06/03/2011 08:31 am ET Updated Aug 03, 2011

Obama's 2012 Chances May Be Hurt Despite Improved Approval Ratings

Like the economy, President Obama continues to inch toward recovery in the latest Allstate/National Journal Heartland Monitor survey. But the poll also underscores the political risks he still faces.

In the survey, Obama's job-approval rating reached 51 percent, with just 41 percent disapproval. That was the first time he has crossed the critical 50 percent threshold in a Heartland Monitor poll since September 2009. It was also the smallest disapproval rating he has recorded since then.

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