Seventy-one percent of voters approve of the Obama administration's handling of the Boston Marathon bombings, according to a new poll for Fox News.
Similarly, 91 percent of voters approve of law enforcement's handing of the bombings, and 55 percent approve of the job the media did, despite major reporting errors by some news outlets such as CNN.
The results seem to suggest a rallying effect that is common in the immediate aftermath of a crisis.
More broadly, 69 percent approve of the job the government is doing in protecting Americans from terrorism, up from 50 percent near the end of George W. Bush's presidency, which concluded in January 2009.
For Obama himself, 55 percent endorse the president's handling of terrorism and 37 percent disapprove, little changed from earlier this year and last year.
Asked to name the country's most important issues, 42 percent said the economy, 17 percent said the federal deficit and 9 percent said terrorism. The poll was conducted for Fox News by Anderson Robbins Research and Shaw & Company Research from April 20 to 22. The Boston bombings occurred on April 15.
Ken Walsh covers the White House and politics for U.S. News. He writes the daily blog "Ken Walsh's Washington" for usnews.com, and "The Presidency" column for the U.S. News Weekly. He is the author of the new book "Prisoners of the White House: The Isolation of America's Presidents and the Crisis of Leadership." Ken Walsh can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, and followed on Facebook and Twitter.