The US killed Osama bin Laden, true, but gasoline remains over $4 a gallon in most places, the jobless rate actually went up a little last month to 9 percent, the debt continues to spiral out of control and most of the Bush policies Obama pledged to dismantle remain in place (some even aided in the killing of Osama bin Laden) as does the unpopular health care law. Is the cumulative effect of all that worthy of a huge approval rating increase for President Obama?

According to the AP, the answer to that question is, abso-friggin-lutely:

President Barack Obama’s approval rating has hit its highest point in two years — 60 percent — and more than half of Americans now say he deserves to be re-elected, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll taken after U.S. forces killed al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden.

In worrisome signs for Republicans, the president’s standing improved not just on foreign policy but also on the economy, and independent Americans — a key voting bloc in the November 2012 presidential election — caused the overall uptick in support by sliding back to Obama after fleeing for much of the past two years.

NRO’s By Jim Geraghty looked into the poll sampling a bit:

But then you get to the party ID: 46 percent identify as Democrat or leaning Democrat, 29 percent identify as Republican or leaning Republican, 4 percent identify as purely independent leaning towards neither party, and 20 percent answered, “I don’t know.”

For contrast, the AP’s immediate preceding poll was 45 percent Democrat, 33 percent Republican; the likely-voter pool in October 2010 was 43 percent Democrat, 48 percent Republican. The poll’s total sample in October 2010 split 43 percent Democrat, 40 percent Republican.

With a poll sample that has a 17-percentage-point margin in favor of the Democrats, is anyone surprised that these results look like a David Axelrod dream?

Aw, come on, Jim, at least let them finish their champagne first!

Update: Here’s some saltpeter for David Axelrod: The same poll has George W. Bush’s approval at 50%, and that’s with the extra Dem-skewing 17% weighing in.


13 Responses to “AP Poll: Obama’s Approval Rating Skyrockets to a Hope-a-licious 60%… or Does It?”

  1. swede on May 11th, 2011 4:43 pm

    RCP approval average only up to 51 – and you nailed it – gas prices ringing the bell, unemployment unabated (or worse) and the coming inflation earthquake will bust Barry's bogus bubble. Heh.

  2. ReaganiteGOPer on May 11th, 2011 5:49 pm

    Everyone knows the economy will be the issue… Rasmussen has Obama's approval on that at 37%

  3. backwoods on May 11th, 2011 6:33 pm

    Which means 63% aren't paying attention.

  4. SignPainterGuy on May 11th, 2011 7:03 pm

    It does indeed ! Not paying attention and ill-informed !

  5. SignPainterGuy on May 11th, 2011 7:08 pm

    OT – saw an Obama `08 sticker on a Toyota Camry today, next to that was "Practice Compassionate Impeachment". I`m not sure how to take that since Bush / Cheney were on the way out anyway. Did this guy realize he`d made "One Big Ass Mistake America" ? Perhaps there`s Hope for real Change !

  6. Marshall_Will on May 11th, 2011 7:35 pm

    "and you nailed it – gas prices ringing the bell"

    More specifically, the fact He is doing nothing about it! Americans understand Supply & Demand. Even the politics of oil. What we -don't- understand is why a pResident sits on his thumbs while it washes ashore on our Gulf Coast?

    Swede's right, once hyper-inflation kicks in, His former supporters will come begging for a Snap Election. Somebody… ANYBODY! The polls quoted are like the mirrors in the mall, always make you look thinner.

  7. OK_Loyalist on May 11th, 2011 11:04 pm

    Rasmussen has him at -12 today for Approval Index and Job Approval at 48%

  8. swede on May 11th, 2011 11:11 pm

    That's the spread on their "passion index" (Strongly Approve/Disapprove) the one that matters. Ras is the best indicator. Somebody at AP says bring me a poll showing Obama's approval up – and they go get it.

  9. OK_Loyalist on May 11th, 2011 11:30 pm

    Yup…. Figures Lie & Liars Figure

  10. SignPainterGuy on May 11th, 2011 11:52 pm

    Lies and damn lies !

  11. Dale on May 12th, 2011 12:23 am

    The Dems keep forgetting that George Bush 41 had a 90% approval rating after Desert Storm. Look how well that turned out for him. If the economy keeps going down and the deficits keep rising, Obama is done in 2012.

  12. ReaganiteGOPer on May 12th, 2011 5:54 am

    OR perfectly happy where they are- like glued to the public teat, for instance

  13. Obama bin Biden on May 12th, 2011 1:21 pm

    At least 48% of respondents were registered democrats; 2 % were registered Repubs, and the rest are too stupid to vote i.e. independents.

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