Americans have very high expectations for President Obama on environmental issues, much higher than they had for President George W. Bush when he took office, according to a new poll.

The Gallup Poll, released Wednesday on Earth Day, found that nearly eight in 10 respondents think Obama will do a good job handling the country's environment. Just more than half thought Bush would do the same.

Gallup notes that the difference is not a result of Obama having a higher general approval rating that Bush. At this point in their administrations they received similar marks.



Obama gets high marks on the environment across party lines. Sixty-five percent of Republicans say he'll do a good job on the issue. That's suprising considering ony 32 percent approve of his job performance in the same poll.

There was a margin of error of +/- 3 percentage points in the poll.

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