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Still strong public support for Obama

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Americans are hungry for change. And, they're on board with their new president (for now). After the Blago debacle and a few other issues, I imagine the pundits were thinking Obama's numbers would start to drop. But, that hasn't happened according to the latest NBC/Wall Street Journal poll

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.

Yet Hart also points to a few issues where Obama seems to have “narrow running room.” For example, 52 percent say they’re concerned that Obama will go too far in providing financial aid and loans to corporations that are facing bankruptcy; 49 percent are concerned that he will make the health-care system large and too bureaucratic; and another 49 percent are concerned that he will raise taxes.
No doubt, Obama has his work cut out for him.

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