Opinion polls are becoming the "new government" in America. Whether we like it or not politicians hang on the latest polls to test a new piece of legislation or the popularity of this politician or that politician.
Here is the latest from the CNN poll on Obama.
Seventy-nine percent approve of Obama's performance so far during transition, with 18 percent disapproving.
Obama's approval rating is 14 points higher than the approval rating for President-elect George Bush in 2001 and 17 points higher than President-elect Clinton's rating in 1992, CNN Polling Director Keating Holland said.
Not bad in a very troubled time.
For those who froth at CNN here is the Rasmussen Report....The Presidential Approval Index is calculated by subtracting the number who Strongly Disapprove from the number who Strongly Approve. Rasmussen Reports believes that this is a better measure of public perceptions than the overall approval ratings. Overall, 68% of voters somewhat or strongly approve of Obama's performance so far while 30% disapprove.