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. donttreadonme

    Thats because the majority of people know that the stimulus was not all stimulus and was a loaded with pork spending and political paybacks.

    June 8, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  2. Hammer

    "The public seems to be souring with Abomination" is an understatement at best.
    We are getting sick to our stomachs!

    June 8, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  3. RealityKing

    Of course CNN's poll director had to do multiple control groups to get this questions just right so the numbers would be as high as they are..

    June 8, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  4. Obama Supporter Forever


    No, it's going to take us decades to undo the damage that GEORGE W. BUSH did, he's the one who historians have said is the 7th WORST PRESIDENT EVER. Do your research.

    President Obama is doing a fine job and naysaying sour grape whiners like you should take your meds and step aside.

    June 8, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  5. Not suprised in Denver

    Isn't the government changing the President's title to Commander and Thief? Hail to the thief, Obummer!

    June 8, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  6. worriedmom

    I am surprised that the numbers are even that high! the man just keeps spending,spending, spending. Why not try out his new ideas on Congress first and let them see if they can live within their means and then if it works, implement it to the rest of us. All those voting on it, including the President, could care less, because it doesnt affect their way of living and wages...... try living it before you implement it. Also on the speech about more jobs for the summer, has the man even said how low the wages are gonna be for these people. with everything going up, a person still will have a hard time struggling just to live. Comeon get a reality check Mr. President. YOu didn't start this mess, but you sure have added a lot to it and this time you cannot blame it on Bush.

    June 8, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  7. Sam

    Perhaps B.Hussein should take some lessons from President Bush.

    Bush inherited a recession, cut taxes, encouraged small business growth and personal responsibility and we sailed on through to the one of the best economies ever.

    Obama helps create a recession, increases spending, hurts small businesses, promises to raise taxes and otherwise does his best to lengthen the recession, and possibly turn it into a depression.

    Can't let a crisis go to waste, ya know!

    June 8, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  8. Dylan from MN

    Wow, the right wing has seriously gone insane.

    June 8, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  9. Blue in maine

    One of the resons the defecit has increased is that the wars are no longer hidden from the budget. It is a more honest way to govern but it does make the number bigger. On the bright size as we stop spnding the 12 million dollars a minute on Bush's war of choice in Iraq the defecit will get better.

    June 8, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  10. Lynn

    Anyone at the helm of this economic mess would be getting low marks at this time as the economy struggles to recover from the fraud, greed and unregulated banks and Wall street. There will be no way to judge Pres. Obama until a year or so has passed.

    June 8, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  11. Independent in Virginia

    The only reason his numbers are below 50% is because, in my opinion, he's doing a decent job with national security issues. I'm not sure how long that will last, but for the administration's sake, he better hope the economy starts to get better.

    Americans are starting to see through the "spend, spend, spend" our way out of it strategy b/c we aren't seeing the money trickle down to us. And if the health care thing passes – forget about it. A lot of moderates want health care reform, but not the way Obama and progressive liberals want it. A lot of the comments on this ticker for months have been right vs. left and shouting back and forth, but the middle is what counts, and more and more the middle is starting to go back toward the center-right. That's what this poll and other recent polls on abortion, health care, bailouts, etc., are showing.

    June 8, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  12. Matt

    Obama's spending/deficit policies are not good for the country. I'm glad that people are finally coming around.

    I'm not sure people equate the man with the bad policies. If they did, his approval numbers would also be lower.

    June 8, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  13. AB in Atlanta

    Mike in MS we all know that Rassmussen Polls are Fox Five driven
    Who you kidding.....Lets all remember where this country was 1 yr earlier both on the domestic and foreign front....President Obama is still trying to pull the country out of the ditch that Bush/Cheny dug the last eight yrs.

    June 8, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  14. liberals are lemmings

    see what happened in the EU elections. Libs get ready for mid term elections.

    June 8, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  15. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    The polls will change once more jobs are produced. Wait and see! At least credit is being lent to small businesses. Very big achievement in itslef.

    June 8, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  16. Leah

    MARK in MS...Do some research...Rasmussen uses a lopsided number of Republicans in their polls and is consistently out of wack with other polls....the only true poll is on Real Clear Politics which provides an average of all polls taken.

    June 8, 2009 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  17. Ken S. Li

    The deficit that we need to worry most is the morale's deficit. If this
    country is to protect gay marriages, it will just keep going down and the society will be disintegrated further. We all need to repent and ask
    for God's mercy.

    June 8, 2009 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  18. JK Ashburn, VA

    And when more Americans realize that all of his talk (the stuff that gets him positive marks from so many) has a massive price tag, the rest of his popularity will plummet, too. More Americans are discovering, too late, that campaign promises do not equal governance or leadership. This is not Alice in Wonderland. "Change we can believe in?" Only if you believe in a lot of other fairy tales.

    June 8, 2009 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  19. Eric

    To the obvious Republicans posting their typical hate speak here.. Obama is favored by 67% of the country 67% (again for that blind eye you are turning). Your beloved war mongers weren't even close to half of that, so keep on hating while the rest of the world looks ahead.

    June 8, 2009 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  20. Conservative Independent

    Throwing money at banks and big business was dumb. Need to let the situation run it's course and weed out the business that can't survive. All this money has done is to drag the process out longer, and in the end will make it more painful on America. What government should have been doing is cutting the debt we already have...

    June 8, 2009 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  21. ron

    It always amazes me that the republican party can made up complaints and scare tactics work with simple American people. They have no proof, no facts, not what shred of evidence that what they are saying will actually happen. But that doesn't matter. They know Americans are not an educated bunch and blindly follow what they hear without investigating it themselves. What a joke. By the way I don't pay a dime for my Canadian Health care and I choose the doctor that I want. The only time the government gets involved is when it comes time to pay. But you idiots can continue to believe the republican party who are being paid by the drug companies.

    June 8, 2009 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  22. carlo

    Mike in MS June 8th, 2009 1:31 pm ET

    Poor, poor, ignorant, hicked out, delusional Mike. Couple of points:

    1. Don't type in all caps. Only the mentally challenged, the borderline illiterate, or the insane do that.

    2. The fact that you are citing a Rasmussen poll speaks volumes about where you get your information. That's like me posting a poll from DailyKos, which leans way left.

    June 8, 2009 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  23. Mississippi Mike

    Americans don't like socialism or Chicago-style community activist strong-arming of American companies. Complete economic overhaul of the US systems is one of Obama's main goals and it is being flatly rejected as people become familiar with it.

    June 8, 2009 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  24. yuri

    No matter how hard BHO tries, he has to first win some 210 million hearts in the US, and, perhaps, another, say, 4 billions the world over, in order to make his stamp seen and felt, and garner decent number of favorable votes in any poll. That's quite an upheaval task and the backward draggin' forces typically come from the GOPs and other

    June 8, 2009 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  25. DavidinCA

    The honeymoon is over. I mean, " Hooray for us...we elected Obama!!!", and all that happy hoopla, but now it's time to suffer the consequences. This means a huge learning curve for that Junior Senator from Illinois and we all pay for it. Good luck with that!

    June 8, 2009 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
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