June 8th, 2009
01:27 PM ET
13 years ago

Poll: Lower marks for Obama on spending, deficit

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WASHINGTON (CNN) – Overall, Americans approve of how President Obama is handling his job, but less than half the country agrees with his approach to battling the deficit and controlling federal spending, according to a new poll.

Obama enjoys a 61 percent job approval rating, and 67 percent of Americans have a favorable opinion of the president, according to the Gallup poll released Monday.

On the deficit, the public seems split, but the trend shows a general souring towards Obama's economic agenda: 48 percent now disapprove of the president's approach to dealing with the deficit, while 46 percent approve - a statistical split. Fifty-one percent disapprove of his approach to reining in federal spending, while 45 percent approve.

The Gallup survey of 1,105 adults was conducted May 29-31 and carries a possible sampling error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

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soundoff (185 Responses)
  1. Linda from Minnesota

    Count me as one who supports him on the way he is handling the financial crisis.

    June 8, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  2. carlo

    I expect those numbers to either remain unchanged or to drop even lower before they come up. We are not a patient people, or at least we're not patient when we need to be. We gave Bush 8 years to ruin our economy and Reagan 2 terms to set us back. I know that this President is held to a higher standard, but that's okay. I don't think any of the polling data suprises him. It sure doesn't suprise me.

    June 8, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  3. Mike in MS


    June 8, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  4. FreeNLovIt - Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed (1SPMI) of the gospel, for it is (3SPAI) the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes (PAPMSD), to the Jew first & also to the Greek

    Green jobs.. jobs.. jobs... jobs.. we are hungry out there..

    June 8, 2009 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  5. Mark in Miami

    I give him a D+. It's clear that he is unqualified to be president. He's way in over his head.

    June 8, 2009 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  6. IS IT 2012 YET ??

    Hurry 2012. Please, hurry.

    June 8, 2009 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  7. Sam Ellison

    I’m 26, and am right in the middle of the generation that will end up paying for the stimulus. For my part, I can’t complain about it. Sure, it’s expensive, but we’ve had a serious lack of investment in this country since the Great Depression, save for the Highway Act. It’s about time that we begin investing in America and I’d support a second stimulus aimed at creating more American jobs and improving energy, information, and transportation infrastructure instead of funding another 3 trillion dollar war any day. (Will defeating terrorists keep us safe? Yes, but not as safe as weaning ourselves off of their funding source, oil) So let me say I’m proud to be a part of the Investment Generation.

    Anyone from Las Vegas, Phoenix, or LA that wants to blame presidents for wasting taxpayer money on infrastructure projects like the Hoover Dam, let me know. But try to let me know without using any electricity.

    June 8, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  8. Henry Miller

    That's a bit of a relief–people are finally catching on that Obama, unless reined in, would be an utterly ruinous financial disaster for the US.

    June 8, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  9. Lesley Anne

    I think it's the handling of the banks, and also the recent vote by congress to defeat the mortgage adjustment in bankruptcy, which is really the fault of both houses of congress. Our congressional house is bankrupted by special interests and it's spilling over onto the general population. Obama needs to get tougher on the financial industry because it's obvious that the banks do own our legislative branch.

    June 8, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  10. Jo

    Mark in Mami maybe you have given up but he haven't hit the 1 year mark. He may be over his head but at least he is making waves for this country to get their act together. Wait until February and then make that remark.

    June 8, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  11. Fla.

    Of the positive numbers, why choose that headline?

    Godspeed, Mr. President. Many Americans appreciate your economic efforts, understand it takes time to clean up this mess, and remain catiously optimistic for early signs of recovery. Persevere for the American people!

    June 8, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  12. Chris from NY

    He didn't blow the deficit but just can't cut it with the kind of economic cirisis we had at hand. I don't know how people expected this President to perform a miracle under 4months of taking office. This is really incredible and yet they like to brand him Messiah.

    June 8, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  13. Jim


    You would have to be an idiot to think that Obama has a clue about what he is doing to this country.

    It's going to take us decades to undo the damage Obama is doing right now.

    June 8, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  14. GM

    45% must not realize he's quadrupled the deficit over last year already. Probably the same folks that voted for him.

    June 8, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  15. J S Ragman

    To Mark in Miami. If you think he is over his head, what must have thought of our recent Clown President? My guess is that you supported the Clown. Don't forget ONE major point! The Clown is who put us here. At least President Obama is out there attempting to clean up our image and trying to diffuse much of the hate that is pointed toward us from the rest of the world.

    June 8, 2009 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  16. WhoCares?

    Americans don't have the patience or the intelligence to understand how hard this recovery is when it touches Housing, Banking, Jobs, etc.

    It will continue to go down simply becasue of these facts.

    June 8, 2009 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  17. Linda Va

    Hey Mark in Miami, you are just stupid to make that comment. Get a life, really. LOL

    June 8, 2009 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  18. J.P.

    Wow, not good.

    Not even six months into his term and he already has sour poll ratings.

    Think its bad now? ... wait until the required tax hikes creep up. AND THEY WILL HAVE TO RAISE TAXES, because you cannot continue to simply print Monopoly money.

    Not good at all.

    I'm sure Obama is a highly-intelligent, nice and good fellow, a man of integrity and principle and a good family man. I wish him no ill will. Economically, he is simply dangerous beyond words. With what he is doing now, and what he is still proposing for the future, things will be so bad we will wish we had the "good" economic conditions of the Weimar Republic.

    Read "The End of Prosperity" and have your eyes opened.

    June 8, 2009 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  19. Tim

    Fifty-one percent disapprove of his approach to reining in federal spending?

    Since he quadrupled the deficit, just how does he have an approach to reining in federal spending? Last I checked, "reining in" means slowing or stopping. I'd love to see how that question was phrased.

    June 8, 2009 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  20. Tate

    Wow people finally realize what he is doing and the fact in history of man it has never worked. He is one and done, he is jimmy carter on steroids.

    June 8, 2009 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  21. High Marks From Me

    Well, I still give him high marks because we didn't get into this in a few months. It will take some time and I'm willing ot allow this president to do what he has to do to improve our economy. The low marks probably come from those folks who didn't vote for him and would never vote for him. There are still a lot of sour grapes out there from GOPers and Hillary supporters. Whatever, he's doing a fine job.

    June 8, 2009 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  22. young conservative from NJ is win

    Well I suppose it makes sense that people aren't happy with his economic policy right now because of the whole issue with GM going bankrupt, but that's really not his fault because the president doesn't control the economy. We can thank Pelosi and Reid for that...

    June 8, 2009 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  23. WhoCares?

    "Of the positive numbers, why choose that headline?"

    Sensationalization is now considered journalism.

    It's a sad state indeed.

    June 8, 2009 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  24. FLP

    Are people finally waking up and realizing this isn't the "change" they voted for?? Obama is destroying this country and the Democrats are right there behind him with the blank check. Stop them before we end up like California!!

    June 8, 2009 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  25. phoenix86

    48% dissapprove. That means the majority of Americans are still ignorant and gullible.

    June 8, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
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