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Poll: Obama and Republican Challenger About Even in 2012

William Thomas Cain/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- A new survey shows that President Obama's chances of reelection against an unnamed Republican challenger were not affected by the military mission last week that killed Osama bin Laden, meaning he's no shoe-in to win in 2012.

The latest Gallup poll indicated that the president's job approval rating went up seven points to 54 percent, the highest it's been in months.

However, when respondents were asked who they would vote for next year, Obama only led the generic GOP opponent by 43 percent to 40 percent.

In the Gallup poll before the raid on bin Laden's compound, Obama and his future opponent were tied at 41 percent.

The administration is fully aware that nothing that happens today will really have an impact on an election 18 months from now.

White House communications director Dan Pfeiffer tweeted as much Wednesday, saying, "Polls right now are barely worth the paper they are printed on.  Nice, but not determinative."

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