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Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 12/15/2008

Obama Sails Over Scandal

Public ratings of Barack Obama are unscathed by the scandal swirling around Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich's apparent effort to trade off his power to appoint Obama's successor to the U.S. Senate, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.

More than three-quarters of Americans approve of the way Obama is handling the presidential transition, up significantly from three weeks ago, and a slim majority in the new poll said the president-elect has already done enough to explain any connections his staff may have had with Blagojevich.

Two-thirds of Democrats and 51 percent of independents said Obama has sufficiently outlined discussions with the governor, but 51 percent of Republicans said Obama has not done enough. The Republican National Committee has made a concerted effort to tie the two Illinois politicians.

Republicans are also much less apt than others to rate Obama as honest and trustworthy - 41 percent do, compared with 89 percent of Democrats and 63 percent of independents. Nevertheless, a sizable majority, 59 percent, of Republicans approve of the way Obama is handling the transition overall.

Among those who cast ballots for Republican presidential hopeful John McCain last month, 54 percent approve of how Obama is handling the changeover of power in Washington.

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Obama sails over scandal

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Obama is handling the presidential transition?

Q. Do you think Obama has or has not done enough to explain any discussions his representative may have had with Blagojevich about the Senate seat?

SOURCE: Washington Post-ABC News poll conducted by telephone December 11-14, 2008, among a random national sample of 1,003 adults, including landline and cell-only respondents. The results from the full survey have a margin of sampling error of plus or minus three percentage points.

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