Obama Popularity at 3-Year High


President Barack Obama enters the latest budget showdown with Congress with his highest job- approval rating in three years and public support for his economic message, while his Republican opponents’ popularity stands at a record low.

Fifty-five percent of Americans approve of Obama’s performance in office, his strongest level of support since September 2009, according to a Bloomberg National poll conducted Feb. 15-18. Only 35 percent of the country has a favorable view of the Republican Party, the lowest rating in a survey that began in September 2009. The party’s brand slipped six percentage points in the last six months, the poll shows.

Feelings toward U.S. President Barack Obam are the most positive since December 2009, with 56 percent of Americans holding a favorable opinion of the president and 40 percent a negative one. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Americans by 49 percent to 44 percent believe Obama’s proposals for government spending on infrastructure, education and alternative energy are more likely to create jobs than Republican calls to cut spending and taxes to build business confidence and spur employment.

Who do you think the public is primed to blame for the sequester cuts?


  1. Since you’re a Bloomberg reader, did you see the article a week ago where Dick Cheney came out in support of Obama assassinating American citizens with drones?

    Quoting Cheney:
    “Well, I like the drone program. I think it’s a good program. And I don’t disagree with the basic policy that the Obama administration has pursued.”

    You never did answer the question on how you feel about Obama violating the inalienable rights of American citizens by executing them without due process? Given how ramped up you were about perceived violations of the perceived rights of non-citizen terrorists, I thought you might have some feelings about this.

    • Jon Geeting says:

      You’re trolling this post, but I will say I hate the drone program and am very disappointed with Obama’s civil liberties record generally. It’s not a voting issue for me, but even if it was, the Republican Party is not offering me an alternative on this issue.

      • The point I’m making is sometimes there isn’t an alternative.

        Obama was all loud and liberal pointing fingers, but when he got in the President’s chair he realized it’s a hell of alot tougher than he thought It’s real easy to be critical while you’re sitting in a coffee shop somewhere glomming off free wi-fi and talking about how evil Bush and Cheney are. But when you have to make the call it becomes a hell of a challenge.

        Be nice if people of your ilk admitted that sometime.

        • Jon Geeting says:

          Unsurprisingly my opinion of the politics differs. I think he simply chose not to pick a fight on those issues because it would be a big political distraction from the economic recovery efforts. It’s not that he learned he was wrong as a candidate, but he decided he needed to pick his battles wisely, and the economy issues won out.

          • What battle did he not pick by continuing the drone program? One of his primary jobs is keeping America safe. He realized very shortly into the job that his thoughts on the responsibility prior to getting into office wouldn’t work. So he did the responsible thing and protected Americans from known enemies.

            Your response makes no sense.

          • Jon Geeting says:

            He didn’t pick the fight over civil liberties and executive power that liberals want him to pick, because it would have given Republicans political room to be the Daddies, however ill-deserved that reputation is, and repair some of their standing in the polls. The civil libertarian positions are correct but terribly unpopular.

          • Jon he didn’t just maintain the drone program, he increased it. And he made sure he had legal do a cover memo to protect himself.

            This wasn’t not picking a fight, this was a calculated move on his part.

  2. Bloomberg…’nuff said

    It is like asking fox if Rush Limbaugh is a great announcer or msnbc if rachel maddow is the next walter Cronkite.

  3. Please…who do you think owns it and do you really think they present things as middle of the road? Like most media sources, they are decidedly left, including their business channel

    • Jon Geeting says:

      That’s nuts. First of all, it’s a poll not editorial commentary. Don’t be a poll truther. Second, Bloomberg is center right-leaning like most of the business press, and Michael Bloomberg is a center-right politician.

      • LOL!!! Bloomberg Center Right, maybe in your social circles.

        Between his gun stance, his environmental policies and wanting the state to manage your daily life by telling you what you can and cant eat, he is a liberal’s wet dream.

        • Jon Geeting says:

          Says more about how far right your views are. It’s true Bloomberg is socially liberal and has reality-based technocratic views on issues like the environment, guns and public health. But on the red meat economic issues, he’s highly critical of financial regulations and progressive taxation, and is a deficit hawk and opponent of unions. Center-right, in other words.

  4. Oh i am far from being right winged. I am more libertarian than anything else, which means my vote doesnt count for anything in this world.
    Smoke all the pot you want, marry whomever you want, take care of the education of the kids etc. But do not trample my individual rights and dont take my tax dollars to fund more governmental bullshit programs which are nothing but handouts to the base and not hand ups to be productive citizens.

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