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Strong American Majority Supports Barack Obama

January 15, 2009

The nation is hungry for change, and real well-developed ideas so to deal better with the national problems we face.  The latest polling from NBC/WSJ shows how deep and wide the popular affection and trust for Obama is in America.  It is so different from the absence of any real popular support for the outgoing Bush Administration.

The NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll — taken of 1,007 adults (101 reached by cell phone) from Jan. 9-12, and which has an overall margin of error of plus-minus 3.1 percentage points — comes after a few bumps in Obama’s otherwise smooth transition to power.

Those bumps include the allegations that Illinois Democratic Gov. Rod Blagojevich was attempting to sell Obama’s Senate seat; Blagojevich’s surprise appointment of Roland Burris to the seat, setting off a Senate battle over whether Democratic leaders would seat him; and New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson’s withdrawal as commerce secretary nominee after links to an alleged pay-to-play scheme surfaced.

But these haven’t stopped Obama from continuing to enjoy a honeymoon with the public since winning the presidential contest last November.

In the poll, 71 percent say they approve of the way Obama is handling his transition — a number virtually unchanged from last month’s survey.

Also, 66 percent view Obama positively, versus just 14 percent who see him in a negative light. And while 55 percent say they like Obama personally and approve of most of his policies, an additional 22 percent say they like him personally but disapprove of his policies.

“He has gotten his honeymoon before he has taken his vows of office,” says Hart, the Democratic pollster.

But while Obama is enjoying that honeymoon, President Bush is exiting with the lowest approval rating for a president leaving office (with the exception of Richard Nixon), according to the NBC News/Wall Street Journal pollsters.

The survey shows Bush’s approval rating at 27 percent. What’s more, only 31 percent view him positively, while 58 percent see him in a negative light.

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