Obama’s Approval Rating

May 3, 2011 by USA Post 

Obama’s Approval Rating, Immediately after the announcement that U.S. forces had killed Osama bin Laden, jumped from Obama’s approval rating at its lowest level since 2009 in a Washington Post / Pew poll.

In the survey, which took place on Monday, 56% of Americans said they approved of Obama, compared with 38% who said they disapproved. That’s a marked turnaround from a month ago, when 47% of Americans gave Obama their positive mark on job performance, while 45% said the opposite.

It also marks the highest approval rating the president has had since June 2009 when 61% of Americans approve of his performance and 30% disapproved.

The rapid response is largely a boost in support from independent voters. While the views of Republicans for Obama remained virtually unchanged from a month ago – in March, 16% of GOP voters approved of Obama, and 16% said the same thing this month well – turned independent to give Obama a net negative approval rating to a positive net. In March, the independents disapprove of Obama’s job performance at a fraction of 48% to 42%. Now say the opposite, with 52% giving positive ratings and 40% gave him negative.

In addition, respondents also gave Obama much higher marks on his handling of Afghanistan and the war on terror than it had earlier this year. Sixty percent of Americans approve of how Obama has handled Afghanistan, up from 43% in January. Also, 69% support the way it has addressed the issue of t*rror*sm, an increase of 14 points since the beginning of 2011.

A Survey USA poll released Tuesday also showed that heating of the U.S. war in Afghanistan following the death of Bin Laden.

Obama’s approval rating hit rating invests at least for now, what had been a trend of declining support for the president, as many polls began to show Obama’s qualification under water. The current average TPM Survey shows that 44.9% of Americans approve of Obama, compared to 49.6% who disapprove.

While an increase in Obama’s approval rating was expected after the news that Bin Laden had been killed, the real test will be whether the advance stroke is maintained, or whether it dissipates quickly.

The survey was conducted May 2 of 654 adults nationwide. It has a margin of error of 4.5%.

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