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.