11/16/2012 04:52 pm ET Updated Nov 16, 2012

Obama's Favorable Rating Gets Post-Election Bump, New Poll Shows

Everything looks better in hindsight, apparently. President Barack Obama's favorable rating bounced to 58 percent post-election, the highest it's been since 2009, according to a USA Today/Gallup poll released Friday.

Obama's favorable rating is 3 points higher than it was a week before the election, although it's still below his 68 percent rating immediately after winning the 2008 election.

The Democratic Party as a whole saw a more significant jump in its favorability rating, which rose 6 points to 51 percent. A majority of Americans now hold positive views of the party for the first time since mid-2009.

The president's GOP rival, Mitt Romney, also benefited -- his favorable ratings rose 4 points to hit 50 percent, tying his personal high from May, according to the new poll. The Republican Party's ratings stayed at 43 percent, similar to the 42 percent it garnered just before the election.

The USA Today/Gallup poll surveyed 1,009 adults by phone between Nov. 9 and 12, with a 4 percent margin of error.



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