December 9th, 2008
08:20 AM ET
12 years ago

Obama honeymoon continues, poll shows

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Obama is enjoying a nearly 80 percent approval rating."]WASHINGTON (CNN) -  A new national poll suggests that Barack Obama's having one heck of a honeymoon.

Nearly eight in ten Americans questioned in a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey out Tuesday morning are giving the president-elect the thumbs up when it comes to his handling of the transition. Seventy-nine percent approve of Obama's performance so far during transition, with 18 percent disapproving.

Obama's approval rating is "14 points higher than the approval rating for president-elect Bush in 2001 and 17 points higher than president-elect Clinton's rating in 1992," CNN Polling Director Keating Holland noted.

The president-elect's current approval rating is also more than 50 points higher than Bush's current approval rating, which now stands at 28 percent, with 71 percent disapproving of the way Bush is handling his job as president.

"An Obama job approval rating of 79 percent! That’s the sort of rating you see when the public rallies around a leader after a national disaster. To many Americans, the Bush Administration was a national disaster," says CNN Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider.

The poll also indicates that 79 percent of the public thinks Obama will do a good job as president. That's up 4 points from last month. Eighteen percent think Obama will do a poor job as president, down 3 points from November.

Seventy-eight percent of those questioned feel Obama will be a uniter, 20 points higher than those who felt the same way 8 years ago about then-president-elect Bush. Twenty percent say Obama will be a divider, 16 points lower than those who said Bush would be a divider.

"Bush came in promising to be a uniter, not a divider. That’s a promise Bush failed to deliver – as he himself acknowledged last week in an interview with ABC news when he said that one of his big disappointments is that the tone in Washington got worse rather than better. Nearly 80 percent describe Obama as a uniter. So far, so good," said Schneider.

Seventy-six percent of those polled have a favorable opinion of Obama.

"And the president-elect is not the only one who is popular right now. Sixty-seven percent have a favorable view of Michelle Obama and 56 percent have a positive view of Vice President-elect Joe Biden ," Holland added.

And the Democratic party continues to be much more popular than the GOP. Six in ten have a favorable view of the Democratic party, while a majority have an unfavorable opinion of the Republican party.

The CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll was conducted December 1-2, with 1,096 adult Americans interviewed by telephone. The survey's sampling error is plus or minus 3 percentage points.

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  1. No Hillary = No Obama

    Obama has a way with words alright. Just listing to some of what he was saying on Meet The Press leaves one analyzing what he is saying and coming to conclusion that his abstract conceptualizations amount to nothing more than, "duh!".

    December 9, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  2. Kool-Aid Inc.

    We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our consumers for making this our best year ever.

    December 9, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  3. I'm Not Missing The Old Mule & Winky Half-baked Alaska

    Calling Bush a national disaster is an insult to national disasters.

    December 9, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  4. Remy

    People expect Obama not to do what Reagan-Bush-Bush did to USA and to the world. Reagan promoted Islamic terror with the help of Pakistan which is now a well known supporter of all Islamic terrorists. Pakistan use all the American Tax payers dollars to promote terrorism.

    American Policy will get a "U " turn during the rule of Obama. Not only Americans, but all the people in other countries too expect a CHANGE in American foreign policy!

    December 9, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  5. Michael in Goleta

    The President-elect is engaged and organized, performing as a leader rather than a pusher. While I did not vote for him, I am extremely hopeful that he performs his responsibilities in a consistent, thoughtful, and all-American manner without letting a socialist-agenda driven Nancy Pelosi push him off track. He will be our President, and we should support all of his efforts that benefit all of the American people.

    I was disappointed in his involvement in the window plant closing incident in Chicago. As a leader he should provide direction at the national and international level, not selecting individual business situations to become a "friend" of the people.

    I found it hypocritical that he would expect the failing business to honor contracts with the employees, yet expect other failing businesses to not honor contracts with management. Are not management employees also?

    Odds are a number of you will disagree with me with the cry of "greedy management" and "overly generous bonuses", yet the principle is the same.

    We all need a President who will consistently lead in a proactive manner, rather than setting policy in a reactive manner. We all need a President who will inspire each of us to do the right thing, while each of us is also being held accountable for our own actions.

    December 9, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  6. geecee827

    This Country made the right choice on November 4th. Obama is a very capable, honest, hard-working individual who will do a fine job as President for all of us. Did anyone see him on Meet The Press Sunday morning with Tom Brokaw? He was perfect. We are so lucky to have him as our President. It's about time people of quality and integrity run for the office. The future of our Country is at stake and we need someone with his qualifications. God Bless President-Elect Barack Obama. He will lead this Country back to its status as the best Country in the World and we can once again lead by example and can be proud of being Americans.

    December 9, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  7. Debbie Black

    Barack Obama is so organized. He is intellectual and seeks information from every direction. He is confident in himself and in his decision making.

    Even after the election, I am included in his out reach. I receive about 2 emails per week informing me of the progress of the transition team, listing the issues are that are being discussed and showing me how decisons will be made. Then he invites me to comment, make suggestions, and stay involved. My emails are always answered.

    Talk about change. We have never had a President who was so organised. He actively seeks ideas and participation in forming policies and making decisions; from the- "everyday Joe"- even after the election. I am so proud of him and our democracy. I am excited to be encluded and to be valued in his Presidency; just as I was in his campaign.

    December 9, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  8. NY Republican

    STL-Veteran December 9th, 2008 10:34 am ET

    "For Peggy and all those folks that say all Democrats (and Liberals) are sheep to the slaughter, we are not sheep, Rush Limbaugh's listeners are. We just tend to be more open minded and willing to listen to everyone's idea's," May I add, and then dismiss them as the words of "haters", "neo-cons" and "idiots". As you did in your statement about Rush Limbaugh's listeners.

    December 9, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  9. David Stein

    Why is it called a honeymoon? His high approval ratings are due to his sound judgement and good decisions.

    December 9, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
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