What's behind Obama's rising poll numbers?
December 20th, 2011
08:11 PM ET
11 years ago

What's behind Obama's rising poll numbers?

Washington (CNN) - The gridlock and partisanship that threatens to ruin Christmas in Washington could be an election year gift for President Barack Obama's campaign.

A growing number of voters , 50% compared to 44% in March, trust Obama to solve the nation's problems while the percentage of those with faith in congressional Republicans is slipping, according to a CNN/ORC International Poll.


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  1. Name Stephanie from Pittsburgh

    Finally people are waking up and smelling the coffee .
    .....obama 2012

    December 20, 2011 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  2. Grand Oil (and Tea) Partiers

    It's easy. The middle class has finally figured out that the GOTP doesn't care about their best interests. Corporations are people too according to Mittens, and of course Bonehead and CANTor consistently display they only work for their rich masters.

    December 20, 2011 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  3. chuck weidemann

    Congress has done nothing but harm this country for the past year....exactly the same time republicans took power!!! You figure it out....

    December 20, 2011 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  4. Marc in Canada - the world respects the President

    President Obama is rising in the polls because more Americans are finally starting to realize what most of us in other countries already recognize about him. He's not perfect but he;s highly regarded and respected all around the world. He;s intelligent, well spoken, thoughtful, a great husband and father, has a tremendous work ethic and compared to most if not all Repbulicans these days he acts like an adult.

    December 20, 2011 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  5. GOP = Greed Over People


    Dealing with a steaming pile of economic dung the GOP dumped in his lap and an economy loosing 800K jobs a month?

    Getting rid of OBL and Ghadfi?

    Ending the Iraq war?

    Funny, I cannot seem to think of any reasons for his rising in the polls.

    December 20, 2011 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  6. T'sah from Virginia

    ► What's behind Obama's rising poll numbers? ◄

    Good Sense – Lots of Intelligence
    Straight Forward – Nowhere near horrid
    Very Caring – Not Overbearing
    Truly Head of State – Keeps us Safe
    A Real Trooper – Dealing with a Congress that fell in a Stupor
    Ready to kick Ash – When it comes to the middle Class
    There is NO argument – In 2012 he'll be our President!!!

    Yes We Can!!

    December 20, 2011 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  7. carmelle


    I swear Obama is the luckiest guy alive!

    December 20, 2011 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  8. charles

    Obama is the only matured person in DC. He is the only one that cares about the middle class America.The repugs are all morons that have been screwed by fox news to vote against their interest. Its so sad.

    December 21, 2011 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
  9. ez

    We all understand very well what's going on with the republicans they said they would fix the job problem all they done is no no no 2012 obama potus

    December 21, 2011 12:30 am at 12:30 am |
  10. Desmond, Canada

    No doubt, anybody with intelligence and integrity will vote Obama ten times out of ten!

    December 21, 2011 01:07 am at 1:07 am |
  11. stranger in an increasingly strange land

    If you want to know what is behind the Presidents rise in popularity, take a good look at the Republican opponents.

    One nutjob who believes that gays can pray out the gay, after paying her husband an unGodly amount of money. One guy who has already been forced out once for being too crooked to be a Republican. One former Governor who passed a health bill more liberal than the federal one. Another Governor who couldn't spell "cat" if you spotted him the c and t. And finally one who wants to cut or eliminate every government program and then give huge tax breaks to the insanely rich.

    December 21, 2011 02:35 am at 2:35 am |
  12. Charlie in Maine

    I think Obama summed it up best when he said on 60 minutes: "Don't compare me to the Almighty, compare me to the alternatives". I've been in Obama's corner all along. I listend to him when he was campaigning. The idea that he "overpromised" is a right wing myth that many even in my own party believed. Go back and look at his plan. He promised a long hard struggle on the economy, he promised we would get out of Iraq, increase efforts in Afganistan and work on getting Osama Bin Ladin, pass healthcare and run an honsest governmemt. Considering he has a congess more interested in seeing him fail than see America succeed I think he has done prety well.

    December 21, 2011 05:01 am at 5:01 am |
  13. fred ca

    The reason for the rise is simple. To get the vast majority of americans who are members of the democrat voting bloc excited you just need to show them a bright shiney object and say fetch. You'll also get 40 – 50 percent of the indies. And then you go out to expensive restaurants, board private planes, and rake in hundreds of millions from crony capitalists. And giggle at the lack of intelligence of your base.

    December 21, 2011 05:49 am at 5:49 am |
  14. John Smith...

    It is very simple. The problem lays in the Senate and the House. Republicans are blocking everything. They should let bills get voted and not filibuster everything.

    December 21, 2011 05:58 am at 5:58 am |
  15. Marie MD

    Oh, I don't know. The fact that he is not a Muslim or Satan and that he genuinely cares even if I don't agree with everything he has done.
    Maybe because we are finally opening our eyes to realize that the home made teaterrorists in congress don't have our best interest at heart unless you are filthy rich?
    Nice of the bo-ner to show up with all his teatards behind". Nhave miss seeing tantrum boy. It seems that they are all keeping a low profilennow. Cowards!!! He is, after the newterman, the worst speaker (weeper) of the house. Pelosi, a woman, has more balls than Bo-near ever will.

    December 21, 2011 07:49 am at 7:49 am |
  16. Namejkane

    Many normal republicans can see the damage to the country that these teaparty extremest In the house are causeing and won't vote for them in 2012.

    December 21, 2011 07:54 am at 7:54 am |
  17. Steve

    If you can't see that both parties are playing politics and right now the president is fooling its more than you are an idiot.

    December 21, 2011 07:55 am at 7:55 am |