Obama Gets Osama Approval Rating Bump

Via the NYTFor Obama, Big Rise in Poll Numbers After Bin Laden Raid

In all, 57 percent said they now approved of the president’s job performance, up from 46 percent last month.

Of course, this is hardly a surprise, and is likely ephemeral.  A comparative stat:

The president’s job approval rating rose 11 points, compared with an 8-point increase for President George W. Bush after the capture of Saddam Hussein in December 2003. Mr. Bush’s bump evaporated within a month.

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  1. Jim Beam says:

    RAS: 48/51


  2. James V Feragola says:

    It’s a poll from the NY Times. Hardly a non-bias cross section of opinion.

  3. Jim Beam says:
  4. Herb says:

    “Of course, this is hardly a surprise, and is likely ephemeral.”

    I’m not so sure about that one…

    II’d argue that the killing of Bin Laden permanently alters Obama’s prestige as president in ways that won’t show up in the day-to-day fluctuations of public opinion polls.

    Another comparative stat: Bush was re-elected in 04.

  5. @Herb:

    I agree it will have a long-term effect.

    The 11-point bump, however, will be ephemeral.