President Barack Obama's surging approval rating is becoming a major plot line of the 2016 election.
Obama has reached 53 percent approval from Gallup, a three-year high, and he's been at or above 50 percent in that survey for four weeks.
HuffPollster's aggregate of all current polls gives Obama an average approval rating of 49.2 percent, compared with 47.3 percent disapproval. He bottomed out in the first week of December at 44.1 percent, according to that estimate, so he's gained five percentage points over an almost four-month sustained rally.
That should help Hillary Clinton's chances in November. Current presidential approval, along with some measure of economic performance, both have strong effects on general election voting. They aren't perfect predictors, but they seem to make a difference.
In the Gallup survey, Obama is now doing a little bit better than Ronald Reagan was in late March 1988. He's well behind Dwight Eisenhower and Bill Clinton during their final years in the White House, and far ahead of George W. Bush.