President Obama is glorified with almost half (49%) of Americans raising their thumbs for the job he is doing. This is the highest rating for the President since September of 2009 when almost half of Americans gave him positive ratings.

Within a week after the most wanted man in America had been killed by Navy SEALs, President Barack Obama has another reason to feel better.

The positive ratings on the overall job he is doing has gone up by 8% from the last months with the negative ratings dip from 62% to 54%. These are some of the results of The Harris Poll of 2,104 adults surveyed online between May 4 and 6, 2011 by Harris Interactive.

Democrats and Independents contribute the most to this rise. Over three-quarters of Democrats (77%) now give President Obama positive marks for his overall job approval, up from seven in ten (69%) last month. Among Independents, almost two in five (38%) give the President positive ratings up from three in ten (31%) in April. There is even a small rise among Republicans – in April, just 9% gave the President positive ratings; now, 12% do.

Congress also sees a small rise in their job ratings. Currently, just over one in ten Americans (13%) give the overall job Congress is doing positive ratings, up five points from last month when just 8% gave them positive marks. However, almost nine in ten (87%) still give them negative ratings.

In April, just one-quarter of Americans (26%) thought the country was heading in the right direction while 74% thought it was going off on the wrong track. Now, two in five U.S. adults (39%) say it is going in the right direction while 61% believe it is on the wrong track – a jump of 12 points.

The news from the White House late on Sunday, May 1 has relieved a lot of people from getting paranoid about the State.This, in turn, translates into positive feelings about the President and even, albeit to a lesser extent, Congress.