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.
Our family and friends, knew from the start that Barack Hussein Obama would and WILL be a GREAT President!
After eight long years of lies, mounting National debt, two wars....... RECORD DEFICIT...... etc., etc., we are facing the BIGGEST DISASTER in our Nation's history.
May God bless President-elect Obama with health, wisdom, a Nation's support and plenty of courage...... he will need it!
HOPE WON....... HOPE WON............ HOPE WON.........HOPE WON..........!
Disinformation. How can we believe that since he is not in office yet. Hey! guess what? I have 100% approval rating....the highest ever. Oh. Im not in office? Maybe I will be in 10 years. We the American Sheeple have been led blindly around long enough! Demand the Truth! Quit being timid little sheep!
Let's give credit where credit is due. So far Obama is not leading because he is not the leader yet. He'll do great things, that is our hope, but instead of putting pressure on Obama, why not ask why Bush is not leading instead of these reports on the new president, you must admit that they are "Just something to talk about not real news". Bush is riding off into the sun-set , totally unscathed, after what he has done to us, with a fist full of your dollars and we are not going to talk about that? What has our media been doing?
Leadership my foot!!! Tell me how does spending 174 days in the
US Senate make you a soon to be great leader! Oh that's right I
totally forgot that he also known as the "MESSIAH" and also known
as "THE CHOSEN ONE"!! It won't be long before the MSM will report
that he can ACTUALLY WALK ON WATER!!!!
IT BETTER TO GET IT A LITTLE LATE THAN NEVER.
AMERICANS HAVE RISEN TO THE TASK SINCE
THERE WAS AN AMERICA.
THE SLEEPING GIANT WAKES UP YET AGAIN TO LEAD THE
WORLD TO THE NEXT STAGE OF OUR DEVELOPMENT.ONLY
AMERICA MAKES OBAMAS. & THAT'S HOW AMERICA STAYS ON TOP.
Last time I checked, he has never led anything.
I'm not knocking the man, but let's look at the facts here.
Just just shows to me that 75% of america is sick of neo-cons.
Then again, if Ron Paul had more power and influence in Washington, Republicans would have a better name.
Good for him, but let's see the 1st 100 days before any ratings are worth talking about...He's not President yet CNN..
God Speed Mr. President the entire Country supports you. Becky, Midwest YOU LOST so GET OVER IT. Open your Idiot eyes and watch real leadership. Happy New Year
Strong, decisive? The man who took 3 DAYS to issue a statement about Gov B. You mean the messiah who couldn't speak on his own until his handlers told him the proper response and they had time to check the wind sock.
Get real, he hasn't done anything in his years of public office and is doubtful he will be truely effective in this one. The media who picked him and protected him will tell us he is, but the truth is he will be an average president in a difficult 1st term
This guy is going to do great things for our country. Let's all rally around him and pray for him to succeed.
I'll reserve my opinion until he actually takes office and does something. The media actually is doing Obama more harm by raising expectations to an impossible level. I did not vote for Obama, but I am willing to give the guy a chance with reasonable goals. Its too bad that the Libs can't see beyond their hate and see the good that Bush did – no more attacks since 9/11, tax breaks that helped the economy to grow until the sub-prime mess, decline of AIDS in Africa, and the startup of a democracy in the Middle East.
He hasn't even done anything yet! Why don't they wait until he's been at his new job for a while before taking a poll?
You know, for the first time in how many presidencies, we have someone elected to office that *did not* come from money and privilege. A guy who had to work hard to get his degree, to make something of his life. Who better understands what it's like to work your way to your goals.
That alone is inspiring.
He's got a tough job ahead of him, but I believe he is up to the task and will do his best to help the country get back on track.
I look forward to the next four, hopefully eight years, and I pray that the entire country will get behind this man and show him their support.
Having two daughters and two grand-daughters, I certainly believe in the equality of the sexes when it comes to leadership. I wonder how many people have noticed that with Obama's new cabinet, the protection of the United States (Homeland Security), what makes America work (Labor), and how America interacts with the rest of the world (Secretary of State) - all three departments are headed by women. Yes, there are more guys in his cabinet than women - but America, you're in your sisters' hands now!
2008 WILL BE REMEMBERED AS THE YEAR THAT AMERICANS VOTED FOR AN ILLEGAL ALIEN TO BE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. 2008 WILL BE REMEMBERED AS THE YEAR THAT JOURNALISM AND THE MEDIA DIED. 2008 WILL BE REMEMBERED AS THE YEAR THAT CHICAGO PRODUCED THE MOST CORRUPTED POLITICIANS IN HISTORY, 2008 WILL BE REMEMBERED AS THE YEAR THAT AMERICANS VOTED FOR AN EMPTY SUIT AS PRESIDENT, AND HAD NO CLUE THAT THIS SNAKE OIL SALESMAN WAS JUST SELLING BULL SH-T, AND GOT AWAY WITH IT. 2008 WILL BE REMEMBERED AS THE YEAR ONE OF THE BIGGEST HOAX WAS PULLED OFF IN A PRESIDENT ELECTION IN 200 YEARS. Goodbye 2008, what will 2009 nine be, the year the United States come to an end. and you wonder Why one word and one name OBAMA.
Thing man is a born leader.
There are a lot of stupid and brainwashed people out there. The American people never seize to amaze me. First they vote in Bush in 2000 and then again in 2004. Now they vote in another idiot in 2008. I would have thought after the first failed experiment (8 years of an unqualifed president) people would vote for someone who actually is qualifed for the job. Nope. Now we all have to suffer.
Just one person: What has he done? I mean really What has obama accomplished thus far?
Little bitter eh Becky?
Here's a small hint for you because apparently you don't understand one of the foundations of our Government :
America has one President at a time. The President-Elect is not the President.
It's your hero (Bush) that is letting the country go down the tubes by continuating his lack of leadership he has excelled at for 8 years.
Nice try though...too bad you're not as intelligent as you are bitter.
His cabinet choices indicate that he can make careful, thoughtful decisions on who is best to help him govern in this mess, so those poll numbers are reflective of that.
The real test will come on Jan. 21, after the party and he's moved in.
He has many good tools in his toolbox: He is not a swaggering, shoot-from-the-hip cowboy who's idea of governing is through dictatorship. He understands the constitution and knows that he must abide by it. He is also far more intelligent than Bush, speaks well, inspires people by his carefully chosen words and uses adult vocabulary–not elementary school vocabulary. Bush couldn't even get elementary school vocabulary right (nucular, for example). Obama is thoughtful, respectful and calm–and he REALLY LISTENS!! When you are negotiating with someone like that I believe you will always have good results.
I DON'T THINK ITS JUST ABOUT GEORGE BUSH OR
THE CRIPPLED ECONOMY. IT NOT ABOUT WHERE WE
HAVE BEEN AS MUCH AS ABOUT WHERE WE HOPE TO GO.
WE LIKE THAT "LEADERSHIP" ROLE. IT'S HOW WE SEE
OURSELVES. IT IS OUR VISION OF OURSELVES.IT'S WHO
WE ARE. IT'S WHO WE INTEND TO ALWAYS BE. IT'S IN OUR DNA.
WE HAVE ELECTED A LEADER THAT SHARES THAT VISION.
AT THE END OF THE DAY OR CENURY OR CENTURIES, WE
ARE THE EQUALIZER & IT'S A JOB WE HAVE DONE QUITE WELL.
I believe Obama deserves the enthusiasm and loyalty he's enjoying. He ran a historic campaign and won the minds and hearts of the majority of Americans. He began working on the day following his win, and has just only stopped for a 12 day Christmas vacation. After a two year gruelling campaign, he had the strength to put together his team, and surrounded himself with the brightest and smartest in the country, just as he had promised to do throughout his campaign. He has a daunting job ahead of him, but if he can't straighten out the economy, nobody can! Keep the faith, and to the naysayers, take a look at what the options were – frightening!
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
I, for one, agree wholeheartly with the 76%. Think its about time we had a leader who could actually lead and was intelligent instead of just a personality winner.
@Sherman...lol, we have been on the road to becoming a third world country for about 5 years now, and if the only jobs we keep creating are service industry jobs, we will definitely achieve that goal.
Uh, did I miss something, like an inaugeration? The guy is the President elect- -He will become President Obama on January 20th, 2009. Lets wait a few days after that and have a poll- -Polls that I'm sick of, don't mean squat and should be banned.
Becky, Midwest, calm down, 8 question marks and 3 exclamation marks, chill. Cnn did this poll, I thought that was obvious from the title, as they did with other former president elects to see how popular they are and how people view their individual characterics. And what does asinine mean? Cheers ta.