In the CNN poll, his approval rating on the economy is 42 percent, which is statistically equal to a 39 percent rating in mid-March. On the federal budget deficit, Obama's approval rating is only 35 percent -- virtually equal to a 36 percent rating in mid-March.
On the bin Laden killing, Obama is garnering significantly more praise than his predecessor. Only 21 percent of Americans in the Pew poll think Obama deserves "not much" or no credit at all, while 46 percent believe that George W. Bush
deserves little or no credit; 35 percent give Obama "a great deal" of credit, compared to 15 percent who think Bush deserves that much credit.
Meanwhile, the CNN poll ultimately shows mixed signals on Obama's 2012 re-election prospects. A slight majority of registered voters -- 51 percent -- say they will "probably" or "definitely" vote against Obama in 2012, while 46 percent of voters say they will "definitely" or "probably" vote for him -- virtually even with a Jan. CNN survey.
But more voters now believe he will win re-election. Half of voters say they think he will win in 2012, up from 46 percent in January; the percentage of voters who say they think he will lose has shrunk from 51 percent to 44 percent.
A total of 654 adults were surveyed in the Pew/Washington Post
poll, for a margin of error of +/- 3.8 percent. The CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll interviewed 700 adults, for a margin of error of +/- 3.7 percent; results among 649 registered voters on Obama's 2012 prospects carry a margin of error of +/- 3.8 percent.
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