January 27th, 2010
05:06 PM ET
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CNN Poll: Majority want new direction from Obama speech

CNN Poll: Majority want new direction from Obama speech.
CNN Poll: Majority want new direction from Obama speech.

Washington (CNN) - Most Americans want President Barack Obama to use Wednesday night's State of the Union address to move his administration in a new direction, according to a new poll.

Seven out of 10 people questioned in a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation national survey say they would like to see the president put forward proposals that would move his administration in a new direction this year, with 28 percent saying they'd like to hear Obama address the same goals and priorities he had in his first year in office.

The poll indicates that 63 percent of the public think Obama's first State of the Union address will be excellent or good, but that's down from the 72 percent who felt the same way about the president's first speech to a joint session of Congress last February.

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"The country remains split over Obama's track record in office - 49 percent say his policies would move the country in the right direction and 49 percent say they would move the U.S. in the wrong direction," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland.

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A majority, 53 percent say its not likely that the president's prime time speech will make them feel more confident about the economy, with 45 percent saying it's likely Obama's speech will make the feel more positive.

But there appears to be no denying that Obama is a gifted speaker.

"Nine in ten describe Barack Obama as a good speaker and communicator," adds Holland. "That's slightly higher than the number who described President Ronald Reagan that way in 1984, and Reagan was nicknamed 'The Great Communicator'."

The CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll was conducted January 22-24, with 1,009 adult Americans questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus 3 percentage points.

–CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.

soundoff (48 Responses)
  1. Albo58

    No more "wealth redistribution", coddling of murdering terrorists, and massive government spending on political paybacks would be a good start. Unfortunately, I just don't believe that this President is capable of building a competent team across party lines to get us moving in the right direction!

    January 27, 2010 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  2. Steve, New York City

    Yes Mr. President. It would be nice to tone down the populist rhetoric coming from the far left. Maybe we could also start reducing that insane deficit.

    January 27, 2010 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  3. Jimmy James

    New Direction? You mean not waste another year as unemployment grows to try and ram social programs that we don't want down our throats? You mean a new direction that doesn't match 8 years of the Bush debt in 2 years? New direction that somehow saves Democrats seats and still ignores the middle class? Which new direction are we talking about?

    January 27, 2010 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  4. Hammerer

    More talk, more promises, more transparency, more change, more hope, same teleprompter.

    January 27, 2010 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  5. Independant from IA

    I have never put much trust in CNN polls
    They are much to kind to Obama/and his crew
    here in Iowa the would be lucky to get a 40% approval rating
    Now I am being kind

    January 27, 2010 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  6. Capt. Snarky

    He's going to have to move towards the center, otherwise his presidency is done. The people won't support, and congress won't either..........

    January 27, 2010 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  7. LOL Obama

    New direction for Obama – back to Chicago, and stay there.

    January 27, 2010 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  8. Barbara Independent in NY

    President Obama can talk about new directions or old directions. It won't make a difference as long as Congress can't get their act together. The American people don't care about the "super majority". We believe in majority rule. Forget about the Republicans. Forget about the Blue Dogs. Do what the MAJORITY of the American people want and need. Enough already.

    January 27, 2010 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  9. ivnprt

    A new direction = Palin / Wilson in 2012

    January 27, 2010 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  10. Dallas T

    I don't think we should tell the president to follow us. I voted for him to lead us and I think we should follow him to the end. If people would help the President through all this, it would be easier on both parties.

    January 27, 2010 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  11. Deshaun Columbus, Ohio

    Real Jobs, Don't happen overnight people. We are not talking about thousands or hundreds of people who lost their jobs, but Millions.

    People complain about over spending. How do you think these jobs will be created. You can't have one without the other when your trying to generate NEW JOBS. Be Patient Ye of little faith. Americans Always Prevail. Stop acting like immature brats.

    January 27, 2010 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  12. Janel, St. Paul, MN

    What I expect to hear from our president is that he is working day and night to bring our country back. I'm sick and tired of Republicans who appear to not listen or read any of Obama's reforms because they want him to lose and seem to care little about the people they represent.

    And I'm as tired of Democrats who are more worried about the upcoming elections than to work with the president for solutions.

    This good man. . .OUR president. . .seems to be all alone striving to make a difference not only in our lives but also in the lives of people throughout the world.

    What sickens me completely is the lack of cooperation he is receiving from other leaders of Congress.

    Understand me that I don't agree with all of the president's decisions, BUT I truly believe that we are being duped by the leaders who only care about their futures, and not about the common good.

    This is so, so frustrating!

    January 27, 2010 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  13. RLA

    A gifted speaker wouldn't have to rely on teleprompters for every word. All of America is noticing that he just looks right, then left, then right, then left, then...well, you get the picture. The President can't look you straight in the eye. Guess he needs a teleprompter directly in front of him.

    His first year flopped and we're suffering from Obama visual overload. He should try leading more and apologizing or fixing every single thing less. LESS government, reduced deficit, no national takeovers, no more stimulus, AND, transparency...what happened to that Mr. President.

    I don't think this man is connected with America and that's so unfortunate as we need a leader, not someone who acts like he's still running for some office.

    January 27, 2010 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  14. manuallabor

    America could solve most of its economic woes by just a few changes. First ,stop the lie wars,,,they are a huge waste of money and lives.NEITHER war is about defending American soil. This country also needs new jobs and massive revenues. The 69 billion a year wasted on the war on drugs, could be cut drastically by repealing the prohibition of marijuana.Doing so would create millions of jobs, similar to the employment ranks of the alcohol industry,except even bigger as marijuana can make MANY products, such as paper pulp, fine fabrics, and even bio-diesel fuel from the oil of the seeds. America needs revenues and jobs,,,the demand is already in place,and the results of jobs and revenues would be immediate. Why is marijuana illegal when it is a fact that NO ONE has EVER died from its use,,,,,,,the big LEGAL pharmaceutical companies cannot claim that,,,,THEY should be the FOCUS of the WAR on drugs.

    January 27, 2010 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  15. Deshaun Columbus, Ohio

    7 out of what 10?

    People don't know what track is right or wrong until it's all said and done
    stop listening to these "Statistics" Sometimes I feel that Americans have let the News Reporters and Statisticians sway them to some figment of their imagination.

    Lies, what Lies? When people tell you something listen to everything that they say and not just what you want to hear then you want be so down when they can't deliver on "Time"

    Pres. Obama never gave a time line or even a flat out plan. He only said that it's going to be hard. I really thought that America was brighter than that. Now wonder we are in this mess we are in today.

    Ignorance will live forever!!!!!!!

    January 27, 2010 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  16. m smith

    These poll numbers are a joke if half the counrty wants to go in a different direction but 3/4 of the people say he is doing a good job Most of you wing nuts haven't got a clue . your dumb remarks are just echos of what the party of No tell you to say. Most of your remarks are treason's at best and stupid. Just goes to show why we need better education funding. The kind of disrespet shown for the office of president only reenforces the notion that the republican party is for rich white old southern christians and no one else. Keep it up and no one will support you but the wackos .

    January 27, 2010 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  17. Texan Boy

    I salute you Mr President !!!

    January 27, 2010 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  18. WrongKindofChange

    A new direction would be nice but I will settle for just not hearing the same old lies and bullcrap he's been telling us the last year.

    January 27, 2010 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  19. Mark

    Be careful what you ask for. This man still has supporters. Granted that some seats will move this year, this is a Chess Game Not Checkers.

    January 27, 2010 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  20. They call me "tater salad"

    Hey CNN can you explain something to me?..........How exactly do you figure 1,009 people surveyed (allegedly) represents what a nation with a population of about 300 million people thinks or wants? You and your polls are a joke and a farce! Where exactly do you conduct these so-called polls, in some trailer park down south where you could easily find 1,009 NASCAR billy-bobs who don't know any better to give you the results you desire by slanting the questions?........CNN=Creative News Network........"Creating news where there isn't any to keep all of the cattle well fed"!!!!!!

    January 27, 2010 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  21. Look4Reason

    Actually, I don't want a new direction from the president's speech. Frankly, we don't need any more speeches. I know President Obama is really, REALLY good at giving speeches (when the teleprompter is working, that is) but enough with the speeches already! Nope...I'd like to see some sound proposals that don't push some progressive (aka socialist) agenda, or the elimination of 2,500-page bills written by special interest groups that Congress won't even be bothered to read. Nope. I'd just like to see President Obama do something that makes honest-to-goodness SENSE! Anything! Anything at all!!!

    January 27, 2010 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  22. Frank Sanchez

    The USA has a lot of responsibility on the global economy situation.
    The rest of the world cannot live below american standards while the US consumes over its means. A new global financial system that is acceptable to all countries must be discussed and agreed upon so that all countries build the consensus.
    Until the USA aknowledges the aspirations of other dreams beyond the "American dream" the economy will not progress: there needs to be a Mexican dream, an Eurpean dream, and so on..

    January 27, 2010 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  23. Mark

    Funny when people who had no longer have anymore they call it a recession. Some people have been struggling long before this but nothing was said about it.

    January 27, 2010 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
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