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Economy Still Anchors Obama’s Approval Rating

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Despite sitting in the Oval Office at the time of Osama Bin Ladin’s capture and death, Barack Obama isn’t seeing the huge bump to his approval rating that his administration was hoping for.

The president’s overall approval rating is at 52 percent in an NBC News poll released late Monday – a gain of three points since last month – while his disapproval rating dropped four points to 41 percent. The post-bin Laden bounce wasn’t quite as pronounced in this poll, conducted Thursday through Saturday, as it was in some polling done in the first two days immediately after the terrorist leader was killed.

While ratings of how he’s handling foreign affairs have obviously jumped – by 8 points, according to a recent poll – general approval ratings – especially those tied to the economy – continue to falter.

…[V]iews of how the president is handling the economy have dropped since April to their lowest levels since Obama took office. A month ago, 45 percent of Americans said they approved of his handling of the economy. That number is now down to 37 percent, while disapproval has risen six percentage points to 58 percent. Before this month, his lowest ratings on the economy came last August, when 39 percent approved and 56 percent disapproved of his job performance on the issue.

Poll: Economy hampers Osama bin Laden boost – Jennifer Epstein –

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