President Obama's approval ratings have hit a new high for his second term at 55%, according to a CNN/ORC poll released Thursday.
It continues a seven-month streak of approval ratings over 50% for the lame-duck president. And it brings his 2016 average to 51%—its highest level since his first year as President.
A similar poll a year ago put Obama's approval 10 points lower. The rising ratings are mostly due to a 12-point spike in approval from Democrats and a 14-point spike in approval from independents. Only 13% of Republicans approve of him.