OK, I have to do this. It has been a month since I have published a front-page article about polling. I need my fix:
Rassmussen: Approve 67%--30% Disapprove (asked about "job as President-elect")
CNN: Approve 75%--22% Disapprove (asked about "cabinet appointments")
Gallup: Approve 78%--13% Disapprove (asked about "handling presidential transition")
Since some might ask, and since I have received a decent amount of press for criticizing some of Obama's picks, I should state my current stance. Right now, I lean toward "somewhat disapprove," on the cabinet question mainly because of Gates (although over 80% of the country approves of Agtes staying on); "somewhat disapprove" on "job as President-elect," mainly because of Lieberman; and "unsure" on "handling of presidential transition," because there have been quite a few non-cabinet picks, and current cabinet possibilities, that I have liked.
While these stances put me in the minority nationwide, especially among Democrats, I'm feeling increasingly comfortable with that. I am an elected official in the Democratic Party, and I have no problem not only identifying large, qualitative differences between the two major parties, but also in backing up my perceived differences with extensive activism. However, I still hold an inherently skeptical stance toward the efficacy of our political and media establishments to improve people's lives at home and abroad. Right now, most people are giving the powers that be the benefit of the doubt, but the truth is I will probably never be in such a mindset when it comes to our leaders. Even though it has new leadership, this is still the same media and political establishment that brought us the environmental, economic and military crises of the last twenty years. As such, my approval will come when positive movement in the other direction actually occurs, not beforehand when such positive movement is merely promised.
I am proud to be a skeptic. I was in the 10% that disapproved by Bush even after 9/11. For almost my entire adult life, I have been in an even smaller minority when it comes to not believing in divine power. For me, belief comes from proof, not from faith. As such, it will always be difficult for me to offer my approval in the formative phases of anything.