PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The question: did the killing of Osama Bin Laden change the political picture for President Barack Obama?

In the latest Quinnipiac University Poll — the first since the death of Bin Laden — the president’s approval rating is now 52 percent, the highest it’s been in two years.

quinnipiac poll x New Poll Gives Pres. Obama A Bump After Death Of Bin LadenBut despite the Bin Laden triumph, there are underlying problems. Overall, 40 percent of American voters still give Obama a “disapprove” rating.

The survey indicates that the economy is still the #1 topic for American voters, with high gas prices and unemployment on everyone’s minds.

His approval rating on the handling of the economy is 37 percent, while 57 percent give him a negative rating on that topic. And 48 percent disapprove of U.S. decisions on Libya.

Perhaps the most important question for a politician: does he deserve to be re-elected? Forty-six percent say yes, 42 percent say no — a shift of a few points from the last survey.

Reported by Larry Kane, KYW Newsradio 1060

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