NBC News/WSJ poll: An Obama surge

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President Barack Obama’s approval ratings have soared in the wake of Congress’ productive lame-duck session, and the president’s speech celebrating victims of the Tucson assassination, according .

“According to the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, Obama’s approval rating has surged above 50 percent; confidence in the economy also has spiked; and the Democratic Party — but not the GOP — now enjoys a net-positive rating with the American public,” Mark Murray, NBC’s deputy political director, wrote Thursday.

Peter Hart, a Democratic pollster who conducted the survey with Republican

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