May 18th, 2009
05:09 PM ET
6 years ago

CNN Poll: Abortion not hurting Obama

A new CNN poll gives President Obama a 62 percent approval rating.
A new CNN poll gives President Obama a 62 percent approval rating.

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.


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soundoff (33 Responses)
  1. ch

    Add me to the approval column.

    So glad that Bush, Cheney, Rice and the other roght wing GOP neo cons are gone!

    May 18, 2009 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  2. Moderate Democrat

    Abortion will be fine with the right wing gop nut cases and hypocritical republicans so long as we kill the 'not even a person yet' in a war zone, or if we call it "Pro-active capital punishment".

    Problem solved!

    But as long as we refer to it as a 'womans choice' they won't like it. Women don't get a choice in this nation, because it's not the christian thing to do. "Right's' are not allowed for everyone, only the people that the right wing taliban decides can have rights (which in all cases is white, rich, males only).

    May 18, 2009 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  3. Lori

    Of course the abortion issue is not a problem. He is a good President that is doing his best despite all the odds (the economic crisis, the Republicans TRYING to make him look incompetent when we know he's not, etc.) Good approval ratings. In the 60s while the Republicans are in the 20s. I love this. I guess their Tea Party 'comeback' was all a joke. We all knew it was but they didn't. Keep it up Mr. President and thank you my fellow Americans.

    May 18, 2009 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  4. Soraya

    I'm tired of middle-aged men with so much to say about abortion. Shut the hell up, besides with all the birth control available today, this is really a non issue.

    May 18, 2009 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  5. No Incumbents 2010

    No, it's hurting the unborn!

    May 18, 2009 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  6. Bill C.

    How much better would the country be right now if Obama's mama had chosen to have an abortion!

    May 18, 2009 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  7. Dave

    Funny thing about the red states: they're all hung up on abortion, but they elect Republicans who eliminate social programs that help infants. The red states all have higher infant mortality rates than the rest of the country... but their "save the babies" constituency never seems to examine that fact. If the Republican states actually looked at the results of what they vote for, rather than listening to the rhetoric of their radio-host leaders, they might realize they've been duped.

    Or, maybe they don't care about babies, just fetuses, and once you're actually born, you're off their love-list.

    May 18, 2009 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  8. Joe in CA

    If the celebrities would just adopt from THIS country then maybe we'd find a home for the unaborted. It seeme we import EVERYTHING. Even unwanted children from OTHER countries and not our own. Pretty sad, isn't it??

    May 18, 2009 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  9. Baze

    I'm pro-life, but not to the point that I'm willing to be at odds with the President of the United States. It's not like he's out there advertising abortion and unwanted babies. The people that want him just to go up there and outlaw abortion are irrational. Not even Bush could do that.

    May 18, 2009 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  10. Dimslie

    Of course abortion doesn't hurt Obama. Abortion hurts babies.

    May 18, 2009 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  11. Steve J, Michigan

    I for one never really cared what Catholics thought anyways. Most of the Catholics I know are the worst hypocrits and sinners in the world.. They seem to think they can say afew hail mary's and all is forgiven.. How many people have been murdered in the name of the Catholic church over the centuries, to many to count!

    Steve-Mich

    May 18, 2009 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  12. Karen - Missouri

    Obama is doing a great job. We do not want religion running this country or we'll just be another Iran. Obama handled himself so well at the Notre Dame graduation. Funny how loudly some yell about abortion yet allow people like Bush and Cheney to kill in foreign lands and our own young adults in the military. Why aren't they so adamant against wars? I think it was all overblown, but then the media likes to sensationalize and comment as usual.

    May 18, 2009 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  13. Alex

    A fetus is not a person, period! I'd be glad to support a constitutional amendment codifying Roe v. Wade as part of the integral document of our democracy to give these Christ-o-fascists something to really complain about!

    May 18, 2009 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  14. Howard

    To Joe in CA ...

    The deal with adopting from abroad is that it's extremely unlikely the natural mother or father will come after the child even after the adoptive parents have been loving anc aring for it for a few years. Ask yourself whether you'd want to take that risk if there was an alternative.

    May 18, 2009 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  15. NYFN08

    Most Americans are intelligent enough to recognize that pro-choice does not mean pro-abortion!

    May 18, 2009 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  16. Dante

    keep up the cheerleading cnn.........even abortion doesn't bring him down......yeah yeah yeah, the one is still at 60 percent approval......isn't it just wonderful......its only a matter of time when the mainstream media created fog lifts and people see the keystone cops running about the uss obama as it lists drastically to port (that's the left for you uninformed)......no amount of bailing will lift his numbers at that point as people realize we are drowning in debt and our emboldened enemies prepare to assault a weakened america.....have a nice day....can't wait to see your next pollyanna poll cnn.......

    May 18, 2009 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  17. Bill ~ Down on the Bayou

    Once again, you can make polls say anything you want them to say. Just ask questions of the people you know will give you an affirmative answer.

    May 18, 2009 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  18. Bigd

    It's part of our country's heritage to be able to debate these issues. That's what seperates us from dictatorships and the Taliban.

    May 18, 2009 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  19. Paige

    Three out of five children go hungry in the US every day. Where are the pro-life groups? Why don't they DO something for others except rant and rave like lunatics. Do some work, collect money, food, anything instead of incessant whining about the "unborn". None of you care about anyone after their first day of actual life. You're all nuts.

    May 18, 2009 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  20. Jeff

    Obama is like the teflon don. Nothing sticks to him no matter how out of bounds he is and this is due to the main stream media cheerleading and not doing any critical or investigative reporting. Its like TMZ is reporting on this presidnent, how he looks, what he eats, the funny joke he made, his lovely wife etc. but no in depth reporting on his policies and beliefs – just like before the election. I

    May 18, 2009 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  21. Proud Member..Party of No

    Over 50 per cent of the country are now Pro-Life. Despite what your biased polls say, this issue will come back to bite Barry.

    May 18, 2009 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  22. Eileen

    Ouch...another kick in the conservatives teeth. 62% – even after all their blather. BWAAAAAAHHHHHH!!!!!

    May 18, 2009 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  23. please

    Proud Member..Party of No May 18th, 2009 5:48 pm ET

    Over 50 per cent of the country are now Pro-Life. Despite what your biased polls say, this issue will come back to bite Barry.
    ______________________________________________________

    Maybe your poll was biased? Gotta love people saying polls are unreliable and then support their argument by citing a poll. Almost makes a rational persons brain hurt.

    May 18, 2009 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  24. olivia

    I am Pro-life and a democrat. No matter what Obama's opinion about abortions he will not please the GOP. Some republicans, democrats, and catholics get stoned drunk. And I have witness some stoned drunk catholics. What does drunks have to do with abortions? They both are cruel acts but as Americans we have a right to have an abortion or get stoned drunk!

    May 18, 2009 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  25. RNC = DNC = politics as usual

    The reason this is news at all is that the Obama camp is worried about it.

    So naturally, the big story is – there is no problem. And up is down, and the sky is not blue......

    Question Authority.

    May 18, 2009 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
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