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. sine

    i give him a 75% apporval rating ........25% deduction for the previous administrations screw ups!!!

    April 6, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  2. Blue is my favourite colour

    GOP, sit down and be quiet before you hurt yourself. Even we had to put up with 4 additional years of Bush–so quit your yapping and hating. He deserves a chance, and since he has so many more functioning brain cells than Bush, he has an uncanny ability to change gears at the speed of sound if it turns out something is not working. Obama knows what Bush never learned–the Presidency is not a one-person job.

    The GOP is swimming against a strong current and are being swept away. Those of you not holding onto anything.......oh well.

    April 6, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  3. Lori

    I love this! The Republicans must be sooo upset right now. Their hate and fear mongering is not working like it did for the past 8 years. Darn! Time to come up with another tactic GOP. President Obama is hugely successful because the American people see that he is genuinely trying to fix our problems that the Republicans created and the American people HATE negative attacks. America sees the GOP's hatred of our President and we loathe them for it.

    Good job Mr. President. The American people are behind you and we want you to SUCCEED!!!

    April 6, 2009 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  4. Ryan

    The idiot right-wing nutjobs keep "warning" us about change, and socialism and lies and this and that... just you wait...oh we're gonna get it.. just wait...

    Newsflash – Obama is nothing short of amazing so far. And if we're all doomed... he could have doomed us months ago now. So clearly, you're prophetic inability has reared it's head again.

    It's time for the right wing to shut up.

    April 6, 2009 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  5. indiana voter

    @Vince April 6th, 2009 4:39 pm ET

    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)

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    Are you telling me CNN polls are non-biased? What a joke! This is a biased poll by a biased news organization. I notice they never give actual poll statistics. According to the Pew Research Group, he also is the President that has caused the biggest divide between Republicans and Democrats too, even more so than Bush.

    April 6, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  6. Too True For You

    It's fun to observe the mendacity of the Obama-Nots as they try to spin this negatively. Obama could single-handedly find a cure for cancer and those folks would sneer that he failed to cure the common cold as well.

    Of course his numbers are "still" high. He can speak intelligently in full sentences (boy are our expectations low) about the subjects at hand without having a prompter in his ear. He carries himself with the confidence of true accomplishment as opposed to having to lean on the hubris of the mendacious religious right. He is actually DOING something to address the issues he inherited instead of Bush's endlessly repeated Crawford Ostrich act. He actually shows our global neighbors he cares about them, as opposed to being a little kids cartoon version of a cowboy riding roughshod over the integrity of American posterity. He has put science back into the center of policy (THANK GOD!) as opposed to holding our great nation hostage to his sanctimonious personal religious beliefs.

    Why wouldn't his numbers be high? We've been waiting for someone to lead us out of the Bush/Cheney perfidy for eight years.

    April 6, 2009 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  7. Sniffit

    @ arithmetic is liberal, who said "Fringes, or the 'Silent Majority' as they like to be called *cough*, will always be louder than the vast middle."

    Indeed...it makes for better "news" and therefore sells more viewers/subscribers/surfers to the advertisers.

    April 6, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  8. littlefishbigpond

    I give president an A+ on his trip abroad .

    April 6, 2009 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  9. No Hillary = No Obama

    Here's my problem with Obama: his arrogance and pomposity, wagging his index finger at the world, lecturing, as if he is the center of all knowledge – telling other countries what is good for them. I really wonder what the power players of the world say about him behind his back. Don't you?

    April 6, 2009 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  10. Joe Fattal

    President Obama made a very good impression around the world, that it will be impossible for him not to be elected for another term, his economic stimulus here and his economic plans abroad earned the right, and respect to represent the United States wherever he goes. I don't want to be ahead of myself, but what is going to happened in 2016. He is not going to serve but two terms. So his vision for a change wont last but 8 years unless he becomes a dictator and last for ever.

    April 6, 2009 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  11. Lori

    The President is hugely successful because Americans see the Republicans economic plans and it still leaves our grandchildren to pay for a HUGE bill except they won't have access to healthcare or have a proper education system just an excellent military and great benefits for veterans under the Republican's so-called plan. America sees the hyprocrisy and we standby our President proudly. Way to go Obama and thank you my fellow Americans!

    April 6, 2009 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  12. MaryanneAZ

    I am so proud of my President and support him 1000%. This is the first time I have ever cared about a candidate who became president. His books and website provided me with the information I needed to understand his philosophy, politics and agenda. He is delivering exactly what he advertised. Well done, Mr. President!

    April 6, 2009 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  13. Glenn Martin

    He is more than a wacko apologing to every country as if we were bad guys. I am proud of this country and our people. Why doesn't he move where he thinks it is better. Show me another country that goes around apologizing. Not one. Anyway, he is patronizing and everyone sees it.

    April 6, 2009 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  14. KLS

    I am proud to have a brilliant, articulate, fair-minded, president! The last 8 years of GOP rule were painful not only for the U.S. but for the rest of the world.

    April 6, 2009 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  15. floridian

    Many of these comments keep saying that President Obama is "bright", "intelligent", "smart". Why, then, does he have to keep reading his press conferences, his responses to media questions, and any other things he does off-the-cuff? He took 12 teleprompters with him on his trip. And don't tell me he has to be careful of every word he says 'cause he will be attacked for a mis-spoken word. I would hope he'd be able to simply answer questions from the heart and not from any point paper.

    April 6, 2009 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  16. SouthernMan

    "Polls indicate that Americans aren't blaming Obama yet for current economic conditions, so his rating remains robust despite the recession,"

    I would hope so, since he didn't have anything to do with the current economic recession. As we say down here "mighty white of them".

    April 6, 2009 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  17. Dan

    Of course their high. People believe Obama is getting us on the road to recovery.

    My goodness, my neighborhood has seen more houses sold in the past month than the previous 12 months combined. Just today, they started building 2 more houses.

    The tech company I work set a new sales record in March. Even breaking 1999 records when everyone was afraid older computers would break in the year 2000.

    I haven't seen this kind of optimism in America since Reagan fixed Carter's mess.

    April 6, 2009 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  18. KINASU

    The republicans have finally settled down after losing the election.Now they are seeing the country is in good hands and with faith in Obama the country can go far.With this recession when need to all come together for one common goal of having all of are faith in are leader.Negatives comment are going to do nothing but bring more hate to somebody whose trying to help us get out of this decifeit.

    April 6, 2009 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  19. BusyMom

    @ GLENNIS who says "So what has he done other than put us in unsurmountable debt for the rest of our lives and the lives of our children and grandchildren?" ------- Actually Bush and his republican cronies did that LONG before President Obama even took office thanks to Bush's tax cuts for the rich and his unnecessary (and extremely expensive) war in Iraq. Bush spent on unnecessary things and put us into debt. Unfortunately, we now have no choice but to INVEST in our economy and our country which will also increase the debt, but at the same time SECURE our future.

    April 6, 2009 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  20. freed_from_w

    Indiana voter @ 5:00:
    "According to the Pew Research Group, he also is the President that has caused the biggest divide between Republicans and Democrats too, even more so than Bush."

    You might want to update your definition of "cause". GOP and DNC were already divided far beforehand. Illegal Iraq war to make GOP profit? Ring any bells? Anything?

    April 6, 2009 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  21. Gop For America

    We do not need a president that goes around apologizing for the mistakes our country may have made in the past 200 years. What we do need is a president that promotes liberty and freedom that we Americans enjoy here at home.

    I find it very entertaining that these Democrats that voted for Obama keeps telling us what a great president he is even when Obama has done nothing but spend tax dollars like water. I just don’t understand why any one cares what the rest of the world thinks of us!

    They have the view of this country and Obama sucking up to them will not change it. He asked for two things at the meeting and did not get one. And yet you cool aid drinkers think he did an outstanding job. Wow how naive can you be!

    Sorry to break it to you folks but he be very lucky to get a second term at the rate he is going. Even you Democrats that love him will see he has no clue what he is doing and will have to admit it before he does more damage to our economy!

    April 6, 2009 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  22. Love Huckabee

    I campaigned and voted for him. As a former republican, and now independent, I'm happy to say my vote, time, and effort was not wasted.

    Obama 12'

    PS. Have you noticed the people leaving negative comments can't spell, and use unfactual statements. As a former repub, please get educations, it's fundamental! A bachler's, heck a masters isn't a bad thing. You might just be able to use "full" sentences.

    April 6, 2009 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  23. rosemount george

    Republicans are getting nuts with Obama using a teleprompter. I'm a minority catholic, if this is the only thing they have against him, they'll never get votes from swing voters like me.

    April 6, 2009 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  24. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    That also means the Republican party ratings are pretty low. Amen.

    April 6, 2009 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  25. barking republican ankle biters

    Obamas numbers can be seen by the look on the faces of the right wing fanatics. The look in Newts eyes tells the whole story of the GOP.Total depression.

    April 6, 2009 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
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