President Obama is starting February with his best poll numbers in 18 months. But how much higher can he go?
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Surveys showing the president hitting 50 percent approval represent a substantial comeback for Obama, who just months earlier saw his party clobbered in the midterms and his ratings droop into the high-30s.
Now, he is being buoyed by dramatic rebounds among Hispanics, independents, and millennials, in particular.
As a result, the White House has new momentum and confidence headed into a series of battles with a Republican-controlled Congress.
The numbers have given the White House a coating of Teflon when it commits errors that might have been damning a year ago. It has also nudged Democrats to unify around the president.