IT’S NOT JUST GALLUP…. We talked earlier about the new Gallup poll, which shows widespread support for President Obama’s handling of the stimulus-bill effort, and opposition to the conduct of congressional Republicans. As it turns out, a new CNN poll found similar results.

Seventy-six percent of those quesioned [sic] in a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Monday give President Obama a thumbs-up when it comes to the way he’s performing his duties, with 23 percent disapproving of the way Obama’s handling his job as president.

The stimulus package isn’t as popular as the president, but the poll found 54% support the bill — while self-identified Dems and independents back the measure, the overall number is dragged down by Republicans — and a combined 64% believe the legislation will help the economy. On the flip side, however, GOP talking points have apparently convinced a majority of Americans (54%) that the package costs too much, which is unfortunate, since the opposite is true.

Nevertheless, while Republican lawmakers are pleased with themselves for their conduct of late, the electorate seems less impressed.

Three out of four say that President Obama is doing enough to cooperate with Republicans in Congress, but only 39 percent feel that congressional Republicans are cooperating enough with the President.

Six out of ten approve of the way Democratic leaders in Congress are handling their jobs. But only 44 percent of those questioned approve of the way Republican leaders in Congress are performing.

If Republicans were at all concerned with public attitudes, the minority party might find poll results like these discouraging.

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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.