Americans are giving high marks to Barack Obama's performance as president-elect, and are hopeful for his administration, a new poll suggests.
The CNN/Opinion Research Corp. survey released this afternoon found that 64 percent have a positive view of what he has done since the election and that 75 percent believe he will do a very good or fairly good job as president.
Black respondents were significantly more optimistic, with 90 percent having a positive view of Obama's actions and 85 percent saying they believe he will do a "very good" job in office.
But despite focusing on the issue during the latter part of the campaign and since the election, only 40 percent of respondents said they had a "clear idea" of his plans to improve the economy, while 60 percent said they didn't.
While there's hope about Obama, he faces deep pessimism about the country.
The same poll found that only 16 percent of respondents say things are going well, while 83 percent say things are going badly. Both are records in CNN surveys.
"The challenge Obama faces has never been greater. No president has ever come to office during a time when the public's mood has been this low. In the 34 years that this question has been asked, the number who say things are going well has never fallen below 20 percent," CNN Polling Director Keating Holland told his network.
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