Obama's approval rating soars the highest since killing of Osama bin Laden
A happy Obama at Northwestern High School in Flint, Mich., on May 4, 2016. (Carlos Barria/Reuters)President Obama's approval rating is at its highest level in more than five years, an ABC News/Washington Post poll released on Sunday shows .
According to the results of the survey, conducted in the aftermath of the mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla., two weeks ago, 56 percent of Americans approve of Obama's handling of his job as president, compared to 41 percent who disapprove.
The last time the president's approval rating was this high was in May 2011 following the killing of Osama bin Laden in a nighttime raid led by U.S. Navy SEALS in Pakistan.
According to the Washington Post, Obama is more popular now than Presidents George W. Bush and George H.W. Bush were at this point in their presidencies, though not quite as popular as Bill Clinton in 2000.
And according to that survey, also conducted in the wake of the nightclub massacre, Obama “ranks as the most positively viewed recent second term president.”
Both Clinton and Ronald Reagan were viewed favorably “by just under half of adults in the spring or summer of their final years in office.” George W. Bush's favorability rating, by contrast, was just 38 percent at this point in 2008.
All of this is good news for Hillary Clinton, who was endorsed by Obama earlier this month.
The president plans on campaigning for the presumptive Democratic nominee in the coming weeks and has already begun to take aim at her Republican opponent, Donald Trump.
In Seattle on Friday, Obama offered a preview of his anti-Trump stump speech while speaking at a Democratic fundraiser for Washington Gov. Jay Inslee.
“We don't have time for charlatans, and we don't have time for bigotry,” Obama said. “And we don't have the luxury of just popping off and saying whatever comes to the tops of our heads. Don't have time for that.”
The results of the survey are in line with a recent CNN/ORC poll that found 52 percent of Americans approve of Obama's performance as president, up 5 points since January.