Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama's numbers are on the rise in the state that launched him towards the White House, according to a new poll.
A Des Moines Register survey released Friday indicates that the president's overall approval rating among Iowans stands at 48 percent, with 47 percent saying they disapprove of the job Obama's doing in the White House. The president's 48 percent approval is up 3 points from September, and is his highest approval in Iowa in Des Moines Register polling since November 2009. And among independent voters, the poll indicates Obama's numbers are on the rise.
But according to the survey, a majority of Iowa residents disapprove of how the president is handling the economy, and six in ten give the thumbs down to Obama on how he's dealing with health care reform.
Obama won Iowa's Democratic caucuses in January 2008, launching him towards his party's presidential nomination. In that year's general election, he won the state by 10 points over Sen. John McCain. Four years earlier, President George W. Bush narrowly carried the state over Sen. John Kerry, the Democratic challenger.
The Des Moines Register poll was conducted by Selzer and Company from February 13 to 16, with 800 Iowa adults questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.
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