QUOTE OF THE DAY…. A new national poll from CNN/Opinion Research Corporation finds 79% of Americans approve of the job Barack Obama has done so far. That’s probably not too significant — this is still the transition period, when exercising one’s limited authority is a lot easier — but 79% is still a pretty solid number.

In fact, Obama’s current support is 14 percentage points higher than George W. Bush’s pre-inauguration score, and 17 points higher than Bill Clinton’s support in 1992. (Obama’s approval rating is also a whopping 51 points here than Bush’s current approval rating.)

With this in mind, here’s the Quote of the Day:

“An Obama job approval rating of 79 percent! That’s the sort of rating you see when the public rallies around a leader after a national disaster. To many Americans, the Bush Administration was a national disaster,” says CNN Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider.

As long as we’re on the subject, a couple of recent congressional victories in the deep South have led Republicans to claim the wind is at their backs, and that it’s the GOP with the post-election “momentum.” The CNN poll found that six in 10 Americans have a favorable view of the Democratic Party, while a majority have an unfavorable opinion of the Republican Party.

Hopefully, someone will tell RNC Chairman Mike Duncan about this.

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Steve Benen

Follow Steve on Twitter @stevebenen. Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.