WASHINGTON (CNN) – Six in ten Americans continue to approve of how Barack Obama is handling his job as president - and despite the controversy over Obama's appearance at Notre Dame on Sunday, Catholics have a high opinion of him, according to a new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll.
According to the survey released Monday, there is virtually no difference between the views of Obama among practicing Catholics and Catholics who do not attend Mass regularly. Obama's position on abortion has no effect on how most Americans - and how most Catholics - view Obama.
Sixty-two percent of Americans polled approve of Obama's performance, and 35 percent do not approve. Among Catholics, the poll suggests 65 percent have a positive view of the job the president is doing, and 33 percent do not. The sampling error on that question is plus or minus 3 percentage points for the general population, and plus or minus 6.5 percentage points for Catholics.
"Overall, the poll indicates that Obama's rating may be down a bit since early April," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "But 62 percent is still a vote of confidence from most Americans."
Does the president's position in favor of abortion rights have an impact on the public's perception of him? More than half the country says no. Fifty-seven percent of Americans say the president's position has no effect on their view of him. Twenty-seven percent say it makes them feel less favorably about him, and 14 percent say it makes them feel more positively about him.
The results from U.S. Catholics are virtually identical to the rest of the population. Sixty-one percent say the president's abortion views don't have any impact on their view of him. Twenty-two percent say it makes them feel less favorably toward him, and 15 percent say it makes them feel more favorably.
The telephone poll of 1,010 Americans was conducted May 14-17. Most questions have a sampling error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.