February 3rd, 2009
11:13 AM ET
14 years ago

Poll: Two out of three give Pres. Obama a thumbs-up

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WASHINGTON (CNN) - Two weeks into his presidency, a new national poll suggests that nearly two thirds of Americans approve of the job Barack Obama's doing so far in the White House.

Sxity-four percent of those questioned in a new Gallup/USA Today survey say they approve of how President Obama is handling his job, with 25 percent disapproving and 11 percent unsure.

"A 64 percent rating is fairly high for a presidential approval rating, but it is nothing compared to the 84 percent rating Obama was getting in early January when he was still the president-elect," said CNN Polling Director Keating Holland.

"Previous presidents have also seen a drop in their approval ratings once they move into the White House. President-elect George W. Bush had a 65 percent approval rating before he was inaugurated, but by February of 2001 that had gone down to 57 percent. President-elect Bill Clinton got a 67 percent rating for how he handled his transition, but that number went down to 51 percent by February of 1993. Honeymoons start to fade the moment a new president puts his hand on the Bible, and Obama is no exception," adds Holland.

Sixty-three percent of those questioned in the poll say they think President Obama is moving about right in addressing the major problems facing the country today, with 22 percent indicating they think Obama's moving too fast and 10 percent saying he's not moving fast enough.

Three out of four polled say they want Congress to pass some version of President Obama's economic stimulus package. But Americans seem to be split on whether the plan should be passed with or without significant changes.

The Gallup/USA Today poll was conducted January 30-February 1, with 1,027 people questioned by telephone. The survey's sampling error is plus or minus 3 percentage points.

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soundoff (212 Responses)
  1. once upon a horse

    just wondering are we going to have a survey EVERY week that he's in office? So far that's what it seems like.

    February 3, 2009 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  2. Chibeardan

    This poll indicates nothing good or bad. As stated in the article the same trends are holding true as they did for most recent previous presidents. Obama's is slightly higher than most, but not in a noteworthy fashion.

    It pretty much says he's been the president for a few weeks, and the approval rate has trended the same as for past presidents, therefore nothing particularly earth shatteringly good or bad has happened to have much of an impact on his approval trendlines.

    February 3, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  3. Grandma

    We still there for Obama , I do not know how CNN got the poll he is been President only two weeks and he did more then any other president.

    February 3, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  4. Independant Vet



    February 3, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  5. the idiot

    ACORN was paid by the unions and George Soros to get a lot of votes and people, especially real people, don't like to admit they were wrong. Can you imagine how high the rating would be if they "polled" the fake names ACORN turned in?

    February 3, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  6. Bobby

    Hey, Bush-hating dems: the election is over. Time to move forward. How long can you blame the past for the failings of the present? You were reeled in by Obama hook, line and sinker. Time to wake up! Change we can believe in? God, no. It is going to take a lot more than the country's first bi-racial president to save us....even He is not that good....suckers!!

    February 3, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  7. Too soon

    It is too soon to tell, he is still a mystery man to all of us.

    February 3, 2009 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  8. Beverly, NYC

    JB February 3rd, 2009 10:31 am ET: Let me guess, were you one of the 22% who thought Bush did a great job?

    February 3, 2009 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  9. Matt Honestly

    ICT. I happen to be well educated, and realize that he is following the program THAT WORKED to get us out of the Great Depression. Remember FDR and all of the government jobs he created???? Drastic times call for drastic measures. Look where so called "small government" has gotten us. We now have the least amount of privacy, and rights than we have had in the history of our nation. The PATRIOT Act was the biggest step towards a big brother government we have ever taken.

    February 3, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |


    February 3, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  11. RaeofSun

    It gives me hope that people understand there is a learning curve for presidents and that not even they are infallible.

    February 3, 2009 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  12. Main Street America

    He changes policy & promises with the whim of the wind on a given day. I sure did not expect this. I voted for change and he is not puting that on the plate. If his track record don't get back on the track he promised and soon he will soon be derailed and go down as the most unqualified person to ever hold the office of president of
    the United States of America.

    February 3, 2009 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
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