Poll: Obama got slight bump during health debate's homestretch

President Barack Obama is enjoying a slight bump in his approval ratings after signing healthcare reform into law, a new poll found Wednesday.

A CBS News poll taken during the weekend's healthcare debate but before the House passed health legislation for the president's signature found a slight increase in Obama's numberes, which seems to be attributable to his healthcare efforts.

49 percent told the poll that they approved of the way the president is handling his job, up from 46 percent last month. 41 percent say they disapprove of Obama's performance, down from 45 percent the month before.

And while the public still maintains a net-negative perception of the way the president has handled healthcare, the margin between approval and disapproval narrowed by 10 percent over the past month.

41 percent of those surveyed say they approve of how Obama's handled healthcare, while 51 percent disapprove. That's compared to the 35-55 approve/disapprove numbers facing the president in February's CBS poll.

Congress still suffers from abysmal approval ratings, though, which are virtually unchanged from last month. 14 percent say they approve of the way Congress is handling its job, while 76 percent disapprove.

The poll, conducted March 18-21, has a three percent margin of error. Find a copy of the entire poll's results here.

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