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. Johnny DC

    Do polls matter? 99% of Democrats vote one way, 99% of Republicans vote the other. 70% think favorably about him? That only means that 68% of people polled were Democrats.

    I'm just thankful to be old enough not to be drafted when Kim Jong Il pushes the button on his deathbed. Soft on national security is definitely the way to go - we're gonna need that Health Care spending to recover from the nuclear fallout, Obama.

    June 8, 2009 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |

    Mark in Miami...I guess you think McCain and Palin could do a better job. As if

    June 8, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  3. RobK

    How can 45% approve of the way is Obama is reining in federal spending? He is letting federal spending run wild.

    June 8, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  4. AP

    Yeah we Americans aren't a very patient bunch. Took 8 years to get in this mess. Folks expect everything to be turned around in 4 months. Patience people! Obama's on the job, just give the man’s policies a chance to work.

    June 8, 2009 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  5. Samuel B.

    Actually Jim, the idiots are people like you who continue to whine that President Obama is leading this country on the road to ruin. After 8 years of George W. Bush's ineptitude, it's going to take more than just a few months of President Obama's leadership to get the country out of the morass created by Bush.

    June 8, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  6. Joe

    carlo are you from this planet??!

    how are you going to complain about what spending bush did and then spend 10 TRILLION DOLLARS ? does that make any sense to you?

    you may have your issues with bush, but bush wasn't telling companies how much money executives can make, and whether the executives will work for them at all.

    this guy is romanticizing the new deal and the great society programs of the past-which both failed.

    he's talking about health care reform...RUSH NOW! he says. you can't get a grip on health care reform if you don't get a grip on illegal immigration.

    obama will have the same pathetic reputation as carter did.

    June 8, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  7. Bill, Bloominton IL

    Lets throw Bush into the fire one more time even though Pelosi and her posse have been in charge for 2 1/2 years now. No need for the democrats to ever take responsibility.

    June 8, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  8. RobK

    You know something funny. We can't efile our taxes directly with the government because then the government would be competing with private enterprise. All the while the government is taking over the auto companies and banks and will soon be running health care.

    June 8, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  9. Jefe

    While I don't believe the government is going about the recovery the best way possible, I think what many people don't understand is that the nation was on the brink of fiscal insolvency, and the economy on the brink of complete and total collapse. Recovery is going to be painful, in the short and long term, not automatic , quick, and easy.

    June 8, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  10. seebofubar

    Turn the clock forward 1-2 years when the economy has yery slightly recovered, we have spent over 1 trillion dollars of money we don't have, our taxes have skyrocketed, our military and security forces are demoralized, we have runaway inflation, the quality of healthcare has deminished, unemployment is still at 9%, we have additional illegal immigrants eating up jobs and welfare benifits, we still own 60% of a failing auto industry, rich are richer, poor are poorer, gasoline is $5.00/gal due to cap and trade, we have lost our leadership in the world and we kill more black babies due to increased access to abortions. Then lets see his approval rating, beacuse if he gets his way, all of the above will be true.

    June 8, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  11. D. Tree

    George Bush and Dick Cheney told us to wait 8 long years for their tax breaks to supposedly "stimulate" the economy and guess what? It never happened!

    Is it any wonder people are hesitant about President Obama's plan? But the plan deserves more than 6 months time – have some patience people, anything WORTH DOING takes time, energy, and – yes – MONEY.

    June 8, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  12. Bob, San Francisco, CA

    Sadly, most Americans are conditioned to expect immediate, instant gratification. So the economy hasn't recovered overnight. Everything's Obama's fault now, right?

    June 8, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  13. David

    Obama is a used car salesman at best. And so even while Americans are more enamored of form over substance, they are starting to see the truth.

    June 8, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  14. Joe from Ohio

    Uncle Barack - Keep spending, lets see if you can beat out Jimmy Carter. They all liked him in the beginning.

    Yes, keep up the borrowing and spending ( hehehehe!)

    June 8, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  15. joe b

    how did regan set the economy back???

    June 8, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  16. New Day

    It's amazing how many Bushies are on here criticizing him on the economy. I think he is ambitious and is trying to deliver for this country what his predecessors promised and failed to deliver: energy independence, universal health care and a better education.

    All these people on here now are the same that in the past wouldve said that the earth was flat, that the sun revolved around the earth, that we couldnt defeat the british and gain our independence, that our economy couldnt survive without slavery, that the new deal would bankrupt the country, that we couldnt break the sound barrier or the 4 minute mile, etc., etc.

    This is the latest expression of those that can not escape the confines of their own mediocrity.

    CNN, stop being biased and post!

    June 8, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  17. Ozzie

    Mark in Miami thinks Obama is in "over his head." But Bush was undoubtedly smart enough to get the job done!? Hilarious.

    June 8, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  18. ABMiller

    Blame Bush...!!!

    June 8, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  19. Barbara Campbell

    The neocons criticize President Obama at every opportunity to cover up the disastrous results of their own policies. It will take many years to undo the messes Bush left in his wake, and the neocons are already trying to make it look like Obama caused them.

    Since the inauguration, the stock market is up; jobless trend is improving; America's international reputation has skyrocketed; civil liberties, the environment, worker's rights, education, healthcare and energy are all being addressed with the American people in mind, not the profits of Republican cronies.

    Corporations, CEOs, neocon staffers, and lobbyists are writing these anti-Obama comments, along with the puppets who can't think for themselves.

    June 8, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  20. Peter E

    Put your money where your big mouth is, people! The largest deficit item in the budget is still the continued tax cuts you yourself asked for. You keep saying it's 'your' money, but all the greatness of this country was already borrowed by you, your father, and your grandfather, each turning a blind eye on the continued borrowing, and selfishly asking for tax cuts for themselves, leaving the next generation with the tab. If you are so worried about leaving the tab with your children, then stop asking to borrow a tax cut for yourself from them! Oh right, you want a tax cut for yourself AND your children... Who is going to pay that? You are expecting Santa Claus to pick up the tab? We need to buy back our country from the Chinese, and since you borrowed your tax cut from them already, you'll have to tell your children to pay it back! Thanks for your selfishness!

    June 8, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  21. Republicans Are The American Taliban

    HEADLINE!!!...latest CNN poll shows 97% of Klan members have a low opinion of President Obama!!!

    June 8, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  22. LISA

    Keep up the good work Mr. President. I know you're now Jesus can't do it all in 7 days!

    June 8, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  23. Mark in non-Texas

    This is not a football game, CNN–so I don't know why you have to keep noting every tiny change that happens; this whole nitpicking stuff makes you sound like Republicans, so take the stick out of where it's not supposed to be placed.

    June 8, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  24. sniffthese

    this empty suit is clueless, dangerous, and a disasterous failure.

    June 8, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  25. Chenna Benna

    Not surprised. Our deficits have doubled over the last eight years, but everyone went on their way like nothing was going on. Republicans sure didn't cry about it because most of it was going to defense spending. So, now this President has to cut the deficit while trying to stimulate the economy. You can only stimulate the economy by spending. Republicans can't come up with a better alternative to stimulate the economy because they know no matter what we do, it is going to cost a lot to clean up this mess.

    June 8, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
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