CNN poll: Obama approval rating tanks as fear of depression rises
June 8th, 2011
12:05 PM ET

CNN poll: Obama approval rating tanks as fear of depression rises

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WASHINGTON (CNN) – President Barack Obama's overall approval rating has dropped below 50 percent as a growing number of Americans worry that the U.S. is likely to slip into another Great Depression within the next 12 months, according to a new national poll. (read more here)


Topics: Economy • Poll • President Obama
Americans want Congress to invoke War Powers
May 31st, 2011
02:27 PM ET

Americans want Congress to invoke War Powers

The CNN Political Unit reports a majority of Americans want Congress to invoke the War Powers Act, believing that President Obama should not have the have the final authority for deciding whether the U.S. should continue its military mission in Libya.  The findings come in a new CNN/Opinion Research Poll.

CNN Polling Director Keating Holland breaks it down:

"That's a common reaction from the American public," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "Although Congress as an institution is held in fairly low regard, over the past two decades Americans have typically told pollsters that Congress should be the branch of government to make these kinds of decisions – from Iraq to Haiti to Kosovo to Somalia, and regardless of the president's party."

More HERE


Topics: Poll • President Obama • The News
Obama's approval on the rise
May 31st, 2011
09:53 AM ET

Obama's approval on the rise

The CNN Political Unit reports President Obama's performance on national security and international affairs and his image as a strong leader appear to be behind his rising approval rating, according to a new national poll conducted while the president was on his week-long trip to Europe.

A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Monday indicates that Obama's approval rating among Americans stands at 54 percent, with 45 percent saying they disapprove of the job he's doing as president.

More HERE


Topics: Political Ticker • Poll • President Obama
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Two young local boys play with pieces of a downed U.S. Blackhawk Helicopter next to the compound that once was the home of Osama bin Laden on May 3, 2011
May 4th, 2011
11:42 AM ET
Political realities and gas prices
April 23rd, 2011
04:41 PM ET

Political realities and gas prices

By CNN Political Coverage Manager Steve Brusk

WASHINGTON (CNN) – President Barack Obama confronted two political realities this week:

– Rising gas prices are bad for a politician's poll numbers.

– There is almost nothing a politician can do about it, at least in the short run.

The national average for gas rose another eight-tenths of a cent in the last 24 hours, to $3.856 a gallon, according to AAA. That's the 32nd consecutive day with an increase. Prices have risen nearly 31 cents a gallon during that streak, or nearly 9 percent.

And during that same period, Obama has seen his approval ratings slide and an increase in Americans who say the country is heading in the wrong direction. The latest CNN Poll of Polls out Friday put the president's approval rating at 45 percent, with his disapproval number up to 52 percent.  That's his lowest approval rating of 2011. (In contrast, 52 percent of Americans approved of the job he was doing in mid-January).

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Topics: Poll • President Obama