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President Obama may be doing better at getting skeptical independents and Republicans to change their minds about his handling of health care issues than at winning over skeptical Democrats.

Justin McCarthy, an analyst at Gallup, published evidence for that conclusion in a summary of results from recent telephone interviews with a sample of 1,021 U.S. adults ages 18 and older. The survey participants, who were polled before the terrorist attacks in Paris, live in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

The percentage of all participants who said they approve of Obama’s handling of health care issues increased to 44 percent, up from 36 percent in November 2014.

Democrats were much more likely than other survey participants to say they approve of Obama’s approach to health care, but their approval rate increased only slightly: to 77 percent, from 75 percent.

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Independents’ approval rate increased to 40 percent, from 30 percent, meaning that the actual number of independents who said they like Obama’s approach to health care increased by one-third.

Just 12 percent of the Republicans polled said they approve of Obama’s approach to health care, but that’s up from 7 percent in November 2014. The number of Republicans who said they approve of Obama’s approach increased by about 70 percent.

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