A new poll shows that Americans trust President Obama to guide the future of the country rather than Republicans who grabbed control of the House of Representatives in November’s elections.
The Washington Post/ABC News poll shows a slim majority of Americans (53%) trust President Obama to deal with the nation’s problems, opposed to 48% who trust Republicans.
TPM says this slim majority for the President is striking when you look at polls following other midterm elections.
Respondents to the December 2006 Washington Post-ABC News poll gave Democrats, who had just retaken Congress, a 26% edge in terms of trust over President Bush. Fifty-seven percent of respondents to that poll said they most trusted Democrats to handle the problems facing the nation, versus 31% who said they trusted President Bush.
Similarly, after Republicans trounced Democrats to reclaim both chambers of Congress in 1994, a Washington Post-ABC News poll found that Americans trusted Republicans over President Clinton by a 49% to 34% margin.