Obama’’s popularity soars to an all time high

March 5th, 2009 - 5:43 pm ICT by ANI  

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New York, Mar 5 (ANI): Despite the ongoing global economic crisis, Americans seem to have full faith in their newly elected President, Barack Obama.
Obama now has a 60 per cent approval rating by the people of US, who feel that things are looking up since he took office, according to a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll.
Most Americans still back Obama’’s expansive economic stimulus program, the poll found.
It may be noted that the percentage of those who say the country is “headed in the right direction” has skyrocketed compared to the number who felt that way before Obama took office.
According to the Daily News, presently, 41 per cent of Americans have faith on Obama’’s leadership, compared to 26 per cent who thought so just before his inauguration.
However, 44 percent of those polled still say the country is on “the wrong track” - but “given the economic conditions, pollsters expected it to be much higher,” the Journal said.
The survey also revealed that a whooping 70 per cent of people were very dissatisfied with the economy and about 28 per cent Americans said they feel “doubtful” about Obama’’s plans.
Considering the Iran war issue, a solid 80 per cent approve of Obama’’s plan to get most U.S. troops out of Iraq within 18 months. Just over half of those polled said the war has been a success, up from 43 per cent who thought so last July.
First Lady Michelle Obama also has a solid fan base. She scored 63 per cent positive ratings and just 8 per cent negative ratings.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton too, has become much more popular than before when she and her husband Bill Clinton had vacated the White house.
Clinton had a record-breaking 59 per cent of Americans viewing her in a positive light, compared to 22 per cent who viewed her negatively.
In a startling revelation, it was the Republicans who took the real beating, by more than two to one margin, the journal said.
Americans trust Democrats over the Republican party to pull the country out of the recession.
The survey was conducted from February 26 to March 1 on around 1000 adults and has a margin of error of about 3 per cent. (ANI)

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