President Barack Obama smiles as he speaks about the economy at the Daimler Detroit Diesel engine plant December 10, 2012 in Redford, Michigan. The President and Congress have not yet come to an agreement regarding how to extend the Bush-era tax cuts, which expire at the end of this year (the so-called 'fiscal cliff'). Republicans in Congress want the tax cuts to continue to apply to all tax payers, whereas the President wants them to apply only to tax payers who earn less than $250,000 a year. (Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama‘s approval rating is at its highest rate since the death of Osama bin Laden in May 2011; 57 percent, according to a CBS News poll released Tuesday.

This is also up from from a pre-election poll in October when the president was down to 50 percent.

Still, 37 percent of those surveyed believe the country is headed in the right direction, which is down from 40 percent in September.

The poll surveyed 1,179 US residents between December 12 and December 16. There is a 3 percent margin of error.

An Associated Press Gfk that came out earlier this month also shows Obama’s approval rating at 57 percent as well.

Quinnipiac University’s poll released this week has the president’s approval rating at 53 percent, which is a three-year high in their survey.

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