Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Obama cabinet picks get kudos

In a new poll out this afternoon, 71 percent of Americans approve President-elect Barack Obama's choice of Hillary Clinton as secretary of state, but only 57 percent believe she will strictly follow his orders.

The CNN/Opinion Research Corp. survey found that when Clinton and Obama disagree on foreign policy, 41 percent believe she will follow her own policy.

Also in the poll, 43 percent said they believe former president Bill Clinton will seek to play a role in US foreign policy, even if he is not given an official job by Obama, and 24 percent said they believe his influence will be positive.

Obama's cabinet picks have widespread support -- 75 percent support them as a group, and 83 percent said they support his decision to keep on Defense Secretary Robert Gates.

Despite concerns in some quarters that the number of appointees with previous Washington experience will make it more difficult for Obama to bring the change he promised, 72 percent of respondents said they can still bring change.

And while Obama has appointed former rivals, 88 percent said it is very or somewhat likely that his cabinet will be able to work together for a single set of goals and policies.

The poll, conducted Monday and Tuesday, has an overall margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

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