January 27th, 2009
01:40 PM ET
10 months ago

Obama scores well in second post-inauguration poll

Obama's early approval ratings are high.
Obama's early approval ratings are high.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - So far, so good for President Barack Obama, at least in the court of public opinion.

A new national poll suggests that most Americans approve of the way Barack Obama is so far handling his job as President of the United States, the second such post-inauguration poll to give the new president rave reviews.

Sixty-three percent of those questioned in a Diageo/Hotline survey released Tuesday give President Obama the thumbs-up, with 9 percent dissaproving of the way he is handling his duties in the White House.

That 63 percent figure is in the same ballpark as the 68 percent approval rating President Obama scored in a Gallup poll released Saturday. Both surveys were conducted entirely after Obama was inaugurated as president one week ago today.

"It's difficult to make historical comparisons to this poll because in the past, pollsters usually let a few weeks go by before measuring a new president's approval rating," said CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "In 1993, Bill Clinton has a rating of 58 percent a few days after his inauguration. The elder George Bush had a 51 percent rating in late January of 1989, as did Ronald Reagan in 1981.”

But Holland cautioned that all of these polls were very preliminary, taken before the first State of the Union addresses of each administration - the first major milestone faced by modern presidents.

The White House has said Obama is likely to address a joint session of Congress next month for the first time in his presidency.

The survey also suggests that a solid majority of those questioned, 65 percent, are confident that the proposed $825 billion stimulus package will be effective in turning around the economy. But when broken down by party, only a minority of Republicans are confident. It's the same when it comes to whether the stimulus package will be spent and managed wisely, with 57 percent overall responding yes, but only a minority of Republicans agreeing.

The poll also indicates that a majority of Americans think it will take at least two years before the country's economy comes out of recession. That's in line with the findings of a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released earlier this month.

The Diageo/Hotline poll was conducted January 21-24, with 800 people questioned by telephone. The survey's sampling error is plus or minus 3.5 percentage points for the overall sample and 4.9 percentage points for the breakdowns by party.


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soundoff (101 Responses)
  1. Gene

    Wow.. you'd think that we were done with polls after the election was over. Enough with the polling! I hope we're not going to continue having daily polls or a poll after every single sentence Obama utters. Let the man work and leave him alone.

    January 27, 2009 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  2. No Hillary = No Obama

    He has not done anything yet. All he has done is undo Bush which may in the long run undo him. I hope Obama doesn't turn the White House into a Rescue Mission. He thinks talking to Arab TV is going to make nice. This guy is naive. They do not exalt him the way our celebrity saturated society has. I don't think he knows what he's doing.

    January 27, 2009 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  3. mark

    He's only been in office a whole week, what's up with the poll?

    January 27, 2009 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  4. Karen

    Obama is only going to make our economic condition worse. The answer does not lie in a bailout. Obama may be a great speaker and motivator and inspires a lot of Americans but he is no economist nor are any of his cabinet members.

    January 27, 2009 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  5. s

    obama obama

    January 27, 2009 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  6. AJ

    I'll pay attention to the polls as soon as the President has accomplished something. These early polls are popularity contests and really are meaningless. After 8 years of Bush, how can most people help but like this guy in comparison?

    January 27, 2009 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  7. LLT

    63+9=72...what about the other 28% ? Unless there are a number of different polls taken over the same period and an average reached these polls are useless.

    January 27, 2009 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  8. chuck

    THIS IS A PRESIDENT ON A MISSION. I SALUTE HIM AND WISH HIM WELL.

    January 27, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  9. gt

    he hasn't done anything yet... duh !

    January 27, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  10. sherry for Obama

    Give Obama a chance to straighten out the mess that the republican President left this nation in.

    It wont happen overnight but it will succeed..

    Failure is not an option with Obama.

    January 27, 2009 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  11. MK

    I am proud of him. He will keep trying to help us all if the politicians will just get out of his way.

    January 27, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  12. Enough!

    Jeez, he just got there. How's about we cool it with the incessant polling, and just let the man do his job.

    January 27, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  13. BB

    Polls Schmolls.

    No wars? No hunger? No job losses? No families destroyed? No soldiers dying for Bush/Rove/Cheney mistakes?

    Only Polls and empty talking heads. shame shame shame shame

    January 27, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  14. RealityKing

    Same ballpark!? That's a 10% slip in the polls in the first week!! Leave it to the state run media to try and protray it as something it's not..

    January 27, 2009 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  15. Melissa

    Sounds about right. I'm actually very impressed with what he's been doing myself. Not so much with everyone else in his administration (Pelosi and Reid need to shut up).

    January 27, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  16. Anonymous

    Good lord, the man hasn't done anything yet except declare the closing of Gitmo so Al Qaeda can be moved to the US in our own backyard and he gets a 68% approval rating? Just wait.

    January 27, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  17. Dont blame me

    Slipping in the polls already are we?????

    January 27, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  18. Loyal Democrat in MD

    The pollsters never ask me...but I very much approve of what he's doing!!

    January 27, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  19. 30m-Democrat-voted Clinton then McCain

    It's going down. lol.

    January 27, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  20. Eric M

    Odd, if this were about Bush, the story would be "BUSH SUFFERS A 5% REDUCTION IN APPROVAL RATING AFTER JUST ONE WEEK ON THE JOB".

    January 27, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  21. Sandra Moss

    The President is doing a wonderful job. He says we need a $825 billion stimulus package so we do.

    January 27, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  22. JC

    He hasn't done much to earn any rating; his appointment of a tax cheat doesn't look that good, either!!!

    January 27, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  23. barack obama is still just B.O.

    quite a dramatic drop for Obumpler from the 86% only a week ago.
    I expect the fall to continue as his inexperience becomes more apparant.

    January 27, 2009 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  24. David Ferdinand/New York

    It seems that someone is looking for the polls to reflect negative ratings.
    Why poll on a weekly basis?
    What is it that the pollster is looking for so quickly.
    If this week a give my kids allowance I'm pretty popular. If next week I do not give allowance I'm not as popular positivly.

    I wish the MSM would let the President be.

    He has been hustling and bustling to GET THINGS DONE in the last month more than Bush has done in 8 years in my opinion
    Change is here get used to it.

    January 27, 2009 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  25. another poll?

    falling, falling, ........

    January 27, 2009 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
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