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Obama gains some credit for bin Laden death


Opinion polls in America are showing that President Obama has gained some credit for the death of Osama bin Laden on Sunday, but not as much as expected.

A CNN survey gives Obama a small increase, with 32% saying that he deserves little or no credit for the killing. Most people say the success should be credited to the armed forces and CIA.

A Washington Post/Pew Research Centre poll gives Obama a 9% rise with his job approval rating going up from 47% in April to 56% immediately after the bin Laden announcement. Of those questioned, 69% praised him for his fight against terrorism.

A number of experts are saying that they consider the improvement to be a ‘bounce’ effect, with the approval ratings falling back again in a few days time. This would appear to be backed up by another question the Pew Research Centre asked about Obama’s performance on the economy. Of those questioned, 40% approve and 55% disapprove of his handling of the economy.

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