January 27th, 2009
01:40 PM ET
11 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. katiec

    Of course we support him. We now have an intelligent, capable, sincere, honest President who is leading our country to betterment.
    He cares about us and our country and will do all in his power
    to to bring our nation back to the greatness we once had.

    January 27, 2009 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  2. Michael G -Ventura ca

    He's off to a great start- as I knew he would be! He will be one of our best Presidents ever.

    January 27, 2009 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  3. God Help us

    The List of those who disapprove:
    1. Sean Hannity
    2. Rush Limbuagh
    3. Dick Cheney
    4. Sarah Palin
    5. Senator McCain
    6. The Black Guy who wanted Mccain to stick it to Barack in the Last debate
    7. The little old lady who thought Pres. Obama palled around with terrorist
    8. The whole Republican party
    Drum Roll PLEASE....................................................................................
    9. Yes the Man formerly known as President Bush

    January 27, 2009 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  4. paul

    Hmmm, a drop of 5 points is GOOD now but during the election or even with President Bush, its considered doomsday.

    I am for Obama but against the WE LOVE OBAMA media.

    Report news not fluff. Give us credit in the United States. As well, stop reporting doom and gloom so that you can have docs on talking about how people are scared about the world's economy. Show some good stuff once in a while.

    January 27, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  5. nerakami

    Jeez... what's the matter with you guys? YOu're all acting like my six year old "Are we there yet" son....

    ease up a bit with these polls... maybe you should at least let the dust settle or allow the people an opportunity to absorb how the new Prez. is flexing....

    Chillax...

    January 27, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  6. ray

    i just wish that one morning i get of my bed and see on the news that all the republicans has vanished of the earth.

    January 27, 2009 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  7. ray

    these morons on the right are pathetic.

    January 27, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  8. 228rory

    God Help Us.

    January 27, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  9. john w

    the 'con' goes on.

    January 27, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  10. Griff

    Praise Him, Praise Him... Anything to Raise Him... No Substance Barack Obama..

    January 27, 2009 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  11. HopeWon2008

    Barack Obama was the right person at the right time.

    He Got This:

    January 27, 2009 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  12. chaps

    polls say pretty much what pollsters want them to say. And since the media is totally in the tank for Obama, these polls are hardly worth reading. The media weill never publish anything remotely negative about him.

    January 27, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  13. God Help us

    The List of the 9 who disapprove:
    1. Sean Hannity
    2. Rush Limbuagh
    3. Dick Cheney
    4. Sarah Palin
    5. Senator McCain
    6. The Black Guy who wanted Mccain to stick it to Barack in the Last debate
    7. The little old lady who thought Pres. Obama palled around with terrorist
    8. The whole Republican party
    Drum Roll PLEASE…………………………………………………………………………
    9. Yes the Man formerly known as President Bush

    January 27, 2009 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  14. Concerned in MA

    He was at 83% pre-inaguration. Down 20 points in 1 week. Buyer's remorse?

    January 27, 2009 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  15. Matt

    Better than the GOP christ figure? baaahahahahahahahahahahhaha!!!!

    January 27, 2009 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  16. Dave

    Every time I read or hear "President Obama" I feel a bit more hope and a little bit happier.

    I'm grateful to be alive in America in the post-Bush era. This is a new day.

    January 27, 2009 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  17. JC

    He appointed a tax cheat to Treasury Secretary. Apparently you people in the media are doing a great con job!!!

    January 27, 2009 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  18. Chuck, Tennessee

    We'll see how much support he has a year from now!

    January 27, 2009 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  19. Joe

    How is a 20 point DROP in his approval rating since just before the inauguration constitute scoring "well"? Did Bush ever drop 20 points in less than 10 days???

    January 27, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  20. dan in NM

    Naming your team roster is exciting. But pretty soon, it'll be Game Time.

    January 27, 2009 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  21. Voted For Obama Proudly

    His poll numbers will stay high all eight years.

    January 27, 2009 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  22. Kim

    Loving God help us response!! You forgot Elisabeth Haselbeck, and Bill Oreally. HAHA...He is doing great, and I love the openess of everything so far. I hope he will do more to ensure health care for children soon. I think that would take a huge financial strain off people who have lost their jobs and are relying on expensive insurance and the COBRA coverage.

    January 27, 2009 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  23. Kim, Charlotte, NC

    God Help us......You forgot, Pat Buchanan, Joe Scarborogh, and the Black guy that apears on Chris Matthews sometimes defending Bush at all cost (who is cross-eyed).

    January 27, 2009 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  24. Jackie

    Working with the hand that he has been dealt, I think he is currently doing a good job.

    January 27, 2009 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  25. Matt

    Can we at least hold off the polls till he actually does something.

    January 27, 2009 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
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