Despite the continued efforts of Fox News and the right wing blogosphere to paint dark clouds over President-elect Barack Obama and his presidential transition team, a recently-released public opinion poll has Obama with a stunning high approval rating - a sign that that efforts of the twisted right wing media machine continues to reap low returns. America has just plain tuned-out the lies and deceit constantly broadcast by the conservative media.
The steady drumbeat of lies and innuendo surrounding the right wing efforts to smear Obama with a broad Blagojevich brush are failing. Yesterday's report release effectively cleared Obama and his staff of any wrong-doing, and the results of a CNN poll released Wednesday show that the attempts to smear Obama have had no effect on the public's perception of the integrity of the Obama transition efforts to date:
Eighty-two percent of those questioned in a new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll released Wednesday morning approve of the way the Obama is handling his presidential transition. That's up 3 points from when we asked this question at the beginning of December. Fifteen percent of those surveyed disapprove of the way Obama's handling his transition, down 3 points from our last poll.
The 82 percent approval is higher than then President-elect George W. Bush 8 years ago, who had a 65 percent transition approval rating, and Bill Clinton, at 67 percent in 1992.
"Barack Obama is having a better honeymoon with the American public than any incoming president in the past three decades. He's putting up better numbers, usually by double digits, than Bill Clinton, Ronald Reagan, or either George Bush on every item traditionally measured in transition polls," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland.
Obama's popularity is stunning, especially in comparison to past presidential approval ratings during the transition phase:
That 56 percent figure is 18 points higher than those who said then President-elect Bush's cabinet appointments were outstanding or above average and 26 points higher than those who felt the same way about then President-elect Clinton's nominees.
"Obama walks in with nearly twice the support on the economy that President-elect Clinton had in January, 1993, and he beats Ronald Reagan as well," adds Holland.
A third say that their impression of Obama has gotten better since the election, with only 8 percent saying their opinion has gotten worse.
Critics will be quick to suggest that Obama's fortunes will turn once he actually assumes office. CNN's Holland suggests that while a drop may occur...:
Presidents usually start to lose support once they assume office and start making the tough decisions. But with eight in ten currently approving of Obama, he can give away 20 or 30 points, estimates Holland, and still have a majority of the country on his side.
You can count on right wing efforts to drag the country down into the mud despite the horrendous economic disaster we find ourselves in that clearly calls instead for a unified effort on the part of Americans to pull together, shoulder the load, and get the nation back on track. So far, the poll results show those efforts to smear Obama have been a spectacular failure.
Update: Watch this video clip to see a perfect example of the Republican party's attempt to smear Obama.
In it Karl Rove is given six plus minutes to admit that there is no indication anywhere that any wrong doing took place from within the Obama team whatsoever, but he'd love to keep asking pointless questions of Obama just to give the anti-America GOPer aireads who watch Faux News and Sean Hannity in order to have something to cheer about.
It's a sadly pathetic example of the extent to which the chattering class of the right is trying to keep this non-issue alive.
Refer back to the CNN poll results for America's answer.
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