Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Obama's poll numbers up 11 points on bin Laden news

A random telephone survey conducted Monday and Tuesday showed a gain of 11 points in approval of President Obama following the successful raid on Osama bin Laden – up from 46% to 57%.

The surge in approval compares with an 8% rise in approval of President George W. Bush following the capture of Saddam Hussein.
More than 6 in 10 said that killing bin Laden was likely to increase the threat of terrorism against the United States in the short term while nearly half said the U.S. should decrease troop levels in Afghanistan.

Among Democrats, 86% supported Mr. Obama's job performance, compared with 79% in April, while Republican approval rose 15 points to 24%, though most of the rise in approval came from independents and Republicans.

Only 16% said they personally felt any safer as a result of Mr. bin Laden's death. The New York Times/CBS News poll of 532 respondents has a margin of error plus or minus of 4 points.

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