President-elect Barack Obama will begin his term of office with an enormous reservoir of goodwill among American voters, according to a Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll. The poll found 73% of adults approve of his preparations to take over, with even 29% of John McCain voters now viewing Barack Obama in a positive light. That's higher than the support behind either George Bush or Bill Clinton as they prepared for office.
The developing unity is being compared to the moment of national solidarity after 9/11. But Obama also faces enormous expectations in the face of a daunting economic challenge. "It's gratifying and important to go in to meet these challenges with the support and goodwill of the American people—but it's going to take some time," said a senior Obama adviser.