March 10th, 2009
02:22 PM ET
5 years ago

Obama's honeymoon with Americans still going strong

President Barack Obama is halfway through his first 100 days in office and he's still enjoying a honeymoon with the American public, according to an average of recent polls.
President Barack Obama is halfway through his first 100 days in office and he's still enjoying a honeymoon with the American public, according to an average of recent polls.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Sixty-one at 50. President Barack Obama is halfway through his first 100 days in office and he's still enjoying a honeymoon with the American public, according to an average of recent polls.

Obama's job approval rating stands at 61 percent in a new CNN poll of polls, which averaged seven national surveys all conducted over the past two weeks.

"Obama's support is not as high as it was during the transition period and immediately after the inauguration, but approval from six in ten Americans is a pretty robust level of support," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland.

The 61 percent approval rating is also slightly higher than his predecessors' numbers around the same time. George W. Bush stood at 58 percent around 50 days into his administration, with Bill Clinton at 53 percent, George H.W. Bush at 56 percent and Ronald Reagan at 60 percent.

With the country mired in a severe recession, the overwhelming issue for Americans is obviously the economy. But while the stock markets don't seem to have much confidence in Obama, the polls suggest Americans do.

"Patience is wearing thin in Washington and on Wall Street, where people are demanding a quick turnaround. But the public is much more patient," says CNN Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider. "Americans think the recession is likely to last two years or more and at the moment they have confidence in the president's ability to turn things around."

So far the vast majority of people don't blame Obama for the recession. And three out of four people questioned in a recent CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll had confidence that the president would make the right economic decisions to help the country escape the recession.

That's much higher than the 30 percent who had confidence in Wall Street to make the right calls when it comes to the economy. It's also higher than the 53 percent who had confidence that Congressional Republicans would make the right economic decisions.

"The real test for Obama and the Democrats won't come until the midterm elections in 2010," adds Holland. "By then it is likely that Americans will think Obama is responsible for the condition of the economy at that time.

"But even if the economy remains in poor shape, the GOP will need an economic plan of their own to convince voters that they could do a better job than the Democrats."


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  1. Bdiddy from Chicago

    Americans should have a ton of Patience for the Current Pres. who inherited the largest mess in our Existence. 4 years after Bush held the White House our Surplus was gone and Bush still won a second term?? Obama should be at 85% approval by comparison. He's extremely bright and just needs time to fix the mess.

    Wake up Folks there is no quick fix to a mess that took 8 years and 2 wars to get us into. That would be like getting a loan without a job for a home selling 3 times what it's worth....

    March 10, 2009 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  2. J France

    Looks like this guy hardly sleeps. I don't know if I agree with everything he is trying to do, but his efforts get an "A" grade. I just hope that his efforts along with the Democratic majority will solve some of the harder issues that we face.

    March 10, 2009 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  3. Tracy

    Of course his approval rating is high. The democratic party has executed a flawless plan of gaining support for thier party and demonizing the republican party.

    It won't be until their policies really begin to affect people in a negative way that his approval ratings will drop, which I wouldn't expect until next year.

    March 10, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  4. Lush Limprick & Osama bin Laden have the same vision for America - FAILURE!

    To all the Wall Street whiners, the stock market has lost 7,000 points since 10/07 let me think, what party was in power until 1/20/09? I think it was repubs. So save the whining the bulk of the losses occurred on your watch and we had daily swings of 700 to 800 under your president, almost makes a 300 drop seem like a answer to a pray that it stop acting as it did under repubs.

    Millions of Americans do not have a dime invested in the stock market. President Obama is responsible for them as well. I realize repubs tend to overlook these folks since they are the "little" people but it is Obama's job to look out for their interests as well. He should not be worrying about the stock market by pandering to those of us who are invested.

    He is the President of ALL the people.

    March 10, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  5. Bushwhacked in Eugene, OR

    I think 'we the people' have enough common sense to realize that NOBODY is going to be able to turn this economy around overnight. I do feel we have the right man for the job, I just don't expect him to perform miracles.

    Those stubborn republicans in the house and senate who seem to have no interest in putting politics aside for the sake of the nation aren't helping. They'd rather gripe that 'nothing's changing, it's still politics as usual' - don't seem to realize whose fault that is.

    Six months from now if there are no hints of upswing, we can re-evalulate. In the meantime, give Obama some time to turn around 8 years of disaster.

    March 10, 2009 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  6. no corporate politics

    "the GOP will need an economic plan of their own to convince voters that they could do a better job than the Democrats"

    Or the People can start backing some decent 3rd parties to break the DNC – RNC monopoly.

    March 10, 2009 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  7. Pat M

    I want an annulment.

    BTW, I am an Ind. I don't follow any single political party because I can think on my own and don't agree with policies from both sides.

    March 10, 2009 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  8. Lenric

    I think the American people are smart enough to realize we didn't get in this mess overnight, and we can't get out of it in 50 days. History shows us that recessions are usually "U" shaped not "v" shaped. The 1981-82 recession lasted 16 months. Unemployment peaked @10.8% in December 1982, 22 months after Reagan took the oath of office. Any Republican or Conservative who spews this crap that we are in an "Obama recession" is simply playing politics with the issue.

    And for those same RepubliCONS who cling to the memory of Reagan and his policies lets rememeber that the highest tax rate in 1981 was 70%. Cutting taxes was a no brainer. But today, the last thing we need now is "supply side economics". I think the country has plenty of inventory when it comes to housing and durable goods. (Have you seen the photos of parking lots full of new cars??)

    President Obama's plans are thoughtful and pragmatic. He is dealing with immediate solutions for our acute problems and long term solutions for our chronic problems. It's hard to stop a boulder going 100 MPH down a mountain on a thin dime, but if you ask the RepubliCONS that's what they demand of our new President...too bad they weren't as demanding of our previous President.

    Lenric

    March 10, 2009 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  9. aware

    Americans are used to lying salesmen and American idols but it is time for authentic change. Unfortunately Obama fits the former category! :(

    The Peter Pan fairy tale is wearing thin! And the obfuscating, palm-greasing ideologue is headed in a dangerous direction!

    March 10, 2009 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  10. Richard, OH

    The markets will turn around when those policies already implemented begin showing their effects. I feel confident that our new President is making the right decisions.

    March 10, 2009 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  11. WatchfulCowboy

    Not on a honeymoon with Him! Just want him to do his job to the best of his ability and I even know he isn't perfect.

    March 10, 2009 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  12. Sandra Day

    Dem's better understand very quickly that the Rep's are not going to cooperate on anything. Their goal is to make everything as bad as possible so they can try to gain the advantage for the 2010 elections.

    March 10, 2009 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  13. NewOrleansLady

    Wheres my comment ????

    March 10, 2009 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  14. James L.

    lol, it goes like this the "public" is REALISTIC, unlike Washington and the media. We all are aware that ROME wasn't build in a day, like this problem it didn't start becoming a "problem" on January 20, 2009, it STARTED in 2000. Why are so many in the media still camped around the river DENIAL (not the river in Africa)?

    March 10, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  15. Taxpayer101

    It would be interesting to see a real poll, i.e., a poll of hard-working American taxpayers, those that don't get hand-outs from the Government, those that have the courage and self-respect to take any work available to support their own family, and preferably, those that have lost their retirement or their children's education fund in the stock market. Everyone I work around, both Republicans and Democrats, blame Obama for the stock market loss of their 401(k) and his "gloom and doom" speeches he uses to get his way, for the poor economy. I believe when the time comes that Obama and Congress have to account for their actions and live within their budget like all the ordinary people, the economy and stock market will begin to improve. As long as Obama keeps telling all his unemployed followers that the sky is falling, the economy will continue to suffer.

    March 10, 2009 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  16. NewOrleansLady

    President Obama at least has been honest with us about it, BUSH and the REPUBLICANS just lied ........
    I and my family know its going to be tough getting out of this mess that BUSH and the REPULICANS left all of America, but we know President Obama and his STAFF will bring us out of it, and, more important, he wont LIE to us ...... Thank you President Obama ....
    God Bless the U.S.A.

    March 10, 2009 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  17. Obama 2.0

    He is doing a fine job!

    March 10, 2009 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  18. Unhappy American

    Oh, puke!

    If the poll people called a cross section of the country, instead of mostly demotubs, it would show a more accurate rating (much lower).

    March 10, 2009 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  19. cherrystrawberry

    "With the country mired in a severe recession, the overwhelming issue for Americans is obviously the economy. But while the stock markets don't seem to have much confidence in Obama, the polls suggest Americans do.

    Yes we Do Mr. President.....and Yes we Can! We're behind you man!

    March 10, 2009 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  20. republicans hate america

    let the stock market crash to spite Obama it will then prove that the wall street gamblers are irrelevant to the overall economy.

    March 10, 2009 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  21. Patriot from ATL GA

    We absolutely have confidence in Obama. In fact, if he wasn't in the White House, we would be in even more trouble. America needs Obama in a time such as this and we thank God for him. I like the billboard entry for Rush Limbaugh's hometown – "We can fix American, we just can't RUSH it".

    March 10, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  22. reality check

    Please! Is this the same polls that you used to sway the election? Obama has done a terrible job with worsening the economy, growing the government, increasing the dependency of more Americans and spending out of control.

    Eventually you will not be able to cover up the true Obama – inept, inexperienced, and incapable.

    March 10, 2009 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  23. Annette

    President Obama is setting a high standard and expectation not just for him, but for all of us. He continues to have my support.

    March 10, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  24. Tk1

    B.S. this is a poll of about 1200 people why dont you pol the entire united states, we are ready for a divorce!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 10, 2009 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  25. Claire

    I want a divorce already!

    March 10, 2009 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
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