“A new CBS News/New York Times poll finds that President-elect Barack Obama is the recipient of the highest levels of optimism and expectations of any modern president.
Seventy-nine percent of Americans say they are optimistic about the next four years, according to the poll. Only 16 percent say they are pessimistic.
As a comparison, between 64 and 70 percent of Americans said they were optimistic before the presidencies of Mr. Obama’s five predecessors.
Expectations for Mr. Obama are exceptionally high overall. Sixty-eight percent think he will be a very good or a good president – higher than past expectations for both President Bush in 2001 (by 25 points), and for his father, President George H.W. Bush in 1989 (by 30 points).”
It’s always funny how they focus on Republicans and ignore other Democrats, but in any case, I do wonder why SuperBama has such a huge approval numbers at this point. After all, the difference in votes received during this and past elections is not even close to the difference in this poll. And you got to have a lot of Republicans responding favorably to get a 79% favorable rate…
Maybe people are relieved that Obama is choosing centrists for his cabinet. Also, the fact that Iraq is much better makes people less worried about a sudden withdrawal. Add to that the usual panic that comes with a recession and the psychological boost from having our first black president and you get the perfect honeymoon. Coming to think of it, if I was asked if I was positive about him I would say yes.
That being said, I believe that Obama’s approval ratings will go down really fast. First, because his “rescue package” will not have immediate results. We got to ride the recession and that is it. Also because once he gets this huge package approved he will be forced to start pushing for his social liberal measures, which are much less popular.
Still, I think it is good for the country that he is starting with such a high approval rate. It will help get consumer confidence up in the short term. Once the honeymoon is over, it will be a great time for Republicans to start pushing against his big government plans and the cycle will start all over again.