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Obama's high marks in NBC/WSJ poll

From NBC's Mark Murray
Here's our take on the latest NBC/WSJ survey:

WASHINGTON - As he enters his 100th day in office, President Barack Obama enjoys higher marks from the American public than his most recent predecessors did at similar points in their presidencies, according to the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.

More than six in 10 approve of Obama's job, nearly two-thirds view him favorably, and a majority believe he has gotten off to a solid start during his first three months on the job.

Perhaps most significantly, Americans so far find him to be likeable. More than 80 percent in the poll say they personally like Obama, even if they don't agree with all of his policies. And respondents give him high scores on his personality, demeanor and leadership qualities.

Republican pollster Bill McInturff, who conducted this survey with Democratic pollster Peter D. Hart, says these numbers suggest "someone who is wearing well" with the public at this stage of his presidency. McInturff, in fact, even compares Obama's early likeability to Ronald Reagan's in the 1980s.

Yet the poll also contains a few cautionary numbers for Obama and his young administration: a growing number believe the president is liberal; a majority thinks he's trying to take on too many issues; and there are concerns about all the government spending.

"The wind is at his back," Hart says. But looking ahead to the next 100 days, the Democratic pollster adds that Obama might "face some pretty stiff headwinds in his future."

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