December 29th, 2010
02:58 PM ET

CNN Poll: Plurality say Obama's policies will likely fail

CNN Political Ticker

President Barack Obama enters the new year with a growing number of Americans pessimistic about his policies and a growing number rooting for him to fail, according to a new national poll.

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But a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Wednesday also indicates that while a majority of the public says Republican control of the House of Representatives is good for the country, only one in four say the GOP will do a better job running things than the Democrats did when they controlled the chamber.

Sixty-one percent of people questioned in the poll say they hope the president's policies will succeed.

"That's a fairly robust number but it's down 10 points since last December," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "Twelve months ago a majority of the public said that they thought Obama's policies would succeed; now that number has dropped to 44 percent, with a plurality predicting that his policies will likely fail."

The survey suggests that Obama's ace-in-the-hole remains his personal popularity. CNN poll numbers released last week indicate that 48 percent of all Americans approve of how Obama is handling his job as president, but the new survey puts his approval as a person at 73 percent.

When the new Congress convenes next week, Republicans will gain control of the House. According to the poll, 51 percent say GOP control of the House is good for the country, with 42 percent saying it's bad for the nation.

But only 26 percent say the Republicans will do a better job running the House than the Democrats did, down seven points from early last month, right after the midterm elections. Twenty-two percent say the GOP will do a worse job than the Democrats, with a majority saying there won't be much difference.

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  1. J.V.Hodgson

    CNN polls. I did study these before and have concluded they are quite invalid statistically and constructionally
    1) It is always 1008 people ( same probably) and exclude almost always the 18-34 age group.
    2)Registered voters are used which means independent voters are unidentified in the question structure which is Republican or Democrat targeted. QED an expectation outcome vote from Independents not a valid statisical result answer to a hypothetical question especially.
    3)Polls are notoriously wrong when hypothetical questions are asked. Also your questions are often structured to guide a hoped for answer.
    This plurality poll and the conclusions drawn are a result of cleverly constructed questions
    which then allow a punditry proposition to be confirmed.
    Your questions on Boehner and McConnel can only be individual views of an "expectation of thier performance" and will be heavily biased based on the political persuasions of your sample. This question is only statistically valid when there are quantifiable performance results (for those polled to use) to warrant asking the question.

    December 30, 2010 at 12:25 am |
  2. Kim

    F on Airport security and we all look dumb as rocks after watching the Patriot Pilot video.How does something so obvious go not being fixed after millions spent in our airports on security ? Shoot low boy's you're riding shetland ponies and the gestopo tactics to crush the good guy is not acceptable.Catch the bad guys TSA and not the good guys."If you see it then say it" Janet Napolitano's message to the American people."Airports failing tests designed to thwart the controversial measures." Are we starting to blame these difficult economic times on each other and do our airports have what they need financially. Go ask the General Manager of an Airport and he or she runs it and the politicians sure don't or are they experts in security.With all the TSA experts in security how did they miss or over look something so obvious. See the forest for the trees.Wisest use of security resources ?Employee finger print scans for airport personal. Do we have that technology and what is the cost to tax payers ? Personally think Robert Poole has some good ideas ! Alternatives to Federal Regulatory Agencies.After seeing the Patriot Pilot video,yep there's sure a good reason.You better take a vote and ask the Americans if they want those X-ray machines and we tried them out and how are they working ? Can we exchange that security technology for something else ? Do you still have your reciept to take those machines back just in case there is a blizzard of American citizens that decide they don't like it ? Hooray for Patriot Pilot with American Airlines punished for telling the truth.Once upon a time we we're all tax paying citizens dumb as rocks and not on watch when along came a video from a Patriot Pilot.Where is Saturday Night Live ? Everybody in the World needs to meet the Patriot Pilot ! Touch down for good and positive changes in security !

    December 29, 2010 at 11:02 pm |
  3. frank

    Sixty-one percent of people questioned in the poll say they hope the president's policies will succeed.
    what a misleading title, with the above in information in the same article. it's interesting what u all chose to be the title is all. half empty or half full,
    u guys are the real journalists!!!

    December 29, 2010 at 5:56 pm |
  4. Tim Gibson

    Being president beyond high school is not a popularity contest and fail this one will. He lacks the mojo and many of his policies should fail in my opinion.

    December 29, 2010 at 5:47 pm |
  5. JR

    And how accurate of a survey is CNN/Opinion Research making? Is it – log onto a website and vote? Real unbiased demographic selection if that is the case. Wonder what the same poll would produce on the BBC or NPR?

    December 29, 2010 at 3:55 pm |