Friday, December 26, 2008

This just in: Americans like Obama

In a new USA TODAY/Gallup poll, a sample of 1,008 Americans picked president-elect Barack Obama as the man they admire most. No president-elect has topped the poll since war hero Dwight Eisenhower 56 years ago.
Thirty-two percent of respondents picked Obama, while runner-up George Bush notched just five percent. In further parallels with 1952, that matches Harry Truman's performance in the Gallup poll. Bush has long had only Truman as company for least popular president in contemporary opinion polls. His ratings, which have long languished in the 20s and 30s, are similar to those that Truman earned during his second term, as troops were bogged down in Korea. Bush's numbers, however, have stayed lower, and for longer, than Truman's.
Obama's high numbers suggest that, in a time of national crisis, he may have the public good will to try and effect significant change. USA Today manages to find an expert who calls this historically high level of support a "two-edged sword."
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