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Ipsos/McClatchy Poll conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs. Jan. 28-31, 2010. N=1,127 adults nationwide. MoE 2.9.

             

"Thinking about President Obama's policy agenda in his first year in office, do you think the President has tried to do too much, about the right amount, or too little?"

 
    Too Much About Right Too Little Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

1/28-31/10

41 35 19 5  
             
 

Asked of those who think Obama has tried to do too much:
"And which one of the following policy areas would you say has the most to do with the reason that you think President Obama has tried to do too much: [see below]?"

 
      %      
 

Health care reform

57      
 

The economy and jobs

14      
 

Financial sector regulation

10      
 

The war in Afghanistan

5      
 

The war in Iraq

4      
 

Energy independence

3      
 

Diplomacy

2      
 

Terrorism

2      
 

Education

1      
 

Unsure

3      
             
 

Asked of those who think Obama has tried to do too little:
"And which one of the following policy areas would you say has the most to do with the reason that you think President Obama has tried to do too little: [see below]?"

 
      %      
 

The economy and jobs

42      
 

Health care reform

16      
 

The war in Iraq

11      
 

Education

6      
 

The war in Afghanistan

6      
 

Financial sector regulation

5      
 

Energy independence

3      
 

Terrorism

3      
 

Diplomacy

-      
 

Unsure

8      

 

CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll. Jan. 27, 2010. N=400 adults nationwide who watched the presidential speech, with interviews starting after Obama had finished presenting all of his proposals on domestic and foreign policy. MoE 5. Per CNN: Survey respondents were first interviewed as part of a random national sample on January 22-26, 2010. In those interviews, respondents indicated they planned to watch tonight's speech and were willing to be re-interviewed after the speech. Some questions were asked of each respondent both in the pre-speech questionnaire on January 22-26 and on tonight's questionnaire. Where applicable, results for tonight's respondents from both the pre-speech survey and the post-speech survey are reported. 25% of the respondents who participated in tonight's survey identified themselves as Republicans, 38% identified themselves as Democrats, and 36% identified themselves as independents.

             

"What was your overall reaction to President Obama's speech tonight: very positive, somewhat positive, somewhat negative, or very negative?"

 
    Very
positive
Somewhat
positive
Somewhat
negative
Very
negative
Mixed (vol.)/
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

1/27/10

48 30 15 6 2
             

"Do you think the policies being proposed by Barack Obama will move the country in the right direction or the wrong direction?"

 
    Right
direction
Wrong
direction
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

1/27/10

71 27 2    
 

1/22-26/10

53 43 5    
             

"So far, would you say Barack Obama has had the right priorities, or that he hasn't paid enough attention to the country's most important problems?"

 
    Right
priorities
Hasn't paid
attention to
biggest
problems
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

1/27/10

55 44 1    
 

1/22-26/10

49 51 1    
             

"How confident are you in Barack Obama's abilities to carry out his duties as president: very confident, somewhat confident, not too confident, or not confident at all?"

 
    Very
confident
Somewhat
confident
Not too
confident
Not at all
confident
 
    % % % %  
 

1/27/10

38 28 22 12  
             

"Do you think that President Obama's plan will or will not succeed in . . . ?"

 
    Will succeed Will not
succeed
Unsure    
    % % %    
 
 

"Improving the economy"

 

1/27/10

67 32 1    
 
 

"Creating or saving millions of jobs"

 

1/27/10

59 39 3    
 
 

"Improving the nation's health care system"

 

1/27/10

51 46 4    
 
 

"Reducing the federal budget deficit"

 

1/27/10

49 47 4    
             

"Do you think President Obama's speech tonight shows that he will have the same goals and priorities that he had last year, or do you think his speech shows that he will move his administration in a new direction this year?"

 
    Same goals,
priorities
New direction Unsure    
    % % %    
 

1/27/10

50 49 1    

 

NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll conducted by the polling organizations of Peter Hart (D) and Bill McInturff (R). Jan. 23-25, 2010. N=800 adults nationwide. MoE 3.5.

             

"Will your vote for Congress this November be a vote to send a signal of support for President Obama, a signal of opposition to President Obama, or not a signal either way about President Obama?" Among registered voters

 
    Signal of
support for
Signal of
opposition
Not a signal
either way
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

1/23-25/10

37 27 35 1  
             

"For each of the following issues, please tell me if you think Barack Obama is giving too much attention to this issue, too little attention to this issue, or the right amount of attention to this issue. . . ."

 
    Too much
attention
Too little
attention
Right amount
of attention
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

"Health care"

 

1/23-25/10

44 16 38 2  
 
 

"Climate change and global warming"

 

1/23-25/10

29 27 37 7  
 
 

"Afghanistan"

 

1/23-25/10

17 29 49 5  
 
 

"The economy"

 

1/23-25/10

5 51 42 2  
             

"When it comes to dealing with the problems facing America, how much blame do you give [see below] in not finding solutions to those problems: a great deal of blame, quite a bit of blame, just some blame, or very little blame?"

 
    A great deal
of blame
Quite a bit
of blame
Just some
blame
Very little
blame
Unsure
    % % % % %
 
 

"The Republicans in Congress"

 

1/23-25/10

24 24 39 11 2
 
 

"The Democrats in Congress"

 

1/23-25/10

21 20 41 15 3
 
 

"President Obama"

 

1/23-25/10

14 13 36 35 2
             

"Now, thinking about events of the past couple months, do you feel that President Obama is facing a short-term setback from which things are likely to get better for him, that he is facing a longer-term setback from which things are unlikely to get better for him, or that he is not facing a setback at this time?"

 
    Short-term
setback
Longer-term
setback
Not facing a
setback
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

1/23-25/10

41 42 13 4  

 

CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll. Jan. 22-24, 2010. N=1,009 adults nationwide. MoE 3.  RV = registered voters

             

"Thinking about the following characteristics and qualities, please say whether you think it applies or doesn't apply to Barack Obama. . . ."

 
    Applies Doesn't apply Unsure    
    % % %    
 
 

"Can unite the country and not divide it" 2009 & 2008: "Will unite the country and not divide it"

 

1/22-24/10

49 50 1    
 

10/30 - 11/1/09

51 48 1    
 

12/19-21/08

77 21 2    
             
 

"Can bring the kind of change the country needs"

 

1/22-24/10

53 47 -    
 

10/30 - 11/1/09

54 46 -    
 

2/18-19/09

69 29 1    
 

12/19-21/08

75 24 -    
 

10/30 - 11/1/08 RV

59 41 1    
 

3/14-16/08 RV

56 42 2    
             
 

"Is in touch with the problems ordinary Americans face in their daily lives"

 

1/22-24/10

56 43 -    
             
 

"Is a good speaker and communicator"

 

1/22-24/10

90 10 -    
             

"Looking back on Barack Obama's first year in office, do you think he accomplished more than you expected, about as much as you expected, or less than you expected?"

 
    More About as
much
Less    
    % % %    
 

1/22-24/10

12 44 44    
             

"Do you think Barack Obama has paid more attention to the problems faced by middle class Americans or the problems faced by banks and other financial institutions?"

 
    Middle class
Americans
Banks,
financial
institutions
Both equal/
Neither (vol.)
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

1/22-24/10

28 60 11 2  
             

"As you may know, Barack Obama will give his annual State of the Union speech to a joint session of Congress on Wednesday evening, January 27th. What are your expectations for that speech? Do you think his speech will be excellent, good, just okay, poor or terrible?"

 
    Excellent Good Just okay Poor Terrible
    % % % % %
 

1/22-24/10

24 39 25 6 5
             

"Do you think it is very likely, somewhat likely, not very likely, or not likely at all that Obama's speech will make you feel more confident about the future of the nation's economy?"

 
    Very likely Somewhat
likely
Not very
likely
Not at all
likely
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

1/22-24/10

15 30 25 28 1
             

"In that speech, would you like to hear Obama address the same goals and priorities that he had in his first year in office, or would you rather see Obama put forward proposals that would move his administration in a new direction in the coming year?"

 
    Same goals,
priorities
New direction Unsure    
    % % %    
 

1/22-24/10

28 70 2    

 

National Public Radio Poll conducted by Public Opinion Strategies (R) and Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research (D). Jan. 20-21, 23, 2010. N=800 likely voters nationwide. MoE 3.5.

             

"Thinking now about President Obama's first year in office: Would you say Obama is doing a better job than you expected, a worse job than you expected, or is his job performance about what you expected?"

 
    Better job Worse job About what
expected
   
    % % %    
 

1/20-21, 23/10

10 29 60    
             

"And, is President Obama making progress addressing the problems facing the country, or is Obama not making progress addressing the problems facing the country?" If making progress: "And, is Obama making major progress or minor progress addressing the problems facing the country?"

 
    Yes: Major
progress
Yes: Minor
progress
Not making
progress
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

1/20-21, 23/10

20 29 49 2  
             

"And, do you think the changes President Obama is seeking are mainly the right changes or mainly the wrong changes for the country?" Options rotated

 
    Right changes Wrong
changes
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

1/20-21, 23/10

50 46 4    

 

USA Today/Gallup Poll. Jan. 20, 2010. N=1,010 adults nationwide. MoE 4.

             

"Which comes closest to your view of President Obama during his first year in office? You are pleased with the progress he has made on the problems facing the country. You are disappointed with the progress he has made because you thought he would have made more progress. OR, You are upset because you think he is taking the country in the wrong direction with his policies."

 
    Pleased with
Progress
Thought He
Would Make
More Progress
Taking Country
In the Wrong
Direction
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

1/20/10

39 20 37 4  
             

"As you may know, Republican Scott Brown won the special election to the U.S. senate seat from Massachusetts formerly held by Ted Kennedy. Which comes closest to your view of what this result means? It reflects political conditions in Massachusetts and doesn't have a larger meaning for national politics. OR, It reflects frustrations shared by many Americans, and the President and members of Congress should pay attention to it." Options rotated

 
    Reflects
Conditions In
Massachusetts
Reflects
Americans'
Frustrations
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

1/20/10

18 72 10    

 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. Jan. 12-15, 2010. N=1,083 adults nationwide. MoE 3.5.

             

"How much confidence do you have in [see below] to make the right decisions for the country's future: a great deal of confidence, a good amount, just some or none at all?"

 
    A Great
Deal
A Good
Amount
Just Some None at All Unsure
    % % % % %
 

"Obama"

 

1/12-15/10

24 23 26 27 -
 

10/15-18/09

29 20 27 24 -
 

8/13-17/09

28 21 26 24 -
 

4/21-24/09

31 28 25 15 1
 

1/13-16/09

31 30 28 9 2
             
 

"The Republicans in Congress"

 

1/12-15/10

6 18 47 28 1
 

10/15-18/09

4 15 46 33 2
 

8/13-17/09

4 16 45 33 1
 

4/21-24/09

4 16 50 28 2
 

1/13-16/09

8 21 49 21 2
             
 

"The Democrats in Congress"

 

1/12-15/10

11 21 33 35 1
 

10/15-18/09

12 23 37 27 2
 

8/13-17/09

14 21 35 29 1
 

4/21-24/09

12 24 38 25 1
 

1/13-16/09

15 28 37 19 2
             

"Would you say Obama is doing a better job as president than you expected, a worse job, or what?"

 
    Better Worse As Expected
(vol.)
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

1/12-15/10

33 35 30 2  
 

9/10-12/09

42 31 25 2  
 

4/21-24/09

54 18 23 4  
 

2/19-22/09

46 14 31 9  
             

"Obama has been president for about one year. Would you say he has accomplished a great deal during that time, a good amount, not very much or little or nothing?"
10/09: "Obama has been president for about nine months. . . ."
4/09: "Obama has been president for about three months or nearly 100 days. . . ."

 
    A Great
Deal
A Good
Amount
Not Very
Much
Little or
Nothing
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

1/12-15/10

12 35 30 22 1
 

10/15-18/09

14 35 27 23 1
 

4/21-24/09

24 39 21 15 1

 

NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll conducted by the polling organizations of Peter Hart (D) and Bill McInturff (R). Jan. 10-14, 2010. N=1,002 adults nationwide. MoE 3.1.

             

"When it comes to dealing with the war on terrorism, do you approve or disapprove of the job Barack Obama is doing?" Half sample (Form B), MoE 4.4

 
    Approve Disapprove Unsure    
    % % %    
 

1/10-14/10

45 44 11    
             

"Do you generally approve or disapprove of the job Barack Obama is doing in handling the issue of health care reform?" Half sample (Form A), MoE 4.4

 
    Approve Disapprove Unsure    
    % % %    
 

1/10-14/10

38 55 7    
 

10/22-25/09

43 48 9    
 

9/17-20/09

45 46 9    
 

8/15-17/09

41 47 12    
 

7/24-27/09

41 46 13    
             

"Compared to what you expected when Barack Obama took office a year ago, do you feel that he has done better than you expected, worse than you expected, or just about as you expected?"

 
    Better than
Expected
Worse than
Expected
About as
Expected
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

1/10-14/10

15 30 54 1  
             

"Do you think that in his first year in office Barack Obama has accomplished a great deal, a fair amount, only some, or very little?"

 
    A Great
Deal
A Fair
Amount
Only Some Very Little Unsure
    % % % % %
 

1/10-14/10

18 27 20 34 1

 

Quinnipiac University Poll. Jan. 5-11, 2010. N=1,767 registered voters nationwide. MoE 2.3.

             

"Do you think Barack Obama's first year as president has been mainly a success or mainly a failure?"

 
    Success Failure Unsure    
    % % %    
 

ALL

45 45 10    
 

Republicans

17 75 8    
 

Democrats

81 13 7    
 

Independent

40 47 13    
             

"Do you think Barack Obama has been a better president than George W. Bush, worse, or about the same as President Bush?"

 
    Better Worse About the
same
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

ALL

43 30 23 4  
 

Republicans

11 63 23 3  
 

Democrats

79 3 15 3  
 

Independent

40 26 29 5  
             

"In the presidential election of 2008, if John McCain had become president instead of Barack Obama, do you think that, in general, the nation would be better off than it is today or worse off than it is today?"

 
    Better off Worse off Same (vol.) Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

1/5-11/10

35 37 17 11  
             

"Would you say that Barack Obama shares your views on issues that you care about or not?"

 
    Does Does not Unsure    
    % % %    
 

1/5-11/10

46 50 4    
             

"Do you think Barack Obama's policies generally favor the rich, favor the middle class, favor the poor, or treat all people about equally?"

 
    Rich Middle class Poor All equally Unsure
    % % % % %
 

1/5-11/10

18 15 21 35 11
             

"Do you think President Obama has been spending too much time on the economy, not enough time on the economy, or about the right amount of time on the economy?"

 
    Too much Not enough About right Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

1/5-11/10

5 47 42 6  
             

"Some people say that President Obama is being fiscally irresponsible by spending too much government money. Others say President Obama is being fiscally responsible by only spending money where it is needed. Which comes closer to your view?"

 
    Irresponsible Responsible Unsure    
    % % %    
 

1/5-11/10

53 43 4    
             

"Do you think that the policies of President Barack Obama make the United States a safer place than the policies of former President George W. Bush, less safe, or about as safe as the policies of former President Bush?"

 
    Safer Less safe About the
same
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

1/5-11/10

24 35 38 3  
             

"Some people say President Obama isn't tough enough in standing up to the rest of the world for U.S. interests. Do you agree or disagree?"

 
    Agree Disagree Unsure    
    % % %    
 

1/5-11/10

50 46 4    
             

"Some people say President Obama's way of handling foreign policy has improved America's image around the world. Do you agree or disagree?"

 
    Agree Disagree Unsure    
    % % %    
 

1/5-11/10

53 43 4    

 

CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll. Jan. 8-10, 2010. N=1,021 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

             

"Do you consider the first year of the Obama administration to be a success or a failure?"
2009: "Do you consider the first six months of the Obama administration to be a success or a failure?"

 
    Success Failure Too soon to
tell (vol.)
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

1/8-10/10

47 48 4 1  
 

7/31 - 8/3/09

51 37 11 1  

 

CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll. Dec. 16-20, 2009. N=1,160 adults nationwide (MoE 3), including 786 non-Hispanic whites (MoE 3.5), and, with an oversample, 259 blacks (MoE 6).

             

"How do you personally feel about the fact that Barack Obama is president? If you had to choose one of the following descriptions, would you say you feel thrilled, happy, don't care, unhappy or depressed?"

 
    Thrilled Happy Don't care Unhappy Depressed
    % % % % %
 

12/16-20/09

15 37 15 22 10
 

7/31 - 8/3/09

15 41 12 22 9
 

4/23-26/09

19 42 11 20 7
             

"Thinking specifically about the effect of Barack Obama's presidency on relations between blacks and whites in this country, do you think his presidency has started a new era of better race relations, or do you think his presidency has resulted in some improvement in race relations but not started a new era, or do you think his presidency has created no real change in race relations in this country, or do you think that his presidency has made race relations worse?"

 
    New era Some
improvement
No real
change
Worse Unsure
    % % % % %
 

ALL

12 42 31 14 1
 

Whites

11 39 34 15 1
 

Blacks

18 51 23 7 1

Obama Administration continued

 


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