April 25th, 2009
07:01 AM ET
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Schneider: Is Obama the superpresident?

A new CNN poll of polls shows 64 percent job approval for President Obama..
A new CNN poll of polls shows 64 percent job approval for President Obama..

WASHINGTON (CNN) - How does President Obama compare with his predecessors after nearly 100 days in office?

On his job rating, Obama comes out just a little better. But he really stands out on personal qualities.

CNN's recent poll of polls, taken April 14-21, shows an average of 64 percent job approval for Obama.

According to Gallup polling examining past presidents' job approval, that's similar to where the last six elected presidents stood after 100 days.

Only Ronald Reagan got a slightly higher rating (67 percent). Bill Clinton and the first President Bush were both below 60.

The average for the six recent presidents after 100 days: 61 percent approval. All were in the same general range - between 55 and 67 percent.

They were all elected after the late 1960s, when the great division in American politics emerged. Conservative versus liberal. Red versus blue. Each has taken office with a hard core of supporters and opponents.

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  1. WIlly Brown

    He's the super socialist!

    April 24, 2009 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  2. Frethinker

    Worst article ever.

    April 24, 2009 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  3. Moderate Democrat

    I think Obama is doing a GREAT job. But let's not lose sight of how low the bar was set by the previous president.

    We just might be so overcome with joy that our President, Vice President and his staff each have a functioning brain. Unfortunately the previous president and his administration had to pass around one brain cell and share it....which meant there was only one functioning person at any given time for eight straight years. Sadly, we still haven't figured out which one it was at any given time. There is nothing to suggest that they actually ever used the single functioning brain cell they shared.

    April 24, 2009 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  4. Frank, Las Vegas

    Is Obama the superpresident? In a word Yes! The first 100 days is only the start, our country is turning around in all aspects and most clear thinking people know it appreciate it.

    April 24, 2009 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  5. D

    Yes

    April 24, 2009 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  6. johns

    A man with character...
    Stands for the Truth...

    I believe that the BEST is yet to come...

    Bravo Mr. President

    April 24, 2009 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  7. Joan Sucre

    President Barack Obama has done remarkably well within his first 100 days in office, because he has a job to reverse the bad economy
    that was left to him by the former administration, he is clever enough
    to know there's no more waiting time when the American people are
    suffering all kinds of losses as a result of a bad economy, he moved
    at the speed of lightening at least to set the pace for progress, which
    will take time to build up, but he layed the ground work for that to be-
    come possible, and it takes money to make money. So what's the beef?

    April 24, 2009 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  8. Cass

    You Betcha

    April 24, 2009 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  9. annie for Palin

    In 100 days, I have never heard obama say that he loves this country – the great UNITED STATES OF AMERCA or that he was proud of it! Wouldn't you think maybe that would make a good poll? Does he love the United States of America? Does he like even one little thing about it and if so what? Does he have any pride in our country? Bet there isn't a biased (the only ones that have access to him) so-called journalist out there with the guts to ask him that question!

    April 24, 2009 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  10. Keeth in California

    "Superpresident?" Another example of American journalism at its finest.

    April 24, 2009 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  11. andrew

    I am proud of my country. I just wish my President was too. Super President? I think not. The USA will be suffering for generations due to his administration. Absolutely horrible. His grade is F.

    April 24, 2009 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  12. Squigman

    In my eyes, maybe he is a SuperPresident. After the last President, any improvement to the office would be like Able to leap tall buildings,ect,ect,ect..

    April 24, 2009 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  13. Sniffit

    Silly inflammatory question. I love it.

    I would suggest, however, that the divide is not unbreachable. All it will take is the GOP putting down its resentment and knee-jerk denial rhetoric for long enough to evolve and adapt to the message sent on November 4, 2008. Right now though, it seems they're more interested in picking the scab because the sight of blood pleases them.

    April 24, 2009 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  14. kayla

    YES HE IS.

    April 24, 2009 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  15. comic book guy

    Is Obama the superpresident because his ratings are 4% points higher than Reagan when a statistical margin of 5% still exists?

    Maybe not. But Obama has been on the cover of Spiderman #583, and in Savage Dragon issues #137 and #145, Thunderbolts #128 and in Youngbloods #8. In that respect, Barack Obama IS the Superpresident.

    April 24, 2009 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  16. Had It

    He's a keeper, Bill.

    Let's get rid of the socialistic practice of Government provided healthcare and retirement for our congressional members. No other group in this country gets that.

    THAT would impress me.

    April 24, 2009 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  17. Obama is a Disaster

    Obama is a legend in his own mind. It's all about him. He doesn't care about the country, because he does not not like his country, and is not proud of it.

    April 24, 2009 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  18. Cathy, Peoria AZ

    I am not sure after 100 days you would label him Super President, but I believe he is the right person for the job at this time in our history. My wish is for the GOP to work with him rather than against him and put partisianship aside. The problem is that between conservative talk radio (Limbaugh) Fox New (Hannity, Bill O'Reilly) Boehner and Cantor, they don't seem to be listening.
    President Obama said from the beginning that mistakes would be made, after all we are human, but with the abundance of problems left after the disaster that was GW Bush, he needs time. The RNC ought to be ashamed of itself to be pressured into labeling him a Socialist and the former VP should just go back to Wyoming and be quiet. The simple gesture of Bush remaining quiet speaks volumes, for that he gets my thanks. If only others could learn that lesson

    April 24, 2009 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  19. neil

    Super talker, poor walker, still losing houses and jobs, big banks still getting big money from us the tired and poor tax payer

    April 24, 2009 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  20. Dave

    I think Obama is a great person, I think he deserve all the respect for what he achived in this short period of time. Specially, considering the magnitude of challenge he facing, I think he is putting things together to get things done. Also, we have to remember how the republican are behaving in this challenging time of our history.

    April 24, 2009 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  21. Mark

    May God help my soul. Perception of an individual eventually catches up to them..In this particular case the news media has built a perception that will eventually become a fallen curtain. When the curtain falls the real persons characteristics are uncovered. Just consider a new golfer that comes to your course and has the highest of accolades, you then get to observe his game, he steps behind the ball in the rough, he moves the ball closer to the hole, does not count all his strokes ,makes up new rules, talks a big game etc. pretty soon the accolades, fall like a curtain and nobody wants to play anymore , nor do they trust him, thus you have our President transparently revealing himself. It will happen by the second year of his term as the media will not be able to cover his nor his staffs mis-steps any longer.

    April 24, 2009 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  22. Mari( maybe one of my comments will be posted)

    No, Mr. Schneider, President Obama is a good president, doing his best to deal with and hopefully solve the Bush Disaster.

    It will take time, but our Nation will recover from this recession.

    I expect that Obama will be an excellent president, he will seriously do his best, continue to communicate with us, and God willing survive the constant attacks of the Grand Obstructionist Party.

    April 24, 2009 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  23. 29% of Americans are TRAITORS for wanting America to FAIL and 71% of Americans to SUFFER!

    Yes, some of the other ratings may have been higher but NO ONE has inherited as many problems as President Obama has had to take on right out of the box.

    Great job, President Obama.

    April 24, 2009 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  24. Billy Bear

    Yes, He is. Can'y say this guy isn't bust his rear working for the American people. Keep up the good work Mr. President.

    April 24, 2009 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  25. JEANNIE IN ILLINOIS

    Obama does "get it" as he has often remarked to the average Joe in his town meetings and such. If he can get the credit card company sharks off the backs of everyday folks, I believe Obama can easily count on four more years. Truth is President Obama listens with feeling that is genuine. A President that cares??? You don't need to pinch yourself to believe in such a concept...just watch what he gets done.

    April 24, 2009 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
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