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Poll: President Obama’s Approval Rating Rises Among New Jerseyans

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President Barack Obama (credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

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TRENTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP)President Barack Obama’s job-approval has grown among registered voters surveyed in New Jersey.

A Fairleigh Dickinson University PublicMind poll released Thursday shows 55 percent questioned approve of the way President Obama is handling his job. That’s up eight points from April.

Thirty-six percent disapprove.

Obama’s approval among Republicans polled increased by a third to 21 percent.

Poll director Peter Woolley says he believes the numbers reflect Obama’s high profile in foreign policy.

Still, only 34 percent of Garden State voters say the country is headed in the right direction compared to 51 percent who say it’s on the wrong track.

The telephone survey of 804 registered voters was conducted from May 16 through May 22 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

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