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Posted at 03:30 PM ET, 02/23/2009

Poll Preview: 60% Approve of Obama on Economy

Sixty percent of Americans approve of the way President Obama is handling the nation's economy, a public assessment that's on par with the initial public ratings on the issue for Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush. George W. Bush started lower, reached the 60 percent mark after 9/11 and ended his tenure at 24 percent approval on the economy.

The high number for Obama from the new Washington Post-ABC News poll covers over a deep partisan divide: 83 percent of the Democrats polled said he's doing well on the economy, that drops to 61 percent among independents and all the way to 24 percent among Republicans.

Check back to at 5 p.m. for more from the poll on Obama, Congress, the stimulus package and more.

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

SOURCE: Washington Post-ABC News poll

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