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First 100 days: Polls, polls, polls

The latest New York Times/CBS poll: "Barack Obama's presidency seems to be altering the public perception of race relations in the United States. Two-thirds of Americans now say race relations are generally good, and the percentage of blacks who say so has doubled since last July… Despite that, half of blacks still say whites have a better chance of getting ahead in American society."

More: "Mr. Obama's 68 percent job approval rating is higher than that of any recent president at the 100-day mark. Mr. Bush had the approval of 56 percent of the public at this juncture. But while Americans clearly have faith in Mr. Obama, the poll revealed something of a disconnect between what the public thinks the president has already accomplished and what it expects him to achieve. Fewer than half of those surveyed, 48 percent, said Mr. Obama had begun to make progress on one of his major campaign promises, changing the way business is conducted in Washington. And just 39 percent said he had begun to make progress on another major promise, cutting taxes for middle-class Americans, even though the stimulus bill he signed into law does include a middle class tax cut." 

The new CNN poll: "The CNN/Opinion Research Corp. poll … indicates that 63 percent of Americans approve of how Obama is handling his duties as president. One in three questioned in the poll disapprove. Democrats overwhelmingly approve of how Obama is handling his job as president; 61 percent of independents agree. Only 28 percent of Republicans say the president is doing a good job in office." 

USA Today looks ahead to the next 100 days. "[T]he next stretch of Barack Obama's time in the White House, from Wednesday until about the time Congress begins its summer recess, looms as a period no less critical in how his tenure ultimately will be judged… 'These are going to be important months,' says David Axelrod, one of Obama's closest White House advisers. 'I'll stipulate that the next 100 days aren't going to be any easier in certain ways than the first 100. We know that.'"

"President Obama should think long and hard before reversing the foreign policies of the Bush administration," Politico's Vogel writes. "That advice comes not from Dick Cheney but from Kurt Campbell, a national security expert Obama nominated last week for a top diplomatic post, and James Steinberg, his soon-to-be boss at the State Department. In fact, it's one of the premises of a 2008 book co-written by Campbell, Obama's new nominee to be assistant secretary of state for Asian and Pacific affairs, and Steinberg, the No. 2 official at the State Department."