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. Jean

    The transition from Candidate Obama to President Obama has been as predictable as Alaska's winter snow. – Governor Sarah Palin

    May 20, 2009 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  2. The Broker.

    By the Left! Quick march?

    May 20, 2009 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  3. No Incumbents 2010

    Isn't it great to live in a country where right and wrong is determined by public opinion polls?

    May 20, 2009 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  4. No Hillary = No Obama

    Would CNN or the public admit that Obama is not moving this country in the right direction? This guy is so over rated it's laughable. Better to start treating him with a critical eye than a free pass, spinning everything in his favor. What a joke.

    May 20, 2009 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  5. Joe D

    Thank God, these idiot Republicans are led by imbeciles like Limbaugh and Cheney. With people like this the Democrats will never have to worry. Now Colin Powell is a different story. He is a brilliant leader and orator, to bad the Republicans don't have him as their speaker. But what can you expect from the backward party of no, that got America into the situation it now is in. Our only hope is Obama!

    Joe D.

    May 20, 2009 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  6. Randolph Carter

    Ray Ray wrote:
    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?

    Actually, we're realists. Obama inherited the war. Killing people is a part of war. To just irresponsibly pull all of our troops out of the middle east would result in a bloodbath we can't even imagine. So, thanks to Bush and his oil buddies we must go on killing for a little while longer. Besides, we're so good at it. Have a nice day!

    May 20, 2009 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  7. Proud Member..Party of No

    I certainly don't put much faith in CNN polls but if they are accurate then we, as a nation, have lost the battle because it means that the entitlement mentality has taken hold and the country is on it's death spiral.

    May 20, 2009 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  8. Roger

    G.W.Bush is a Great Hunter too.....

    Unfortunately, Bush became Prey to Iraqi Shoe Hunter (Journalist) 🙂 😛

    May 20, 2009 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  9. A. D.

    Look considering the mess G.W. and Cheney left this country in, I think the President is doing a good job, trying to get this economy back on the right track won't be easy, and it will not happen over night. Fair is fair, G.W. had eight years to put us in this mess, Obama isn't a miracle worker, but I do believe he is working hard to try to get this economy going again. The party of NO have sat on the sideline with no answers, but attacking people left and right. Cheney, Limbaugh, Newt, Boehner, McConnell, Canter, the same old white faces , who help put us in this mess.

    May 20, 2009 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |

    oh and bitter,

    I'll be fine. I'm not suffering. I'll survive. Its my two employees as a small business owner that I'll have to lay off because your great President is destroying small business in America.

    May 20, 2009 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  11. WhoCares?

    Keep on talking Rush, Cheney and Steele.

    See how much you are accomplishing!!!

    May 20, 2009 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  12. WhoCares?

    You think average, hard-working Americans aren't over-joyed by just his latest Credit Card Bill?

    Who hasn't been screwed by the Credit Card companies a few times in their life?

    THIS is why alot of Americans love him....he is handling stuff WE NEED that the conservatives thought were just too tough to tackle.

    May 20, 2009 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  13. ray ray

    @ Lynda / Minn says,

    "You my friend are why I and many others have left your party."


    Good riddance to bad rubbish, sweetheart.

    You'll fit quite nicely with the abortion-loving, terrorist-defending, socialist-spending democrats. Arlene Specter is proud of you!

    May 20, 2009 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  14. stormerF

    Mr President one question,How will you pay for all the freebies you want to give away?

    May 20, 2009 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  15. Independant in Indiana

    eric May 20th, 2009 4:41 pm ET

    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!!!!!


    You of course realize that only a little over 20% of people call themselves Republicans? If they only have 25% repubs in their poll then that reflects the country accurately.

    May 20, 2009 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  16. Robin in Tampa, FL

    The GOP can condemn the Democrats march to socialism all they want ... it doesn't change the fact that we are now living through a depression thanks to the Republican's careless "Hands off the Wheel" approach to everything from running the country to regulating the Banks, Wall Street and Big Business.

    May 20, 2009 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  17. Jean

    It is a CNN poll, did you expect anything different.

    CNN is in the tank, they help put ObeTheTeleprompter in office.

    This admin from day one has been a walking disaster. But CNN is reporting everything sunny side up.

    The country is being run by four stooges:


    May 20, 2009 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  18. Ted Tartaglia

    At least President Obama is trying to clean up the mess of the previous administration. The obstructionist Republic rejects are doing nothing but criticizing without offering any solutions.

    May 20, 2009 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  19. Roger

    Mr. President Bill Clinton,

    Why ? Why ?? Why ??? on Earth did you Advise Cheney, to have more Target Practice? 🙂

    Don't you Know?

    If Cheney goes to the Shooting Range. All the Maintenance Guys are at risk there. 😐

    Cheney is Quite Capable of Shooting a Maintenance Guy there instead of the Target....... 😛

    May 20, 2009 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  20. JT

    Moving away from the Party of 'No' led by an AM Radio talk show host, leading less than 20% of America that still admit to be associated with the mess Bush/Cheney built - Yes, definitely, we are heading in the right direction.

    May 20, 2009 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  21. Steve M

    Anyway that is opposite of the Bush and Cheney direction is the right direction for this country.

    May 20, 2009 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  22. pam Eugene OR

    Jon in CA 4:17
    Hey Jon, I believe the Gov of CA is a Republican not a Democrat.
    President Obama is doing an amazing job restoring Americas image and the economy will turn around in time. My 401K made money in the last 2 months and things a re improving under Obama's leadership.
    The Party of NO will continue to wander in the dark until their leaders make serious changes and it does not appear that will happen.

    May 20, 2009 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
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