Rasmussen Poll: Obama Gets Tiny Boost After Raid

Thursday, 05 May 2011 12:04 PM

By Jim Meyers

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President Barack Obama’s approval rating has risen only slightly following the successful raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan, a new Rasmussen Reports poll reveals.

In the survey conducted over the three days following bin Laden’s death, 26 percent of likely voters strongly approve of Obama’s performance, up just two percentage points from his previous approval rating.

But 35 percent strongly disapprove of his performance.

Overall, 49 percent of voters say they at least somewhat approve of the Obama’s performance, and 50 percent at least somewhat disapprove.
“Those figures have shown little movement since the news about bin Laden,” Rasmussen observed.

“One reason for the limited short-term bounce may be that voters are more focused on the economy than national security.”

When given a list of five issues, 45 percent of respondents say the economy is the most important, while just 6 percent cite national security.

Rasmussen also found that 86 percent of likely voters approve of the president’s decision to authorize the raid on bin Laden’s compound, and 53 percent give Obama good or excellent marks for handling national security issues, up 14 percent from a week ago.

Interestingly, despite warnings that the killing of Osama could trigger new terrorist attacks, only 28 percent of respondents said they believe a terrorist attack is very likely over the coming year, down from 35 percent in November.

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