President Obama's approval ratings up 11 percent

Published: Wednesday, May 4 2011 10:11 a.m. MDT

President Barack Obama's approval ratings are up by 11 percent since the Sunday killing of Osama bin Laden.

During the debate over health care reform in 2009, Obama's approval rating saw its first drop below 50 percent.

Just four days into May, Obama's approval rating has jumped, according to the New York Times: "In all, 57 percent said they now approved of the president's job performance, up from 46 percent last month."

Even Republicans and Independents have voiced their approval for President Obama's decision to launch Operation Geronimo; praise also came from former President George W. Bush and former Vice President Dick Cheney.

"I think the (Obama) administration truly deserves credit for the success of the operation," Cheney said in an interview with ABC News. "And from what I can tell, it looks like we all owe him (Obama) the same sense of satisfaction that we all feel."

CBS News said Obama's approval rating had jumped 11 percent, and UPI reported: "The overnight survey of 654 adults by the Pew Center for People and the Press and The Washington Post found that 56 percent approve of the way Obama is doing his job, up from 47 percent in April."

When it comes to how those polled felt about the death of bin Laden, 72 percent said they were "relieved."

Regarding the May 1 Navy SEALs mission, IndianExpress.com reported: "Ninety-three percent of Americans say they approve of the action that killed bin Laden. This is similar to the 90 percent of Americans who in an October 7, 2001, poll approved of the U.S. taking military action against Afghanistan."

Former President Bush saw a similar spike in polls during his presidency. Almost directly after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, Bush saw an 87 percent overall approval mark.

There is also a debate as to whether these new poll numbers for Obama will sustain their current high. According to The Epoch Times, "With America only weeks away from hitting its debt ceiling, it is debatable how long Obama's lift will last."

The Huffington post said that while many feel relief and happiness over the death of Osama bin Laden, "The results are more mixed when it comes to the expected bounce in his overall job approval rating."

The killing of bin Laden also brings a lot of fear, according to NewOne.com: "More than six in 10 Americans said that killing Bin Laden was likely to increase the threat of terrorism against the United States in the short term.

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