Thumbs Up for Obama So Far

December 24th, 2008 | Sources: Washington Post

76% of people approve of the Big O’s performance since election night, including nearly 6 in 10 Republicans, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll of 1,000 adults conducted between December 11 and 14.

And while most people say he needs to bear down on the economy right away, many want him to expand his policy focus quickly.

A shade less than half of the survey respondents believe the Big O can do a “great deal” or “good amount” to fix the economy, and 55% percent think he’s done well so far on this matter.

A higher number, 65% favor a stimulus package of the sort recently floated by the president-elect’s transition team.

A majority of respondents support major health system reform, and 65% of Democrats and 52% of Independents want immediate action on the matter.

But 44% of Republicans say they don’t favor major health system reform and an equal amount could swallow something big but don’t think it’s something he needs to focus on immediately.

A majority of respondents from both parties think the federal government should expand health coverage for children by extending the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, which at the moment has a March sunset provision.

The stem cell issue remains contentious with most Republicans opposing new federal funding and most Democrats saying the Big O should authorize exactly that right away.

Democrats and Republicans also disagree in predictable ways on the Big O’s pledge to pull troops out of Iraq in 16 months.

There was strong bipartisan support for increased use of renewable energy and a nationwide moratorium on home foreclosures. Most people want the Big O to address these issues right away.


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