Obama's Approval Rating Jumps To 48%, a 20-month high By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff Posted Dec 23, 2014 5:14 PM CST 270 comments Comments President Barack Obama says goodbye at the close of a news conference as he and his family prepare to jet to Hawaii for the holidays, Friday, Dec. 19, 2014, at the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) (Newser) – It is indeed a merry Christmas for President Obama, whose approval rating has jumped to 48%, a 20-month high, CNN reports. The increase comes alongside Obama's unilateral actions on immigration and Cuba relations, both of which have been popular, polls show; CNN also pins the jump on "improving views of the economy." Specifically, approval for the president increased among women, independents, and millennials, while dropping among men, Republicans, and those aged 35 to 49.