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What They Told Us: Reviewing Last Week’s Key Polls - Week Ending May 13, 2011

Saturday, May 14, 2011

President Obama received a bounce in the polls following the bin Laden news, but over this past week, the bounce has largely faded. The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll shows that the president’s ratings have slipped back into the high 40s, right where they’ve been for most of the past year-and-a-half. The number who Strongly Disapprove of the president remains a bit lower than it was before the big news and enthusiasm for the president is up among his base voters.

The reason for such a modest bounce is the economy. Sixty-three percent (63%) of the nation’s adults believe the country is still in a recession.  While the president is enjoying good reviews for his handling of national security matters, just 34% give him positive marks for handling the economy.

President Obama also spoke on the immigration issue this week and only 30% of voters share his view that the border with Mexico is secure. Most voters favor cutting off funds to sanctuary cities   that shelter illegal immigrants.

On another topic with strong economic implications, most voters still favor repeal of the health care law passed a year ago.


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