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Poll Preview: 60% Approve of Obama on Economy

Sixty percent of Americans approve of the way President Obama is handling the nation's economy, a public assessment that's on par with the initial public ratings on the issue for Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush. George W. Bush started lower, reached the 60 percent mark after 9/11 and ended his tenure at 24 percent approval on the economy.

The high number for Obama from the new Washington Post-ABC News poll covers over a deep partisan divide: 83 percent of the Democrats polled said he's doing well on the economy, that drops to 61 percent among independents and all the way to 24 percent among Republicans.

Check back to washingtonpost.com at 5 p.m. for more from the poll on Obama, Congress, the stimulus package and more.

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Obama is handling the economy?

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SOURCE: Washington Post-ABC News poll

By Jon Cohen  |  February 23, 2009; 3:30 PM ET
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60% think he's doing good? 75% believe in aliens, ghosts, and the Tooth Fairy.

FDR asked us to grab a hose.

Kennedy said a person should help his neighbor.

Obama said. Welcome to my neighborhood. You're Hosed.

I got mine. Now, you all don't get yours. Rahmbo made $18 Mill on investment banking. Grandma put me up on the tab of the Hawaiian bank. Biden's kid is a lobbyist and hedge funder. So's Hillary's.

You little people should have gotten yours while the getting was good.

You will pay the tab for we elite. You will have no pension, no Social Security, no hope.

My bipartisan banker and lobbyist friends will dance and dine. As long as the campaign money keeps rolling in.

No Change.

Posted by: afereafasffadfsajff | February 23, 2009 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Wow, a Washington Post-ABC News
Poll shows that 60% Approve of Obama on the Economy.

The same people who sold this faulty product to the nation give him good ratings.

Who would have thought it. Moreover, considering the source, who believes it.

Posted by: tharper1 | February 23, 2009 4:55 PM | Report abuse

Washington Post readers are mostly made up of government workers, union officials, DC residents, welfare recipients, ACORN, etc. THEY ALL DEPEND ON THE GOVERNMENT for their livelihood. I'm surprised that this poll is anthing less than 99%.

Posted by: Freeman6 | February 23, 2009 7:56 PM | Report abuse

Where did they actually go to get their numbers? I certainly do not hear anything of the sort around here (Northern VA).

Posted by: atajr | February 24, 2009 6:56 AM | Report abuse

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