Poll: Americans want GOP to work with Obama

The president's approval rating hasn't changed overall very much. It's been hovering in the mid to high 40s most of last year.

Democrats are overwhelmingly for him, Republicans overwhelmingly against. Among independents, which is the group he needs most next

November, it's a split.

There is some good news for the president in the new CBS News/New York Times Poll, however. The survey shows 60 percent of Americans say Mr. Obama is trying to work with Republicans in congress, but more than two-thirds think the congressional Republicans are not trying hard enough to work with him.

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The overall sentiment portrayed by the poll is that all Americans - 80 to 89 percent of Republicans, Democrats and independents say the two parties should compromise to get things done in Washington.

These numbers play right into the White House strategy which you'll see next week in the State of the Union message; that the president has been and continues to reach out to congress. The administration will continue to call lawmakers out for not working with him.

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  • Bill Plante

    Bill Plante is a CBS News Senior White House Correspondent

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