Right here, buried in the new NYT/CBS poll, is the picture of how Barack Obama's poll bounce will fade. How big is the approval surge from the capture of OBL? Big. Obama rises from a 46-45 approval rating in April to a 57-37 approval rating post-OBL. It's his highest number since the summer of 2009.
But keep reading. The pollster asked whether voters "approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling the economy." That number has fallen since April, from 38 percent to 34 percent. Disapproval has fallen, too, from 57 percent to 55 percent, as the number of people with no opinion -- possibly dazzled by the OBL news -- has doubled.
The poll was
after the OBL news, and included 532 interviews.
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