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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soundoff (234 Responses)
  1. Frank

    Michelle from Canada, you don't understand our press. The honeymoon is well over a year old now, our press married Obama at the beginning of the campaign.

    December 9, 2008 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  2. Dan

    60% think 40% are wrong 80% of the time about 70% of the issues. Blah, blah, blah. I studied statistical analysis enough to know that most "polls" show you what they want to.

    By the way, for all you Republican haters who insist we are all racists for not wanting Obama in office: Martin Luther King Jr. was a Republican. Look it up between bong hits.

    December 9, 2008 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  3. Abyssinian Lion

    @Tigger Lily You have to be full of hate to not see the TRUTH. He will be an amazing President- for ALL Americans (even the hateful,ignorant,bigots)

    December 9, 2008 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  4. Ken in Dallas

    karissa, December 9th, 2008 9:15 am ET
    "America didn't have a huge economic disaster until the Democrats gained full majority of the house and senate. then everything began to crash! Hello! what does that tell you!??"

    The professionals within the Bush administration were waving red flags about the building mortgage crisis as early as the middle of 2005, but their concerns were suppressed by Bush's political hacks.

    How can you claim the 110th Congress is wholly responsible for the economic meltdown when Bush administration professionals warned of exactly the issues that caused the meltdown, months before the 110th Congress was even elected?

    What this tells me, karissa, is that you're not getting the facts, and that a lack of facts is leading you to unsound conclusions.

    December 9, 2008 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  5. Mark, B'ham., Al.

    The Liberal Press/Media will give Obama a 4 year honeymoon for sure and an 8 year honeymoon if he gets re-elected which is their goal. They got him elected by bringing out the bad points as good points for Obama such as his lack of experience and making what little experience he does have seem like the greatest deal. We will see if he is really form the center or if he us the leftist from the pirmaries as I and many other believe to be true. Remember he is from Chicago Politics!

    December 9, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  6. Jack Jodell, Minneapolis, MN

    He will be a superb President. Perhaps one of the very bst in our history.

    December 9, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  7. earle,woodstock,vt

    PE Obama has done absolutely nothing! But, in todays America, I guess you get high marks for maintaining the status-quo. He's transpalanted Clinton's past administration,"as his own",and put unqualified people at the helm of, "Critical Position"as political affilliated favors. His,"pie-n-the-sky"programs are out of touch with reality,(show me the money), not to mention all the back-peddling he's done lately (knowing all along these promises were already compromised?) on taxing the wealthy,eliminating FISA,and withdrawing the troops from (just to name a few) Iraq. I (myself and the other few percentage) would just like some accountability in Washington,with the politicians tackling one problem at a time. Hopefully congress stays on the same on the same page in this chapter in american history ,and prioritize ways of creating jobs,and gainfully employing all americans.

    December 9, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  8. Brenna

    To the pundits dismay...

    Really, I find that pundits really are disconnected to people and event just and create stories rather then analysis of actual ones. Their talking points are based on supposition and conjecture and frankly we all know it.

    December 9, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  9. Bobby from MS

    I want Obama to succeed for the sake of the country. I would like to point out that our economy did not start to decline until Nancy Pelosi and the Democrates took control of the congress. The Dow has gone from 12000 to almost 9000

    Now the Democrates can not blame Bush and the Republicans for what is happening and as soon as you in the media stop kissing the pres elects butt he will not be able to blame anyone but his own party for what is going on!

    December 9, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  10. Steve

    CNN, how are you guys going to try to cover up the corruption link between Gov. Blagojevich and Obama? Good luck.

    December 9, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  11. Robert The Man

    OMG!!! He is the greatest ever!!! He's done so much already, I don't see how it can get any better?! What is there left to do after you've done so much? He is already the greatest President in the history if mankind!!! Honestly people what else is there left to do?????

    Oh yeah thats right, run the country, and we'll see where we're at in four years.

    You people disgust me. Granted he's made some good picks, but lets see what actions he takes when in office

    December 9, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  12. Dan

    frank a true american:

    Get your head out of the sand you moron! Everyone knows we didn't go to Iraq to spread "liberty" (by the way, please stop using words like "true american," "liberty" and "freedom" to describe why the right is holier than thou and the left is not. why can't the left stand for all of those things as well without buying into Bush's rhetoric?) We went there because they have oil. There are plenty of other bad guys all over the world, so why not go after them and spread "liberty" to their people instead?

    December 9, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  13. Church of politics

    Why do we either worship or demonize our leaders?

    December 9, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  14. G

    That's right he's not in office yet but so good! GO OBAMA!!!

    December 9, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  15. JL

    It seems like the other 21% post on these boards regularly...

    I think he is doing a great job with the transition, but he hasn't taken office yet, so I can't be so bold as to give him an approval rating. We will have to wait and see. He is just so much smarter than we have seen in a long time (not in my lifetime), we are impressed, that's all.

    December 9, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  16. Is it Jan 20th yet?

    Why not conduct this poll now? George Bush is so noticeably absent, why shouldn't people be looking to Obama for leadership right now? Who else have we got?

    December 9, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  17. bob in LA

    The honeymoon isn't supposed to be begin until he's sworn in.
    Media- go find somehting to do!

    December 9, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  18. Kevin in Ohio

    Wow...just read the Illinois governor is up on corruption charges. No surprise there as he's a Chicago politician. And this guy is gonna appoint Obama's senate replacement?????????? The fun begins..... our country is truly headed for disaster on a catastrophic scale.

    December 9, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  19. 30-m-PA-Democrat-voted McCain

    Let's end this honeymoon already. I'm sick of the media obsession with this nobody.

    December 9, 2008 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  20. jfs Memhis, Tn

    AMBER..........YOUR COMMENT is SILLY !!!! I am closer to being a Communist than you are a Democrat. You hard-core Republicans need to step back ...then jump on board. This country needs ALL of our Brothers and Sister to get us back on Track!! The disaster of....the last 17 years is MONUMENTAL...the USA has been living on Credit extended by the rest of the world while "They" picked our Economic Foundation to EXTINCTION !!! Honeymoon or not WE as a people need to fix this HUGE mess and we need EVERY American's help !!!

    December 9, 2008 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  21. TKW

    I think the President-Elect has done more to help this country in this past month than Bush has done in 8 years. No, he is not in office yet, but I wish Bush was out already so Obama could get started getting this country back on track.

    December 9, 2008 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  22. ladyc803

    No matter what any say or thinks he is our next President and whether you voted for him or not you have to RESPECT HIM!

    He can't do any worst than Bush

    December 9, 2008 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  23. Jaye

    People just can't stand it that Obama is well liked, and will try to tear him down every chance they get. He will be nit-picked to the point of siliness (Campbell Brown comes to mind).
    Anyway, I and hope everyone will give him a chance and work with him instead of trying to tear him down.

    December 9, 2008 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  24. Angel

    I think Barack is doing a good job...The markets are responding to him in a postive way and he appears to be a real public servant. I know he is under alot of pressure to perform well and that is good because he is accountable to the people who put him there. WE ARE WATCHING YOU BARACK

    December 9, 2008 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  25. ladyc803

    This the 1st President whose ever talk about UNITY! I really believe will do a great job. He's not GOD and he will make mistakes!

    December 9, 2008 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
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