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.

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soundoff (102 Responses)
  1. RealityKing

    Citigroup to cut more than 50,000 jobs

    50,000 X 3000 = 150 million tax break. Is Citigroup looking for a bigger tax break nex year???

    Only a moron would promise a business a tax cut to hire people next year without thinking about the layoffs it would cause this year...

    November 17, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  2. jess

    i think the auto ind.and the union should try and fix this.before running to the gov. for a bailout.they new way back this was going to happen,go back to the 80's when a autimoble cost 4 to 10 thousand dollar and now they are 20 to 40 thousand, companies making big profits and unions striking for more money and benefits something had to give,so let them come up with a plan to re-tool.

    November 17, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  3. Scott NYC Independent

    I say find someone temporary and then when Michael Bloomberg loses his bid for a third term tap him for Treasury. Buffett is excellent but I don't think he's really interested in a government post.

    November 17, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  4. Doe

    I agree with Independent One, Spokane and Ft. Meyers.

    November 17, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  5. J

    Please do not choose another CEO or big business executive to run the Treasury. The Treasury is NOT A BUSINESS. Corporations have influenced and bankrupted the Treasury for years now. RON PAUL for Secretary of Treasury. The man has been predicting and warning against the economic meltdown we are now in for years. He is definately not bought and paid for by big business and thoroughly understands economics and the dire situation we are in.

    November 17, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  6. Angie-OHIO

    President-elect Obama seems to have a handle on picking his cabinet. And if having Hilary as SOS, is his choice, wonderful she is very,very intelligent and I believe that is a good fit. So I'm sure his other choices will be good as well. You rock President Obama. We are praying for you daily.

    November 17, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  7. just a thought

    the world is falling apart, we have to start somewhere, maybe the new leaders will be able to get things back on track.

    November 17, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |

    Obama is not filling his cabinet with only his friends like Bush did.
    He is picking people qualified for the job.
    To pick someone as a favor to them would do a disservice to our country.
    I believe Obama will pick the right people, because he really cares about this country.
    He will not always be popular with everyone for his decisions, but this country has hope of a turn around under Obama.

    November 17, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  9. lower mortgage interest and reduce mortage balance!

    reduce mortgage apr to 4%, and

    reduce mortgage down to the realistic value!

    create fair-paying real jobs,

    provide universal public health care!

    people will be able to stay in their house,

    and pay their mortgage.



    November 17, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  10. Salt

    The naysayers on here all have such superiority complexes. Calling the majority of the nation a bunch of "uninformed voters" and acting like the people that voted Dem are under-educted. Personally, I was a VERY informed voter in this past election and I know many others that informed themselves equally and cast their vote for Obama. I live in an afflluent suburb outside a large city and if you drove through my neighborhood, you would never see a McCain sign on anyone's front lawn.

    I'm sure all those people that have done so well for themselves are the epitome of uneducated and uninformed. [/sarcasm]

    November 17, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  11. Jack Jodell, Minneapolis, MN

    I'm sure Obama will come up with a very rational and superbly qualified choice. We have had ENOUGH of these conservative, supply-side, free trade types. Their brand of corporate welfare for big business and the wealthy while letting everybody else wither on the vine has done NOTHING to better our lives or make the country as a whole more prosperous. In this area, as in all others, it is high time for a BIG CHANGE!

    November 17, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  12. Proud to be American

    Hum who would want the job after Bush and buddies mess every thing up? I am sure Obama will make the right cohoice though.

    November 17, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  13. Market watcher

    If Obama names Austen Goolsbee to any kind of senior post regarding the Treasury Dept, the market will tank BIGTIME!! It will make any previous losses pale in comparison.

    November 17, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  14. Michael

    To ALL of you who are complaining and whining about "that's not change!!....." Are all of you for real?! Do you honestly think that President- elect Obama would appoint rookies to help put this country back on track?!?! Give it a rest already! Come Jan. 20th, when Barack Obama takes office... when the old administration is out, and the new is in.... and the Failed Bush policies begin to dissapear, begin to be reversed... in other words CHANGE!!! . . . . . What will you complain about then? Ofcourse there will be those of you who will cry "where's my tax cut?!!......." while filing your 2008 tax returns...... those who do, don't deserve an explanation. The sad part is .... there WILL be those people! The same one's complaining about "where's the change?!" now.

    It's amusing, as well as frightening.... to see the ignorance that is crawling all over these negative posts! I hope you like the taste of foot........ starting Jan 20th 2009, you'll be eating a steady diet of it.

    Obama/Biden '08-16

    Come on Jan. 20th!!!!!

    November 17, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  15. Dylan, Los Angeles

    Get all the Bush people out there day 1

    November 17, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  16. carolo

    Cabinet members have been fired before. If someone gets it wrong, they can be replaced easy enough.

    November 17, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  17. No More GOP

    Hopefully, Obama will make use of some of Bill Clinton's old Treasury folks.... the one's who turned Ronald Reagan's $300 billion Deficit into a $200 Billion Surplus. But they're going to have their work cut out for them, after the disaster of the Bush administration, which has left us a $10 Trillion Debt. Good riddance to the Republican crooks. They always leave America in the hole.

    November 17, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  18. Brian from Fort Mill, SC

    therealist November 17th, 2008 9:23 am ET

    3/4 of Obama choices are ex-Clintons. Wheres the freakin change!!??
    The change is that he doesn't hire yes-men, like Bush did. He hires people with enough experience and enough guts to challenge him. That keeps him on his toes.

    It's also a good reason why he should have Hillary (and maybe even Bill) in his cabinet.

    November 17, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  19. AJ

    Why does he need to appoint anyone? Can't he do it? After all he and his supporters believe that he is the Messiah! Why would the Messiah need help?

    November 17, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  20. Marek

    A healthy mixture of those who were in a Presidential administration that was successful....hmmm I don't see the issue there. For all you whinner out there, the change will come in the form of a reversal of the failed Bush policies.

    The Dems were in charge since 2006, and you really think it only took 3 year for the economy to go south...come on let's be realistic here the economy started tanking long before the Dems took over. We did not loose over 5 millon jobs in 3 years, that started long before me! You nonbeliever are doing all that talking and the man has not even taken the oath office yet, check with us after the first term and see where we are unitl then shut your trape!!1

    November 17, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  21. sick n tired

    The $700B bailout is a scam! It would have been alot cheaper to bailout the taxpayers! $1mil. each (300M total funds) Do you not think that people would PAY OFF their mortgages/ car payments/ student loans with that money! Then there wouldnt be any need to bailout big banks and mortgage lenders or wall street (Paulson's former cohorts)!! Even if people spent the money foolishly it would still keep our economy strong because they would be SPENDING MONEY and/or INVESTING MONEY!!! Am i wrong?

    November 17, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  22. Sandi

    I have never been so proud to b an American obama rocks

    November 17, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  23. Lizz

    What's wrong of recruiting Clinton's people?

    Change means policy change. Keeping experience people is a wise decision. Moreover, those are Democrats people (same party). Remember, Obama is also Dems and he would take in more Dems in his cabinets who may include Clinton's former staff.

    November 17, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  24. Alex

    To those who are bitter over Obama's win – get over it.
    If you truly object then get out there and say something. Don't come onto CNN and leave unintelligent comments on articles. Wackjobs...

    November 17, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  25. Sarah

    I think that the Sec of Tres. will be the most important cabinet pick for Obama. Personaly, I think Warren Buffet would be a good choice. He's not a Washington insider and he knows a thing or two about how to run a successful business. Isn't that basically what the govt needs? Someone to start looking at the fed budget from a business perspective and not just a free for all give away institution.

    November 18, 2008 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
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