By Michael Truelsen - email
Nearly 80 percent of Americans approve of the way President Obama responded to the Jan. 8 shootings in Tucson, according to a new poll.
A Washington Post-ABC News poll released on Monday found that 78 percent - including 71 percent of Republicans - rated Obama's response, and Thursday's speech in Tucson, positively.
The Washington Post reports:
After calls from political leaders in both major parties to temper the rhetoric following the massacre, Americans are optimistic that Obama and Republicans in Congress will be able to work together this year on important issues. In the poll, 55 percent said they are optimistic that the two sides will do so, up seven percentage points from an ABC News-Yahoo! News survey taken just before the shootings.
Sarah Palin did not fare as well in the poll.
In contrast to glowing reviews for the president, former Alaska governor Sarah Palin (R) draws more negative than positive evaluations of the way she has handled the tragedy.
About 30 percent give her positive marks, while nearly half - 46 percent - disapprove of her actions. About a quarter expressed no opinion. Fewer than half of all Republicans approve of the way she has handled the matter, with positive marks rising to just 56 percent among conservative Republicans.