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David Jackson, USA TODAY
President Obama is riding solid poll ratings, a lingering glow from his re-election and second inauguration.
Obama has even hit the 60% mark in his favorability rating, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.
White House officials hope to leverage Obama's popularity in Congress as they pursue an ambitious agenda that includes gun control and an overhaul of the immigration system.
The Post analyzes some of the numbers behind the president:
"Obama's general likability has improved across a variety of constituencies, including a wavering base and the political middle. Obama's favorable ratings have climbed by double digits since last year among liberals, racial minorities and people under age 40. Among each group, at least two-thirds now see Obama positively.
"Two groups that voted against Obama in November are also beginning to tilt in his direction. Independents see him favorably by a 60-to-36% margin, compared with a 51-45 split a year ago. And 51% of those ages 65 and older now see Obama favorably, up 11 points from January 2012.
"Independent voters backed Mitt Romney over Obama by six points in November, and seniors favored Romney by 12 points, according to the national exit poll."