WSJ/NBC Poll: Very Promising for Obama
The latest Wall Street Journal/NBC News Poll has great news for Obama. He enjoys overwhelming support, even among those who did not vote for him. The majority of respondants support his cabinet picks. I think Amercans are collectively hopeful and understand what is at stake. Maybe they see that unity, not division, is what we need right now.
Two out of three respondents say they’re pleased with Obama’s early appointments and three-fourths believe that the level of his involvement in making policy has been exactly right.
Another two-thirds view the president-elect in a positive light — a rating that's more favorable than the numbers Bill Clinton and George W. Bush received 1992 and 2000.
These scores, combined with the fact that nearly 80 percent believe Obama will face bigger challenges than other recent presidents have, seem to have given the president-elect some early leeway with Americans, says Republican pollster Bill McInturff, who conducted this survey with Democratic pollster Peter Hart.
“Compared to Bill Clinton in ’93 or Bush in ’01, we’re seeing a president who has been given a longer leash by the American public,” McInturff said. “This is not a traditional start of a presidency where people give you just a couple of months.”