Obama's Approval Swells to 49% Strongest since March as president improves among conservatives By Mark Russell, Newser Staff Posted Dec 20, 2011 7:42 AM CST 178 comments Comments US President Barack Obama speaks to the Union for Reform Judaism's Biennial Convention at National Harbor in Maryland, December 16, 2011. (Getty Images) (Newser) – President Obama's job-approval numbers remain poor, but at 49% they have rebounded to their strongest point since March, showing substantial improvements from young voters, seniors, and independents in a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. Since September, Obama's approval rating has risen by 9 percentage points among Democrats, to reach 82%, and 8 points among Republications, now hitting 19%. But the demographic where Obama has seen the biggest improvement in recent months? Conservatives, where approval of Obama has climbed 13 percentage points and now sits at 32%. In fact, moderates were the only group where Obama has lost support since September, declining 2 percentage points to 51%. On the key issue of "protecting the middle class," Obama has seen a major surge over the past month, and now tops the GOP by a margin of 50% to 35%. Congressional Republicans, on the other hand, continue to take a drubbing, now down to 20% approval from 34% in March. Democrats fare little better, with just 27% support. Click for further breakdown of the poll.