The Triumph of Hope over Experience

by Katherine Howell

The president seems to be enjoying a second honeymoon:

A month after the bitterly fought election, President Barack Obama has his highest approval ratings since the killing of Osama bin Laden, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll, and more Americans say the nation is heading in the right direction now than at any time since the start of his first term.

Obama’s approval rating stands at 57 percent, the highest since May 2011, when U.S. Navy SEALs killed the terror leader, and up 5 percentage points from before the election. And 42 percent say the country is on the right track, up from 35 percent in January 2009.

A Quinnipiac poll released yesterday also found that Obama’s approval rating is as high as it’s been in three years, at 53 percent

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