January 29th, 2010
02:10 PM ET
4 years ago

Obama following CNN's latest polls

President Obama while speaking to Congressional Republicans cited a CNN poll released Friday.
President Obama while speaking to Congressional Republicans cited a CNN poll released Friday.

(CNN) - President Obama is following CNN's latest polling on the economic stimulus bill.

The president made reference to our poll released earlier Friday showing that while 56 percent of Americans oppose the stimulus measure as a whole, they approve of many of its specific initiatives.

"There was an interesting headline on CNN today. Americans disapprove of stimulus, but like every policy in it," Obama said during his remarks at the House Republican Retreat in Baltimore. "There was a poll that showed if you broke it down into its component parts, 80 percent approved of the tax cuts, 80 percent approved of the infrastructure, 80 percent approved of the assistance to the unemployed."

But CNN Polling Director Keating Holland notes the president wasn't entirely accurate in his recitation of the poll's findings.

"Obama's summary of the CNN/Opinion Research poll was largely correct but the president misstated one of the poll results," Holland said. "The poll found that 70 percent of Americans approved of the tax cuts in the stimulus package, ten points lower than Obama indicated. Roughly eight in ten Americans approve of increased spending on roads and bridges and assistance to people who lost their jobs, as the President noted."

Full poll results:


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soundoff (25 Responses)
  1. Stop the Nonsense

    It shows what is wrong with polls. The questions don't allow for real answers. The pre-set choices on responses never give a clear picture of how we feel.

    January 29, 2010 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  2. phoenix86

    Americans, wait until Obama lets the Bush tax cuts expire this year, then go to Obama to begin collecting unemployment.

    As long as Obama ignores economic realities and basic human decision-making habits (i.e., people will do what is best for them first), then Obama continues on his journey to irrelevancy.

    January 29, 2010 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  3. JFK

    Dont worry about it Mr President, the anti-Obama crowd have already been programmed to disregard, refute, ignore, and hate everything you said. Too bad they cant think on their own for a change. All the Obama hatred as usual is nothing but thinly disguised racism and hatred. Very sad to see Americans act like this in this day and age. The far right has regressed backwards to pathetic simple minded cave dwellers.

    January 29, 2010 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  4. Ancient Texan

    What the people didn't approve of in the stimulus package was the huge amount of PORK and the payback to the special interest, like UNIONS. There will be no return in that investment.

    January 29, 2010 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  5. RealityKing

    Of course he does..., Keating Holland bends over backwards to support him with those progressively designed focus groups.

    January 29, 2010 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  6. lifelong democrat

    Across the board tax cut, cut entitlements especially welfare benefits and medicaid for illegal aliens – that should be totally eliminated, that will save taxpayers $250 billion annually. Our welfare system and medicaid was designed to help American citizens and legal immigrants to get back on their feet again not a way of life. We have generational welfare recipients in this country. Welfare recipients must be put to work like cleaning parks and streets unless they're physically not able to do it. There are many ways to curb spending but democrats are unwilling to do it.

    January 29, 2010 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  7. tmart

    Then pass each measure one at a time, and if the Republicans vote NO on all of them then the public will realize how obstructionist they really are. No brainer.

    January 29, 2010 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  8. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    WHATEVER!!! The stimulus is working. Yeah, there may have been some waste, but this bill is keeping our heads above water. Plus we haven't spent all the money yet. I like the "Pay As You Go" proposals made by the POTUS.

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2012

    January 29, 2010 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  9. Debby

    Well of course he would they are always slanted his way. The 5000. tax credit is hilarious if you hire a new employee. How can you hire when there is no work for the employer. I think Obama needs a crash course in economics ASAP.

    January 29, 2010 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  10. al in memphis

    That's the power of party politics– it drives people to just not make sense. It's a case of we agree with the message, we just don't like the messenger

    January 29, 2010 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  11. tpbco

    But CNN Polling Director Keating Holland notes the president wasn't entirely accurate in his recitation of the poll's findings.

    Gee, there's a surprise...

    January 29, 2010 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  12. PEACE ON EARTH

    My Husband AND I STAND BEHIND OUR PRESIDENT

    He ROCKED today AND durring the State of the Union Address!

    January 29, 2010 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  13. Mike in MN

    Obama is clearly desperate to save his presidency and liberal progressive agenda.
    The CNN poll does shows support for some of the stimulus while showing the same people reject the bill in it's whole. That is becasue the whole includes hundreds of billions more of wastefull pork spending that does not stimulate but simply rewards special interests that supported Obama and the Democrats in the 2008 election.
    It is clear from what Obama told the Republicans today is that he thinks they should support bills if there is a little bit in them they agree with. Neither the Repulicans or the people of American are going to vote for or support bills if the whole of the bill is bad for America. Obama still does not get it.
    The Republicans did write a stimulus bill that spent more on infrastructure, the same on food stamps and unemployment and more on tax cuts that were more broad based then Obama's bill. It had none of the wastefull pork. The CBO said it would cost half and much and create more jobs faster than the Obama bill that was passed. The Democrats and media ignored the Republican stimulus bill and said they were the party of No and had no ideas. Both lies.
    There is bipartisian oppositon to the Health Care bill and cap and trade because many Democrats are oppossed to these bills along with the Republicans. That is why cap and trade passed by only a couple of votes in the House and is dead in the Senate. That is why health care passed by only a couple of votes in the House and had to revert to brides to get to 60 votes in the Senate. There is only partisian support for these bills, while the oppositon is bipartisian and in agreeement with the majority of voters.

    January 29, 2010 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  14. George Guadiane - Austerlitz, NY

    First, I want (NEED) to praise the President for having the courage to the House Republican Retreat in Baltimore. Walking into the "loin's den" was brave and wise...
    With minor exception, in spite of the President's request for less partisan rhetoric, Republicans, given the opportunity to ask direct questions, on any issues, took that opportunity to politically posture, speechify and couch questions in the strongest, most insulting ways.
    The president came away bloodied, but unbowed in my estimation. While he failed to respond to every aspect of all of the (seemingly endless stream of) accusations hurled at him, (this is important for talking heads) WITHOUT A TELEPROMPTER, he answered, with dignity, deference and by taking responsibility.

    The fact that he missed by 10% 0n one aspect of his reference to the CNN poll should still make him a pretty good reporter of the facts.

    America wants change, they want the change that he promised... That's why they voted him in. Republicans (AND Democrats) have the OBLIGATION to serve their CONSTITUENTS, NOT their lobbyists.

    America WANTS Health Care Reform and JOBS. Stop being part of the problem Congress.

    January 29, 2010 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  15. Michael

    Yes, it really is simple once you ignore the political posturing, corruption, and greed!
    Americans want (and deserve) to be able to go to a doctor for medical attention without putting their families' future in jeopardy!
    Medicine should never be connected with profit – to allow some to profit from the suffering of others is to put a price on human life & health.
    Of course, if your opinion is that your less fortunate fellow humans are nothing but a means to enrich yourself, you probably think things are fine the way they are.

    January 29, 2010 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  16. Debra, ND

    I love this man, and can't wait until he's re-elected. He has done a good job, and he'll do a better job this year and next year.

    Obama/Biden 2012

    January 29, 2010 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  17. rob

    Where was the question- how do you feel about 10% unemployment when we were promised no more than 8% when this passed.

    January 29, 2010 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  18. LacrosseMom(the real one)

    LOVE IT! Love that President Obama spoke at the Republican's retreat....... and strongly called-them-out! Love that the Q&A session was on TV! TRANSPARENCY!

    FIRED UP, READY TO GO!

    January 29, 2010 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  19. Enough

    Dream on Obama, you are fooling only yourself..........We do NOT like every policy in your pork filled stimulus. We hate your non stop spending on pork projects and bail outs.

    January 29, 2010 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  20. Rick McDaniel

    Wow. Obama actually listening to the people? That's new.

    January 29, 2010 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  21. If you want something ruined, put a republican in charge

    According to a recent Rasmussen-Fox poll, no republican watched the state of the union, except for the 200+ in congress.

    January 29, 2010 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  22. Franky, Land of Lincoln

    I think is fair to say that when you are fixing a part of your home, a bathroom, floor, kitchen, etc, is not gonna look good in the beginning or couple of weeks, right? But boy, I think is fair to say that 100% of the time, we couldn't agree more on its structure because it just looks better.

    In the end, will the stimulis look better after it finishes? I have my doubts, but that's just my opinion...my conviction.

    January 29, 2010 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  23. Orange Curtain, CA

    Republicans only care about advancing their political agenda...NOT about facts, the truth, or doing what's best for repairing the mess the Bush/Cheney left. I love how the Republicans always cry how Obama blames Bush, yet ignore the fact Bush left Obama a giant deficit before he even stepped into the door.

    January 29, 2010 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  24. Stupidscript

    Actually ... your poll has a margin of error of +/- 3 points, so he's only 4% off (70+3=73, 80-3=77, = 4 points difference), not 10%. If he had simply prefaced his comment with, "using a margin of error of 4%", like CNN does with it's statistics, and then he would have been dead-on, statistically speaking.

    And I believe his broader point bears repeating: Nearly all Americans believe his Administration is on the right path (based on this one poll ... statistically). You can spin it the other way, but numbers don't lie (within a margin of error).

    January 29, 2010 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  25. Grrr-Awful-O

    Well, you can't expect Obama to get all these silly little details right all the time. He's a big picture kinda guy. Unfortunately everyone in his administration is a big picture person – and none of them really get the details.

    January 29, 2010 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |