A majority of people surveyed in both parties said Mr. Obama was striving to work in a bipartisan way, but most Americans faulted Republicans for their response to the president, saying the party had objected to the $787 billion economic stimulus plan for political reasons. Most Americans said Mr. Obama should pursue the priorities he campaigned on, the poll found, rather than seek middle ground with Republicans.
Americans are under no illusions that the country’s problems will be resolved quickly, but the [New York Times/CBS] poll suggested they would be particularly patient when it comes to the economy, with most saying it would be years before there was significant improvement.
A month into Mr. Obama’s term, with his first big accomplishments, setbacks and political battles behind him, more than three-quarters of Americans said they are optimistic about the next four years with him as president. Similar percentages said they think he is bringing real change to the way things are done in Washington and that they have confidence in his ability to make the right decisions about the economy.
Obama reached his hand out to the Republicans - and they tried to bite it off. Tried, but didn't succeed.