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article imageBarack Obama the Cat's Meow For The Majority of Americans.

By Joan Firstenberg     Feb 24, 2009 in Politics
Barack Obama is doing quite well for himself in his first month as President of the United States. In fact, a new New York Times/CBS News poll says he is being admired and trusted by democrats and by republicans
America is high on Barack Obama. A new New York Times/CBS News poll shows that people feel optimistic and confident about his leadership as he struggles with the nation's economic challengers and opposition from nearly all the Republicans in Congress.
A majority of those surveyed, both Republicans and Democrats, said Mr. Obama was making every attempt to work in a bipartisan way, but most said it was the Republican's fault for objecting to the $787 billion economic stimulus plan. They say they blame politics for the stonewalling. And most respondents advised Mr. Obama to go for the priorities he campaigned on, and not spend time trying to get Republicans on his side.
Mr. Obama delivers his first Congressional address to Congress Tuesday evening. He does it before an America that feels deep anxiety about the economy. In fact, a majority of Americans, 55 percent, say they are just making ends meet, with more than 6 in 10 concerned that someone in their household might lose his job in the next year.
Mr. Obama has been in office just one month With those accomplishments, setbacks and political battles behind him now, over three-quarters of those polled said they felt optimistic about the next four years with him as president. An almost equal number of people said they believed he was indeed bringing real change to the way things are done in Washington and that they had confidence in his ability to make good and right decisions about the economy.
The survey gives Mr. Obama a job approval rating of 63 percent. That puts him in a strong position to sell his ideas about the economy. Yet the poll also captures some skepticism about how effective his plans would be should the recession grow deeper.
The survey found poll respondents very firm about some economic issues.
1. About the possibility of nationalizing the banks....most say this would benefits bankers, not them.
2. More money for the Big Three? The majority felt they should not get any more taxpayer money.
3. Helping homeowners to avoid foreclosure. People are evenly divided over whether the plan announced last week is fair.
Margie Rowe, a 62-year old Democrat from Ahoskie, North Carolina participated in the poll...
“It’s not fair. Our taxpayer money is going to bail out all these corrupt people who are making millions.”
The national telephone poll was conducted Wednesday through Sunday with 1,112 adults, and has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus three percentage points.
Mr. Obama’s approval rating is about 10 points higher than either George W. Bush or Bill Clinton were at this early stage of their presidencies. His job approval rating of 63 percent includes 88 percent of Democrats and 44 percent of Republicans.
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