(CNN) – Hawaii's always been a great spot for honeymoons - and Barack Obama, who's spending the holiday season there on the beach at Kailua, is unquestionably having one of the best in modern presidential history.
Eighty-two percent of those questioned in a new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll released Wednesday morning approve of the way the Obama is handling his presidential transition. That's up 3 points from when we asked this question at the beginning of December. Fifteen percent of those surveyed disapprove of the way Obama's handling his transition, down 3 points from our last poll.
The 82 percent approval is higher than then President-elect George W. Bush 8 years ago, who had a 65 percent transition approval rating, and Bill Clinton, at 67 percent in 1992.
"Barack Obama is having a better honeymoon with the American public than any incoming president in the past three decades. He's putting up better numbers, usually by double digits, than Bill Clinton, Ronald Reagan, or either George Bush on every item traditionally measured in transition polls," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland.
The poll also suggests that the public approves of the President-elect's cabinet nominees, with 56 percent of those questioned saying Obama's appointments have been outstanding or above average, with 32 percent feeling the picks have been average, and 11 percent saying Obama's choices have been below average or poor.
That 56 percent figure is 18 points higher than those who said then President-elect Bush's cabinet appointments were outstanding or above average and 26 points higher than those who felt the same way about then President-elect Clinton's nominees.
"Obama walks in with nearly twice the support on the economy that President-elect Clinton had in January, 1993, and he beats Ronald Reagan as well," adds Holland.
A third say that their impression of Obama has gotten better since the election, with only 8 percent saying their opinion has gotten worse.
Presidents usually start to lose support once they assume office and start making the tough decisions. But with eight in ten currently approving of Obama, he can give away 20 or 30 points, estimates Holland, and still have a majority of the country on his side.
The CNN/Opinion Research poll was conducted Friday through Sunday, with 1,013 adult Americans questioned by telephone. The survey's sampling error is plus or minus 3 percentage points.
As we all approach 2009 at this Christmas and High Holidays season, can we not all take a breath and look hopefully to a better tomorrow. You who are not Obama supporters need to reflect on where this country has been for the last eight years. We have all suffered whether we want to admit it or not from an Administration who has not put Americans and this country first..
As Obama said last week, it's extremely frustrating that he can't address the Blago scandal. So frustrating in fact, that once he has the opportunity to address the scandal, he goes off to Hawaii and attends his grandmothers services and Rahm goes off to Africa for a Christmas trip. Neither has the time to address the report that was released. It is so frustrating when you can't address the scandal, isn't it?
Change you can laugh at.
tHE HOLD OUT IS jOE THE NON TAX PAYING WANNA BE A REAL PLUMBER SOME DAY!
So 4 out of 5 Americans approve of Il Duce? What about the 57 million people who begrudgingly voted for John McCain?
AMERICA IS IN GOOD HANDS WITH PRESIDENT OBAMA.HE WILL DELIVER HER OUT OF BONDAGE AND THE TERROR OF THE MORON GEORGE W BUSH WHO SHOULD BE TRIED FOR WAR CRIMES WITH HIS BUDDIES.MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL.
God rest your grandmother. God rest you and your family.
Glad he found time to think of his grandmother while in Hawaii.
He's been handling the job we elected him for, with seriousness and dignity. What's not to like?
Sure, the minute he stops doing that, the polls will change, but right now... he's been doing everything right.
For those who are against him... the skeptics... he's been too good too good to be true. There's no such thing as a good polititian; a president with intelligence and integrity. They wait for that other shoe to fall. Oh well... it's their perogative to remain skeptical. Cause no matter what, Obama said he's going to be their president, too.
Love this guy!
THE OLD TIMER December 24th, 2008 11:01 am ET
transition teams SEND OBAMA BACK TO KENYA WHERE HE WAS BORN
Will someone please change The Old Timer's depends...
The other 1 in 5 apparently come here to complain at the top of their lungs...
I absolutely love this guy, and I can see that I'm not alone! I think he's the best thing that has happened to our great republic in a long time.
I just hope and pray that God keeps Barack and his family safe and out of harms way. I know I'm just being a bit paranoid, but with all the similarities between PE Obama and President Lincoln (add the inaugural Bible to the list), I just can't help but be a little on edge.
Don't tread on me
December 24th, 2008 11:40 am ET
Please be advised: all participants in the economic recovery will be required to speak "HAH-vard"
And thank the LORD for it, Don't tread on me!!
It's about time we had people who spoke 'HAH-vard' instead of 'Deliverance'.
Not only Obama created a history but also created a NEW POLITICS in American History! A Hindu friend told me that Obama is the RE-INCARNATION of Abraham Lincoln!
obama has built up a super magority for him self as leader of the democratic party . in the senate they will have 59 seats , and in the house a majority of just over 80 seats over the gop . now it wont be hard to top bush as president , this means in two years time at the midterms i beleave the democrats will increase their numbers even more . thus a democratic super majority.
Even the 700 Club must be taking a hit in this economy.
He's not my messiah.
Can't wait until Jan. 20th! :)
Let this era of depravity end... let the era of the People's President for the People begin!
he has the Bush Administration to blame and obstructionist republicans....all to blame for those rising foeclosure rates and unemployment
I just think God send us the perfect guy at the perfect time, thanks Lord.
Most of this transition has been him "revising" his campaign promises and acknowledging that they will be "delayed".. Approving of his transition means nil. I seriously doubt that 4 of 5 americans will approve of his actions a year from now. There is no end in sight for the recession, at least until 2012.
Goodbye knuckle draggin' Americans, hello intelligent leadership.
The world needs it.
THE OTHER 17% WILL COME AROUND.
A HEALTHY & HAPPY HOLIDAY TO OUR
PRESIDENT OBAMA & FAMILY & TO ALL AMERICANS.
Some of you people are so stupid on here, you should be poster children for why "No Child Left Behind" was a colossal failure. The man isn't office yet! Some of you are just going to disapprove of anything he does or says to salve your own guilty consciences, which are hopelessly racist and incurably bigoted. Some of you should call your valedictorian Sarah Palin and see if Sylvan Learning Center is taking group rates.
Oh yeah..Good going PEBO! you got my vote of approval too..even though I was not asked!
Kepp plodding, you and the O-Team will make it. Just stay on the path and keep your eyes on the goal. Forget the back stabbers, whiners, naysayers and all other negatives that will come your way. Oh wait..you already know what I am talking about..
Just continue doing what you are doing. I may not agree with everything you say or do ( you are human afterall), but you have the country's best interest at heart and THAT I hope will not change..