January 27th, 2009
01:40 PM ET
8 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. Doug

    you Obama-bots that drink the Kool-aid do realize that these will go lower?

    January 27, 2009 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  2. SteveMan

    83–>68->63....you think he'll be over 50 by April at this rate?

    January 27, 2009 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  3. Steve (the real one)

    Based upon the fact the has been in office for just a week and have not yet tangled with the tag team of Reid and Pelosi, has yet signed any bills, has not vetoed any bills. ... , has not been shot down by his own partys, a 63% approval rating is not that impressive! I will agree that he has done a few things well and few things poorly (the Mexico City Policy). The point is it is too early for polls. Some of you with poor debate/discussion skills will call me a hater but, disagreement is what makes us American! Besides, we elected a President, not dictator! I will not always agree with him, plain and simple! As a conservative, I did not always agree with GWB either!

    January 27, 2009 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  4. Jackie

    Of course, there are those, for some reason want President Obama to do nothing but fail – Rush Limbaugh. How can you expect good to come to you, if you can't celebrate with those that are doing good? The first commandment is LOVE. If you can't love yourself you can't love anyone else. Those that want him to fail are really disappointed with themselves. I think you are doing an excellent job so far.

    January 27, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  5. cnnnewser

    And the more the republicans fight him the higher his ratings will go.
    Listen up – we're sick and tired of the republican nitwits in front of the TV cameras grandstanding and looking like fools.
    They want Obama to fail and will do anything possible to make that happen.

    January 27, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  6. Crazy Cat Lady

    Yo, Boehner and buddies! Are you paying attention? This is the guy you want to obstruct. The recovery plan a solid majority of the country wants is what you're trying to derail - with nothing offered in its place beyond TAX CUT TAX CUT TAX CUT - yeh, we've seen how well that worked over the last eight years.

    Keep up the good work, Republicans, and you'll lose even more seats, even more power, in the next election cycle.

    January 27, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  7. cnnnewser

    The idiot democrats in office will hurt him – the idiot republicans in office will try and destroy him.
    Somebody please tell nancy Pelosi to stay off the news shows!
    And Bohner aka Boehner is disgusting.
    Those two should vanish from the airwaves.

    January 27, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  8. P. Y.

    @ Matt

    Grow up !

    January 27, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  9. Larry Houston TX

    THANK YOU – @ God Help Us...... AND THANK YOU MIchael G
    Ventura Cal.....

    I say no more !!

    January 27, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  10. independent from new york

    off to a great start?? he has not done a thing besides sign a piece of paper to close gitmo which i find disturbing. i hate to say it but i think this guy wrote too many checks that the american people dont want to pay. i would be surprised if any of his government programs go through without a huge tax increase. im hoping but very very hesitant to say this guy is going to be a great president. lets give him some time before we anoint him.

    January 27, 2009 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  11. Anne

    Hey I voted for him and I support him but I think these polls are just silly. in fact, the whole "first 100 days" business is silly too. We face problems that are a hell of a lot more complex than can be sorted out in a few months. Let's jump off the instant gratification train and try some patience and realism.

    January 27, 2009 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  12. Irma in North Carolina

    Lets hope he can get the republicans turned around to vote for the stimulas package. But we all know that they are going to be so darn stuborn and honary. What do they care they will have Sarah to vote for in 2012. Boy is that every a joke I dont think that are enough people left in the republican party to vote her in i know for sure the democrats wont vote for her. Then we will have to listen to the hate flow out of her mouth for a year while she is campaiging.

    January 27, 2009 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  13. Brandon

    I don't understand the point of these polls? He hasn't really even done much of anything yet, or at least nothing that we didn't know he'd do before he was inaugurated? I think people are just nitpicking because they can, rather than be fair and give him a few weeks to get into the routine. I don't care what new job you have, you're entitled a few weeks to get used to it.

    January 27, 2009 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  14. PFRichards

    The 9% are simply part of that anti-democratic brainwashed by Rush Limbaugh and AnnCoulter supporters group that just don't get it. The same folks who thought Bush actually did a good job! They didn't get it then either.

    January 27, 2009 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  15. Rick

    @God Help us

    Please add this to your list:

    10. Rick

    January 27, 2009 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  16. Bobbie in Maryland

    Yes! I approve.......1000%
    Gobama!!

    January 27, 2009 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  17. JR in PA

    Enough polls! They're supremely annoying and unfair. The man has been in office for eight days. Give him a year and then ask what people think.

    January 27, 2009 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  18. Chris from NY

    It's like you guys are taking these polls every minute of the day. Don't you ever get tired doing this? If you aren't, may be you should be doing it every time he uses the bathroom and ask people whether he zipped his pants well enough. Can you guys give this man a break. It's not even a week the man has been on the job and all of a sudden the press descended on him like a hawk. The Republicans on the other hand are stumbling blocks. Give the man a break for Christ's sake.

    January 27, 2009 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  19. hometowndemocrat

    Doug:

    Please come up with a new thought. The Obama-bot, kool-aide thing has been done to death! Maybe you could engage your other remaining brain cell and come up with some new material! We'd all appreciate it. Thanks.

    January 27, 2009 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  20. guy

    i love the god help us comment, it says it all. president obama will go down in history as the greatest president ever. yes i said it. rush limbuagh is still the village idiot he always was saying he hopes obama fails. he does not like our politics i will chip in for a one way ticket to a country he likes.

    January 27, 2009 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  21. Ray

    did I hear right ? In his interview with the Al Arybya..President Obama said "expouse" twice, instead of espouse..otherwise he is very eloquent

    January 27, 2009 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  22. Analyze That

    It's convenient for the same people who call us unpatriotic for criticizing Bush's policies are now wishing our new elected President to fail. I call that right wing propaganda at it's best.
    I'm not a bush hater, but I think he lack wisdom to hold the highest office. Yes, he did keep away futher attack on America, but at what cost? we don't bother counting Iraqi casualties for a reason.
    Go ahead, blame Clinton for all the financial problem Bush didn't create. He had 8 years and a surplus budget when he started and look where we are now. Let Obama do his job and for all Obama haters, welcome to the other side, you have four years to complain, use it wisely.

    January 27, 2009 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  23. hello

    we have a wonderful President.

    January 27, 2009 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  24. Ray Fisher

    Thus far after only a week and a half only Republicans have any problems with him which speaks volumes for his character. Perhaps they want more handouts and no bid contracts...

    January 27, 2009 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  25. Steve

    These polls are pointless. 1 week in and 2 polls already conducted. This one had a whopping 800 people questioned. Wow, now that's a majority of America there. Until they start doing polls with a much larger audience questioned, I won't believe he has that high of an approval rating. Technically, it should be based off the people who voted for him, so he'd be in the mid 50s at best. But since they like to poll Democrat's instead of Republican's, that's why you get these higher numbers. If you poll 400 Dems/400 Repubs, then it would be a bit more accurate.

    But I keep forgetting, the MSM is always fair and balanced and would never dare sway to one side or another.

    January 27, 2009 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
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