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October 21st, 2009
01:53 PM ET

Obama's poll numbers show wear and tear

From Candy Crowley
CNN Senior Political Correspondent

WASHINGTON (CNN) - As President Obama navigates his way through a series of issues as controversial as they are vital, he's getting a yellow flag from the American people.

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Support for President Obama's policies has dropped, but his approval rating remains healthy, a new poll finds."]

For the first time since Obama took office, fewer than half of Americans agree with the president on issues important to them, according to a CNN/Opinion Research Corp. poll released Tuesday. A majority, 51 percent, disagree - a jump of 10 percentage points since April.

Despite the majority disagreement on issues, the poll also found the president's approval rating remains in the healthy mid-50s. And two-thirds of Americans say he has the personal qualities a president should have.

"It's awfully early yet, but this president might be shaping up to be a little like Ronald Reagan, where people actually didn't often agree with Ronald Reagan's ideas, but they loved the guy," said Paul Begala, a Democratic strategist and CNN contributor.

A popular president who is less popular on the issues - Obama could use his personal popularity to rally support for his less popular agenda.

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soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. val leday

    I meant to say, he's doing a great job, my bad. I would vote for him again.

    November 3, 2009 at 12:15 am |
  2. val leday

    I notice when the number are good on the stock market, the president gets little to no credit. I really believe he's not doing a bad job to say he's only been in office since January 2009. If he run again in 2012 I would vote for him again, hand down.

    November 3, 2009 at 12:12 am |
  3. pk

    mitt ,your statements just proved me right.disagreement during a simple discussion resulting in expletives is the hallmark of present times.i am sorry if your feelings got hurt.i shall try to get a life as you suggested

    October 23, 2009 at 8:27 am |
  4. pk

    mitt you have just proved me right.sorry if i hurt your feelings

    October 23, 2009 at 8:13 am |
  5. Mitchell

    I started watching Fox News just for a different opinion. Wow I saw things there that Cnn ignores or really twists. I saw the rest of the stories in full that Cnn left out. It really gets you to thinking. I now mainly watch Fox and sometimes Cnn. Open your horizons and give it a try.

    October 22, 2009 at 5:03 pm |
  6. pk

    i am an independent and i voted for obama but even i ha ve to admit that despite obama's personal likeability his job performance has been dismal.this may also be because people close to him may not be giving him the real picture and dissent is not being tolerated and people who dissent are being considered rascist and unpatriotic.the media bias is also evident which may be hurting obama.i feel channels like msnbc ,cnn have been bought over or are afraid to disagree or hope for personal news is at least laying it on the line and showing what is not working.i have recently started to watch fox for a different viewpoint as obama can do no wrong with other channels,ny times etc.however for the most objective coverage i turn to the bbc for unbiased is such a shame.also people who say shutdown fox ignore the basic tenet of democracy and i am more ashamed of them.

    October 22, 2009 at 12:33 pm |
    • Mitt

      From your comment, I really thing you are a friggin right ring imposter and not an Independent. Whatever this president does, people like you will never be satisfied. Get a life please!

      October 23, 2009 at 3:08 am |
  7. steven

    All these public polls are flawed. They are based on a demographic area and these people have good jobs and one parent stays home. Some are wealthy enough to not have to work much or not at all. Others have time to sit in their office and participate in online poles. Generally these upper class people with money and security their usually Republican based. What they're not hearing from are people and couples that both work at jobs like outdoors, in factories, etc. and don't have time or access to a computer. After work they take their kids to after school events, with little time at home. These are the biggest majority of deciding voters and they never get heard from. These polls need to be taken in a broader area; Maybe in the evening local news to be more accurate.

    October 22, 2009 at 9:48 am |
  8. Bebe

    Our president hasn't even been in office one year & you people are going crazy with POLL Numbers..He is just getting started...All you reflubs that are getting sooo excited..Just shows your intelligence level, hehe

    October 22, 2009 at 6:30 am |
  9. KS75

    His numbers have been declining steadily since he took office, the "I inherited this" line is getting old, people want to focus on jobs, but instead they're getting bombarded with a health care issue that seems out of place given nearly 10% unemployment. Fix the economy, then fix healthcare, not the other way around.

    October 21, 2009 at 1:59 pm |