President-elect Barack Obama kept an even keel throughout the ups and downs of the long campaign, one of his secrets of his success.
And so far, Americans are following the "no-drama Obama" model, with two-thirds expressing confidence in his ability to be a "good president" in every Gallup daily tracking poll since the election.
The one out today puts that number at 65 percent, but it has barely fluctuated between 63 and 67 percent -- through all the leaks and speculation about possible Cabinet picks and all the news reports about the tanking economy.
Gallup notes that Obama's goodwill is well above the 53 percent of the popular vote that he won on Nov. 4. But not surprisingly, there is a gap by party affiliation: 89 percent of Democrats and 64 percent of independents -- but only 28 percent of Republicans -- say they are confident in Obama
"Obama has apparently been given a honeymoon of sorts after his election, with a substantial majority of Americans (significantly higher than the percentage who voted for him) saying they are confident in his ability to be a good president. This positive sentiment has persisted to date even as reports of possible and actual Obama appointments have dominated news coverage of the nascent Obama administration," Gallup pollsters say.
"Obama's challenge will be to continue this good will for the roughly two months left before his inauguration, and then to translate it into public support as he begins his duties as chief executive next Jan. 20."
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