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Osama Bin Laden's Death Does Not Swing American Voters To President Barack Obama by Orikinla(m): 10:58am On May 04, 2011
President Barack Obama is still basking in the excitement of his success in finding and killing the dread Islamic terrorist Osama bin Laden, but it has not affected American voters according to a Newsweek / Daily Beast Poll.

PR Newswire

NEW YORK, May 3, 2011

NEW YORK, May 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- An exclusive Newsweek / Daily Beast poll using exclusive data conducted immediately before the president's Sunday announcement about the death of the FBI's most wanted terrorist - and immediately after - indicates that President Obama's approval ratings have remained static despite media rhetoric to the contrary. 

Polling 1200 voters – 600 on Saturday April 30th and Sunday May 1st, and a further 600 on Monday May 2nd and Tuesday May 3rd - Newsweek and The Daily Beast discovered that in the aftermath of bin Laden's death;

There was no change to President Obama's overall approval rating 

BEFORE: 48% APPROVE, 49% DISAPPROVE

AFTER: 48% APPROVE, 49% DISAPPROVE

There was a 10% increase in those who now feel the country is headed in the right direction

BEFORE: Right, 20%, Wrong, 65%

AFTER: Right, 30%, Wrong 55%

27 % feel the economy is headed in the right direction

BEFORE: Right, 31%, Wrong, 56%

AFTER: Right, 27%, Wrong 60%

Further research revealed;

- 55% think President Obama is a strong leader overall

- 63% think President Obama is a strong leader in the war on terrorism

- 38% feel President Obama has made the world more safe

- 45% of American's say President Bush has done a better job at prosecuting the war on terror than President Obama

- 26% of American's feel safer following the news that Osama bin Laden has been killed

- Only 5% of Americans say news that Osama bin Laden has been killed has changed the way they will vote in the 2012 presidential election

Looking ahead to the 2012 election;

In an Obama / Romney 2012 race, 42% would vote for Obama / 36% for Romney

In an Obama / Huckabee 2012 race, 42% would vote for Obama / 38% Huckabee

In an Obama / Palin 2012 race, 50% would vote for Obama / 29% Palin

In an Obama / Trump 2012 race, 53% would vote for Obama / 25% Trump

To review the comprehensive poll findings and full methodology, please visit www.thedailybeast.com 

The poll was conducted by Douglas E. Schoen, LLC on behalf of Newsweek/The Daily Beast, and has a margin of sampling error of +/-3 percent.

SOURCE The Daily Beast

CONTACT: Andrew Kirk, +1-212-524-8856

Web Site: http://www.thedailybeast.com


In the photograph below: President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, along with members of the national security team, receive an update on the mission against Osama bin Laden in the Situation Room of the White House, in this May 1, 2011 handout photo. Pete Souza/The White House. Caption by Orikinla.

Re: Osama Bin Laden's Death Does Not Swing American Voters To President Barack Obama by JeSoul(f): 4:57pm On May 04, 2011
I personally think he'll get a bit of a boost . . . how long it will last is the question.

The collective memory of Americans is very short. By the time summer rolls around in full force and $5 a gallon gas is the norm and jobs are still hard to swing by, the death of Osama will be a distant memory.

As a side note, kudos to Obama for signing off the death warrant on Osama and not taking him prisoner and wasting everyone's time and money to 'prosecute' him. Good job Mr President!
Re: Osama Bin Laden's Death Does Not Swing American Voters To President Barack Obama by justwise(m): 10:29am On May 07, 2011
JeSoul:

I personally think he'll get a bit of a boost . . . how long it will last is the question.

The collective memory of Americans is very short. By the time summer rolls around in full force and $5 a gallon gas is the norm and jobs are still hard to swing by, the death of Osama will be a distant memory.

As a side note, kudos to Obama for signing off the death warrant on Osama and not taking him prisoner and wasting everyone's time and money to 'prosecute' him. Good job Mr President!

Obama has another card on his hand: pulling the troops out of Afghanistan, that will boost his rating again and save Americans billions of $$$

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