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Poll: Most Americans approve Obama's transition work
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08:20, December 10, 2008

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Most Americans approve president-elect Barack Obama's handling of the governmental transition, according to a new national poll.

Seventy-nine percent Americans questioned in a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Tuesday morning are giving Obama the thumbs up when it comes to his handling of the transition, with only 18 percent disapproving.

The rating is 14 points higher than the approval rating for George W. Bush when he was president-elect in 2000 and 17 points higher than Bill Clinton, the president-elect in 1992.

Obama's current rating is also more than 50 points higher than president Bush's current approval rating, which now stands at 28 percent, with 71 percent disapproving.

Meanwhile, 78 percent of those questioned said they believe Obama will be a uniter while 76 percent say they have a favorable opinion of the president-elect.

Sixty-seven percent have a favorable view of Michelle Obama, the incoming first lady and 56 percent have a positive view of Vice President-elect Joe Biden.

The Democratic party continues to be much more popular than the GOP.

Six in 10 have a favorable view of the Democratic Party, while a majority have an unfavorable opinion of the Republican party.

The CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll was conducted December 1-2, with 1,096 adult Americans interviewed by telephone.


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