percent.

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