President Obama's improved political rating shows a turn for optimism among Democrats and other American voters. According to a poll by the New York Times and CBS News (showcasing ethos in the article), this change is due to an improving economy, consecutive months of job growth, the bullish stock market and improving consumer demand. Logos and pathos are intertwined here, as these improvements are a very logical reason for people to feel optimistic about our President serving a second term.
The article also makes the point that this poll is only a moment in time during the presidential election. It makes a fact claim that the economy in Europe is not doing well and this may very well affect the US economy, thereby affecting Obama's current poll numbers. The Republican presidential nomination is also still up in the air. Interestingly, the ability to beat Obama in the presidential election is not the most prominent factor for Republicans in their candidate: they also make a value claim that they want a candidate with high moral character. This view gives Rick Santorum, a family man who is pro-life and anti gay marriage, a boost in the poles. Despite this, the article reasons, once a candidate is officially chosen, it will most likely change Obama's ratings again.