May 20th, 2009
04:05 PM ET
12 years ago

CNN Poll: Obama moving US in right direction

WASHINGTON (CNN) - As the Republican Party condemns what they call the Democrats' 'march to socialism', a new national poll indicates that most Americans believe President Barack Obama's policies would move the country in the right direction.

Sixty-three percent of people questioned in a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Wednesday say they think the policies being proposed by the President would push the nation in the right direction, with 35 percent saying those policies would send the country in the wrong direction.

But the poll suggests that Americans don't feel the same way about the Republicans. Thirty-nine percent of those questioned say that the policies of GOP Congressional leaders would move the country in the right direction, with a slight majority, 53 percent, saying Republican proposals would move the nation in the wrong direction.

"The poll indicates that some of Obama's popularity is rubbing off on congressional Democrats," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "Even though Nancy Pelosi has a low approval rating and Harry Reid is facing some low numbers in polls taken in his home state, 57 percent think that the policies of the Democratic leaders in Congress would move the country in the right direction. That's not good news for the GOP."

Four months into Obama's presidency, the country remains in a recession, but the poll indicates that Americans aren't blaming the new president or his party for the country's economic problems so far. Fifty-three percent of those surveyed say the Republicans are to blame, with only one in five saying the Democrats are more responsible for the country's economic conditions.

The poll also indicates that the jury is still out on Obama's actions to jump-start the economy. Thirty-seven percent of people questioned say that the President's policies have improved economic conditions, 23 percent say they have worsened things, and 40 percent say they have had no effect so far on the economy.

"Obama has four years to convince the public that his economic policies have worked, but the Democrats in Congress have less than two years to make that connection," says Holland. "Political junkies will be watching that 40 percent to see how they break between now and the midterms."

The poll's release came just two hours before members of the Republican National Committee approved a resolution calls on the Democratic party to "stop pushing our country towards socialism and governmental control."

The CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey was conducted May 14-17, with 1,010 adult Americans questioned by telephone. The survey's sampling error is plus or minus three percentage points.

(Updated at 6:45 p.m. with additional information)

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soundoff (152 Responses)
  1. CitizenJane

    "march to socialism" is working well for the GOP . . .

    May 20, 2009 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  2. Sniffit

    @ RealityKing, who said "5 million people out of work since Nov.
    Great job dems, keep driving America in the "right direction"!!"

    When you suddenly get handed the wheel of a bus careening towards the edge of a cliff, it's going to keep traveling several hundred feet before you can get it to stop, go in reverse, and back over the jacka$$ who was driving before you.

    May 20, 2009 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  3. ridosworld

    I'm writing all these comments from the Obama-Nation down and I will bring them up again after the 2012 Presidential Election. Oh Lord, so many of you are going to look like the people who said Ryan Leaf was going to be the best NFL quarterback ever!

    May 20, 2009 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  4. Bananarama Victim II: Electric Boogaloo

    TCM – is that from the scientific poll you conducted?

    May 20, 2009 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  5. Kelvin

    The republican party will lose time and time again,If they do not moderate there positions. You can not financially lynch the middle class of america and think everything is going to be okay. You can not have energy companies, mortgage companies, investment companies,etc. squeezing the middle class unregulated. There has to be SOME regulation not COMPLETE regulation or the well WILL run dry. REPUBLICANS WHAT IS YOUR PLAN!!!!!

    May 20, 2009 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  6. Fitz in Texas

    The Obama Sheeples believe this poll because I'm sure they were the only ones asked to take part in this CNN poll.

    May 20, 2009 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  7. Romney2012


    Give up dude, you can't reason with these libs. The minute you prove to them the Obama administration is all wrong, they resort to name calling and attacking other areas away from the messiah. Trying to hold a meaningful discussion with liberals is like having a battle of wits with an unarmed man.

    May 20, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  8. alvino

    The American public is a lot smarter that the right wingnuts think they are. Most of us have figured out that Texas/Arizona Cowboy Diplomacy is not the answer. Whatever the repubs are doing, (by saying "NO!") I hope they keep it up.

    May 20, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  9. WIlly Brown

    Ok CNN who do you call or have call in for this poll? The White House maybe....

    May 20, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  10. itbeme

    to bad the half baked alaskan doesn't read what the people are saying......she's to worried about the ONE dealership in Alaska that was a town of 4000 people......

    course, you would have to know how to turn on a computer.....and connect to the inter net.....and be able to read........

    Well, I guess someone could alway read it TO her........

    May 20, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  11. CHOICE

    So called "Obama policies" are moving the country in the right direction? It's about time! In the last 5 decades, America really has sat on their duffs and got hog-tied greedy. It's about time Congress actually worked and please, please, please, get rid of some PROGRAMS our tax dollars are paying for that only makes lots of Americans lazy and co-dependent. With that, Americans need to get to work themselves and start paying for their own lifestyles, not the taxpayers!

    May 20, 2009 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  12. truth

    democrats stand for the people. the republicans stands for their party. i will ever vote for republicans. they will go down in 2010.

    May 20, 2009 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  13. Lynda/Minnesota

    @ray ray . . .

    You my friend are why I and many others have left your party. A word of caution: We are ALL on equal footing with God and HE doesn't play favorites.

    May 20, 2009 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  14. Mr. President

    Mr. President,
    You are doing a great Job! You are not afraid of taking our country
    back from Big Business, extremists and Losers. Keep the fight in
    their faces.

    May 20, 2009 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  15. Kevin B

    I am glad to see the majority of americans have the political maturity to see through the shrill, empty and failed antics of the GOP.

    The only thing the GOP have left is name calling and the AM talk radio millionaire propagandist.

    May 20, 2009 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  16. FL voter

    Obama has my confidence and vote.

    ANYTHING but the previous administrations catastrophic leadership is a vast improvement!

    May 20, 2009 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  17. Simmy

    Right wingers are upset.......Life is sweet..........

    May 20, 2009 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  18. Mississippi Mike

    People are stupid. They don't even know what he's been up to yet. Expect that to change with the mid-term elections and his popularity will quickly decline.

    May 20, 2009 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  19. eric

    Let me guess the percentage of republicans vs democrats that were used in this poll. I am going to go out on a limb and guess 75% democrats and 25% republicans. Even the few democratic friends that I have think Barack is taking this country in the wrong direction. It is funny that CNN doesn't mention what party these people belong too!!!!!

    May 20, 2009 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  20. J.P.

    If Obama's policies are good the economy and will create jobs and prosperity, then California should be a beacon of prosperity right now.

    May 20, 2009 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  21. ben

    How about steele and limbaugh?

    May 20, 2009 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  22. Baze

    What most Republicans don't understand, or perhaps care about is that majority of the American people are no longer competitive against the world. This is unacceptable, which is why majority of Americans, Democrats and Republicans together support Obama's policies. We need to uplift a portion of the population into more positive regions of the serviceable percentile.

    May 20, 2009 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  23. Tulsa

    LOL... RealityKing.... that's a hoot. King of what? Who's reality?

    You nutjobs on the right just HATE it when you know the rest of the country sees you for the vermin you are.
    Or maybe you just hate.

    Either way, must SUCK to be you!

    May 20, 2009 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  24. republicans hate america

    the rush limbaugh party lives in denial and will continue to do the same old non sense they always have borrow what we dont have to cut taxes for the rich.

    May 20, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  25. eric

    I love it there is a comment on this blog bashing Palin. Itbeme we realize that you crazies hate Palin but what is next a comment bashing Palin on a children story blog? You need some help on your anger problem

    May 20, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
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