November 17th, 2008
06:00 AM ET
14 years ago

Poll: Americans say Treasury announcement most important

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Most Americans think Barack Obama will pick the right people to fill out his Cabinet, according to a new poll."]

WASHINGTON (CNN) - At the start of a week that could see Barack Obama make his first Cabinet secretary announcements, a new national poll suggests that most Americans are confident that the president-elect will make the right decisions when it comes to picking those officials.

Forty-three percent of those questioned in a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Monday morning are very confident that Obama will make the right choices, with 34 percent somewhat confident and only 23 percent not confident.

"Obama is having the kind of honeymoon that no president-elect has had in at least 30 years," said CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "It's no surprise that Americans have a positive view of anything Obama might do - at least until he does something controversial."

As for what which appointment will matter the most to the country's future: 41 percent say the Secretary of the Treasury; 25 percent say Secretary of State; 24 percent Secretary of Defense; and 8 percent name the Attorney General.

"Although a lot of ink has been spilled recently over Obama's choice for Secretary of State, Americans are paying closer attention to his nomination for Treasury Secretary. With the economy in such bad shape this year, it's no surprise that a plurality of Americans say the Treasury post is the one that will matter most to the country's future," said Holland.

The CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll was conducted November 6 to 9, with 1,246 adult Americans questioned by telephone. The survey's sampling error is plus or minus 3 percentage points.

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama
soundoff (102 Responses)
  1. Larry

    The Clinton's administration have returned to the White House,big change.

    November 17, 2008 07:43 am at 7:43 am |
  2. Vic

    I have complete confidence in President Obama.
    I wish the naysayers would pipe down and stop with all the negatives and give him a chance. He isn't president yet, so give him a chance.

    November 17, 2008 07:50 am at 7:50 am |
  3. Gaylon Barrow

    Well did Hillary take the Job?Any appointment for this man is going to be important. He is a failure already. And if he expects surrounding himself with old Clinton staff people he is going to have to remember he is not Bill Clinton therefore he will not obtain the same results of a successful economy such as Bill who balanced the cononomy and left three trillion dollars in excess when he left office. Which I might remind people DUYA immediately gave away then started a war with iIraq. Real smart people our politicians, right?

    November 17, 2008 07:59 am at 7:59 am |
  4. Tired of W, OH

    I'm sure he'll make the right choices because he has what's called a "vetting process". Anyone who doesn't know what that is probably voted for McCain.

    November 17, 2008 08:05 am at 8:05 am |
  5. MICK from MESA

    Neocon repugliCONS and blue-dog democRATS to Wall Street:
    Is $700 Billion enough?

    Neocon repugliCONS and blue-dog democRATS to the Auto Industry:
    You want $25 Billion? DROP DEAD!

    November 17, 2008 08:06 am at 8:06 am |
  6. Nick

    They're actually all important. This one is highlighted only because of the current economic problems. Was Bush's treasury pick highlighted as much? Does that mean it's any less important.

    November 17, 2008 08:10 am at 8:10 am |
  7. Enlightened Voter

    Obama's judgment has proved to be brilliant so far and I fully trust him on this.

    November 17, 2008 08:16 am at 8:16 am |
  8. Spencer/Virginia

    The treasury secretary may be an important position but I think each department head will have a difficult role in this administration.

    November 17, 2008 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  9. facts are facts

    There are millions of people either victims of this crisis or on the verge of being victims of this recession. The day is long gone where people can regard those without jobs bums. Too many citizens are going to need help as they have suffered by loss of jobs or catastrophic illness and won't be employable either because of age or medical problems.

    The government is going to have to help these people for a long stretch of time.

    November 17, 2008 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  10. bob

    obama, like mccain, is nothing but a hack. he would have said anything to get elected, and did. he's the worlds' biggest hypocrite, and has a 60+ question employment questionaire with questions that he refused to answer during the campaign. the country stands divided, and obama/bush/mccain are to blame!

    November 17, 2008 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  11. J.Crobuzon

    Obama's pick for Treasury needs to send a positive message to America and restore some confidence. Someone who seems competent, honest, and in charge. Not like this bunch of boot-licking scooter-pardoners we have now.

    November 17, 2008 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  12. Nanette

    Secretary of Energy: Al Gore. Enough said.
    Secretary of Treasury: Mayor Michael Bloomberg- Billionaire, changed mayor office to resemble stock market bull pen, he knows money. Get the Goldlman Sachs guy out and let Michael Bloomberg appoint people who know what they are doing.

    November 17, 2008 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  13. KJL

    The 23% "not confident" surprises me, because here in Tennessee most of the people still wouldn't approve of him if he was able to appoint the lord himself!

    November 17, 2008 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  14. steve r

    all these polls are a joke, just like the rest of washington dc

    November 17, 2008 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  15. Jill American

    'Change' was never going to happen if you thought Obama was only going to bring in newbies. That wouldn't be smart anyway. He is bringing in very successful people from the last very successful Democratic administration.

    Republicans are for Hillary being Secretary of State .. duh ... they want her out of the Senate.

    November 17, 2008 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  16. xddy4u

    The other elected Presidents had a chance to board the Train while it was idling at the station. Obama got to run along side it, while the train is in full speed to get aboard. And some bystander is yelling, "He's not running fast enough".

    November 17, 2008 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  17. Lani in Los Angeles

    Let the man do his job. He's been elected for 2 weeks and already he's a failure to many. I find it ironic that some have great criticism but are NOT the president elect. I suppose those could do a much better job than Obama except their schedules are busy right now.

    November 17, 2008 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  18. latina for Obama

    I have all the confidence in the world that Obama will do a
    great job at appointing the right people for his administration.
    Everyone that has negative thoughts about him or just plain wants
    him to fail, you need to think twice cause if he fails we all fail, so stop
    the bashing and give him a chance. He has alot to fix for the last
    failed eight years.
    Devided we fail remember that.

    November 17, 2008 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  19. alvino

    It appears that Gaylon Barrow and Bob are in the 23%. Talk about two of the world's biggest hypocrits. You two should take up knitting so you can relax.

    November 17, 2008 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  20. ET from Omaha

    When I hear some bloggers saying it's not change when you employing people with experience from previous administration it make me laugh.
    So they want OBAMA to choose some rookies to solve this huge financial crisis and come back to blame him when things don't get done? OBAMA is not like McCain gambling with a nation choosing as running mate unqualified woman.
    For all those right wing nuts, if you have a huge plombing problem at your house, you don't call rookies like Joe the plumber to fix it, you search for people who's been in the business for years and are expert at doing it.
    You better go advise your leaders to fix the GOP party instead of throwing some nonsense on this blog.

    November 17, 2008 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  21. 1/20/13

    What will Rev Wright or William Ayers be appointed to????

    November 17, 2008 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  22. alvino

    Are the 23% not confident because with Obama there is a real vetting process instead of using the republcan pot luck method?

    November 17, 2008 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  23. Stacy from Loudoun County VA

    The Treasury Secretary Job has morphed into something the founders of this country would be terribly scared of I am afraid. Listen to what has been said by the pundits, "Obama's choice of Sec of Treasury will have dramatic consequences on the US economy." No one person should have that much power over the US or world financial system. I am an Obama supporter, but once this crisis is over, we need to ensure that the Treasury Secretary or any other one group does not have this power ever again.

    November 17, 2008 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  24. Ed Stack

    Obama has no financial nor economic background........all of his success comes from contacts......lets hope he has the right economic advisers because he is not equipped to lead this country economically.......much less administratively.......he is not a leader for any country..........unfortunately he has been selected by uninformed voters to lead this country............

    November 17, 2008 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  25. Cody

    Yet they failed to mention his first nomination as president elect was to appoint chief of staff Rahm Emanuel. Whos father was part of the Irgun terrorist group in the middle east. Im all about giving obama a fair chance but as his first act appoint a son of a terrorist? And heaven forbid if bush did that he would be politcally slayed on corporate news.

    November 17, 2008 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
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