April 25th, 2009
07:01 AM ET
6 years ago

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. Anonymous

    Is he god? Is he just plain awesome? How awesome?

    April 24, 2009 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  2. Dave NYC

    He can be the superpresident, but only if we allow him.

    We the People elected him for "Change" and that's what we should get.

    For all the whiners, and those saying "No," shut your mouths until you come back with some better ideas!

    April 24, 2009 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  3. elana

    You bet he's the SUPER PRESIDENT!!! To be able to take office on January 20, 2009, and to have accomplished ALL of the things he has is indeed a feat that has not been accomplished by ANY PAST PRESIDENT for decades!

    April 24, 2009 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  4. Kevin Stubbs

    President Obama is just a man, not a god or a super-president. Don't you think it would be a good idea to resist hero worship of a man who is impoverishing our country? Does anyone doubt that CNN would excoriate a Republican President for running up a three trillion dollar debt in his FY10 budget? I remember when Bush 41 had a approval rating of over 80 percent in the aftermath of Desert Storm, I remember Clinton with high approval rating–until after he left office in disgrace, how Bush 43 was universally hailed in the aftermath of September 11, only to be reviled by the liberal media for the next seven years–because he wasn't liberal. Remember Mr Obama is just a man, he isn't god.

    April 24, 2009 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  5. Kevin B.

    Given that the president has inherited a complete mess (two wars and economic meltdown) not to mention the most hateful opposition in my memory he has to be better than the rest.

    The republicans have thrown every hateful name they can think of i.e. fascist, socialist, communist, and any other obstacle they throw and the guy keeps doing his job with grace and panache'

    The american people have gotten wise to the old bait and switch game of politics and elected someone who will fight for them.

    It will take time but the majority of americans know instinctually Mr Obama's has all of americas interest at heart.

    April 24, 2009 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  6. Jim

    It's a false poll dominated by dems. It's a fact.

    April 24, 2009 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  7. Oregon calling

    History will decide if President Obama is a "Super-President". As for me, I am happy with most of what he has done thus far.

    Peace :-)

    April 24, 2009 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  8. Larry

    Obama is the best president this country has EVER seen ...

    A man who has compasion ... is a man who can lead ... and love

    April 24, 2009 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  9. mw from md

    As much as I am behind the President HE IS NOT GOD! He will make mistakes like everybody else and he won't please everybody no matter what he does.

    April 24, 2009 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  10. abc ~ anything but california hugh

    Notice Bill Schneider doesn't say A super president but THE super president. What's up with that? Why is it only President Obama gets this Super President Title thrown his way? I've never heard of this super description before Obama got elected president.

    April 24, 2009 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  11. Super-what?

    I'm not sure if 'super' is the term, but he's certainly gotten more people to go from total euphoria (on Nov. 4 – he's not Bush! McCain didn't win! Yayyy!!) to puzzled anxiety (he messed up the oath of office? He's closing Gitmo? Spending our great-grandchildren's money? Uh-oh...) to all-out fear (He's bowing to the Saudis? Considers veterans right-wing extremists? Wants total control of the Internet so he can shut it down in case of an 'emergency'?! Wants to control the banks?!!) quicker than anyone I've ever seen. Even Bush didn't make this many people nervous. I know people who are terrified – TERRIFIED – of what he's going to do to our country, and this includes people who voted for him. They feel like they've been swindled.

    April 24, 2009 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  12. catmom

    President Obama is not necessarily the superpresident but he is doing a great job so far as President. Considering all the things he has had to deal with so early in his term I feel he is doing a great job. Having to clean up so many serious things left over from the previous administration while dealing with so much opposition from the Republicans and so much hatred from Republicans/Conservatives/right wingers he is doing an admirable job. I say keep working as hard as you are and despite what Gingrich, Cheney, Limbaugh, Hannity, Beck and the rest say most Americans who are honest with themselves know you are doing a great job.

    April 24, 2009 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  13. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    OH boy you'e REALLY asking for the anti-Obama folks to pile on with this topic aren't you??

    Get ready for the onslaught 5..4...3...2..1

    April 24, 2009 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  14. Tesfana

    Being a Proffesor and an Intelectual does have its perks. I think Americans Should take a lesson from this, And a elect someone in the future with the capacity to think and reason without being emotional or relying on a a higher being to guide his or her decisions. I like how Obama leads in that he does not let personal grudges or hard feelings get in the way and he always seem to be cool. THis will serve him well for the rest of his presidency.

    April 24, 2009 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  15. Jacob

    Are you kidding me? You really want to go that route? How much did he and his campaign pay you people to build him up so much. He put us so deep in debt, he's gone against SO many 'promises' he already made, and is making America look weak every time he's out of the country...what's next? We gonna change the laws to make him president for life?

    April 24, 2009 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  16. SUsie

    He's got a long way to go before he should be called that. Try stop spending our money for one, then unite our country and be proud of for another...
    It's only a matter of time before his ratings fall and the longer this economy continues where people are losing their jobs and the Stimulus does nothing to stop unemployment from going up...and he keeps passing bills that raise taxes on the 50% of those who pay will people finally wake up.

    By the way CNN how come you didn't cover The Tea Party Protests... someone needs to buy you out and allow free speech to continue as it is you are filling the nation with a bunch of pie in the sky miracles that can never be accomplished by this administration or any other.

    April 24, 2009 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  17. Rose

    I sure don't consider him a super president. I don't like the spending he is asking for and I really did not like his apology to other countries. Most of all, I thought it was terrible that he would bow (and he did bow) to the Saudi King. In a few short days, he has dumped Americas credibility down the drain.

    April 24, 2009 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  18. Jay

    superpresident? His approval rating is lower than Reagan.
    What has he accomplish? I mean really, concretely accomplished.
    Anything?

    I would say after 100 days this administration is incompetent at best.

    CNN's continuous cheer leading for this guy is pathetic.

    April 24, 2009 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  19. Janet

    I find the poll results so different than what I hear from friends and family. Who do you poll, and how are the questions presented? I am just having a difficult time believing the results.....could this be another slanted poll?

    April 24, 2009 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  20. miami hurricane

    Is CNN for real? The man doesn't even know his way around the White House yet. Ask this question again in late 2010. He probably would be one if he had a Republican Congress to deal with and still got everything he asked for.

    April 24, 2009 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  21. Johnnny

    He is a great, Intellegent or talented president of the United State, who took the seat at the wrong hour of Economic and Two wars around the world, and he tryign his every best to complete everything at once, than any other president.
    although his rate or not higher than 67% compare to those who ruled before, I don't think there is anyone who can reach 60 instead of 64 today.
    keep on Obama....

    April 24, 2009 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  22. PULEEEZZZ!! lets tell some truth

    Obama is a truly a leader. He brings people together. He will listen to both sides and try to find a middle ground. He is educated, articulate, good looks, athletic.. (maybe give up cigarettes, they will kill you and ther are still legal) Obama has studied and understood much of American History, and is an expert on constitutional law. What a change from our last president. The whole world is breathing easier now that we have a real human being in office.
    All the oposition is worried about is money. Where were they when G Bush led us into the bottomless pit of his personal war against Iraq?
    I trust Obama. He has been handed a full platter of problems..
    It amazes me how the Republic Party is so critical after the mess their so called leadership has done to thie country, the middle class, and the loss of respect in the world due to their poor jugement and selfish interests.. GO OBAMA GO!!!!

    April 24, 2009 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  23. Rosa

    The best! :-) Finally a President I am proud of.

    April 24, 2009 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  24. dkr

    I think he's doing an amazing job!

    Thanks America for doing something right and voting for Obama.

    Obama 12

    April 24, 2009 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  25. Al, CA

    Of all listed here presidents Obama is of course the best. Clinton was not bad. Carter was good, got difficult time period and difficult problems. Reagan had lead country to wrong direction. About Bush-the-son I can only wonder he is not in prison yet.

    April 24, 2009 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
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