December 31st, 2008
04:00 PM ET
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CNN Poll: Obama leadership rates high as Bush's after 9/11

A new poll shows that President-elect Barack Obama is viewed as a strong, confident leader.
A new poll shows that President-elect Barack Obama is viewed as a strong, confident leader.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - A national poll suggests that three-quarters of the public thinks President-elect Barack Obama is a strong and decisive leader, the highest marks for a president-elect on that characteristic in nearly three decades.

Seventy-six percent of Americans questioned in a CNN/Opinion Research Corp. survey released Wednesday said Obama is a strong and decisive leader.

"That's the best number an incoming president has gotten on that dimension since Ronald Reagan took office in 1981," CNN Polling Director Keating Holland said. "The public's rating of his leadership skills is already as high as George W. Bush's was after 9/11 and easily beats the numbers that both Bush and Bill Clinton got at the start of their first terms in office."

Watch: See how President Bush fared in the latest CNN/ORC poll

Just six in 10 felt that Bush was a strong leader when he took office in 2001. After the attacks of September 11, that number rose to three in four. Sixty-seven percent thought Bill Clinton was a strong leader when he took office in January 1993.

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soundoff (180 Responses)
  1. William A. Schaedler from St. Louis

    It really sickens me that the voting public has been taken in by this character. He has done nothing. He offers nothing but a lot of empty talk. And still the people fawn all over him. If George W. Bush had performed better in office this guy would not be where he is today.

    December 31, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  2. Apples for sale

    Obama could resign today and still would have done more than Bush did for us in eight years.Everthing Bush did,he did for the rich,not middle America, or the poor.

    December 31, 2008 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  3. GuyInVA

    I believe President-elect Obama has shown fine leadership qualities. However, he isn't in office yet, so it remains to be seen what happens when his decisions will become policy. But floridajack, puh-leeze! You had to use some of those tired old media driven buzz words in your post. "Hope", "inspiration". You forgot "change". But at least you didn't forget the old liberal calling card: that veiled reference to racism. Everyone who voted for someone other than President-elect Obama must be a racist. Right?

    December 31, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  4. Justin

    Once again I ask? Why are Republicans so stupid??

    December 31, 2008 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  5. EZ

    Justin the republicans are not stupid, they are just taught not to think for themselves so that their Overlord can better control them.

    January 1, 2009 08:05 am at 8:05 am |
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