(NEWS.YAHOO) — President Barack Obama launched his latest cross-country trawl for campaign cash Wednesday and an effort to highlight the rebounding economy at an auspicious moment -- as his approval rating hit 50 percent.
A New York Times/CBS News poll published on Wednesday provided the latest evidence that strengthening jobs growth and a quickening recovery are bolstering Obama's prospects as he takes aim at November's election.
While the news is not all good for Obama -- his economic management gets low marks still from voters -- the poll and other recent surveys suggest that prospective Republican challengers are less popular than the president.
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The Times poll puts Obama in more comfortable political territory than he has enjoyed since before the 2010 mid-term congressional elections in which his Democratic Party was trounced by Republicans.