Approval bounces: Obama and Bush

President Obama gets an immediate lift after the Sunday killing of Osama bin Laden, according to a new Washington Post-Pew Research Center one-night poll.

Fifty-six percent now approve of his job, up nine points in both polls since April. President George W. Bush got a similar lift in approval ratings in reaction to the capture of Saddam Hussein in December 2003. And his approval skyrocketed, of course, after the September 11 attacks. See the full details below, by partisanship. And here for the full analysis.


Peyton M. Craighill is polling manager for the Washington Post. Peyton reports and conducts national and regional news polls for the Washington Post, with a focus on politics, elections and other social and economic issues.

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