On the eve of the first post-election meeting today between President Bush and President-elect Barack Obama, a new poll shows a racial division on how Americans believe the transition will play out to the first black commander-in-chief.
The CNN/Opinion Research Corp. survey released today found that 57 percent of Americans overall believe the hand-over of power will be "relatively easy," 63 percent of whites but only 48 percent of blacks say that.
Nearly the same number of black respondents, 47 percent, said they believe the transition will be "relatively difficult."
The poll also showed Bush's approval rating at an all-time low, 24 percent, and there's also a racial difference on how he is handling the job. While the president's approval number is at 27 percent among whites, it is at 5 percent among blacks. That's down from 12 percent in February, the last time the CNN poll broke out the race of respondents.
The poll was conducted Nov. 6-9 and has an overall margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points and a margin of error among black respondents of plus or minus 5.5 percentage points.
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