May 18th, 2009
05:09 PM ET
13 years ago

CNN Poll: Abortion not hurting Obama

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="A new CNN poll gives President Obama a 62 percent approval rating."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - Six in ten Americans continue to approve of how Barack Obama is handling his job as president - and despite the controversy over Obama's appearance at Notre Dame on Sunday, Catholics have a high opinion of him, according to a new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll.

According to the survey released Monday, there is virtually no difference between the views of Obama among practicing Catholics and Catholics who do not attend Mass regularly. Obama's position on abortion has no effect on how most Americans - and how most Catholics - view Obama.

Sixty-two percent of Americans polled approve of Obama's performance, and 35 percent do not approve. Among Catholics, the poll suggests 65 percent have a positive view of the job the president is doing, and 33 percent do not. The sampling error on that question is plus or minus 3 percentage points for the general population, and plus or minus 6.5 percentage points for Catholics.

"Overall, the poll indicates that Obama's rating may be down a bit since early April," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "But 62 percent is still a vote of confidence from most Americans."

Does the president's position in favor of abortion rights have an impact on the public's perception of him? More than half the country says no. Fifty-seven percent of Americans say the president's position has no effect on their view of him. Twenty-seven percent say it makes them feel less favorably about him, and 14 percent say it makes them feel more positively about him.

The results from U.S. Catholics are virtually identical to the rest of the population. Sixty-one percent say the president's abortion views don't have any impact on their view of him. Twenty-two percent say it makes them feel less favorably toward him, and 15 percent say it makes them feel more favorably.

The telephone poll of 1,010 Americans was conducted May 14-17. Most questions have a sampling error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

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soundoff (33 Responses)
  1. Vern

    Some of these religious wingnuts need to get back to their BIbles...try reading it and understand that you can't judge, only God can do that. I am pro choice...the right for a woman to choice not pro abortion. Who is their right mind is pro abortion anyway? No one intentinally get pregnant just to abort a child!!! These whackjob are the ones who run around not wanting goverment in their everyday lives so why should governmet be able to tell a woman what to do with her body. That is between a woman and her God.

    May 18, 2009 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  2. Joe in CA

    Hey Howard, reply # 18. BUY AMERICAN, period. That's why we're in this mess now. Too many IMPORTS of all kind.

    May 18, 2009 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  3. J.P.

    Not surprising... not releasing his full length birth certificate didn't hurt him either. But don't worry your little head... just go back to watching American Idol and then go to sleep...

    May 18, 2009 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  4. bob j

    i stand with the president he had the guts to state his true feelings on the subject , i hope we can come to some middle ground no one wants to harm unborn babies and parents with children who can benifit from stem cell will do anything to help there kids this is a real catch 22

    May 18, 2009 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  5. Wolves 4 Palin Charlotte, NC

    The "major controversy" was basically all media driven. Nineteen people arrested; a small group of students boycotted; most of the demonstrators were from off the campus; only three hecklers inside the arena and they were shouted down byt the students shouting "YES WE CAN;" Obama received several standing ovations; and the students loved him! Does that sound like the "FIRESTORM" CNN TV called it? This is jusy more media driven B.S.

    May 18, 2009 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  6. Lori

    @Proud Member... Party of No: Over 50 per cent of the country are now Pro-Life. Despite what your biased polls say, this issue will come back to bite Barry.
    Yeah, ok. I love your reasoning. I am not in favor of abortion so I am pro-life but I am also pro-choice because no one situation is alike for any women. Pro-life doesn't mean you'll vote against Obama. I proudly voted for Mr. Obama and will do it again. Many see the hypocrisy of the anti-choice movement. The pro-lifers are against abortion BUT they are also against welfare that would help women who cannot afford their child and many of them DON'T adopt children (just look at the numbers in foster care) or want homosexuals to adopt children. Hypocrisy!

    May 18, 2009 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  7. Pro-Life Female!

    If abortion is okay, why can parents not kill their children until lets say 3 or 4 years old? Until that age, they are very dependent on their caregivers. So, let us rename murder for children under the age of 3 as abortion. No difference - born or not - it is still murder.

    Women have a choice - whether to spread their legs or not.

    May 18, 2009 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
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