#1 Obama Gets Boost From Death of Bin Laden: NBC Poll05-10-2011, 05:20 PMPresident Obama's standing with Americans has improved after U.S. commandos killed Osama bin Laden, but only slightly.
A new NBC News poll showed that the president's job approval rating ticked up to 52 percent after the successful strike against al Qaeda's leader. That's just three percentage points higher than the approval rating he received in April, before the raid.
That modest gain reflects Americans' continuing concerns over an economy in which growth has slowed and the unemployment rate remains high at 9 percent.
Just 31 percent believe the economy will improve in the next year, down from 40 percent in January. And the survey showed that approval of President Obama's handling of the economy has actually declined since then, to 37 percent.
But the president's ratings on other dimensions have improved. Some 57 percent approve his handling of foreign policy, up from 49 percent last month. (Read more of the January poll results here.)
There's no doubt that if his administration hadn't fumbled around in the first few days following, it would have been higher.In most sports, cold-cocking an opposing player repeatedly in the face with a series of gigantic Slovakian uppercuts would get you a multi-game suspension without pay.
In hockey, it means you have to sit in the penalty box for five minutes.
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