Obama's approval rating just hit its highest level in 7 years

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President Barack Obama's approval rating has soared to its highest level since his first year in office, according to a new survey released Wednesday, two weeks after the election of Donald Trump.

The CNN poll found that 57 percent of respondents approved of Obama's job performance. It marked a slight uptick from late October and the highest level of satisfaction in Obama since September 2009, when 58 percent of adults polled approved.

More Americans also view Obama favorably, the poll showed. The president had a 59 percent favorability rating in the poll, which was also the highest since late 2009. Just 38 percent of Americans view him unfavorably.

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US President Barack Obama presents actress and comedian Ellen DeGeneres with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor, during a ceremony honoring 21 recipients, in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC, November 22, 2016. 

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U.S. President Barack Obama awards NBA star Michael Jordan the Presidential Medal of Freedom during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., November 22, 2016.

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President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama, left, arrive for a Presidential Medal of Freedom ceremony in the East Room of the White House, Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016, in Washington. Obama is recognizing 21 Americans with the nation's highest civilian award, including giants of the entertainment industry, sports legends, activists and innovators.

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US President Barack Obama presents vocalist and musician Diana Ross with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor, during a ceremony honoring 21 recipients, in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC, November 22, 2016.

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U.S. President Barack Obama awards actor and director Robert Redford the Presidential Medal of Freedom during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., November 22, 2016.

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U.S. President Barack Obama awards broadcaster Vin Scully the Presidential Medal of Freedom during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., November 22, 2016.

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US President Barack Obama presents actress Cicely Tyson with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor, during a ceremony honoring 21 recipients, in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC, November 22, 2016.

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Actor Robert Redford, Diana Ross and others wait before US President Barack Obama presents the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor, during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC, November 22, 2016.

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US President Barack Obama presents musician Bruce Springsteen with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor, during a ceremony honoring 21 recipients, in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC, November 22, 2016.

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WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 22: Robert DeNiro embraces Ellen DeGeneres after she was presented with the 2016 Presidential Medal Of Freedom at the White House on November 22, 2016 in Washington, DC.

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U.S. President Barack Obama speaks at a ceremony awarding the Presidential Medal of Freedom to various receipients in the East Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., November 22, 2016.

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US President Barack Obama presents actor RobertDe Niro with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor, during a ceremony honoring 21 recipients, in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC, November 22, 2016.

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U.S. President Barack Obama presents the Presidential Medal of Freedom to actor Tom Hanks during a ceremony in the White House East Room in Washington, U.S., November 22, 2016.

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US President Barack Obama reaches up to NBA star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as he presents him with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor, during a ceremony honoring 21 recipients, in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC, November 22, 2016.

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Mathematician and computer scientist Margaret Hamilton gets a kiss from actor Tom Hanks, right, after she receives the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House, Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016, in Washington. Obama is recognizing 21 Americans with the nation's highest civilian award, including giants of the entertainment industry, sports legends, activists and innovators.

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US First Lady Michelle Obama looks on as President Barack Obama presents the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor, during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC, November 22, 2016.

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Vice President Joe Biden arrives for a Presidential Medal of Freedom ceremony in the East Room of the White House, Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016, in Washington. Obama is recognizing 21 Americans with the nation's highest civilian award, including giants of the entertainment industry, sports legends, activists and innovators.

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U.S. President Barack Obama presents the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Saturday Night Live creator and producer Lorne Michaels during a ceremony in the White House East Room in Washington, U.S., November 22, 2016.

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US President Barack Obama speaks as former NBA basketball player Michael Jordan looks on before being presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor, during a ceremony honoring 21 recipients, in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC, November 22, 2016.

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U.S. President Barack Obama awards the President of Miami Dade College Eduardo Padron the Presidential Medal of Freedom during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., November 22, 2016.

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Singer Diana Ross is hugged by U.S. President Barack Obama before he awards her a Presidential Medal of Freedom during a ceremony in the White House East Room in Washington, U.S., November 22, 2016.

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Musician Bruce Springsteen thanks U.S. President Barack Obama for his Presidential Medal of Freedom during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., November 22, 2016.

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NBA star Michael Jordan and musician Bruce Springsteen attend the Presidential Medal of Freedom awards in the East Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., November 22, 2016.

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Actress, comedian, and talk show Host Ellen DeGeneres arrives for a Presidential Medal of Freedom ceremony in the East Room of the White House, Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016, in Washington. Obama is recognizing 21 Americans with the nation's highest civilian award, including giants of the entertainment industry, sports legends, activists and innovators.

(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Comedian Ellen DeGeneres applauds actor Robert DeNiro at a ceremony awarding the Presidential Medal of Freedom in the East Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., November 22, 2016.

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U.S. President Barack Obama awards artist and designer Maya Lin the Presidential Medal of Freedom during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., November 22, 2016.

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U.S. President Barack Obama presents the Presidential Medal of Freedom to physicist Ricahrd Garvin during a ceremony in the White House East Room in Washington, U.S., November 22, 2016.

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U.S. President Barack Obama awards polymath scientist Richard Garwin the Presidential Medal of Freedom during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., November 22, 2016.

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Sports broadcaster Vin Scully, center, pauses to look at his Presidential Medal of Freedom during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House, Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016, in Washington. Obama is recognizing 21 Americans with the nation's highest civilian award, including giants of the entertainment industry, sports legends, activists and innovators. Also pictured is actor Tom Hanks, top left, singer Diana Ross, bottom left, former NBA basketball player Michael Jordan, top right, and singer songwriter Bruce Springsteen, bottom right.

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President Barack Obama speaks during presentation of the Presidential Medal of Freedom during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016, in Washington. Obama is recognizing 21 Americans with the nation's highest civilian award, including giants of the entertainment industry, sports legends, activists and innovators.

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The numbers present an interesting contrast with Trump, who looks set to come into office as one of the least popular presidents in recent memory. Despite a clear uptick since his stunning election win, just 47 percent of Americans say they view him favorably, according to the CNN poll, compared with 50 percent who see him in an unfavorable light.

Obama's rising popularity was apparent throughout the 2016 campaign cycle, which featured two of the most unpopular major-party nominees in history. Many political observers viewed it as a potential boon for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

Despite being one of the harshest critics of Trump on the campaign trail and often calling him "unfit" for the presidency, Obama has embraced a more conciliatory tone toward his eventual successor since Trump's victory. Last weekend, he suggested he would refrain from criticizing Trump when he becomes president.

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