Obama Gets Post-Bin Laden Poll Bump

President Obama’s approval rating jumped into positive territory, according to polls conducted Monday after the killing of Osama bin Laden.

Fifty-six percent of Americans said they approved of how Obama was handling his job, up nine points since last month, according to a Pew Research Center/Washington Post poll released Tuesday. Thirty-eight percent of U.S. adults said they still disapproved of Obama’s job performance, while six percent said they didn’t know.

A CNN/Opinion Research poll showed a more modest bump for Obama, but still had his approval rating in positive territory. Fifty-two percent of Americans said they approved of the way Obama is handling his job in that poll, up one point from over the weekend, but up four points from early April.

The president is still plagued by stronger disapproval numbers on his handling of the economy and U.S. debt, which drag down his overall approval rating. Fifty-six percent of Americans said in the CNN poll that they disapproved of the way Obama is handling the economy, and 61 percent said they disapproved of his handling of the federal budget deficit.

The Pew poll, conducted May 2, has a margin of error of 4.5 percentage points. The CNN poll, also conducted Monday, has a 3.5-point error margin.

Read more from Michael O’Brien at The Hill


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