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Susan Page writes for USA Today: "Americans overwhelmingly want Congress to pass an economic stimulus bill, a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll finds, but expectations are low that it will help their families or turn the economy around this year....

"There are divisions over just what the package should include. While 17% say Congress should reject a stimulus bill altogether, those who want a stimulus passed are evenly divided over whether Obama's plan should undergo major changes...

"Obama's job-approval rating is 64%, and about an equal percentage say he's moving at the right speed to address the major problems facing the country.

"On a list of significant steps the new president has taken to break with the Bush administration, three of four Americans express approval for several of them, including naming special envoys for the Middle East and for Afghanistan and Pakistan, curbing the role of lobbyists in the Obama administration and instituting higher fuel-efficiency standards for cars.

"However, there was more disapproval than approval for two actions during his first two weeks in office: ordering the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay closed within a year, and lifting restrictions on U.S. funding for overseas family planning organizations that also provide abortion services."

By Dan Froomkin  |  February 3, 2009; 11:52 AM ET
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What I've heard from some local Republicans is that while they do not necessarily trust Obama they hope that he does have a good answer to the current economic crisis. They hope that their judgement during the election was wrong and that Obama does have the right stuff. I think people are willing to give him the benefit of the doubt about a lot of things right now.

Posted by: fletc3her | February 3, 2009 5:20 PM | Report abuse


I wish I shared their optimism. I am a conservative with a financial background. The big problem isn't on what he is planning on spending the money. It's that he is spending money. If I'm broke and get a brand new credit card, whether I spend it on my medical bills or a trip to Bora Bora, I still have to repay it. This type of solution ruins our currency.

I don't dislike this President. I just haven't found too much common ground with him.

Chillbear Latrigue

Posted by: clatrigue | February 3, 2009 10:11 PM | Report abuse

"This type of solution ruins our currency."

When it was the solution to the problem of how to get a tax, everybody seemed willing to take the hit. Now that it's the only solution we've got for creating jobs, you're suddenly full of pious concern for our currency. When inflation starts up, remember that it wasn't the last three trillion spent that did it to us, it was the twelve trillion we spent before that.

Posted by: fzdybel | February 4, 2009 4:04 PM | Report abuse

This is a pain. When can we go back to the old format?

Posted by: thrh | February 4, 2009 6:32 PM | Report abuse

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