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Obama has 6-month approval of 63 percent

Obama has 6-month approval of 63 percent
U.S. President Barack Obama discusses the economy in the Rose Garden of the White House on August 7, 2009. Obama noted the unemployment rate for July declined to 9.4 percent from 9.5 percent in June, a sign that economic losses are slowing. UPI/Roger L. Wollenberg | License Photo

PRINCETON, N.J., Aug. 10 (UPI) -- More than 60 percent of U.S. residents approve of the job President Barack Obama has done in his first six months in office, a Gallup Poll indicates.

Sixty-three percent of respondents approve of Obama's performance, results released Monday indicate.

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In a state-by-state breakdown, Obama's approval rating was above 50 percent in all but two states -- Wyoming and Alaska, the Princeton, N.J., polling agency said. His highest approval ratings were in the District of Columbia, Hawaii, Vermont, Maryland, and Massachusetts, Gallup said.

Gallup tracks Obama's overall job approval ratings each day as part of Gallup Poll Daily tracking. Since June, Obama's approval rating slipped into the 50s, sinking to 52 percent in late July before making a modest recovery to the mid- to upper-50s in recent days, pollsters said.

In general, Gallup reported state patterns of support for Obama followed the state's political orientation.

Results are based on telephone interviews with 81,022 adults conducted Jan. 21-June 30 as part of Gallup Poll Daily tracking. The margin of error is 1 percentage point.

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