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Obama “Strongly Approve” Number from 42% to 36% in Last 60 Days; Geithner 24% Or Less

March 23, 2009

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Monday shows that 36% of the nation’s voters now Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as President. Thirty-one percent (31%) Strongly Disapprove giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of +5.

From Rasmussen

At the time of his inauguration, Obama’s approval rating was above 40% with only about 16% stongly disapproving.


Geithner’s Poll Numbers March 23

America’s Political Class gives Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner rave reviews: 76% have a favorable opinion of him. Two-thirds (66%) of the Political Class say Geithner’s doing a good or excellent job handling the credit crisis and federal bailouts.

However, the latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey found that America’s Populists see things from an entirely different perspective. Just 12% of Populists have a favorable opinion of Geithner, and only 11% say he’s doing a good or an excellent job.

Most Populists (53%) rate Geithner’s performance as poor, but not a single Political Class survey respondent said the Treasury secretary is doing a poor job.

The findings are especially telling as calls increase for Geithner’s resignation following the disclosure that American International Group (AIG) paid its executives $165 million in bonuses after receiving a $170-billion taxpayer bailout to stay in business. Geithner was aware of the bonuses and did little or nothing to stop them.

Overall, among all adults, 24% have a favorable opinion of Geithner, 44% have an unfavorable opinion, and 33% are not sure. Twenty-one percent (21%) of adults say Geithner is doing a good or an excellent job while 40% say he is doing a poor job.

Sen. Sherrod Brown, D- Ohio, pauses in the elevator after arriving on Capitol


Politicians Who Took AIG Money Should Give It Back

Two-out-of-three Americans (67%) believe that politicians who received campaign contributions from American International Group (AIG) should return the money. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey found that just 21% disagree and 13% are not sure.

The belief that the politicians should give back the money is shared by a solid majority of every measured demographic group except one – America’s Political Class. In that elite group, just 29% think the contributions should be returned while 63% reject that idea.

Among America’s Populists, 77% believe the campaign cash should be returned, and only 14% disagree. Most Americans have Populist attitudes. and their perspective can reasonably be considered the perspective of Mainstream America.

Senate Banking Committee Chairman Sen. Christopher Dodd, D-Conn. ... 
Senate Banking Committee Chairman Sen. Christopher Dodd, D-Conn. took more AIG money than anyone else.  Senator Obama was second……(AP photo/Harry Hamburg)

Stimulus: Obama Falls in Polls; Senate Phone Lines “Paralyzed”

February 6, 2009

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Approval Index for Friday shows that 38% of the nation’s voters now Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing as President. That’s the fourth straight day below the 40% level for the President. Prior to that, the number who Strongly Approved had never fallen below 40% for even a single day while Obama was President-elect or President.


The U.S. Senate reports that its phone system is flooded with callers expressing unhappiness with the stimulus bill.  One staffer said, “The phones, the entire Senate, is paralyzed.”


BY Paul Steinhauser


Two new national polls suggest that support for an $800 billion stimulus plan to pump up the economy has slipped since mid-January, but may have stabilized in the past week.

Fifty-one percent of those questioned in a CBS News poll released Thursday evening approved of the stimulus package. That’s down 12 points from a poll taken January 11-15, the last time CBS asked the question. Thirty-nine percent opposed the plan, up 15 points from the previous poll, taken before President Barack Obama was inaugurated and before the House of Representatives passed an $819 billion stimulus package, with no Republican support, on January 28.

A new USA Today/Gallup poll, also released on Thursday, shows virtually identical numbers to the CBS News poll — 52 percent favoring an economic stimulus plan and 38 percent in opposition. Fifty-two percent also favored an economic stimulus plan in a Gallup poll conducted on January 27, a week after the inauguration and the day before the House passed the bill that the Senate is currently considering.

“These two polls, taken together, indicate that support for a hypothetical stimulus package dropped once an actual piece of legislation was introduced and debated in the House,” said CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. “Opinion about the specific bill that is now before the Senate has remained consistent since the details of the House bill were made public. A slight majority favor the current package, with just under four in 10 opposing the bill.”

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Only 11% of Americans Say Obama, U.S. Should Apologize To Iran

February 2, 2009

The Rasmussen Poll asked Americans if the U.S. owes an aplogy to Iran.  The question arose because of President Obama’s recent appearance on al-Arabiya TV.

 Obama’s Unnecessary Muslim Apologia; Misguided on al-Qaeda


Obama: Muslims not America’s enemy, “I have Muslim members of my family”


From Rasmussen Poll

Just 11% of U.S. voters think America should apologize to Iran for “crimes” against the Islamic country – one of the prerequisites demanded by the Iranian president before he will agree to meet with President Barack Obama.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey found that 73% oppose such an apology.

Obama in an interview last week with al-Arabiya, a 24-hour Arabic language satellite network, offered to end nearly 30 years of bad relations with Iran if the Middle Eastern nation is ready to “unclench its fist.” Ahmadinejad responded by demanding an apology for U.S. “crimes” against Iran and calling for major changes in U.S. policies toward his country.

Shortly after Obama’s election, most Americans said they expect terrorists or Iran to provide his first international test in office.

Fifty-two percent (52%) of voters view Iran as an enemy of the United States, while just four percent (4%) say it is an ally. Thirty-nine percent (39%) view it as somewhere in between the two, and six percent (6%) are not sure. These numbers have changed little since last September.

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Public Support for Economic Recovery Plan Slips to 42%

January 29, 2009

Scott Rasmussen said today that public support for President’s Economic stimulus, as it passed in the House yesterday, is slipping.

Rasmussen said many people say they support the bill “just because they like Obama.”

This goodwill from the public during the president’s honeymoon is already ebbing badly where laws are made: in the House and Senate.  Despite a pledge of bipartisanship, not one Republican could bring themselves to vote for the Democratic stimulus.  Now onward to the Senate….


From Rasmussen Reports

Public support for the economic recovery plan crafted by President Obama and congressional Democrats has slipped a bit over the past week. At the same time, expectations that the plan will quickly become law have increased.

Forty-two percent (42%) of the nation’s likely voters now support the president’s plan, roughly one-third of which is tax cuts with the rest new government spending. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows that 39% are opposed to it and 19% are undecided. Liberal voters overwhelmingly support the plan while conservatives are strongly opposed.

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Only 11% of CEOs Expect Economic Upturn in First Half of 2009

January 19, 2009

About 89 percent of business Chief Executive Officers interviewed don’t expect any change in the economy during the first six months of the year.

From: Business Courier of Cincinnati

CEO confidence in the nation’s economy has reached an new low, says the Conference Board’s latest quarterly report. The survey of about 100 top executives in a wide range of industries declined to its lowest level since the Conference Board began questioning the chiefs in the second quarter of 1976.

Twenty-four of the 100 executives surveyed said they were confident about the economic situation in the fourth quarter, down from 40 who replied that way in the third quarter.

The fourth quarter responses marked the second time since the survey began that the New York-based Conference Board’s measure dipped below 30. The low point came in the second quarter of 1980, when it was 29 and the economy was declining into a deep recession and inflation was heating up.

“The erosion in CEO confidence is a reflection of the rapid and severe deterioration in economic conditions experienced in the final months of 2008,” Lynn Franco, director of board’s Consumer Research Center, said in the release.


“It appears that business leaders are optimistic about areas they can control, such as their own business, but have a less positive viewpoint of issues outside of their control,” said Chuck Martin, CEO of NFI Research.
“There certainly is lots of gloom and doom in the media,” said one respondent. “And clearly we have major economic issues before us on a national scale… my hope is that political leadership transitions will provide greater clarity and spur people to gain confidence in our country and economy.”


Most Americans favor government intervention in economy

December 11, 2008
Sixty percent of those surveyed back assistance for homeowners facing foreclosure, and 64% favor tighter regulation of financial institutions. But lukewarm support is shown for helping carmakers.
By David Pierson
The Los Angeles Times
December 11, 2008
Linda Forest cringes when she thinks about the millions of dollars corporate chief executives earn. She believes greed is to blame for the nation’s economic crisis.
So the third-grade teacher from DeSoto, Texas, believes the pendulum needs to swing away from a less-regulated business environment to one with more government intervention and oversight to lift the country out of its morass.
She is among the majority of Americans who favor the idea of Washington stepping in to prevent any further collapse of the nation’s economy, according to a Los Angeles Times/Bloomberg poll.
“I’m hesitant to get government involved,” said Forest, 46, who was contacted in a follow-up interview. “But I do know there needs to be intervention. They need to do it with a watchful eye.”
The survey of 1,000 adults was taken Saturday through Monday and has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3 percentage points. The poll showed that most of those surveyed favored increasing government intervention in the economy, and half blamed lack of regulation for many of the nation’s current woes. ¶ About two-thirds back tighter regulation of banks and financial institutions, and half said the federal government should take an ownership stake in banks and other industries to save the private sector.

Asked whether such moves would constitute a step toward socialism, about half said yes, but just 20% said that this worried them “a lot.”

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