President Obama’s approval ratings have rebounded somewhat since the midterm elections in Florida, according to a Public Policy Polling survey released Wednesday.

Forty-five percent approve of his job, while 49 percent disapprove — up from a survey conducted right before the election showing that 40 percent approved, while 55 percent did not. The economy — which correlates with presidential approval — has not gotten noticeably better, so what accounts for the rise?

Two things: the end of the elections and a boost after the productive lame-duck session.

During the Florida race for governor, Rick Scott relentlessly tied his opponent Alex Sink to President Obama with ads like this (now private on YouTube):

Announcer: President Obama tricked us… saying he’s in the mainstream… before becoming our most liberal president ever… And Alex Sink helped him do it…
Sink: Barack Obama has the right message and the right solutions for turning our economy around right here in Florida.
Announcer: The right solutions? Sink backed the government health care takeover cutting $500 billion from Medicare… She backed the failed stimulus bill which created debt not jobs.
Sink: Barack Obama has the right message and the right solutions.

During the lame-duck session, President Obama signed a hugely popular extension of tax cuts, along with other measures like the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell repeal and START, both of which seemed on the brink of failure.

The Public Policy poll also shows President Obama leading all of his potential Republican contenders except for Mitt Romney, with whom he is in a virtual tie. (Caveat: These polls are way too early to mean anything.) However, it shows that some are still willing to vote for him over his opponents, although they may not approve of the job he is doing.

Another interesting data point is that Marco Rubio — who hasn’t even been sworn in yet — also has near-even approval-disapproval ratings at 43/42, after winning 50 percent of the vote on election night.

Luke Johnson reports on Florida for The American Independent.

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