July 30th, 2009
03:34 PM ET
14 years ago

Borger: Voters willing to cut Obama some slack

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The giveaway was when they started calling him "Barack."

It was jarring, at first, to hear many in this group of 12 independent voters refer to their new president by his first name. But the more they talked, the more it made sense. After all, they are seeing a lot of him.

And they like it - or at least they like him. "There's a sense of intimacy, or relationship, that was there," says Democratic pollster Peter Hart, who conducted the focus group in Towson, Maryland, on Wednesday night. "[It shows] how unbelievably powerful his personal presence is. ... Don't get fooled by numbers alone. Something is stronger here."

So while the president's poll numbers start to dip, these dozen independents - including four McCain supporters and a lone Nader voter - are giving the president some leeway. They feel like they know him, and that he's "honest,' as one put it. And while they say the country is "broke," "worried" and "confused, they're not blaming Barack. If anything, they seem invested in his success.

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  1. Trade Freedom for Security, Lose Both

    I'll cut Obama some slack...he doesn't have to serve out his term. He can leave anytime he wants.

    July 30, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  2. Zero.

    "The Rock"? Hudson was a Queer... Now it gets worse... for Obama.

    When will it all stop??

    July 30, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  3. xytricia

    What worries me is that all these people think eight years of work could be fixed in six months. Matter of fact, where was these people when Bush was screwing up the country NO,NO,NO is all i seem to hear from republicans. Insted of tryinb to find a solution to our problems, they are findinb every reason to say no.

    I feel so sorry for people who are not able to see past their own hatred and prejudices. Insted of trying to pull togethee as one nation, they would rather see the nation fail because of their own ignorance.

    July 30, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  4. John

    No matter how much bad news comes out about Obama, groups like CNN will always spin it to make him look good. It's amazing.

    July 30, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  5. Mich

    I never want he USA to fail, but Obama is turning our country into the USSA so I hope the United Socialist States of America never never comes into being I hope it does fail.

    Give me Back the United States.

    July 30, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  6. charlie in Maine

    I've never seen a President like him. I was born in the 1960s so I missed JFK but having seen footage of his crowds it seems a bit similar. I think he is like a breath of fresh air to Washington DC. He is a great mix not only of races but of different backgrounds and points of veiw. Of course the far left will think he doesn't go far enough and the far right .well some of those idiots won't even admit he was born an American (which he was duh) So CNN, on any given day you will find people who compare him to who they thought he would be and find him wanting, but that just the way people are. Ask folks to compare him to Mitt Romney of Sarah Palin and you would see how popular he really is.

    July 30, 2009 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  7. Tom Everhardt

    I say then, Borger, that your polling group is looney. But they will soon change their minds.

    July 30, 2009 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  8. Zero.

    What ifs Straight Talk. Wolf? You bend so far, now your facing your worst enemy. You dont want language, unless it qualifies to your level... So I shout now and again. I wake up the also rans.
    But I know you listen. And if thats what it takes, then so be it.

    July 30, 2009 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
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