The Bin Laden Bump Ends

Jun 10 2011 @ 5:20pm

Mark Bluementhal thinks economic fundamentals currently trump foreign policy victories:

The bin Laden breakthrough did alter perceptions of Obama on his handling on [foreign affairs, terrorism and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq]. Data from the USA Today/Gallup survey conducted in mid-May showed a big spike in Obama's ratings on terrorism (+15 percentage points), the situation in Afghanistan (+6) and foreign affairs (+5) but slight declines on the economy (-2) and the federal budget deficit (-1). And since news about the bin Laden story remained on the minds of Americans during much of the month of May, these shifts probably helped fuel the momentary bump in Obama's overall rating.