March 29th, 2010
06:19 PM ET

CNN Poll: Obama approval ratings up

 Passage of the landmark health care bill appears to have boosted President Barack Obama's approval rating, but it has not affected his re-election chances so far, according to a new national poll.

A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Monday indicates that 51 percent of Americans approve of the job Obama is doing in the White House, with 48 percent saying they disapprove. That 51 percent approval rating is up five points from a week ago, before Congress approved the health care reform bill and the president signed the legislation into law. Four in ten respondents say they disapprove because Obama is too liberal and 6 percent say they the president is not liberal enough.

See the full poll results (PDF) | Read the full story at CNN's Political Ticker

- CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.

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  1. jilly nelson

    I am really shocked to see posts that indicate that Obama is doing a good job and for some even great. I must agree with one of the posts above, what has happened to America? If anyone thinks that what is happening in Washington is good for our country, please rethink that. Never have I seen our nation so divided, the lines so drawn and a President that clearly has no true idea of what we as Americans need. The debt grows, unemployment rises, housing continues its downward spiral. What about any of this speaks as "good". No, we do not stand behind a President just because he has that title. We unite and stand behind him when he is right, when he changes our nation and our lives in a positive way. I don't want to be combative with anyone that posts here, but I read these and simply shake my head in confusion. When did we lose our ability to think on our own? Placing blame on previous administrations is a tried excuse for failure. Obama has been in office long enough to make a positive difference, yet he has not done so. I remember him stating, after he announced the bailout, "I don't want to be in the automotive business, I don't want to be in the banking business" well, he is and now he is in the Health Care business. Let's not forget that while our country is falling apart, our leaders are debating issues like "Don't ask, Don't tell". Personally, I want to see my tax dollars at work for issues that are crucial to the population at large. That should have never been a law in the first place. Isn't this free America?

    March 30, 2010 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse |
  2. len

    Who the hell is Barry Soetero, and how the heck is he occupying the White House? I hear he was pals with Bill Ayers and Louis Farrakhan. You're just joking, right?

    March 30, 2010 at 7:16 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Steven L

    Thank you President Obama. In spite of the disgsuting tactics of the right, your perservered and suceeded and by doing so helped the entire nation. I think the Repubs have seen just how tough you can be, they don't stand a chance now....

    March 30, 2010 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Lindsey

    "What a great job Mr. President". What the hell?
    Those who think he's doing a great job obviously are getting something for free. Us hardworking Americans have to pay for those welfare leeches to sit on their a**es all day and do nothing. I know there are people who need it but damn, come on America, wake up! Socialism is not the way to go and I am not about to see my country go downhill any further. People are getting more brainwashed and I am getting more and more sick of it.

    March 30, 2010 at 7:49 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Linds

    What did I tell you, the comment was removed!

    March 30, 2010 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Randall Crandall

    Half the country was happy when we had an ignorant president who sat around on his ranch while greedy wolves destroyed our economy. Now, the other half of the country is happy because we have a brilliant president who is trying to repair the damage. Let's enjoy it until the pendulum swings back to favor the ignorant.

    March 30, 2010 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Agnes

    We need to appreciate the gift of Obama that God has given Americans and especially for the low people who have no one to speak for them. The Health Reform is a well deserved and should be appluaded by all. TRuth be told.. The status quo isnot sustainable so do you expect the president to just fold his hands and do nothing becuase of critics.Hell No..Do not swayed Mr. President. History will vindicate You.!

    March 30, 2010 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Bridget

    The tea party movement and the millions of angry Americans will make things right again in November and won't stop there. Look out BO for November 2012 – you will be back in Illinois once again. I will be there to greet you and thank you for getting out of DC. Your one term wish is about to come true.

    March 30, 2010 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse |
  9. John G

    President Obama ran on a promise to enact healthcare legislation. Finally, it has been enacted. Yes, it could be better. The Public Option would be a cost constraint by nudging the insurance companies in the direction of competitive costs. The Republican politicians denied the American people this possibility. They have followed the path of denial of EVERYTHING in order to damage the Obama presidency.

    Many of today's Republican positions have been gleaned from the Religious Right – a group of constituencies unrelated to traditional Republican values. Concerned more about Abortion – Gun proliferation – Opposition to potential life saving stem cell research than running a tight ship with conservative spending policies and a smaller more efficient government. Barry Goldwater would turn over in his grave!! Really!!

    The influence of the Religious Right has demeaned the Republican Party to the extent that is a Naysayer with NO PLAN OF ITS OWN. This is a pathetic situation and explains EXACTLY why President Obama has been unable to do anything in the bi-partisan arena with these untruthful individuals – Mitch McConnell, John Boehner, the RNC Chief, Michael Steel. They are clueless but always ready to criticize.
    Then there is the crippled lion, John McCain, a true American Hero (as is, by the way, John Kerry – a victim of shameful Republican inspired LIES). McCain, facing a primary challenge, spouts against Obama continuously. Didn't the election end last year?

    March 30, 2010 at 10:28 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Lee

    U have it all wrong Obama Cats......Hospital Government backed Charity Care.?..Gone!....Medicad because perhaps your Bi-Polar?...Gone!...Your insurance premiums going down??..No..Up Up and away....Not having Insurance is now against the law.. ....Get insurance or get fined??...It's on!...

    You want Hope?...You want Change?......You got..

    March 30, 2010 at 11:01 pm | Report abuse |
  11. M. England

    You Rock OBama... don't quit... don't give up. Don't let the lies knock you down. We're with you and pulling for you!

    March 31, 2010 at 12:15 am | Report abuse |
  12. Karen Thomas

    Who did you poll to get the 51% approval rating? How was the poll taken? Please explain.

    March 31, 2010 at 12:44 am | Report abuse |
  13. danny

    Good job but I think American people dont deserve a president like obama, they need someone who spend time attaquing other nations in unjustified wars and bringing unrest in the country.

    March 31, 2010 at 3:55 am | Report abuse |
  14. Chattanooga

    These past few days have completely changed my view of Obama. He is a true Man of Action. willing to lead, to take on tough issues, to stand tough in the face of opinion polls, and to do what it takes to help America. Then, in the midst of it all he finds the time to go over to Afghanistan (a war that is finally receiving the investment it deserves) and raise the morale of the troops. All the while, what have our so called "leaders" in the Republican party done? They've done nothing but whine, complain, and show their fear like a bunch of panicking school girls. Armageddon? Why, because this bill will take money away from insurance companies and use this to give some relief to small businesses and to help out decent, hard-working, Americans? And catering to the biggest group of whiners, do-nothings, and fearful scaredycats out there: the Tea Party. I am ashamed these days to be a Republican. Reagan wasn't afraid to increase spending and deficits in order to make money later, and get the economy back on track again. Why do all of today's Republicans have their stockings in a bunch about this?

    March 31, 2010 at 3:58 am | Report abuse |
  15. Lori

    WHAT HAPPENED HERE MR. OBAMA !!!!! I hope people will wake up and see you for the fraud you are!!!! SO the HEALTHCARE PLAN you are forcing on us Americans just happens NOT to be good enough for you and Congress.. Then it isn't good enough for me. I don't need your government run health care. I can't wait to be able to VOTE again to help remove you and yours OUT!!!!!

    Amendment 28
    Congress shall make no law that applies to the citizens of the United
    States that does not apply equally to the Senators or Representatives,
    and Congress shall make no law that applies to the Senators or
    Representatives that does not apply equally to the citizens of the
    United States .

    March 31, 2010 at 8:33 am | Report abuse |
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