March 16th, 2009
11:56 AM ET
11 years ago

Poll: Obama job rating high, mixed reviews on the economy

President Obama may have some time on his hands in dealing with U.S. economic troubles, a new poll says.

President Obama may have some time on his hands in dealing with U.S. economic troubles, a new poll says.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - A new national poll indicates that nearly two out of three Americans approve of the job Barack Obama's doing as president, but the survey suggests that people appear to be split on how the president is handling some specific aspects of the economy.

Obama's job approval rating stands at 64 percent in a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Monday, down three points from mid-February. When asked specifically about the economy, 59 percent of respondents approve of how Obama's performing, with 40 percent in disapproval.

"Most of the Americans who disapprove of Obama are Republicans," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "His approval rating is 59 percent among Independents and over 90 percent among Democrats, but two-thirds of Republicans have a negative view of his actions in office so far."

Two out of three approve of how the president is helping the middle class, 64 percent give Obama a 'thumbs up' on unemployment, 62 percent approve of how he's handling taxes, and 54 percent support him on the home foreclosure crisis. But Americans appear to be split on how the president is dealing with the massive federal budget deficit, the problems facing the major U.S. automakers, and the federal bailout of Wall Street and the major American banks.

"There's a lot of goodwill towards President Obama in this poll. Americans overwhelmingly hope he will succeed. They believe he will succeed, and they support his economic recovery program. But we're seeing growing doubt about some details," says CNN Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider

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  1. ObamaYesWeCan

    Thank god Obama is President now. He'll take money from those greedy rich people and give it to us. As Obama promised in one of his many inspiring speeches, no one will ever go hungry under his watch, that includes all the homeless poor people as well. So just relax everyone, we're all taken care of.

    March 16, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  2. DX in TX

    This is good...let's pray for more good news.

    March 16, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  3. Beverly, NYC

    Keep up the good work Mr. President. Just as there are voice raised against you there are even more who pray for your success daily. Some people will be miserable no matter what, they could wind a million on a rainy day and all they will remember is the rain. There will be time later for finger pointing and blame. If Republicans and their minnions would rather stand on the shore while the rest of us do the rowing and heavy lifting the least they can do is to be quiet. While Republicans realize there will be backlash if they openly wish for the country to fail, they are working dilligently towards failure by loudly complaining about every plan, before it can be put into place while offering no solutions of their own. 2010 is coming Republicans, you will have lots of time to reflect when you are unemployed!

    March 16, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  4. Chipster

    JJ: Maybe you're the one who can't handle the truth. Democrats gained a very slight majority in 2007 but not enough to override a Bush veto. They weren't strong enough to make any changes until January 20, 2009. We're making changes now! It make take some time to undo the damage of the past 8 years but we've certainly changed the direction, attitude, and reputation from the disgraceful previous 8 years.

    March 16, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  5. franc

    Good luck President Obama. I have my hope on you and your administation will get us out of the black hole created by Bush and the GOP.

    March 16, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  6. Bob in Pa

    I can't say his ratings are hign in my neck of the woods. Each broken promise brings him down further each week. Now it seems that to get his health care 'reform' he wants to tax our benifits.

    March 16, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  7. Independent_me

    I am looking at Obama's announcement to help small businesses as I write this. Isn't it ironic that it took a Democrat to help the small business community, and give the military a raise and other support?

    After all, the Republicans bray about helping small businesses and supporting the military...but that is all that they do...bray like donkeys, while doing nothing.

    Yet the Republican Party has been highly successful at bamboozling the American public into believing that they are the ones who care about small businesses and the military. People, wake up! Don't be fooled by wolves in sheep's clothing. That's who the Republicans are!

    God bless President Obama, and God bless America!

    March 16, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  8. Ex-Republican

    We got attacked only 8 months after Bush took office. If Obama can keep us from being attacked for longer then 8 months, then he has BLOWN away that retard from Texas (no offense to texans, but you gotta hate being the residence of the only person in the past 60 plus years that allowed us to be attacked on our home soil..and oh my, it only took 4 planes to fool that idiot).

    Obama is doing a great job considering the absolute devestation that Bush and Cheney rained down on our nation. Coming out of such a horrific disaster of those two is no easy job, Eight years of complete terrorism sowed upon us by those two is not something that can be mended in 2 months. But we shall overcome their complete failing and absolute abismal record (NOTHING got better, jobs, housing, economy, image, wars, attacks on our home soil, healthcare,'s really sad that they did NOTHING successfully in EIGHT full years...pathetic).

    March 16, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  9. Dennis

    BHO is like a "Whack-a-Mole" You don't know where he will pop up next. His administration seems very disjointed without any kind of blue print for where he is going. The lack of executive experience is really starting to show.

    March 16, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  10. Mel

    It looks that what Obama is doing is working. For the 5th day in a row, the stocks are better.

    I am very very pleased with how Obama is running the country, though a few things have made me wonder what is going through Congress' head (like AIG) but I don't blame that on Obama, I blame that on the Senate and the House where it properly belongs.

    The country needs what he's been doing. It cannot continue as it has for so long and still remain as powerful as it has been.

    The experiment with a completely free market economy has not worked the way it was intended. Changes must be made to continue to function. "Wanting" does not matter when "needing" is more important.

    March 16, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |

    Rock On President Obama, Rock On. your Doing a Great Job so Far way Better then The Previous Idiot in Office Before you!

    March 16, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  12. Rick

    Obama has no idea what he's doing. His ridiculous fiscal policies are going to drag this nation down for decades.

    March 16, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  13. Island girl

    You go, Mr. President! The naysayers can't stand you for selfish reasons, but god is on your side! Who cares what Cheney thinks about terrorism? Terrorism lies WITHIN.

    March 16, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  14. Shooky

    He's slipping, the tides are turning now that people realize how to translate Obamaspeak. Change = Lies, Hope = Fear, Looking forward = Continuing to blame EVERYTHING on Bush.

    Buyer's remorse is setting in.

    March 16, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  15. Jim

    In another poll 56% of voters say they at least somewhat approve of the President’s performance so far while 43% disapprove.

    March 16, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  16. A Proud Republican

    Hhmmm... I have never been polled. Add my name to the "he's going to fail" poll. He already is failing.

    March 16, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  17. S Callahan

    Obama doesn't need to be the only one to 'know' what he is doing..that is why he has his appointments..for those who 'know' to let him know.......
    The way I see's the rich that are hurting the most at this point..and they are peeved off about it. Policitcs needs to learn from always brings about balance.

    March 16, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  18. Rachelraye49 - MD

    Your doing alright in my book. I pray for you night and day because you have something on your hands with this economy of today. I would like to see those that are condeming you do a better job. Keep your head up and the good work. You are a smart and intelligent President. God will give you the ideas to fix this mess. Just keep leanig and depending on him. And as for your cricitics (I say who cares about what they have to say anyway).

    March 16, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
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