April 27th, 2009
10:20 AM ET
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Poll: Two-thirds give president thumbs up

How does Obama compare to his predecessors in the White House around the first 100 days mark?
How does Obama compare to his predecessors in the White House around the first 100 days mark?

WASHINGTON (CNN) - An average of the most recent national polls indicates that two out of three Americans approve of the job Barack Obama's doing as president.

According to a CNN Poll of Polls compiled Sunday, 66 percent say they approve of how Obama's handling his duties as president. Twenty-seven percent disapprove. The 66 percent figure is up two points from CNN's previous Poll of Polls, which was compiled late last week.

The president's approval rating stood at 64 percent in a CNN poll of polls in January, just after his inauguration.

"Most polls have shown Obama getting fairly high marks on most of the issues he has handled so far," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "One exception has been the way he has handled government assistance to failing banks and automakers. His numbers on the federal deficit are also low in comparison to his approval ratings on the economy and foreign policy."

So how does Obama compare to his predecessors in the White House around the first 100 days mark?

George W. Bush stood at 62 percent in a CNN/USA Today Gallup poll in April 2001, Bill Clinton was at 55 percent in a CNN/USA Today Gallup poll in April 1993, George H.W. Bush stood at 58 percent in a Gallup poll from April 1989, and Ronald Reagan was at 67 percent in a Gallup poll taken in April 1981.

"The hundred-day mark tends to fall during a period when Americans are still evaluating a new president. The danger period for most presidents comes later in their first year in office," Holland says. "Bill Clinton, for example, still had good marks after his first hundred days, but his approval rating had tanked by June of 1993. Ronald Reagan's approval rating stayed over 50 percent until November of his first year in office, but once it slipped below that mark, it stayed under 50 percent for two years. So Obama's current rating certainly does not indicate that he is out of the woods yet."

The most recent edition of the CNN Poll of Polls is an average of three national surveys taken over the past week: ABC/Washington Post, Gallup Tracking, and Fox/Opinion Dynamics.


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  1. Matt

    You've got our support all the way Mr. President! Keep ignoring the hateful RIGHT – and keep doing what you're doing! The majority of Americans don't follow their hateful speech! It's just noise. You got our vote for a reason – and you're proving you deserved to win the election EVERYDAY since you've been in office!

    April 27, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  2. Kansan

    Apparently all the disgruntled Republicans are out in numbers today posting their usual garbage on boards everywhere. I guess they're hoping if they lie & slander enough around the world people might actually start believing them...NOT!

    Face it Grand "Old" Party, your 19th century politics don't work anymore and we have a 21st century president that is likeable and doing a great job despite all the efforts of the GOP to sabotage this administration.

    The Republican party is slowly making themselves an endangered species.

    April 27, 2009 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  3. Richard L

    The Republicans continue to raise the self-destructive argument that President Obama is to be criticized for using prompters. Republicans have either forgotten or ignored that when Bush gave any of his speeches, he read directly from papers in front of him. If you watch his eyes during any of these speeches, you see that he could only read 3 or 4 words ahead. Check for yourself on any Internet video. President Obama has again outsmarted Bush by making his speeches seem so unrehearsed.

    President Obama encourages questions and has taken many opportunities to answer them. By contrast, whenever Bush had to answer questions he hadn't rehearsed for, he frequently ended up embarrassing himself and we got hundreds of Bushisms.

    April 27, 2009 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  4. DeborahKansas City

    When a majority of the people support the President and believe he is doing a good job, they are not the ones who are out of touch. It is called democracy and the majority rules. Get over loosing you haters, you are the ones so out of touch that you are blinded by your hate.

    April 27, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
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