Obama Approval Only Gets Modest Bump After bin Ladin Killed

Politics   |   Steven Ertelt   |   May 3, 2011   |   1:18PM   |   Washington, DC

President Barack Obama has received only a modest bump in his presidential approval ratings following the killing of terrorist mastermind Osama bin Ladin.

Some conservative political observers worried the action would make it impossible for any of the potential pro-life Republican presidential candidates to defeat the pro-abortion stalwart in 2012 because of a potentially sizable boost in Obama’s standing with the American people.

A new Washington Post-ABC News poll shows 56 percent of Americans say they approve of the way Obama is handling his job as president, an increase of nine percentage points over the same April poll. The 56 percent mark is the highest approval rating for the president since 2009. On the question of handling terrorist, Obama scored a 60 percent approval rating and he recorded a career high of 69 percent on the question of his approval rating on terrorism in general. But on the economy, Obama still sits at 40 percent approval, a career low.

The numbers are in the same neighborhood as the six point bump President George W. Bush received when Saddam Heussein was captured in Iraq in 2003. As was the case then, independent voters showed the most movement towards the president.

While the Post poll shows Obama getting a 9 percent bump, a new CNN survey shows the bin Laden raid bringing only a small bounce to Obama of one percent — well within the poll’s margin of error. CNN has Obama’s approval rating up to 52 percent from 51 percent in its survey prior to the raid. Interviews with 700 adult Americans conducted by telephone by Opinion Research Corporation for CNN yesterday shows a 52-43 percent approval split compared with a 51-46 percent split on April 29.

Still, the CNN survey showed 56 percent of Americans disapprove of how Obama is handling the economy and some conservative pundits say the 2012 presidential election will become a referendum on the economy rather than one rewarding Obama for the bin Ladin raid. CNN shows that while 67 percent favor how Obama is handling terrorism, another 61 percent say they disapprove of his handling of the deficit.

The CNN poll reflects that with 48 percent saying they would definitely or probably vote for Obama in 2012 while 50 percent say they will definitely or probably vote against him.

A new Rasmussen Reports poll also suggests little bounce as its daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Tuesday shows 49% of voters say they at least somewhat approve of the president’s performance while 50 percent disapprove.

For pro-life advocates, re-electing Obama is not an option. He has crafted a lengthy pro-abortion record — including forcing taxpayers to fund abortions and embryonic stem cell research. He’s packed the Supreme Court with two more abortion advocates who will make it more difficult to overturn Roe v. Wade and begin allowing for legal protection for women and unborn children.

All of the major candidates considered likely to run for the Republican nomination — including Mitt Romney, Tim Pawlenty, Sarah Palin, Mike Huckabee, Newt Gingrich and others — are running as pro-life candidates and will commit to signing pro-life legislation and appointing judicial nominees who will respect the rule of law and not support the creation of a right to abortion not found in the Constitution.