The first major poll from CBS News/New York Times taken after Osama Bin Laden’s death shows the event has produced a significant 11-point bump in President Obama’s job approval numbers. From CBS News:
The poll found that 57 percent of Americans generally approve of Mr. Obama in the wake of the raid in Pakistan. Two weeks ago, when bin Laden was still America’s most-wanted terrorist, the president’s overall approval rating was at 46 percent. A whopping 85 percent of those polled gave Mr. Obama high marks for his handling of the operation to find bin Laden.
While we will still need to wait for other major pollsters to weigh in before we know the extent of the bump, this event has at least temporarily improved Obama’s standing with the American people.
Looking at other parts of the poll, don’t expect this increase in approval to last long. As I previously said, despite the temporary excitement, the issue of terrorism and the wars were ranked extremely low by Americans and are not seen as things that have a strong effect on day-to-day life. The really big issues for voters are jobs and the economy, and on that front, Obama is having serious trouble. The same poll found only 34 percent approve of his handling of the economy, a new low. People will stop thinking much about this incident with bin Laden in only a few weeks, but the economy isn’t going away.