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Obama’s National Security Ratings Jump Following bin Laden Death

Friday, May 06, 2011

Even more than the improvement in his overall job approval ratings, grades for President Obama’s national security performance have bounced higher following the weekend killing of Osama bin Laden by U.S. Navy SEALs. But ratings for the president’s handling of economic issues have held relatively steady.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of Likely Voters shows that 53% now give the president good or excellent marks on his handling of national security issues. That’s up from 39% last week and is the highest positive assessment measured since May 2009. Twenty-one percent (21%) still think the president is doing a poor job in this area, but that's down from 36% last week and the lowest poor rating of his presidency. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on May 3-4, 2011 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

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