By Justin Sink
President Obama hasn't found much good news in many polls lately, but one released today shows that he may be gathering steam in his push for a jobs package.
A Gallup poll released Wednesday shows that 45 percent of Americans would want their member of Congress to vote for the bill, with 32 percent opposed to the president's plan. 23 percent said they did not know enough about the legislation.
The poll also found that those who are following the debate over the jobs legislation closely are more likely to support the legislation, which encouraging news for the president as he travels the country campaigning for the measure. Fifty-seven percent of those who said they were following the bill "very or somewhat closely" said that they were in support of the bill versus 36 percent against.
But just over half of Americans — 56 percent — said they fell into that category, meaning that Obama has plenty of room to continue to gather support. Still, the President has not been entirely successful in convincing Republicans to join the effort. Six in 10 Republicans oppose the legislation, but 70 percent of Democrats are in favor, and Obama may be able to rally support among independents and Republicans.
A recent CNN/Opinion Research poll that showed that 46 percent of Americans trust Obama more than the GOP to handle the economy versus 37 percent who trust Republicans more. And 65 percent of Americans would prefer the government to focus on job creation than deficit reduction.
Still, it remains to be seen if the president has enough political capital to push the legislation through. A Reuters/Ipsos poll found that the president only received a marginal approval rating bump after introducing his jobs plan. Forty-seven percent of Americans approve of the president's performance, versus 45 percent in August.