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Posted at 1:10 PM ET, 12/22/2010

The political winner of the lame-duck session is ...

By Ezra Klein

President Obama:

In a CNN/Opinion Research Corp. poll released Wednesday, 56 percent of Americans said they support how Obama has handled the lame-duck session that’s expected to end this week. Forty-one percent said they disapprove.

Members of Congress on both sides of the aisle didn't do as well. Republicans have a 42 percent approval rating for their work during the lame duck, while 44 percent approved of the work by Democrats.

Obama's lead in the poll might just be a function of his continual lead over Congress in all polls. It's also worth noting that Congress is above 40 percent in this survey, which just about never happens. It's almost as if the American people like it when their legislators actually get things done...

By Ezra Klein  | December 22, 2010; 1:10 PM ET
Categories:  Polls  
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"It's almost as if the American people like it when their legislators actually get things done..."

Yah People like it when somebody performs at least little bit for which Members are paid & elected for. Just plain 'doing the job' man.

Posted by: umesh409 | December 22, 2010 1:15 PM | Report abuse

The Congressional approval rating mirrors my approval rating of visiting relatives: the approval rating goes up as the date of their departure nears.

Posted by: rmgregory | December 22, 2010 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Ezra: "the American people like it when their legislators actually get things done"

This is why the GOP obstructs everything, no matter how trivial.

Remember, the conservative mantra is to get govt out of business & out of our lives.

They want "starve" the gov't of its resources as elequently stated by the likes of Grover Nordquist.

So when you have a successful session like this one, the GOP loses, even if they seem more bi-partisan overall.

Posted by: kromerm | December 22, 2010 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Let's pray that the American people remember what was accomplished in this session and hope that, in 2012, they make any and all members of Congress pay for any lack of productivity in 2011.

Posted by: njardine | December 22, 2010 2:11 PM | Report abuse

A "who won the week" post? Really? At least you drew the connection to less ephemeral measures, but come on: you can do much better posts than this.

Posted by: Minivet | December 22, 2010 2:43 PM | Report abuse

“If you’re a supporter of this President’s agenda, you have seen some setbacks and false starts, but Christmas has undoubtedly come early. While the President is being labeled the “comeback kid” and the glow of a convalescent figure follows him to vacation in Hawaii. Your gift was a country moving in the progressive direction you voted for in 2008. Change has indeed come to America, now it’s time to dig in and protect all that has been accomplished.”

My review of the 111th “Mighty-Duck” Congress:

Posted by: RyanC1384 | December 23, 2010 7:01 PM | Report abuse

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