President Obama’s approval rating jumps

May 4th, 2011

The latest New York Times/CBS poll shows a significant jump in President Obama’s approval rating since the killing of Osama bin Laden. Boston University professor Graham Wilson is the chair of the political science department and the author of “Only in America?: The Politics of the United States in Comparative Perspective.” He offers the following comment on the recent poll numbers:

“George H.W. Bush won a war and yet lost an election. So Obama won’t rest easy on a bump in his approval ratings. However, this achievement may have longer term significance in undermining the right’s attempts to present him as unpatriotic or not even American. Those efforts now look pretty stupid.”

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