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Virginia poll: Obama’s fortunes improve post OBL, but economy still lingers as issue

President Obama gained an immediate boost in his job ratings in a new Washington Post Virginia poll after the killing of Osama bin Laden. His electoral prospects improved in the state too, with a significant drop in the number of people who would “definitely not vote” for him.

But big challenges remain for Obama in this crucial swing state. There was no decrease in the number of people who described themselves as unhappy with his policies; fully half say they are dissatisfied or angry in that respect.

And on the number one issue of the day, the economy, the overwhelming number of Virginia residents who rate it negatively didn’t change from before to after the bin Laden news.

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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