POLLS

Obama's Extended Honeymoon

Republicans have been hammering away at President Obama now for several months. Has it all been in vain? According to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll, 66 percent of Americans approve of Obama’s job as president, 60 percent approve of his handling of his economy and 52 percent approve of his handling of the federal budget deficit. More shockingly, 42 percent of Americans now say that the country is headed in the right direction, up from a mere 15 percent in December. Efforts to label Obama as a socialist also seem to be failing: “62 percent see Obama as a ‘new-style,’ fiscally responsible Democrat; fewer, about a third, label him an "old-style" Democrat oriented toward taxing and spending.”