Obama’s Approval Hits New High – 66%

A new CBS News/New York Times poll shows that in the wake of President Obama’s first trip abroad, “Americans are more positive about the respect accorded to a U.S. president than they have been in years.”

Sixty-seven percent say world leaders respect Mr. Obama, while 18 percent say they do not respect the president. That’s a sharp contrast to the response when this question was asked about Mr. Obama’s predecessor, George W. Bush, in July 2006: Just 30 percent then said the president is respected by the leaders of other countries. 

President Obama’s overall approval rating also “has hit a new high of 66 percent, up from 64 percent last month.”

Other findings from the poll include:

  • Almost three-quarters of Americans think it is a good idea to raise taxes on people making more than $250,000 per year. In fact, two-thirds of Americans think the tax code should be changed so that middle-class Americans pay less than they do now and “upper income” people pay more.
  • Fewer than half support the Obama administration’s recent plans for either the auto or banking industries – though there is more support for the administration’s proposals for automakers.
  • Fifty-seven percent of Americans say they are willing to pay higher taxes in order to provide all Americans with health care coverage. While seventy three percent of Democrats favor a tax increase to fund coverage, only 29 percent of Republicans back such a move.

And the “poll found that 70 percent of respondents were very or somewhat concerned that someone in their household would be out of work and looking for a job in the next 12 months.”

Forty percent said they had cut spending on luxuries, and 10 percent said they had cut back on necessities; 31 percent said they had cut both.

The economy is still weighing on most American’s minds, but the outlook is brightening a little for some.

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One Response to Obama’s Approval Hits New High – 66%

  1. Micky says:

    I wonder what role the media plays in this approval rating. I think that Obama is set up by the media for people to have the opinions we do about him. I was listening to a great podcast of The Joan Kenley Show, called The Media: What’s True, What’s Not that made a really good point about how the media will set up arguments, issues, and even people as distractions. For instance, they’ll debate an issue in the media just to make it look like it’s been debated, but all the answers and questions are set, and nothing real is ever talked about. I think that Obama is like that, like a distraction to make us feel like something is being done. I guess I’m still skeptical about this change.