November 2nd, 2010
05:54 PM ET
4 years ago

Exit Polls: How do voters feel about Obama?

(CNN) – They may not blame him for the state of the economy, but just 45 of voters in early exit poll results are happy with President Obama's performance, while 54 percent disapprove. That's the same territory President Clinton's numbers were in back in 1994 exit polls, when 44 percent of voters approved of the job he was doing, while 52 percent were unhappy. Back in 2006, the same numbers for President Bush were 43 and 57 percent.

soundoff (20 Responses)
  1. jp

    There's many of us in Texas that think President Obama is doing a great job-we think that he's only been in office for two years and if we gave Bush 8 years then surely we can give President Obama the same respect to finish the job!

    November 2, 2010 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  2. Bob Saget Jr.

    Republicans do a good job at instilling fear into people during elections. Also, their whole "vote no all the time thing" has worked nicely for them. If nothing changes, then there's no difference. And even if there are, they are fewer and less noticable. So if things are similar to the way they were back then, it's easy to see how they're gonna win this handily.

    November 2, 2010 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  3. diverj

    Amen! It took a lot longer than 2 years to get out of the Great Depression in the 1930s.

    November 2, 2010 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  4. DeMarco Mc

    Everyone has to realize he can't fix all of this mess that Bush cause in eight years, it's going to take our great president time y'all need to give him a chance. This will take at least 6yrs to fix Bush big mess. Keep it up Obama you are doing a great job..!!

    November 2, 2010 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  5. Miss E

    He was given the country in a devastated state - it's going to take more than a year to fix it. People expect too much in too short of a time. Hold on and give it time.

    November 2, 2010 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  6. larry taylor

    compared to the bush administration the obama administration has done an outstanding job

    November 2, 2010 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  7. blacklabeljohnnie

    stop coping out obama fans. He won by promising everyone everything. He failed. Maybe he finally realized that he was, in fact human, but when you don't live up to your own hype you get burned. It hurts, and yeah no one could deliver that but then you shouldn't have promised it all!

    November 2, 2010 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  8. lucy

    So 9/11 was Slick Willie's fault...by ya'lls argument. I and 75 coworkers were layed off when Barry became potus and less than a dozen have found work. This country was doing fine until Barry decided to phone it in as a senator and focus on the bigger POWER.

    November 2, 2010 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  9. That's Funny

    Obama, who had a majority Congress for the two years preceding his election AND a majority Senate for the last two years accomplished a lot. He is singlehandedly responsible for the rebirth of the Republican party. Well, he had plenty of help from the sparkiling personalities of Pelosi, Reid, Grayson, et al. Democrats have no one to blame but themselves for the results today, but they will spend the next 50 years blaming George Bush and Sarah Palin. That's funny. Waa waa waa.

    November 2, 2010 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  10. trickam5422

    Obama gave us hope at a time of grave despair, but hope must translate into help or else people will start seeing it as hype.Obama needs a Divine Intervention to salvage his personal political standing and the struggling economy, because this mess he inherited is not limited to the United States; this mess extends to other countries that share the free market system with America. Stop blaming Bush alone for the mess and see that the problem was long in coming, and it speaks to the possibility of needing a new system to replace the existing capitalist system, which is broke.

    November 2, 2010 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  11. ShecklerJ

    And bush, in 2002 (8 quarters in to his presidency, where obama currently is), was sitting at 67% approval rating, the highest since Eisenhower.

    November 2, 2010 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  12. missbri

    during his victory speech, obama said that the changes needed to be made to turn america around were changes that could not be completed in one term, he asked us to give him time...he made no promises he has not kept, he promised us health care and we got it, he promised wallstreet reform and we got it (although it was watered down for repub, but still), his next agenda is education, he is still working on cleaning the air and releasing our dependancy on foreign oil, so what promise has he broken? he didn't say he was gonna turn the economy around in less than two years, but that he was focusing on the long term...americans let the media and repubs scare brainwash them into thinking otherwise...no wonder other countries think we are a multitude of idiots!!!

    November 2, 2010 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  13. Puzzled European

    Take it from an outsider, Jack is not the word. Chopped to
    pieces is more befitting of Americans as we see it. Americans will hack each other to pieces and even cut off their own noses in the process as long as they think its hurting the other fellow. As if the results are not going to have an effect on them also.

    After they see what a fine job President Obama has done, as we have
    seen from abroad , Americans vote for zealots disguised as some sort of "tea party" and thinking that Sarah Palin can lead a country and vote republicans who nearly brought American to the brink, right back in to finish of the American middle class?

    Its like watching people in the same boat sawing the boat in half in
    order to watch the other side drown.

    Americans are a funny bunch indeed.

    November 2, 2010 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  14. Karen

    He has lived up to a lot of what he has promised, but like everyone that has a brain has pointed out, he is human and can't fix everything that the last president created in just 2 years...He promised health care and now starting in Jan my daughter will have health care for the 1st time since she was 18...I call that progress!

    November 2, 2010 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  15. Lily

    I know plenty of people who are happy with him! I'd vote for him again.

    November 2, 2010 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  16. Danak

    Obama set his own timetable on getting all of these things done and hasnt even scratched the surface if he thought it was going to take 4 or 8 years to do it he shouldnt have promised to be a miracle worker and make everything perfect ...If he promised healthcare and we got it then how come I can sit here and say 8 close family members dont have healthcare? His promise for education I dont know how thats working out for everyone else but our school system had to cut the week down to 4 days and let employees go that had been there over 10 years so guess he didnt mean all states would get that education reform. As far as cleaning the air with Michelle and the family taking expensive vacations and all I wonder if they used transportation to get there that wasnt using that foreign oil to fly them there and stimulate another countries economy.No he didnt say he would do it in 2 years but thats just his way of manipulating all of his supporters into voting for him a second term, everyone says the Republicans use fear, well Obama somehow charms people like the snake charmers at a fair.Its funny though a lot of my friends voted for him thinking he was so wonderful and now they are ashamed to admit it I have never been ashamed of anyone I voted for hopefully voters will do whats best for our country today whatever that might be, and by the way foreign countries have thought we were idiots for years.

    November 2, 2010 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  17. We the People

    You will only need to watch the results tonight... to learn how we the "People" really feel about all the "love" being spread by the ruling party!!! Where's my Obama money? I gots bills ta pay!

    November 2, 2010 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  18. Frank in Valparaiso Indiana

    Obama is too nice of a guy to be in politics. Its not the Senate, some nice debating club. You need to slash and burn to win elections, especially against this nut job bunch of Republicans who are bent on ruining the economy of this nation and have blocked legislations. We should have forced the GOP fillibusters in the Senate. Show the GOP for the loud mouth incompetents they really are.

    November 2, 2010 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  19. CGreenwood

    I think Obama is doing a great job, however he needs to quit trying to please the republicans. Everyone thinks that he has raised taxes and he has not. Lets face it many people cannot get past the fact that he is half black. I am so tired of this cultural racism. What in the hell ever happened to being virtuous. In order for this county to turn around it is going to require treating others as you want to be treated. Maybe one day America will reach a utopia way of life. Many republicans speak of going back to old values. Which values are right? I don't think that it is possible to go backwards. Our enviornment is changing everyday so people must learn to adapt or the constant set backs of progression will continue to be regression. Lets face it people are to afraid of change and in return our country continues to fail. You either give a dame about your fellow american or you don't. Bottom line. Racism is playing a big part in this election but no one wants to say this openly. Racism is culturally created slavery has never left. Think about people! Obama walked into a giant mess that is going to take a long minute to fix.

    November 2, 2010 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  20. Joe S.

    America is again the laughing stock of the world. This is 2004 all over again. Republicans are a joke. How many think people are there in the States?

    November 2, 2010 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |