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A new USA Today/Gallup poll shows nearly 7 out of 10 adults, or 68 percent, say they have a favorable opinion of President-elect Barack Obama; and almost as many, or 65 percent, say they think the country will be better four years from now.
That’s much higher expectations than for either Bill Clinton or George W. Bush after they were first elected. In both cases, slightly more than 50 percent said they thought the country would be better off in four years.
Andrew Kohut, director of the Pew Research Center, tells USA Today the reception Obama is getting is "unlike anything we’ve seen in decades. He says that though expectations will be very hard to live up to, it does mean people will be pulling for him."
Meanwhile, questions persist on how Obama will tackle the huge issues of the economy. Some liberal economists say he should concentrate on a major stimulus bill that includes rebuilding infrastructure in the U.S.
Former New York Times editorial columnist Jeff Madrick has some ideas for the president-elect. Madrick is the author of the new book, "The Case for Big Government.* We’ll hear more from him later this week on the Evening News.