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. landshark

    Jim, don't worry about the deficit! We'll all be dead from a lack of inspectors for our food, human and animals, and toy coming from overseas into this country! How soon we forget. If this deficit came from 8 years of Republicans.

    June 8, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  2. Mr. Sykes

    Most thinking people understand that nothing happens over night. I'm here for the long haul...whatever it takes to get this country back on track.

    Please continue, Mr. President.

    June 8, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  3. JP

    This guy did his first disservice to this country by applying for a job he was not remotely qualified for. The people that voted him in continued the trend...

    June 8, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  4. annie s

    The Republicans and the press have done a great job in scaring (what else is new) Americans about the spending/deficit, while the President's team has not done a good enough job in explaining their game plan in simple enough terms for us all to understand. I think the President has a great handle on what will work and what we need for long term economic stability. Give it time. If it works, the numbers will increase. If it doesn't, the voters will respond in 2010.

    June 8, 2009 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  5. Proud of American

    Hey Jim! What of the damage he had to undue from Bush and the Repulicans?? I guess it's okay to raise the deficit and destroy the economy as long as your a Republican.

    June 8, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  6. BC

    Take your time Mr .President, you've got this right. You are moving in the right direction. Remember TTT, Things Take Time. It took a long time to make this mess and it will take a while to clean it up. Continue what you are doing!!!
    (You've Got This Right Mr. President!!!)

    June 8, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  7. SDR

    carlo: "Reagan set us back" Are you serious??

    June 8, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  8. JB

    Wait... The community organizer is having a hard time presidenting?!?

    No kidding. That's why I didn't vote for him. Empty suit.

    June 8, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  9. Roy

    People are finally taking a good look at this clown and his looney policies. Give it six months and the American people will ride this bozo out on a rail.

    June 8, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  10. No Hillary = No Obama

    Slip sliding away – ok it's time to wake up and smell the air because that's what Obama has given us – alot of air – his air, air time, air flying to NY for a date night, hot air, this man is getting by on his speeches and the fumes of his coronation. Why isn't he in the Oval Office working? Why is he always in front of the camera? Why is he so fixated on Islam? Why, why, why?

    June 8, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  11. s-n-s

    I would say I'm not happy with the way he is throwing money at the issues. It's the same as Busch did in his last few months. They think just throwing money into the wind will make everything better. He needs to realize we are on the verge of a depression. If you look back in history they all tried to throw money at the depression and recessions and non of it worked. It's a matter of time and policies that will get things turned around. If he keeps this up one of the next Presidents will look like a complete idiot because all he's going to be able to do is cut EVERYTHING (military, republicans) (Social aid, democrats) just to save the country from filing bankruptcy. Then who's going to bale out the country? China?

    June 8, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  12. Kelby In Houston, TX

    The economic circumstances that we are facing require extraordinary actions that includes some un-popular decisions. However, economics is a science and the decisions being made are based on scientific facts. It does not look good but will indeed get through this and we will be stronger because of it.
    Things will get better. Things are getting better. HOPE for success.

    June 8, 2009 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  13. greg

    does anyone out their know were the word recession came from. it came from Rosevelt Depression of 1937 which result from all of the spending that was done. So instead of the word depression they came up with recession not bad huh. just to many stupid people.
    source time peice on the depresson.

    June 8, 2009 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  14. Unbelievable

    It's ridiculous to expect anyone to "fix" the economy in a matter of weeks/months when Bush and the rest of the Republicans had 8 years to screw it up. Obama's an easy target because he's actually trying to do something about it. Bush saw the mess he made and gave a couple speeches without taking any further action other than protecting the tax cuts of the wealthiest people in the world. What's the point of these polls anyway? Are you trying to make him quit? Are you giving people ammunition to say I told you so? The expectations of this president are unprecedented. I'm afraid he's in a no-win situation and won't be fully appreciated until well after he's done being POTUS.

    June 8, 2009 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  15. Mike in NYC

    His ratings are inflated by the huge advantage given him by his race. Even many self-described conservatives feel guilty saying bad things about a brutha. Two generations of multi-cult brainwashing will do that to you.

    That being said, it seems like a floor of 60% has been set by the MSM for the Great One's personal approval rating. It will not be allowed to drop below that, no matter what reality says.

    June 8, 2009 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  16. Glennis

    How would you expect someone who never had a real job or any kind of normal experience in the business and work-a-day world to either know anything about finances or to know how to choose appropriate advisers in the field. His whole adult life has been shaped by the organizations he worked with who knew how to milk the system, and with his own ambitious climb to the top of the political heap. What he knows is politics and how to spend other people's money. That's the sum total of his life.

    June 8, 2009 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  17. Just My Opinion in Texas

    Obama is in over his head and he knows it. The only REAL question is when are his lemmings going to wake up to reality.

    America should follow the model Lady Thatcher used during the early to mid 80's when she put England on an austerity budget. (In short, pay off the national debt and cut welfare programs.)

    America CANNOT continue to support everyone currently sitting on welfare, getting state or federally subsidized healthcare (Chips, Medicaid, etc) or food aid or Section 8 housing AND THEN pay for all these new programs Obama and his ilk are throwing out there.

    The bills for ALL of this WILL come due and sooner than anyone would like and I just have to wonder what all you Obama supporters will say when you get your bills, instead of the all the goodies Obama promised during the campaign.

    June 8, 2009 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  18. Will appease anyone for theatre tickets

    I get it "carlo", he is held to a higher standard why exactly??????

    I know you want to blame skin tone but maybe it is because people like you and the majority of the media and the majority Democratic congress all agree with everything he says in regards to the economy while HAMMERING anyone that dares question him on his moves and motives.

    The rest of the people that can sort through the muck are saying wait a minute, he is putting us 5-6 times more in debt than the last dolt in office and that is going to help us down the road how?

    We are paying attention to the FACTS and listening to people other than Chrissy Matthews and Keith Olbermann and Brian Williams, sorry if it is somehow "racial" to disagree with this fraud in chief, it is more about being an educated American who actually thinks before he speaks.

    One and done, EXPERIMENT failed,

    June 8, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  19. Matt

    "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."

    Yeah having a $3+ trillion liberal wishlist budget is really what we needed because of an economic crisis. You need to get your head on straight.

    June 8, 2009 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  20. Lenny 2.0 in VA

    "Many Americans appreciate your economic efforts, understand it takes time to clean up this mess"

    Which mess? Could you be more specific as to what the "mess" is and how Obama has addressed it?

    This is why it is so hard to get anything done anymore. People from both sides throw out the talking points and their followers pick it up and repeat it again and again at every opportunity. Meanwhile, "cleaning up the mess" is (I suppose) composed of creating huge budget deficits and massive spending bills called "stimulus" (actually political payback – look into it).

    Let's face it... if we don't start seeing some job growth soon this whole house of cards is coming down.

    June 8, 2009 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  21. Turnabout is Fair Play

    You neo-con idiots just don't know when you're beaten do you. You STILL can't get over the fact that your party lost and did NOTHING to help this country for 8 years, only helped themselves and now that someone is in the White House that is actually doing something to help the people, all you retards can do is harp against him. Eat the bitter aspirin, swallow it dry and let it stick in your throats.

    June 8, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  22. Lisa, NY


    I give you an F-, because it's people like you who make the political process stink. This honorable man has been in office for a minute, and you want to give him a D+. He's TRYING HIS BEST. Get over yourself.

    Keep up the good work Mr. President, we are with you.

    June 8, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  23. Melissa

    Not exactly a surprise. The slime tactics of the Republicans are rubbing off on those dumb enough to listen.

    June 8, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  24. darko

    People really need to get a clue...if you dissapprove of his spending and handling of economic matters...how can you still approve of his job? I sure as heck can't be his handling of foreign relations.

    Get over it people. He's not who you 'think' you voted for.

    June 8, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  25. vdinh

    President OBAMA should learn from CA Governor Schwarzenegger or "HE WON'T BE BACK"

    June 8, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
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