Another Poll Shows Public Approving Obama, Disapproving GOP On Stimulus

February 9, 2009 7:38 am

Yet another poll, this time from CNN, shows that President Obama is viewed very positively in the legislative battles over the stimulus bill, while the Republican Party remains the unpopular player in this game

Obama has a 76% overall job approval and 23% disapproval. On the economy specifically, his rating is 72%-28%. Meanwhile, Congress has a very poor rating of 29%-71% — but it quickly becomes clear that this should be not be simply laid at the feet of the majority Democrats, and is instead the GOP’s fault.

The Democratic leadership in Congress has a solid rating of 60%-39%, while the Republican leaders are at 44%-55%. Furthermore, respondents said by 74%-25% that Obama is doing enough to cooperate with Republicans, while they say by a 60%-39% margin that Republicans are not doing enough to cooperate with him.As for the stimulus bill itself, it is currently favored by a 54%-45% margin. If it becomes law, 16% expect it to do a lot to help the economy, 48% expect it to help somewhat, and only 20% say it won’t help.

The only really good number for the Republicans in here is that 55% say the bill will result in government spending too much money, compared to 13% who say it doesn’t spend enough and 30% saying it’s about right. But it’s clear that there is a swing section of Americans who may think this bill is flawed in some respect, but nevertheless very much want to to see it passed.

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