January 27th, 2009
01:40 PM ET
6 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. gl, Pittsburgh

    only a minority of Republicans are confident – I don't care about the Repulicans – they are in for themself.

    January 27, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  2. Pres. Obama

    The job looked so easy a week ago.

    January 27, 2009 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  3. Maggie SC

    I totally disagree on hie decision regarding the abortion issue as well as em,bryonic stem cell research. Both involve destroying human life and I feel stronly that Pres Obama does not agree that life begins with coception. Aborting a fetus at any stage is immoral and the research on embroyos inveolve the creation of embroyo farms to harvest embroyoes for stem cell reearch. It is not necesary to do research on embroys when the adult stem cell research is just as good if not better.

    January 27, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  4. Arkansas Undertaker

    What is with all the polls? I dont ever remember all these polls being taken during the beginning of G.W. Bush, Bill Clinton or G.H.W. Bush administrations.

    What really gives? the man has been in office all but 1 week. Give it a rest aready.

    January 27, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  5. KC

    83 – 68 – 63....looks to be dropping to me.

    January 27, 2009 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  6. Mike

    What's congress' approval rating now?

    January 27, 2009 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  7. Pete

    Can you do another poll this afternoon? My attention doesn't span a week and obviously yours doesn't either.

    January 27, 2009 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  8. Ernie in LA

    He has gone from 68% to 63% in one week. Not too good. He hasn't fixed anything yet. Hurry up Obama, America is waiting on you.

    January 27, 2009 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  9. Sammy

    How about we take a poll of the approval rating of the media which is still so in the tank for BO, I want to scream. It's not that I don't like him, I'm sooo sick of every story gushing over him like he's a pop star. Give it a rest. As for the Obamas wanting to be a "normal" family, why did I just see them obviously posed on some lifestyle mag in the grocery checkout line. I've seen more pics of them and their kids thanall the other presidents put together. Yeah, those girls are going to be real normal.

    January 27, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  10. Barney Petrides

    Why don't you ask me what I think about Obama? You won't, of course, because I don't live in one of the big northern cities.

    January 27, 2009 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  11. Franky

    I'm telling you, he's good. Andrew Jackson would've probably give him advice...of course, probably not the same advice he's taking right now, LOL!!

    January 27, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  12. Dan, TX

    Compromise between the republicans and democrats should produce a good stimulus package that will address the economy from different points of view. Taking out things that don't belong – like money for family planning and tax cuts for millionaires who only are investors and don't create jobs, for example. I know there is this myth that investors create jobs, but the fact is that they are no more efficient at creating jobs than any other member of our society and are less efficient than owners of businesses that produce products (I exclude companies that only provide services).

    January 27, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  13. Proud American

    Great Job Mr. President

    January 27, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  14. Mike, Syracuse NY

    Let's see, he was at over 80% during the transition, 68% last week and 63% this week. Why doesn't the headline read "Obama popularity dropping like a rock"?

    January 27, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  15. Helene

    He is doing extremely well and I am overjoyed to have voted for him.

    January 27, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  16. Scott L

    What a novice. Cannot even handle the press core without losing his temper.

    January 27, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  17. Rick Roberts

    I am waiting for a poll that is conducted hourly. My God, let the man do his job for a while then evaluate him. My opinion of him since only last Tuesady's innauguration, is that he is handling himself the way a President should. He is working his tail off and trying to cover all bases, including the middle east mess. Now call me next January 20th, and let's see where we are. I'll bet that if we are starting to turn the corner and we are improving, the Republicans will still find something to gripe about.(although I do believe $2 billion dollars for rubbers is going a bit far).
    Let's not forget that Bush never went out of his way to work with the Dems. He just shoved it down everyone's throats. At least Obama took a limo ride to the Capital to at least try to work with the Republicans. McCain should remember that his suggestions for the economy helped him lose the election. That and that lady from Alaska, Sara what's her name.

    January 27, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  18. Canuck

    poll based on nothing. no news is good news.

    January 27, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  19. Mari

    Barack Obama is the leader we need at this time in our Nation's history. His election was a clear mandate from, we, the People!

    After eight long years of division and angst, we have an intelligent president. A man who is willing to reach across the aisle and unite our Nation!

    What's baffling is how the "self-righteous-patriotic' far-right is SO set on spewing their hate and division! When we, disagreed with Bush's failed policies we were labeled .......anti-American....... when they do it...... its okay! Hypocrites!

    HOPE WON....... HOPE WON........ HOPE WON........ HOPE WON!

    January 27, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  20. Tommy Boy

    Barack ROCKS. I do not think we will ever see approval ratings dip below 60%. Where was "W" when he climbed on Marine One on January 20? 22% ! Take that Rush!

    January 27, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  21. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Let us hope that this approval is not without foundation. He has plenty of problems that could dip his approval rating easily; just pick a problem: Iraq & Afghanistan, banking bail out, recession, credit problems, housing slump and the list could go on.

    I hope that the Republicans don't be obstructionists without good reason. I am afraid that they will just be nay sayers with nothing good to add.

    January 27, 2009 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  22. Obama Victim

    7 days....................let's see how he is doing after 7 months..........................not too impressive so far

    January 27, 2009 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  23. pete, orland park

    Now if the story was about a conservative or republican the comments about 63% in the same ballpark as 68% would be:

    Obama suffers worst approval ratings ever as president!

    Obama's approval ratings crash. Loses 5 points in 3 days. Loses 1.67% a day. At this rate will have negative (below 0) approval rating in less than 38 days.

    January 27, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  24. Dan

    That would be important to Obama.

    January 27, 2009 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  25. Lis Alexandra of Capital of Texas

    CONGRATULATIONS President Obama :)
    YES WE DID !! and for Having the Most
    Beautiful Inaugural Celebration of My Lifetime
    and the Most Beautiful First Family with
    2 Daughters with Stars in Theirs Eyes,
    They Deserve the Best They Inherited From
    Both of Their Awesome Parents !!

    January 27, 2009 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
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