April 6th, 2009
04:05 PM ET
5 years ago

CNN Poll: Obama approval remains high

 Obama's approval rating stands at 66 percent.
Obama's approval rating stands at 66 percent.

(CNN) – As he wraps up a week-long trip abroad that drew positive headlines across Europe, President Barack Obama's approval rating remains high at home, according to a new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll released Monday.

Obama draws a 66 percent approval rating in the latest CNN poll, a number that has remained statistically unchanged over the last month. That number is based on positive ratings from virtually all Democrats; two-thirds of Republicans disapprove of what the president has done in office so far.

"Polls indicate that Americans aren't blaming Obama yet for current economic conditions, so his rating remains robust despite the recession," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "In addition, a fairly successful overseas trip usually helps a president win over a few converts."

The poll, which surveyed 1,023 Americans, was conducted between April 3-5 and carries a margin of error of plus or minus three point


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  1. barbara miller

    I'm delighted to see these new numbers today! Gives me faith that the American people are thinking for themselves again and not embracing much of the 'chatter'.

    I've been around for a long time and I have never seen a President work harder – what a plateful he continues to have. I continued to be 'fired up and ready to go'!!!

    April 6, 2009 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  2. Annie

    You are so right– "Enlightened Voter"

    They are just hating, just for the sake of pure hate.

    April 6, 2009 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  3. daryl

    What did Independents think? Surely this was not just a poll of democrats and republicans. You cant get to 66% just off democrats.

    April 6, 2009 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  4. Brian

    I particularly like the reversal of the Stem Cell research Ban, that stance right there probably re-secured my vote for him. Though I do appreciate his other decisions even if all the consequences of his economic plan won't be known for some time.

    April 6, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  5. Eric

    George Bush had higher all-time ratings than Osambo will ever have.

    April 6, 2009 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  6. what gives?

    the peoples champ..

    April 6, 2009 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  7. PRINCESS

    OK...OK...I didn't vote for him but I am really getting to LIKE him!!

    April 6, 2009 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  8. John in Ohio

    He's doing a great job, especially considering the conditions under which he took office.

    April 6, 2009 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  9. Len

    Enlightened Voter,

    I could not agree with more....President Obama has done more for All Americans in two months than the Republicans will ever accomplish.!

    April 6, 2009 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  10. Mel

    He has done everything I wanted him to do and more. I'm so very impressed with him. Under him, the economy even seems to be getting better. No matter how much the rethugs complain, he's exactly what we've needed and he's doing extremely well.

    April 6, 2009 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  11. KLK

    That 66% is gonna cause Glenn Beck to have another hissy fit.

    April 6, 2009 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  12. KLK

    @ Robin
    Oh please. Who are they asking?
    ____________________________________

    Real Americans.

    April 6, 2009 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  13. Hopeful Optimist

    Prez's accomplishments are making the RepubliCons nervous, apparently. Even Newt is coming out of the cocoon, probably much to the chagrin of most folks on both sides. He probably doesn't realize that he makes most normal people's skin crawl.

    April 6, 2009 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  14. No More Incumbents

    The minority speaks.................

    April 6, 2009 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  15. John in Ohio

    Shame that the Limbaugh Lunatics are so much noisier then their numbers actually reflect. The Oxycontin Actuaries screech a whole lot and claim that there are more of them but they are kept quiet and marginalized by the big bad media, but the truth is that there really just aren't a whole lot of them.

    April 6, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  16. Raph

    I voted for Obama. Now I hate him because of all the power he just gave to the Federal Reserve. Switching gears, if Obama really cares about any of you, why won't he enforce Executive Order 11110?

    April 6, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  17. Get Real.

    Intelligent people understand the challenges this country are facing and giving President Obama the chance to solve the problems.

    No one, including the President said it would be easy or quick. He hasn't been President 100 days yet and the gloom and doom crowd is moaning and groaning. Check back in 8 years. Your opinion might have more value then.

    You saw what the GOP plan was: increase defense spending, freeze domestic spending and continue tax cuts for their wealthy friends while cutting Medicare & Medicade. Been there – done that – have a huge recession to show for it.

    April 6, 2009 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  18. Vince

    Tk1 – 3% behind what?

    And, actually, he won the presidential race by 7% (53% to 46%), nearly 10 MILLION votes. In a U.S. presidential election, that is a landslide. And do not forget the large number of states that he won that were won by Republicans in previous elections.

    Bush won by far less than that in 2004 and considered it a "mandate" from the people for him to continue on his extreme right-wing agenda. Now, WE have a mandate!

    April 6, 2009 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  19. Go Sarah, Go

    Good citizens do good things for their country. Obama is a good citizen.

    April 6, 2009 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  20. Lauren

    Just wait until the 1023 people get told by the government that they need to take pay cuts, or when they are asked to step down fromt hier job because they make too much money after the government gives them money to survive. They did it with the CEO of GM, it will keep going until the govenrment will tell those 1023 people how to live, where to work, how much they will get for pay, and what insurance they must have.

    April 6, 2009 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  21. RLE

    Eric, you are kidding right?
    You should read more Bush's disapproval rate was equivalent to President Obama's approval rate

    TK1 are you aware of millions of voters 4% would represent although it was higher than what you are quoting

    April 6, 2009 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  22. Kevin B

    The GOP'ers will really hate this poll, I know they sorely miss the incompetent "good ole boys" club that couldn't string together one articulate sentence, let alone honest or truthful policies

    What is fascinating is that these republican zealots do not even realize that they have been used and discarded by the same folks they so blindly defend.

    Truly the blind being lead by the greedy and selfish i.e. Limbuagh and Hannity.

    LMAO!!

    April 6, 2009 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  23. Vince

    Mark – that was a poll of one. One who is a Bush supporter. Hardly objective. (Oh yeah, I forgot. Republicans don't know what that word means)

    April 6, 2009 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  24. Laverne

    The republicans can't believe they are NO longer the majority. You guys are making a lot of noise, but not saying much. We love our President!

    April 6, 2009 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  25. phoenix86

    Len:
    Len: You wrote:

    Enlightened Voter,

    I could not agree with more….President Obama has done more for All Americans in two months than the Republicans will ever accomplish.!
    ----------------

    You're absolutely right. Obama has weakened this country both economically, militarily and internationally faster than any republican could ever had done if they even tried. That said, he is doing a wonderful job for all of America's enemies. I bet his approval rating there is even higher than it is here.

    April 6, 2009 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
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