US Wild About Obama's 100 Days

President enjoying 'Reagan-like' levels of popularity as early milestone is reached
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 29, 2009 4:05 AM CDT
High ratings for things like Obama's dog aren't just fluff, analysts say, as they represent voters forming a personal attachment to the president.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
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(Newser) – Today marks President Obama's hundredth day in the job and he's more popular than his two immediate predecessors were at this point, according to an NBC/Wall Street Journal poll. Over half of those polled said Obama is off to a good—or great—start, 61% approve of the job he is doing as president, and 64% see him in a favorable light.

"This poll shows presidential leadership," said a Republican pollster, who labeled the Obama's early popularity levels "Reagan-like." At a whopping 81%, Obama's personal popularity far exceeds that of many of his policies, a trend analysts believe may buy him some time to enact the more aggressive parts of his agenda.