Barack Obama's approval rating has hit its highest point in two years - 60% - and more than half of Americans now say he deserves to be re-elected, according to a poll.
The Associated Press-GfK poll, taken after US forces killed al Qaida leader Osama bin Laden, gave worrisome signs for Republicans, showing the president's standing improved not just on foreign policy, but also on the economy.
Independent Americans - a key voting bloc in the November 2012 presidential election - caused the overall increase in support by sliding back to Mr Obama after fleeing for much of the past two years.
Comfortable majorities of the public now call Mr Obama a strong leader who will keep America safe. Nearly three-fourths - 73% - also now say they are confident that he can effectively handle terrorist threats. And he improved his standing on Afghanistan, Iraq and the US' relationships with other countries.
Despite a sluggish recovery from the Great Recession, 52% of Americans now approve of Mr Obama's stewardship of the economy, giving him his best rating on that issue since the early days of his presidency; 52% also now like how he is handling the nation's stubbornly high 9% unemployment.
The economy remains Americans' top issue. Impressions of the nation's fiscal outlook have improved following last Friday's positive jobs report, which showed American companies are on a hiring spree.
More people now say that the economy got better in the past month and that it is likely to continue doing so in the coming year.
Also, more Americans - 45%, up from 35% in March - say the country is headed in the right direction; still about half - 52% - say it is on the wrong track, meaning Mr Obama still has work to do to convince a restive public to stay with the status quo.
Overall, Mr Obama's approval rating is up from 53% in March and a 47% low point following last autumn's mid-term congressional elections in which Republicans won control of the House and gained seats in the Senate. It was 64% in May 2009, just months after he was sworn into office.
Also, 53% now say he deserves to be re-elected; 43% say he should be fired, making it the first time in an AP-GfK poll that more people say he should get a second term than not.