There is no other way to explain this than the power of the media. All emphasis mine.
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- A national poll suggests that three-quarters of the public thinks President-elect Barack Obama is a strong and decisive leader, the highest marks for a president-elect on that characteristic in nearly three decades.
Seventy-six percent of Americans questioned in a CNN/Opinion Research Corp. survey released Wednesday said Obama is a strong and decisive leader.
"That's the best number an incoming president has gotten on that dimension since Ronald Reagan took office in 1981," CNN Polling Director Keating Holland said. "The public's rating of his leadership skills is already as high as George W. Bush's was after 9/11 and easily beats the numbers that both Bush and Bill Clinton got at the start of their first terms in office."
Just six in 10 felt that Bush was a strong leader when he took office in 2001. After the attacks of September 11, that number rose to three in four. Sixty-seven percent thought Bill Clinton was a strong leader when he took office in January 1993. Watch how Obama compares with his predecessors »
Eight in ten Americans said Obama inspires confidence, can get things done and is tough enough to be president, three characteristics Americans look for in a leader and the three qualities on which Obama got his highest scores.
He also gets higher marks than Bush did in 2001 on honesty, values, issues, management abilities and compassion.
Can anyone explain this to me? Now, for full disclosure, I do not like Obama. I don't want to shock anyone here, but I really do not. With that said, what could people possibly be basing these opinions on? "Strong and decisive leader", "management abilities"? Are people basing this on the 3 years he spent in the Senate, the last 1 and a half campaigning? Or maybe the fact that he sponsored no major bills during this lengthy tenure? Or maybe it is the lack of any significant committee work?
Also there are the high marks for values and issues. A more appropriate survey would have been to ask these 76% of the people to list his values or his position on the major issues. Actually it would be more accurate to ask them to list his different positions on the issues. My bet is that most of the people cannot list any of these, but will stick with their assessment of him anyways.
The reality is that this poll can only be explained by the media's influence on the public. I have said this before, Barack Obama is an empty suit with no real values or issues. He is a manufactured president.
So, while we don't really know anything about Obama, that's OK, he makes us feel all warm inside.