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Paul Steinhauser writes for CNN: "A new national poll suggests that three out of four Americans approve of the job Barack Obama is doing as president, but the economic stimulus package he's trying to push through Congress is not nearly as popular.

"Seventy-six percent of those questioned in a CNN/Opinion Research Corp. survey released Monday gave Obama a thumbs-up on how he's performing his duties..."

According to the details supplied by, a slight majority, 54 percent, support the Senate version of the stimulus bill, while 45 percent are opposed.

Steinhauser also notes: "Three out of four poll respondents said that Obama is doing enough to cooperate with Republicans in Congress, but only 39 percent feel that congressional Republicans are cooperating enough with the president.

"Six out of 10 approved of the way Democratic leaders in Congress are handling their jobs. But only 44 percent of those questioned approved of the way Republican leaders in Congress are performing. Overall, only 29 percent said they like the way Congress is handling its job, with 71 percent disapproving.

"That's far below Obama's 76 percent approval rating, which is higher than other recent national surveys by other organizations."

By Dan Froomkin  |  February 10, 2009; 12:08 PM ET
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