Skip to comments.CNN Poll: Have new controversies hurt Obama? Has GOP overreacted?
Posted on 05/19/2013 11:04:49 AM PDT by Pinkbell
Washington (CNN) President Barack Obama comes out of what was arguably the worst week of his presidency with his approval rating holding steady, according to a new national poll.
But a CNN/ORC International survey released Sunday morning also indicates that congressional Republicans are not overplaying their hand when it comes to their reaction to the three controversies that have consumed the nation's capital over the past week and a half. And the poll finds that a majority of Americans take all three issues seriously.
According to the survey, which was conducted Friday and Saturday, 53% of Americans say they approve of the job the president is doing, with 45% saying they disapprove. The president's approval rating was at 51% in CNN's last poll, which was conducted in early April.
"That two-point difference is well within the poll's sampling error, so it is a mistake to characterize it as a gain for the president," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "Nonetheless, an approval rating that has not dropped and remains over 50% will probably be taken as good news by Democrats after the events of the last week."
The CNN poll is in-line with Gallup, which also indicated a very slight rise in Obama's approval rating over the same time period. And Gallup's daily tracking poll also indicated a slight upward movement of Obama's approval rating over the past week. But as with the CNN poll, it was within that survey's sampling error.
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I find it disheartening that he can still be over 50% with the disaster that is going on.
There is some good stuff in the poll results that a majority disagree with the IRS, aren't satisfied with how Benghazi was handled, believe the Benghazi attack could have been prevented, disagree with the phone tapping, and don't believe the Republicans have overplayed their hands.
That said, I find some disheartening answers that show people still believe Obama is innocent in all this. I find it disheartening that:
~But more than six in 10 say that the president's statements about the IRS scandal are completely or mostly true, with 35% not agreeing with Obama's characterizations. And 55% say that IRS acted on its own, with 37% saying that White House ordered the IRS to target tea party and other conservative groups.
~According to the poll, 44% say statements made by the Obama administration soon after the attack were an attempt to intentionally mislead the public.
That means the majority think that Obama thought he was telling the truth. Susan Rice was just going on what they thought they knew.
If anyone listens to Rush Limbaugh, this stuff validates the Limbaugh Theorem.
Because the media have not asked the right questions.... this question would blow this all open...
Mr. President you have called the Bengahzi controversy a sideshow and political attack..... Wouldn’t you agree that an Independent Special Prosecutor should be called on to investigate the IRS and AP scandals to avoid any political impropriety?
Follow up: In all these controversy’s it appears that Politics was the initial catalyst yet you continue to accuse the right of playing politics, is anyone that disagrees with your agenda or your handling of situations playing Politics?
His head would explode...
The first question the pollster asks is, “What results are you looking for?” Then, the questions are created to verify the expected results.
seriously CNN? Why should it matter politically? What should matter to CNN is doing the right thing and continue to pursue what is clearly an example of OBama’s abuse of power
Seriously, how in the h##l can that Marxist SOB continue to have these #s? Are people that damn stupid?
The pollsters must have just called obamaPhones.
The GOP has not overreacted - what a question.
The press, however, has indeed underreacted by only giving tepid attention to it. If this was Bush the approval would have dropped 20+ points by now due to wall to wall coverage of each scandal.
Damn the polls, full speed ahead.
They make me sick. Has all this crap hurt NORMAL PEOPLE? Who the hell cares if it has hurt the imposter’s image!?
These are typical marxists.
In Washington there are quite a few Democrat heads looking over their shoulders and exclaiming breathlessly, “Did we get away with it?” That’s all this poll means.
The GOP hasn’t reacted at all, nor will it.
the cnn have never asked me
Typical Communist News Network push-polling to shift attention from the real issue (Obammie the Commie’s Stalinist tactics) to a non-issue, whether the GOP is the true ‘bad guy’ for daring to investigate the real issue.
And they can’t figure out why their popularity is sinking faster than a millstone in the ocean.
“It matters little who votes, it is who counts the votes matters”...Joseph Stalin.
Voter fraud will overcome the citizens.
“I find it disheartening that he can still be over 50% with the disaster that is going on.”
This is the New & Improved U.S. of A. /sarc
Garbage in, garbage out.
Right, the Communist News Network : don’t believe a word or digit.