100 days into his Presidency, Barack Obama is still Mr. Popular:
Washington Post-ABC News (4.24.09)
APPROVE: 69% / DISAPPROVE: 26%
On the economy: 58% / 38%
On the budget deficit: 51% / 43%
On international affairs: 67% / 27%
On the situation in Iraq: 71% / 21%
On global warming: 61% / 23%
On health care: 57% / 29%
On U.S. relations with Cuba: 61% / 28%
On the situation in Afghanistan: 63% / 26%
On immigration: 48% / 35%
On taxes: 54% / 35%
Pew Research Center (4.23.09)
You read that right–Obama is more favorable than both Bush and Clinton were 100 days in, and he’s second only to Ronald Reagan in job approval.
And just so I don’t get accused of cherry-picking, here are the Pollster composites:
National Job Approval
APPROVE: 61.2% / DISAPPROVE: 32.4%
FAVORABLE: 62.8% / UNFAVORABLE: 26.5%
What does this tell us? Well, despite the tea partays, despite the full-tilt pace of the conservative outrage-a-day machine, despite all the right-wing sound and fury over Obama, he is one of the most popular, well-liked and broadly supported Presidents in modern American history.
The GOP really does oppose Obama at their own peril–the more vehemently they fight against him, the more they alienate the American people.