September 14th, 2009
12:04 PM ET
5 years ago

CNN Poll: Slight majority approve of Obama on economy

Slight majority approve of Obama on economy.
Slight majority approve of Obama on economy.


WASHINGTON (CNN) –
As President Barack Obama gives a speech on the economy Monday in New York City, a new national poll indicates that a slight majority of Americans approve of the way the president is handling the issue.

Fifty-four percent of people questioned in a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey (pdf) say they approve of how Obama's dealing with the recession, with 45 percent saying they disapprove. The 54 percent figure is up 5 points from late last month but down from the 59 percent
who approved of how the president was handing the economy in March.

President Obama's approval rating on the economy is separate from the approval rating on his overall job as president.

The poll was conducted Friday through Sunday, after Obama's prime time address to a joint session of Congress.


"It's possible that Obama's address to Congress boosted his ratings on the economy, even though Obama only mentioned that topic at the very beginning of his remarks. That often happens after major presidential speeches," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "For example, Bill Clinton's rating on the economy went up 8 points after his health care speech in September, 1993."

The poll indicates a partisan divide, with Democrats overwhelmingly approving and Republicans overwhelmingly disapproving of how the president's dealing with the economy. A slight majority of independents disapprove of how Obama's handling the issue.
The CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll of 1.012 Americans was conducted by telephone 9/11-13. The survey's sampling error is plus or minus 3 percentage points.

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Filed under: CNN Polls • Economy • President Obama
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  1. Worried in America

    I think Obama listened/listens to Muhammed Saeed al-Sahhaf too much because he propagandizes the same way.

    September 14, 2009 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  2. Marie Laveaux

    So glad to finally have the silent majority recognized. From all of the media hype it would appear we simply do not exist. On another note, will all of you out there please stop with the ACORN foolishness already? Obama got elected fair and square and those who oppose him have no one to blame but yourselves.

    September 14, 2009 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  3. Melissa R.

    I disapprove strongly. We've lost over 2.5 million jobs since he took over. That's not a record of which to be proud!

    September 14, 2009 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  4. B

    Where was the microscope when Bush and Co. started the process of destroying this country??

    September 14, 2009 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  5. Nea

    COUNT ME IN TOO! I approve too Mr. President i truly think you are doing a fine job i know things are going like you would like but it will get better because WE ARE PRAYING FOR YOUR SUCCESS! We want you to succeed because we know our country will suceed i feel thats what happen to Mr G. Bush too much criticizing in the country against him and look where it got us.

    September 14, 2009 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  6. russell

    And yes healtcare will pass wether you like it or not , and there's not one thing you can do about it , not one so go satnd in a cornwer and shut up , .......get over it .

    September 14, 2009 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  7. Rob Johnson

    It's a shame that some of Obama's opponents are making so much noise right now that it's easy to forget that most Americans still support the President.

    Moving up 5 points from 49% to 54% is huge–getting over the 50% mark means a lot–and I'm sure his speech on healthcare has something to do with it. It wasn't the kind of speech that won over many conservatives, but it solidified his support among Democrats and independents.

    If Obama still has 54% after the GOP has been throwing everything but the kitchen sink at him lately, then any Republican who thinks Obama is "one and done" will have a big wakeup call in 2012.

    September 14, 2009 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  8. AP in Illinois

    I have lost all respect for the Republican Party. Spreading lies and anger is not a good faith argument on how to govern our country. From now on I will only refer to them as simply the "Sore Loser Party" as that is what they have become. I urge everyone who might agree with me to do the same.

    September 14, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  9. Obama Supporter

    Could McCain have shown the leadership needed to bring us back from the brink? Could any Repug? No way. Reaganomics have been proven to be a fairy tale and the right knows it – all they have left is to bash Obama. Obama has shown nothing but class throughout.

    September 14, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  10. yuri

    That's what we call a wildly swingin' poll numbers. Whether they mean anything solid or not, remains to be seen.

    September 14, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  11. sherry

    I think the economy is doing better.
    The right wingers would say no because they are so pessimistic.

    September 14, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  12. pete

    Well of course CNN regularly stacks these polls with democrats, so take it for what it is worth.

    September 14, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  13. Bob (Illinois)

    All these polls show is that they don't means a whole lot. That and the fact that far too many people in this country are grossly uninformed!

    September 14, 2009 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  14. Jay T.

    He fixed the mess brought on by the Republicans and their constant cowering to the wealthy at the expense of everyone else. I thank Obama for that. Nice going.

    September 14, 2009 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  15. Wake Up

    Quit bringing up race. We dislike Obama because he is running the country like Hugo Chavez. Black, White, or whatever, he is an awful president. End the stupid racist comments.

    September 14, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  16. jfs Memhis, Tn

    As the economy continues to improve so will the Presidents numbers. There really would be NO REASON why they should have gone down to begin with. Things have continually gotten better since early March. I'm thinking that the polls where initially conducted in much more conservative areas. Just as the the health care reform polls....you know, to create a controversy ..to MAKE news in a rather boring politcal enviornment. I have never been so disappointed in the media than now.

    September 14, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  17. Terry from Texas

    Democrats are a little better than nothing at handling the economy, but they are a lot better than Conservatives, who would destroy the American economy if left unchecked.

    From the Conservative point of view, the purpose of the economy is to enhance the wealth of the wealthiest 5% . The purpose of the middle class is to provide low-wage labor and high-spending consumers. The lower class has no purpose at all and can be ignored (let 'em eat cake). Conservatives will outsource all our jobs, reduce all our wages, eliminate all our benefits, and tell us we are living in a free market paradise.

    September 14, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  18. CT NATIVE

    of course this is a "CNN POLL" why wouldn'tit be positive ?

    WHAT SHEEP 1

    September 14, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  19. lulu

    If Obama were to call for an immediate defunding of ACORN, the criminal organization that is expected to get eight billion of our taxpayer dollars, this would help immensely in the eyes of those who do not trust him.

    That will never happen because Obama is depending on them to help with his re-election bid in 2012. Guess what BO? You will NEVER get re-elected because no one trusts you, this organization, or all the other radicals working in your administration.

    September 14, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  20. an independent

    I approve of his job on economy.

    September 14, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  21. Anonymous, Cayman Islands

    I UNDERSTAND, VOTES DON'T COUNT IN U.S. POLITICS! IT IS NUMBERS! IT IS MONEY! Practically, all senators and congress are being paid big bucks to pass laws in the house. So much money will be behind the Health Reform Bill – you wait! President Barak Obama is one of the wealthiest and most influnecial politicians in the United States today. Being the President, associated with rich and powerful like Goldman, Citibank and crew, it wouldn't surprise me if he pulls the economic strings and gets what he wants. It terms of Obama handling the economy, IS IT HIM??? You need to take a walk down Wallstreet and see who the big players are

    September 14, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  22. Dan

    It's similar to when Reagan turned around the economy in the 80's.

    Reagan reacted much slower, taking months to get his economic plans in place. It took almost 2 years for Reagan's plans to show a stop in the unemployment numbers.

    With Obama facing a much worse situation, he was able to get his plans through faster. Even manufacturers are now starting to report adding shifts.

    Stick to Reagan's philosophy of working with business and the main stream Americans. Reagan had no time for the far left or the far right.

    September 14, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  23. BH

    The way Barry is going,...............I doubt he will be around by December!!!

    September 14, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  24. Peter

    Obama should be the president for life! the guy is smart enough and he doesn't take crap from corporations!. He has rebuilt the tarnished American name in the world. He has more followers in the world than any other leader!!!

    September 14, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  25. J.

    He is not a miracle worker, he is trying the best he can under the circumstances around him.

    September 14, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
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