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Gallup: Obama Drop Shows bin Laden Bump Is Over

Wednesday, 15 Jun 2011 03:08 PM

By Marti Lotman

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A new Gallup poll shows that President Barack Obama’s approval rating declined to 46 percent for the week ending June 12. The poll results, released today, mark a significant decrease from his average weekly approval ratings during May.

Barack Obama, Gallup, pollObama’s surge of support following the death of Osama bin Laden probably is over, a Gallup analysis said. The drop in the president’s approval rating also dovetails with Americans’ concerns over a sputtering economic recovery.

“ Economic confidence also increased after bin Laden's death but began to decline early this month, perhaps due to reports of anemic job growth and concerns about the slow pace of economic recovery,” Gallup noted.

Approval from independents dropped the most, down five points from 47 percent to 42 percent, the survey shows.

Gallup noted that, although Obama’s approval is suffering, there is still time to recover before the election in 17 months. (Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, and Bill Clinton, all had approval ratings below 50 percent and were re-elected.)

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