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The Democratic Strategist

Political Strategy for a Permanent Democratic Majority

First Bounce

The first of what will almost certainly be a series of efforts to quickly measure the public opinion “bounce” the president receives from the successful operation to remove Osama bin Laden from this world is now out, from the highly reputable duo of the Pew Research Center and the Washington Post.
And it’s about what you would expect: a nine-point jump in the president’s job approval ratings since April polls, and his highest “favorable” rating (56%) since 2009. His positive numbers among indies went up 10%, to 52%.
The bounce will fade, of course, over time unless it is supplemented by other good news or favorable impressions. But it’s something for potential 2012 candidates like Mitch Daniels and Mike Huckabee to think about while they sit on the fence.

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