Eric Dienstfrey | March 16, 2009
Pew Research Center
3/9-12/09; 1,308 adults, 3% margin of error
359 Republicans (6%), 444 Democrats (5.5%), 432 independents (5.5%)
Mode: Live Telephone Interviews
"President Barack Obama's approval rating has slipped, as a growing number of Americans see him listening more to his party's liberals than to its moderates, and many voice opposition to some of his key economic proposals. Obama's job approval rating has slipped from 64% in February to 59% currently, while disapproval has jumped from 17% to 26% over this period. Disapproval of Obama has increased markedly among Republicans (by 15 points) as well as among independents (13 points)."
State of Economy
6% Excellent/Good, 25% Only Fair, 68% Poor (chart)
Is it now a good idea or a bad idea for the government to exert more control over the economy than it has in recent years?
- 54% Good idea
37% Bad idea
Generally, do you think people are better off in a free market economy, even though there may be severe ups and downs from time to time, or don't you think so?
- 70% Yes, think so
20% No, don't think so
From what you've read and heard, do you think Barack Obama's roughly 800 billion dollar economic stimulus plan passed by Congress last month is a good idea or a bad idea?
- 56% Good idea
35% Bad idea