Ipsos/ Reuters Poll: May 2011
Washington, DC - Ipsos' latest poll carried out on behalf of Reuters and published today suggests that the 'Bin Laden Bump' will have a short half-life. While the events of last week certainly improve Obama's ratings when it comes to dealing with terrorism, it is essential to bear in mind that this issue is not as high on the public's radar as the issue of economy and jobs, where his rating has dropped since last year.
However, when it comes to matching the President against potential Republican candidates, there is no candidate receiving more than 39%, while Obama receives 50% or more for every match-up (see table below).
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Our poll also asked questions about deficit reduction: when it comes to reducing the budget deficit, a majority (52%) of Americans feel that a combination of both cuts and taxes is the best solution.
Some key summary findings include:
- The proportion of Americans who think things in this country area heading in the 'right direction' has increased to 38% from 25% last month
- Obama's approval rating has increased three points from last month to 49%
- The President's 'grade' in terms of his performance on terrorism has increased to 59% from 43% in early 2010
- His ratings on the economy and jobs, however, has dropped to 34% from 40% in January 2010
- Almost half (45%) of Americans think Obama will win re-election, up from 35% saying the same thing this past October
More data and full technical details are available in the topline document attached.
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