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Poll: Obama gets mixed reviews

Posted April 24, 2009

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— North and South Carolina residents give mixed reviews to President Barack Obama's performance in his first 100 days in office, according to a poll released Friday.

The Elon University Poll surveyed 662 residents in the Carolinas between Sunday and Thursday and found 52 percent approve of how Obama is handling his job. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.9 percentage points.

Half of those surveyed, however, said the president was trying to tackle too many issues at once, while 39 percent said he was focused on the right number of issues and 7 percent said he needed more on his plate.

Respondents were evenly split on their approval of Obama's handling of the economy, although 60 percent said they don't believe his economic policies have had enough time to take effect.

Only 17 percent of those surveyed said they think the economy has started to improve, while 35 percent said the worst is yet to come and the remainder said the economic downturn has leveled off but hasn't yet turned around.

“As the president struggles with the toughest first 100 days in recent history, his support may be beginning to wane as the public grows less patient and more divided over the direction of the country,” Hunter Bacot, director of the Elon University Poll, said in a statement.

Fifty-five percent of those surveyed disapprove of Obama's handling of the budget deficit and bolstering the auto industry – 56 percent said too much money has been invested in the auto industry – and close to 50 percent think he's mishandling the financial crisis, the mortgage crisis and taxes.

Meanwhile, the majority of respondents approved of his decisions regarding the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and half said they like his push for education reform.


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  • Eduardo1 Apr 24, 2009

    I will not write pro or con about the ISSUES in the poll. I will write about the Poll itself, which is a HEADLINE. No demographics are indicated: age, political party, race, education, income level, employed, homeowner, renter, ETC. sO WHAT GROUP IS REPRESENTED WITH EVERY ANSWER IN THIS POLL. Are less the 700 people with a 3.9 plus or minus an indicator of the MILLIONS who reside in our State? I think not!

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Apr 24, 2009

    He's an empty suit.

    He can't speak or function without the teleprompter.

    He's used the teleprompter for 1 and 2 sentence announcements.

    When the teleprompter isn't there or isn't working, he speaks and sounds like he's lost 100 IQ points.

  • james27613 Apr 24, 2009

    During the campaign, both McCain and Obama declined private funding, then Obama changed his mind. CHANGE.

    Many voted for this man, to be a part of history.

    Yes, he will be part of our history and I hope we all
    will learn from the mistakes of Congress and the President.

    No doubt he is a smart man, however, he is out of his league.

    He has an out of control Congress and not a thing he can
    do about that.

    I do not agree with his mega billion spend spend plans,
    that big rescue bill should have been broken down in
    smaller parts so money would be conserved instead of wasted.

    Instead of investigating Bush administration,
    lets get the people responsible for the housing meltdown
    and put them in jail after a speedy trial.

    Less then 4 years to go.

  • Trivr Apr 24, 2009

    It's about time he starts getting mixed reviews. It'll get even worse once all the democrats figure out that his policies on Iraq and Afghanistan are nearly identical to those of George W. Bush. I think they're both largely following the advice and recommendations of General Petraeus. Nothing's changed!

  • Tired Of Excuses Apr 24, 2009

    I didn't vote for Obama because he didn't represent my political views or party. Since his election I wanted to give him the benefit of the doubt. No one is perfect but wow, some of his decisions are frightening. We all know that his pastor didn't like America, his wife was never really "proud" of her country and after what I've seen, I don't think Obama really likes the United States. He wasn't raised here so where does his allegience lie? I'm not sure how water boarding is worse than beheading someone. I really have to question who's side Obama is on. Ours our theirs?
    I've tried to give him the benefit of doubt but I'm finding it increasingly difficult.

  • noreen28 Apr 24, 2009

    Four months into the job, I feel he is (a) working his tail off (b) trying to stay positive amid the scope of the disaster he inherited and (c) has been a tad too ambitious/idealistic.
    But the flip side would be....oh yeah...the great old guy with no economic strategy at all and ewww, that Palin woman.
    Mr. Obama...you ain't perfect, but you still got my vote.

  • seankelly15 Apr 24, 2009

    yankee1 - ".... a bureaucrat will decide whether or not you deserve to have the treatments you made need to save your life??" A bureaucrat is already making that decision if you have health insurance. Do you think that insurance companies cover every illness and pay for every treatment?

    You bring right-wing dogma to the board and you tell us to 'wake up'. These are just your opinions; they are not backed by any facts (and please do not think that if you read or listen to dogma from a right-wing pundits that these are 'facts')

  • Worland Apr 24, 2009

    Considering two of Obama's executive orders are blatantly illegal, he should be Impeached right now. He has thrown away the right's of workers to vote in secret ballots in favor of big unions and their strong arm tactics... in stark violation of a Supreme Court ruling no less. Then he gave unions preferred status when bidding on gov't contracts. That violates so many Federal laws I can't see how he got away with it.

  • Worland Apr 24, 2009

    I find it absurd Obama plans to double Federal spending to the tune of $3.6T a year at the same time he's cutting military spending. Our troops are still plagued with 30+ year old aircraft and vehicles that should have been replaced while Clinton was in office.

    Mr. Obama, Quit wasting my tax dollars on free health care for the lazy and buy the troops some new equipment and ammo to fight this war. Ooops... I forgot... it's a foreign contingency operation now... not a war.

  • Worland Apr 24, 2009

    Obama has been a disaster. His preaching doom and gloom about the economy has set back the eventual recovery by months, possibly a year. With out-of-control spending, coupled with printing $5 Trillion dollars to pay for his rediculous budget, all we have to look forward to is high interest rates and high inflation.