April 14th, 2009
08:00 AM ET
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Poll: 6 in 10 Americans think Obama's on track with economy

Fifty-eight percent of people polled say President Obama has a plan for tackling the economic crisis.
Fifty-eight percent of people polled say President Obama has a plan for tackling the economic crisis.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Hours before President Barack Obama on Tuesday morning delivers what the White House calls a major speech on the economy, a new national poll indicates that nearly six in 10 Americans think he has a clear plan for solving the country's economic problems.

Fifty-eight percent of people questioned in a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Tuesday morning say Obama has a clear plan to deal with the recession. That's more than double the 24 percent who think that Republicans in Congress have a clear plan on the economy. Nearly three in four polled say the GOP doesn't have a clear economic plan.

"Not surprisingly, Republicans don't think that Obama has a clear plan for economic recovery," said CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "But Republicans also don't think that the GOP leaders in Congress have a clear plan either. Only 36 percent of Republicans nationwide believe that the GOP leadership has a clear plan; six in 10 Republicans don't feel that way."

Listen: Polling Director Keating Holland breaks down the results for CNN Radio

After Democrats accused the GOP of being the party of no ideas, congressional Republicans introduced alternative budget proposals last month.

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  1. Rick

    6 out of 10 CNN watchers might agree. Other polls suggest otherwise. Obama has done nothing more than print a lot of worthless currency by spending tax dollars he hasn't collected yet. You don't need an accounting degree to figure out we are in for one hell of a crash once the stimulus spending begins. Bernanke's lowering of the interest rates last fall is the only thing propping the economy and markets up now. I am sure Obama will try to take credit, but when reality sinks in and his taxation plans are realized, this country will be in serious economic turmoil. So much for "hope" and "change".

    April 14, 2009 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  2. kaz

    If Obama inherited the so called Mess. Why was his whole campaign based on how he was going to fix it. He has all the answers. Just like he was going to withdraw all the troops from Iraq, Then he got the memo!!! and realized that campaign rehtoric and actually sitting in the oval office and making decisions are different. It doesn't do any good to Blame Bush. If you know how the government works you would know the President can't spend a dime without Congress. Nancy Pelosi and Reid were pissed over teh last budget because Bush didn't spend enough money!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thats why we had the Omnibus bill because Bush wouldn't sign it. And they still managed to increase it by 8%.

    April 14, 2009 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  3. jake

    Obama, we support you!

    April 14, 2009 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  4. David

    Keep up the good work, Mr. President.

    April 14, 2009 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  5. William, from Cali

    I can truthfully say......I'm not one of those 6 out of 10!

    April 14, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  6. lovable liberal

    The hopeful note in this story: Rank and file Republicans can tell their guys in Washington don't have a clue. Maybe they'll replace their so-called leaders with better people.

    The Washington Republicans have a plan: Cut taxes, cut the budget, and ride out the depression. No one they know personally would go hungry or miss out on education or breathe foul air or die for lack of health care.

    April 14, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
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