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. Lesley Anne

    Seems to me that the Repubs should worry less about rebranding the Dems as socialists and instead concentrate on coming up with some viable ideas that actually help this country move forward. A real debate with substantive solutions would be a nice change. These tickers are getting way too repetitive.

    May 20, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  2. Gary Beckerman

    The poll numbers are not surprising especially when you look at the Republican agenda. Unless it comes down to tax cuts or torture, the Republican Party is bankrupt of ideas. All they can do is complain because they have nothing else to offer.

    May 20, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  3. Better Easily

    Any direction would be an improvement over the old one led by Bootleg-Bush and Shootem-Up-Chainey. Actually, President Obama has a pretty easy job coming in after those morons.

    May 20, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  4. Kevin Denver Colorado

    TCM, unlike you we are not retarded, we KNOW when someone is trying to screw us.... IT"S YOU!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 20, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  5. b

    KC May 20th, 2009 4:08 pm ET

    I always wonder who they poll. No one I know has ever received calls from these pollsters. Also, how do they word their questions? Do they do so in a leading manner? Yeah, I find polls very deceitful and really just plain stupid.

    Now, you just confirmed to us that you’re an idiot and obtuse. Everybody knows that statistic and polling are based on sampling with a margin of error depending on the sample size. Sampling doesn’t mean that that you ask everybody, it is impossible to get everybody’s opinion.

    May 20, 2009 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  6. JT

    Sue – Let me just say, you make your party look even more irrelevant.

    May 20, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  7. Joe

    Nobody asked Me?

    May 20, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  8. walleye

    TO ROGER – The Dems have nothing to fear if everyone in the RepubliKlan party thinks like you. Oh, and you forgot to annoint Bush.

    May 20, 2009 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  9. ray ray

    @ Walleye says,

    "Why the hell wern't you complaining when Bush was dropping bombs on Iraq and killing not only inocent Iraqis but 4000 (and counting) of our young men/women in a war he fabricated on LIES."


    I assume you're upset with Obama dropping bombs and killing innocent women and children in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan, now??

    Awww... was that too much hypocrisy for you to process?

    May 20, 2009 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  10. annie s

    President Obama is doing an outstanding job to date. But I'm furious
    at Congress for slapping this President in the face with their idiotic ruling on Gitmo. What a disgrace.

    May 20, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  11. special kay

    I believe the President is doing an wonderful job considering......

    May 20, 2009 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  12. Sniffit

    @ Tim, who said "Everyone I talk to thinks he is in way over his head and that he is taking us down a socialist path"

    You need to talk to more than just the 3 dudes in stained wife-beaters you met at the weekend pseudo-militia daycamp.

    May 20, 2009 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |

    the only thing longer in Obama's america than the unemployment lines is going to be the welfare lines.

    Line us all up. We've already got a lot of sheep on this site already.

    May 20, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |

    Yes! President Obama is taking this country in the right direction and I wish him GODSPEED.

    May 20, 2009 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  15. Terry in Iowa

    It’s amazing how so many of these Repubs, know what God thinks and what God wants and have the ability to see the future. One would think that with this intimate relationship the have with God and their capacity to prognosticate, that surely their prayers for divine intervention would have had all of us good liberal Americans, burning in hell, long before the Nov election.

    Just perhaps, they don’t have the relationship they think they do and their vision is a bit blurred by their own hate, greed and bias.

    Only time will tell.

    For me, I see a great man, doing a great work, under great pressure and thus far doing a great job.

    May 20, 2009 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  16. Osama B Laden

    I give high praise to Obama! He is doing to Amerika what I could not achieve.

    Allah Akbar!!

    May 20, 2009 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  17. phoenix86

    Obama is the great magician, the hand is quicker than the eye. Unfortunately, by the time Americans realize the emperor has no clothes, inflation and unemployment will both be in double digits.

    May 20, 2009 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |

    Hey CNN, how bout taking a poll on Nancy Pe LIE si?

    May 20, 2009 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  19. JML

    At least the "truth" is slllllllllllllllllllllllllllloooooooooooooooooooooowwwwwwwwwwww coming out. Guess we should be thankful for the small begining. Thanks President Obama, keep up the good work. The GOP'ers need to find something else to do.

    May 20, 2009 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  20. Patty in the CA mountains

    Forward vs. backward....can only be the right direction )

    May 20, 2009 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  21. phoenix86

    Dear Annie S:

    Please send your address to your congressional representative and tell him/her that you are more than willing to house the Gitmo detainees with your family.


    May 20, 2009 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  22. Bitter Republican, party of no I mean one, your table is ready!


    I love your comments, it makes me happy to see you suffering.

    Side Note: Are you one of the unemployed standing in that line, because you seem to do nothing but post comments all day. Back to work facist!

    May 20, 2009 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  23. Roger

    King Limbaugh and his Republican Kingdom 😐

    Long Live the King. Hail King Limbaugh 🙂

    Limbaugh's Kingdom has Great Hunters

    1. Cheney the Quail Hunter. 😛

    2. Palin the Helicopter Wolf Hunter. 😛

    May 20, 2009 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  24. Sniffit

    C'mon now GOPers...admit's not everyone's potential unemployment you're worried's the just the inevitable unemployment of your members of Congress that has you all a twitter lol

    May 20, 2009 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |


    no I'm in one of the industries that Obama is looking to destroy. Pick one. There's a lot to choose from. Again when unemployment is at 11-12% I'll be the one next to you in the unemployment line saying I told you so.

    May 20, 2009 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
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