CNN Poll: More Americans trust Obama on economy over Republicans in Congress
September 14th, 2011
06:00 AM ET
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CNN Poll: More Americans trust Obama on economy over Republicans in Congress

Washington (CNN) – President Obama’s disapproval ratings may be at an all-time high, but in a new CNN/ORC International poll, more Americans say they trust him on economic matters more than they do Republicans in Congress.

The survey released on Wednesday shows that although a lot of Americans are still unsure what’s in the president’s new jobs bill, they like most of the major proposals offered in the plan that was sent to Congress Monday.

Full results (pdf)

“By a 43-35 percent margin, a plurality of Americans approve of the economic program Obama outlined in his speech to Congress last week, but more than one in five don’t have any view at all of the jobs bill,” says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland.

The president will travel to North Carolina Wednesday as he continues to try to sell his $447 billion dollar plan to encourage job growth to the public.

And most of the nation agree that stimulating employment is important right now.

Two-thirds believe that creating jobs should take precedence over the federal budget deficit and only 29 percent say reducing the deficit should be more important that reducing unemployment.

In the wake of recent natural disasters, Americans also prioritize disaster relief over the deficit. Six in 10 want federal aid to the victims of recent hurricanes and wildfires even if that amount of money is not cut from other government programs.

When President Obama’s bill is broken down, more Americans like most of the proposals in it – two-thirds like the idea of cutting the payroll tax for workers and the same number like greater spending on infrastructure projects. Three quarters approve of sending federal money to states to hire more teachers and first responders.

But overall, the public is in a foul mood over conditions in the nation today. Most say they are not better off than they were three years ago and large majorities say they are angry and scared about how things are going in the country today.

The poll was conducted for CNN by ORC International from September 9-11 by among 1,038 adults questioned by telephone. It has an overall sampling error of plus or minus three percentage points.

CNN’s Rebecca Stewart contributed to this report.

Filed under: Congress • Economy • Jobs • President Obama • Republicans
soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. enough of lies

    enough, take a real pole about how people feel, ask the plant employees that are losing their jobs in Florida, ask the 30,000 that are losing their jobs with B of A. ask the ones who been out of work or are in low paying jobs, ask the new ones who just went into poverty. Enough of the lies and enough of the misery, its time for a change. Time for obama to GO.

    September 14, 2011 06:14 am at 6:14 am |
  2. Sandy

    This must mean they blame Republicans for the gridlock, deservedly so. The people also still blame Bush for much of the problems we have today. Despite losing the house seat in NY to Repubs, Obama still has a good chance at reelection.

    September 14, 2011 06:16 am at 6:16 am |
  3. Elaine

    Much of what has gone on in this country in the last several years, even now, is not Barack Obama's fault.It has been the dynamics of the situation -his walking into an economy in shambles, Republicans that have not acted in good faith, but made a political game out of saying"No" to whatever the president has proposed to hinder him, and hinder the country in the process; and yes, I am going there-undertones of racism in groups such as The Birthers and others that formed on Inauguration Day over the internet to try to delegitimize and undermine him.Who could withstand such?

    September 14, 2011 06:27 am at 6:27 am |
  4. JPNAmerican

    I think the statistic of those who attended college to those that didn't is important and should be noted as well.

    September 14, 2011 06:36 am at 6:36 am |
  5. Anthony

    This may be faint praise, but still significant. People may not like Obama's stewardship of the economy, and his disapproval ratings may be at an all-time high, but he is still better than the alternative.

    September 14, 2011 06:37 am at 6:37 am |
  6. don

    The majority of americans know that the GOP will do NOTHING. At least the President will try to help.

    September 14, 2011 06:50 am at 6:50 am |
  7. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    If the Republicans are smart, they'll listen to the people and pass the president's bill. It is better than their super austerity measures that would stall the economy which is dependant (somewhat but not totally) on government spending and projects. I would have hoped the Republicans understood that. I am guessing that most don't and the few that don't won't admit it.

    September 14, 2011 06:56 am at 6:56 am |
  8. ST

    How can anyone trust Republicans in economy who messed up with it at the first place!

    September 14, 2011 07:15 am at 7:15 am |
  9. Doris Coleman

    Low income and the poor pay taxes, they pay in to social security, they pay state, city, county,federal and sales taxes. The taxes should help the poor when it is needed. This may be called welfare, socialism, etc. It is really an insurance able to operate because of the taxes paid by the poor, middle income and few of the wealthy. It seems some of the wealthy want to use the taxes to help in other matters, and waste...maybe because they do not put much in, and have had the power to decide what happens to the money. Right now, many of the poor realize their votes count................I am from the upper middle income. I can see this as a major fault in our system....there is no country ............without people..only the people, and develop the country..........................................................................

    September 14, 2011 07:17 am at 7:17 am |
  10. LegendRx

    "That;s why America, you should pass this bill" LOL!

    September 14, 2011 07:22 am at 7:22 am |
  11. macus

    Looks like Americans have started thinking again

    September 14, 2011 07:33 am at 7:33 am |
  12. Jules

    If the GOP is so sure the jobs bill will fail and make things worse, why don't they just pass it since they are hell bent on destroying this president. It's his bill and his name is on it so they have nothing to lose. I think they won't pass it because they are afraid it will work and will make a difference and the president will be president for an additional 4 years. For this group party trumps country every time.

    September 14, 2011 07:41 am at 7:41 am |
  13. airdoc

    I'm sure this was the usual CNN fair poll ! What was the make up of the people polled? Who cares about the ORC International poll. The proof of the opposite of this is the election in New York where the democrats lost a seat they've held since 1923.

    September 14, 2011 07:41 am at 7:41 am |
  14. Franny

    I know I sure trust President Obama over the do nothing, and obstructive Congress. Who would rather see this Nation fail, than to see a Black man in the Whitehouse for another term. Those who do not see their racism are blind! Of course they call it Socialism! LOL!

    September 14, 2011 07:48 am at 7:48 am |
  15. Ed

    Well the sure didn't ask me he had a big part with us getting where we wre npw.

    Vote him out in 2012 the spend spend President.

    September 14, 2011 07:49 am at 7:49 am |
  16. Johnson

    The American People kill me, we would have to be totally ignorant NOT TO KNOW what the republican party is trying to do to the president. They are obstructing EVERYTHING, they know that even though their approval rating are low it hurts the President MORE which helps them accomplish their ultimate goal (making Obama a one term President). This Country is horrible, are main problem is that we hate anyone that does not look like ones self. We are going to be left behind by every other industrialized country in the world because of our division. Some Americans want us to go back to the 1950's. The current republican party would fight against civil rights if thats the way things were today.

    September 14, 2011 07:50 am at 7:50 am |
  17. Jersey Mike

    Wow. The democrat spin misters are out in full force after their stunning defeat in NYC yesterday. The headline here could have just as easily read Obama has more support that democrats in Congress. That is because Congress always has a low approval rating. Obama is not running against Congress. He is running against his own history of failure – and now his history of political corruption including paying off cronies with "stimulus" money like the half billion dollars that went to Solyndra – whose largest stock holder was a major Obama contributor. Using our tax dollars to pay off your friends is a crime.

    September 14, 2011 07:50 am at 7:50 am |
  18. AEK shocked! The current Republican program is the same as it has been for the last 10 years. Pander to the corporations, give away tax breaks to the richest Americans, and watch as the working middle class and poor fall farther and farther behind.

    This Republican Congress got elected promising jobs legislation. So far, pretty much no jobs legislation. But they have opposed ANY and ALL legislation proposed by President Obama. I just can't believe people in this country who work at an hourly or low paying salaried job are supporting this party when it does NOT have their best interests at heart. They are only in Congress to make things easier for their corporate sponsors...period.

    September 14, 2011 08:00 am at 8:00 am |