June 24th, 2010
05:00 PM ET

How much confidence do you have in Pres. Obama?



FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

It's only 17 months into Barack Obama's presidency... and the American people seem to be losing faith in him.

A new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll shows Americans are more pessimistic about the state of the country... and less confident in the president's leadership than at any time since Mr. Obama took office.

The poll finds 62 percent of Americans say the country is on the wrong track - that's the highest level since before the 2008 election... and only one-third think the economy will improve in the next year... the lowest in Mr. Obama's presidency and a seven-point drop from one month ago.

It gets worse - support for the president is not only declining among independents... it's also dropping among his base. And, the president has lost support among Latinos, small-town residents, white women and seniors.

What's more - the poll shows a big jump in people who say they don't relate to President Obama... less than half say he has strong leadership qualities... and only 40 percent rate him positively on his "ability to handle a crisis."

Meanwhile, Roger Simon of Politico wonders if President Obama has run out of luck. Simon writes the President "used to be one lucky guy," describing his meteoric rise to power from the Illinois statehouse to the White House in 12 years.

He also points to the president's ability to escape several issues - like the preacher Jeremiah Wright - that might have derailed another candidate.

But now with the unstable economy, high unemployment, the Gulf oil spill, the "runaway general" Stanley McChrsytal and international threats like Iran and North Korea, Mr. Obama's luck is mostly bad.

Here’s my question to you: How much confidence do you have in President Obama?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

John writes:
The president rode into office on a backlash vote against the Bush admin., not on the strength of his qualifications. When the predictable crises come in the unpredictable forms, that inexperience shows. However, an inexperienced president can thrive if surrounded by capable assistants who keep in touch with the "real people". Unfortunately I believe this administration is both inexperienced and out of touch.

Greg in Bremerton, Washington writes:
My confidence in Pres. Obama and his staff (not to mention the entire Congress!) is shrinking. In fact, my confidence is so lacking right now that I actually fear for the future of America… We're still in Iraq, we're still in Afghanistan, we still have unemployment issues, our borders are not secure, our economy is a mess and our infrastructure is going to be the next nightmare.

Rosemary writes:
I have a lot of confidence in the president. I think he is unfairly being over-scrutinized because he is the first black president and he is constantly being measured against how a white president would do it. It does not matter that the man is intelligent. Pundits, journalists, news anchors want him to lose his temper and start blathering like an idiot just so they can have what they feel is a hot story to tell.

Melissa writes:
A lot. I think he's done very well with what he's been given, especially since there are certain elements in this country who are doing everything they can to make sure the president fails, and the whole country falls with him.

Carl writes:
Jack, Pres. Obama is about the best at speeches I have ever heard. Having said that, I have no confidence in him at all. He is just your typical politician in my eyes. A very good speaker, but hopefully a one-term president.

Jane writes:
Not as much as I had when I voted for him, but the thought of a Vice President Palin still gives me the willies, Jack! We've gone from a president who should have thought more before he acted to one who at times thinks too much before acting.

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soundoff (201 Responses)
  1. Tom H.

    With the plate full of crap he inherited, he'd have to be a miracle worker to have fixed all the needs to be fixed. The Rebublicans rip him for the TARP program and other bailouts when he had no choice but to continue what President Bush started. I don't see that as particularly fair or typically American. That said, I do have confidence in him - particulary when looking at the possible alternatives looming in the future.

    June 24, 2010 at 5:00 pm |
  2. robc1982 Houston

    He wants to change the world and he does not want the free market to reign the process....that is scary stuff!

    June 24, 2010 at 5:00 pm |
  3. Military Vet

    Please do not forget who was in office for 8 years before him. He has done more for America in the past 17 months than Bush and his Admin done in 8 years. If forget you will surely repeat it!!

    June 24, 2010 at 5:00 pm |
  4. Richard Slotkin

    Yes. He's dealing simultaneously with four of the most significant crises in the nation's recent history: the long slow crisis of an unsustainable health care system that's killing people and threatening to bankrupt the country; the worst economic recession since the Great Depression (which is probably four different crises under one heading); a catastrophic oil spill, which is just the tip of the long-term energy crisis iceberg; and an unending war that seems to have no good ending. Oops, I left out trying to make peace between Arabs and Israelis, the most thankless task in the world. In the face of all this, and nothing but fear- and hate-mongering and obstructionism from the Republicans, he continues to respond to problems with cool intelligence, reason, and unfailing civility. Yes: I trust the man.

    June 24, 2010 at 5:00 pm |
  5. Ralph Spyer

    I had no confidence in George W Bush so president Obama is like a doctor and the American system is a drunk. We spent money we don"t have .we start wars we can"t win. We can not stop the oil or immigrants

    June 24, 2010 at 5:00 pm |
  6. Krisitn

    Very confident, I put all trust in this president. He has been in office for only 17months. Americans are fickle, inpatient and must have expected an overnight miracle. It takes time to make change, especially with a Congress and House that continues to bicker rather then work together. Americans need to educate themselves, make their own judgement call and consider where the negative comments are coming from.

    Be patient, good things are in our future.
    Highland, Michigan

    June 24, 2010 at 5:01 pm |
  7. Sylvia Vera-Leon

    In President Obama we finally have a real president, that is, someone who we can be proud of as a thoughtful, responsible, calm, and considerate leader who is committed to dealing with some of the most serious issues that face us as a people and a nation.

    June 24, 2010 at 5:01 pm |
  8. Bo Raulerson

    Confidence in BHO?

    Only that he will do whatever is politically expediant for him.

    June 24, 2010 at 5:01 pm |
  9. Vivian Jordan

    I have complete confidence in the President. This man has So much to deal with at one time, frankly I am amazed his hair hasn't turned completely white instead of partially white. We all knew going in that it was going to take time to get us out of this mess. Sometimes things get worse before they get can get better. To quote someone else I heard on television, "Pres. Obama became the Captain who took over after the Titanic hit the ice berg and we are still afloat." He has my confidence and ALL of my prayers. I live in Walnut Creek, California.

    June 24, 2010 at 5:01 pm |
  10. Realist

    Come awwn Jack, this is a no brainer. New comer to DC gets elected to President?!?! This guy has no real world experience (business, military, leadership) and you're asking this dopey question?

    June 24, 2010 at 5:01 pm |
  11. Mike, Texas

    Not much, he has turned out to be a great disappointment to us Conservative Democrats. He is neither fish nor fowl. He reminds me of the man who tried to straddle a barbed wire fence. That image should say enough about his presidency.

    He may well be remembered as the most disappointing president of the 21st century if he does not start keeping his campaign promise of change we can believe in, instead of change we can't live with. Great potential and promise , but no commitment and delivery.

    Right now, in 2012 I plan to vote for none of the above.

    June 24, 2010 at 5:01 pm |
  12. DianeMD

    No confidence in him whatsoever....never had any confidence in him either. How can somebody with a background of voting "Present" on a frequent basis while in the Senate, and really just having experience as a "community organizer" before that mean I would vote for a person like that and have confidence in him/her? No, he does not have confidence, what he has is a lot of arrogance. Vote all of the bums out, come midterms!

    June 24, 2010 at 5:01 pm |
  13. Joe Thompson

    I think that the American people are far too prone to blame everything that we can on the person in the White House. We expect too much from one man (or woman). As a conservative independent, I have confidence in President Obama, but I am realistic about the role of the president. Our government is a massive bureaucracy, we must hold it accountable. There is only so much that the person at the helm can do, especially if we do not put pressure on the rest of government to do all that it can to help fight for real solutions to our problems rather than simply playing for political advantage.

    June 24, 2010 at 5:01 pm |
  14. Joseph

    He is going great. I have confidence in the President. He is very smart, he is a Democrat and he is an American and with those characterisitcs he will succeed in making the US a much better place by the time he leaves office.

    June 24, 2010 at 5:02 pm |
  15. dan

    i have no confidence in any politician. only suspicion and disgust. the courts are corrupt, including the supreme court. i don't think any other politician would do any better than mr. obama.

    June 24, 2010 at 5:02 pm |
  16. Randy

    About as much confidence as i have in any big institution in the country. ZERO! If this is not what a fascist state looks like, i don't know what does. Our president answers to foreign governments, the wealthy, and big corporations as if everyone else (the poor and middle class) doesn't matter. Obama is an empty suit and we need to pull back the curtain and find out who OZ really is.

    June 24, 2010 at 5:02 pm |
  17. John

    "He also points to the president's ability to escape several issues – like the preacher Jeremiah Wright – that might have derailed another candidate."

    WHat a remarkably stupid thing to say. That whole thing was a Sean Hannity fabrication, You are not that stupid, you are that disangneous and dishonest though. Pretend that was a real issue like the flag pin and the teleprompter. You people are far more tansparent than you think.

    June 24, 2010 at 5:02 pm |
  18. Alex Otero

    Let's be honest, Obama was not going to be the one to put things in the right direction. He was only voted into office because of the lack of options the American people had to vote on. I have been in sales for almost 13 years, and what he did on his campaign was to simply sell the American people at a time that we (American People) needed change. His campaign slogan was "CHANGE". He is a great speaker and he has some potential, but not the level of presidency. Understand, that their were people who have never voted a day in their life, and becasue it could change history, by having the first black president, people thought it would be best to mix it up a little. Those who voted for him will now reap the disaster he has caused. Our previous presidents that we have had were not perfect, but yet, they have never caused such a dismay as Mr. Obama has. The voters will now be held accountable for their decisions on voting for someone who had little to no experience running a country or even never being in a combat situation. My confidence rating is -0..... he has not shown anything except being a great salesman.

    June 24, 2010 at 5:02 pm |
  19. Daniel

    American presidents in the past have worked for our confidence only to loose it thereafter. Unlike other presidents, obama has not given us confidence 17 months into his presidency! Americans have been working hard the past three years only to find Washington & president Obama, standing in our way of turning the economy around. How many barriers do we have to go around before we can get this economy rolling again? When is obama going to work for the interest of the american people rather than the interest of washington? We are tired!

    Newport Beach, CA

    June 24, 2010 at 5:02 pm |
  20. Bob S

    Guess what, being President takes more than good sound bites and optimism. This term is full of opportunities to fail, and the President has fallen through almost all of them. If only he could be as decisive and perceptive with policy as he was with McChrystal....

    Bob S.

    June 24, 2010 at 5:03 pm |
  21. Brenda Wayne

    How can I have confidence in anyone who proves over and over again that he is the least knowledgeable person in the room. My answer is "No."

    June 24, 2010 at 5:03 pm |
  22. R.L.

    The sum of my confidence in President Obama is exactly zero. This man and his policies have proven to be exactly the opposite of what he promised when he was campaigning. Post -partisian (not), post-racial (not), transparent government (not), no lobbyist's within his adminstration (not), etc....etc...etc...

    November cannot get here fast enough!

    R.L. -So. Cal

    June 24, 2010 at 5:03 pm |
  23. Alan in Atlanta

    Presidential candidates should have tested experience and a proven track record before we voters elect them to the highest office in the world. Good looks, good speeches and good press doesn't count for much when the going gets tough.

    June 24, 2010 at 5:03 pm |
  24. Daniel from Denver

    Ability to handle a crisis? Sorry, he'll have to evaluate how each choice might affect his chances for re-election, then how each might affect the Democratic Party. Then, and only then, might he give some thought to what's best for the country. Might, I said.

    June 24, 2010 at 5:03 pm |
  25. Steve

    I am a staunch democrat and have been all of my adult life. I was very proud of the fact that an African American became president. My view of President Obama now is that he is a one term president. He gets credit for making it to the big job, but he will only be around a few more years unless something dramatic happens.

    June 24, 2010 at 5:03 pm |
  26. calvin

    Why should any one have faith in the democrats or repubican. they would sell there mother to get vote or money. there are to many programs on the books now that have failed from these idiots. vote in american who will run this country for the good of all not for some one pet way to run things. our goverment was formed to deal with our defence, and to stop take over from big corparation. over see a fair playing feild for all. let the statte goverment run education, health and busness .

    June 24, 2010 at 5:03 pm |
  27. Patrick

    Hey, do I wish he did some things differently, yea, thats true. But the man is in there swinging. He is smart and making calls. I still have confidence in him.

    June 24, 2010 at 5:04 pm |
  28. Theresa

    I am confident that the President will continue to push his agenda. But, he will need the support of the people who elected him and supported him and believed in the ideals he espoused if he is to get anything done. However, we the people are a bunch of wimpy, cowardly whinners who say we want change but lack the courage to make any sacrifice in order to secure our future as a prosperous nation. We have abandoned our president who is fighting for us. We don't really want health care reform or energy independance or to save the environment. We just want lower prices and lower taxes and we want it now, no matter what it costs our children and future generations to come. We the people are a nation of children who desire a leader who is like a comic book super hero.- a leader who will get his cape and fly down to the Gulf of Mexico with a giant cork and plug that oil leak. Great leaders don't make great nations, they serve great nations.

    June 24, 2010 at 5:04 pm |
  29. Lori - PA


    Absolutely none. All I see is someone who's no different than all the other politicians who made empty promises.

    June 24, 2010 at 5:04 pm |
  30. Barbara Illingworth

    I don't have any confidence in him at all. He is a fantastic orator, reading from a teleprompter quite well. However I wonder if Clinton's campaign video about "who do you want to handle a crisis at 3 am?", wasn't right on. He also depends upon his advisers too often and wavers, losing valuable time in coming up with common sense solutions. With all his education , it appears that crisis management 101 was not one of his electives. Get it together Prez!!!!!

    June 24, 2010 at 5:04 pm |
  31. Cindy Merrill

    From Richmond KY: Luck has nothing to do with it. Had Obama kept his campaign promises, stricter rules on inspections would have prevented the oil rig spill- ask anyone in the industry if you don't believe me. Obama's biggest problem is trust- he trusted Pelosi and Reid on the stimulus package, he trusted the big banks and the Unions on bank bailouts-and our country has suffered the consequences. Is it any wonder the general public is sceptical of healthcare reform? Americans were promised Hope and change-
    and instead we get Hype and chains.

    June 24, 2010 at 5:04 pm |
  32. John in Naples FL

    None Zip Nada Like I have said about Obama before stick a fork in him he's done

    June 24, 2010 at 5:04 pm |
  33. Greg, Hamilton Ontario

    He is by far the best you have at the moment.

    June 24, 2010 at 5:09 pm |
  34. dan krause


    You asked this leading question in a fashion almost requiring some criticism of President Obama. Let us not forget the mess he inherited and is still trying to clean up.
    What we should realjy be asking is why we are asking about our confidence in the president. Are we so immature as a nation that we expect the president to solve all problems quickly and to do so without any inconvenience to anyone? I think CNN should do a different kind of poll, asking the President and members of his cabinet "how much confidence do you have that the American people will be willing to make the sacrifices necessary to put our economy, our environment, and our mutual well-being into a proper balance. If you want to see some really low poll numbers....

    land-o-lakes, wi

    June 24, 2010 at 5:09 pm |
  35. hopemac

    Obama is no different than he was when he took office, but Americans finally awoke from the hope transe.

    June 24, 2010 at 5:09 pm |
  36. GregRodgers

    I have confidence in Obama.....however...when you have a war, a rogue general, oil in the gulf, terrorists in NY, a bad economy, forclosures, high unemployment (which began before he took over)
    and banks sticking it to everyone then what can you expect.

    When you are the leader or the number one guy, everyone either praises you are calls you the worst.

    Unformtunately, he will get the blame for everything bad in the country.

    Like...he caused the rig to blow up, didn't go to the bottom of the sea to cap the well and is not stopping forclosures. Afterall he made people buy homes they could not afford.

    American people are very strange and fickle people. One man runs the show, but other entities cause almost all of the problems.

    By most Americans are not smart enough to see this......

    I stand by Obama....

    June 24, 2010 at 5:09 pm |
  37. ZionMari

    Dear Jack,

    We, at our house and in our circle of family and friends have plenty of confidence. Could President Obama have handled the British Petroleum Disaster better? Yes. He should have been very tough with BP from the beginning and not trusted them, as far as he could spit!

    Given the Bush Financial Disaster and the two, nine year, wars, Obama faced an insurmountable disaster that ........ no...... president since Franklin Delano Roosevelt had faced!

    As an American, I am disgusted and deeply saddened by the hateful vitriol from the Republicans. They have attacked, lies about and hated President Obama from the day he was sworn in. Never in my 57 years of life, have a witnessed such hate from the Conservatives and I used to be a Republican!

    I believe in the U.S., I believe that just like during REAGAN's Twin Recessions when our Nation also had.....10%..... unemployment and things looked pretty bleak, we WILL prevail! There are millions upon millions of us, Jack, who will cast our votes once more for Barack Obama in 2012! WHY would we give power back to the Party of No?! The Party that ran the U.S. into a ditch?!

    June 24, 2010 at 5:09 pm |
  38. Jeremy from Illinois

    I had a ton of confidence in Pres. Obama, that was until about 6 months ago when I found out the big banks were the top contributors to both Obama and McCain's respective campaigns. Since then I've had zero confidence Obama.

    June 24, 2010 at 5:09 pm |
  39. MrCandor

    He still has my vote for term 2

    June 24, 2010 at 5:10 pm |
  40. Dan

    He's done nothing to prevent warrantless wiretapping. He's failed to close Guantanamo. He's decided we can hold people in Guantanamo indefinately even when they've been cleared of all charges against them. He's signed an assassination order against an American citizen. He has refused to allow American war crimes to be prosecuted.

    Sure, I have confidence in Obama; confidence that he will continue to hammer nails into the coffin of the US Constitution.

    Edenton, NC

    June 24, 2010 at 5:10 pm |
  41. Jim in Blue Bell

    Disappointed would be a good word for how I feel about Obama but I remain certain that he's a damn sight better than the alternative we were offered in the election and waaaaaay better than anything the teabaggers will try to offer in 2012.

    June 24, 2010 at 5:10 pm |
  42. Barry

    I had no confidence when he was erected into the monarchy and he has done nothing but validate my opinion. There are those who would forgive him for any transgressions but the rest of us will have to live with destruction he is legislating.

    June 24, 2010 at 5:10 pm |
  43. Nobles

    Within those "only 17 months", we have a president that has had to deal with two wars, an unprecedented economic collapse, and the worst environmental disaster in U.S. History while working with a highly polarized senate to get anything done. I think he's done alot given those circumstances, and I will remain confident in him for now.

    June 24, 2010 at 5:10 pm |
  44. Luc Seesing

    Mr Obama does just fine. He inherited a mess that still unfolds. This cannot be stopped rightaway. He handles things in cool but this perception era does not allow for that. The people need an emotional man somehow. It's the president's brain that counts. He has the right team at hand and sooner or later things will turn around. And even than, it needs time to sink in with 300 mln. plus people. It's also the media blowing things out of proportion. Americans don't know just how lucky they are with this president.

    June 24, 2010 at 5:10 pm |
  45. Latha

    No one is even giving him a chance to succeed. Every thing he says and does is second guessed – no human being can succeed when you stack everything against one person. We need to lend him our support so not just him but the country can succeed.

    June 24, 2010 at 5:10 pm |
  46. paul

    No faith whatsoever...he is worthless and should never have been elected. he is attempting to destroy this country from within for his muslim religion

    June 24, 2010 at 5:10 pm |
  47. Steve

    Look at historic opinion polls of just about any President, including St. Ronald...after the election, the bloom starts to fall of the rose as the candidate becomes the President. This one had a pretty full plate when taking over, and an already very angry population...for me much too early to say whether I've "lost faith" or not.

    These are human beings dealing with huge issues, very tough to make people happy.

    I am glad we have a sober, mature, thoughtful person in there though. There is hope

    June 24, 2010 at 5:11 pm |
  48. beevee

    People, especially if you are a republican may not acknwoledge it but this president has done a wonderful job leading this country so far. Unfortunately for him, the mess and economic chaos left by the previous administration created a lot of obstacles to what president Obama set out to achieve for a better us. One after another these hurdles are coming in the way of his achieving anything, be it job growth, economic recovery, winning the war in Afghanistan. I think he is determined to tackle all these and get the americans out of the dire situation. He is a good leader and things will get better Jack. Watch my word.

    June 24, 2010 at 5:11 pm |
  49. Jack - Lancaster, Ohio


    I can honestly say from voting the past 30 or 40 years that Mr. Obama has no less of my confidence than presidents during those years. As far as I am concerned they obey the laws of the MBA's and market themselves to success, the company or country be damned. I would like to hear him say "How do you like me so far"?

    June 24, 2010 at 5:11 pm |
  50. Mike

    None, we need a leader, unfortunately we have a community organizer

    June 24, 2010 at 5:11 pm |
  51. Don (Belleville, Canada)

    Like most other people, my confidence in the President has plummeted over the past year.
    It is a dreadful time to be President because of the financial mess he inherited, and the gridlock in Washington, but Obama wasted a year on a health care reform bill which appears to be horribly flawed.
    This President obviously thinks there is a rational solution to every problem, but the specifics of his "solutions" always seem insipid when compared to the rhetoric prior to any decision.
    J.R.'s saying in the old TV program "Dallas" that a person is "all hat and no cattle" unfortunately comes to mind now when Obama's name pops up. The President seems to be all speech and no deliverance.
    I would hate to be him over the next two and a half years.
    He has started slow and now is tapering off.

    June 24, 2010 at 5:11 pm |
  52. Nate Clayton

    I have full confidence in him. Everyone expected way too much from him. Due to his decisions things have and will continue to get better. He started in a very deep hole.

    Duncan, South Carolina

    June 24, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  53. Tom

    This man is not only not trustworthy he is a threat to the American way of life. Look at his appointments of Marxists sympathizers. Look at his takeover of the banks and auto industry. Look at how he doesn't accept responsibilty but demonizes those who do not agree with him.
    He fails to fulfill his constitutional obligation to uphold our laws, specifically securing our borders. Look at his broken campaign promises. No he is not worth of trust and confidence.

    June 24, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  54. sam in iowa

    Zero confidence.The only confidence i have is that the Republicans will take back the white house.

    June 24, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  55. Carole

    I have zero confidence for Obama. We don't need a socialist party, we need to get back on track.

    June 24, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  56. DC

    Don't know where you get you stats...but word on the streets is President Obama's is doing his job and we have great confidence in his leadership.

    June 24, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  57. Sly, Alpena, Michigan

    I have more confidence in President Obama than i did under the last 8 years of the previous Administration.

    June 24, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  58. Connie

    None, he is a troubled President and needs to be stopped.

    June 24, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  59. Robert

    The Government has proved time and time again that they lie to the people and they are in bed with big corp,,and do not respect the legal citizens of america and turn on other states in america,,no amnisty for federal law breakers and no government is going to fix anything if big corp tells them not to–

    June 24, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  60. joanne Tremblant Quebec Canada

    Mr. Cafferty; I listened to President Obama's press conference with the president of Russia and many more. Listen yanks, you have one of the smartest leader in the world, please...don't blow it...again

    June 24, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  61. Richard Kane

    how much confidence do I have in Obama?
    That is an easy one....NONE.

    June 24, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  62. Nancy Shook

    I am sure that there are plenty of people who will always support the president, however, I am one that has never and will never support him. He is acting like a 3 year old, 'play by my rules or I will have a tantram'

    June 24, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  63. Bob

    Yes, I have a lot of confidence in President Obama. I think he is doing an excellent job with the amount of stuff on his plate. I don't think the media helps though by only showing negative stories or portraying articles and headlines in a negative or misleading light.

    June 24, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  64. betty shakoor

    my confidence in president obama has not changed.i am proud at how he has managed to remain as strong as he has after one misfortune after another. i can't remember a president hit with so much in so little time. give him a chance, he is not God, nor some kind of prophet, but his servant, as we all are.i don't think any president has faced such great expectations or criticism and disrespect as this one.

    June 24, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  65. Kevin

    Obama has a fantastic political ability – he can make people think he has told them what they want to hear while actually saying nothing of substance. It makes for a great politician but a singularly terrible president.

    June 24, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  66. Ron Carne

    ZERO....that is none, no confidence. Now if we can only get a
    "no confidence vote" we can impeach him and get a President with whom we can have confidence

    June 24, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  67. Harvey

    Confidence in President Obama? Zilch, nil, zero, nada, none. He's destroying America single handedly.

    June 24, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  68. Frank in San Francisco

    I have more confidence in him than ever, since yesterday's events. Given the alternatives, and the huge issues before him: a near economic collapse, 2 wars, natural disasters and a Congress that doesn't work, I don't think anyone could handle this better! Given the alternatives – Bush before Obama, and McCain and Palin instead of Obama – give me a break!

    June 24, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  69. Tom

    I have lots of confidence in President Obama. Of the Big Three characteristics needed for a good leader – charisma, integrity, and intelligence – he seems to have at least two and arguably three. I believe he understands the complexities and subtleties of the country and the world as well as anyone, and I also believe he sincerely wants us all to succeed.

    June 24, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  70. Aga

    I have more confidence in him than most of the people that scrutinize his every move...it's a complicated job and complicated world! let him do his job and get on with yours!

    June 24, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  71. Thomas Blewett

    He is an empty suit. The worst is yet to come.

    June 24, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  72. spike in conshohocken pa

    Obama is doing a great job. No other leader in history has ever been able to bring about prosperity by spending money he doesn't have. We are truly witnessing a trillion-dollar miracle.

    June 24, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  73. Brian

    Can you imagine where we would be if John McCain was President?

    June 24, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  74. Jose Perez

    He all talk the only thing have done talk no action I disgree with him about the gulf diastar.

    June 24, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  75. S McD

    Absolutely no confidence in him. I simply have not seen leadership exhibited period. No ideas. Bad, old policies. A complete disappointment.

    He just seems like he is theorizing or playing a chess game. He's either unaware that what he implements impacts millions of lives or simply doesn't care. I can not tell which.

    June 24, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  76. Millie

    About as much as anyone would have in the President in these circumstances, be he Dem. or Rep. or whatever. When the days are good; we have in-fighting and bickering; when the days are bad; whoever is unfortunate enough to be in Office bites the popularity bullet.

    June 24, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  77. Andy in Vancouver, BC

    I certainly have more confidence in him than health insurance CEOs, BP, Wall Street, the banks, or any of the other people who ran for president for either party in 2008. Sure, that's not saying much, but do you know anyone else in power in the US that would be anymore trustworthy?

    June 24, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  78. pat in michigan

    hey the guy can make a decision without dick cheney so he's ok in my book.

    June 24, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  79. Ousmane Diagne

    From Ottawa Canada, Listen people have to understand Obama is just a man, he cannot change the whole world unless the whole world is ready to be changed ! That being said living in Canada I can tell you that a lot of the citizen here have no trust at all in Stephen Harpers and he's nevertheless the one taking all the important decisions so those Polls has no signification whatsoever ! I think you americans need to give him more time to make things happen and to get the job done ! Should I remind you that most of the problems he is facing right now was there before him ????

    June 24, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  80. Chris Astoyan


    I lost my confidence in Pres. Obama.
    He is well spoken, but when it comes to action he delivers un-presidential results. This is not what I voted for.

    Chris from CA

    June 24, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  81. Gary NC

    I'll take President Obama any day, any time over what we had before.
    This is exactley why we need health care. Amnesia is taking over as the # 1 health problem.

    June 24, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  82. Connie

    I don't think he is a very good President and I have no confidence in him.

    June 24, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  83. Kyle Irvine, CA

    I did not have a lot of confidence in Barack Obama to begin with. I knew most Americans would be patient in the beginning of his presidency. Well fast forward 17 months and nothing has really changed. I was not so optimistic because I know that the president can only do so much to improve the economy. President Obama has done his part and now we just have to wait it out.

    The ironic thing is all his supporters thought he was the Messiah and could change everything for the better. They were wrong. And now he is to blame. The vicious cycle continues.

    June 24, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  84. Bryson Davis

    I have a lot of confidence in the president. What it seems like a lot of people want is an immediate fix and someone to hold their hand through every one of their problems. From what I have seen, the president is doing exactly what I expected from him when I voted for him and if you expected something different then you weren't paying attention to what he stood for.

    June 24, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  85. Gail R. Cross

    100% 100% more than I have in any member of congress.
    50% more than I have in any news media.

    June 24, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  86. Virginia Gordon

    I have a LOT of confidence in President Obama.

    From Virginia G. in Utah

    June 24, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  87. Dana

    I have all the confidence in the world in Obama!
    It's so funny how fickle people are, he's elected to fix all the screw ups left by the last administration and finally when things are getting better for the economy, important consumer protections are passed including health care, everyone wants to forget about what the last administration has done and want so revert back to it! America wake up!!!!
    It did not take us 18 months to get into the situation that we are in, for God's sake get a reality check!

    June 24, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  88. Jeff Edwards

    This man is doing the best that he can do with all that is going on in the world at the present. He is our president and we need to support as much as possible. he has my prays on a daily basis.

    June 24, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  89. Nita Achord

    I have zero confidence in him. America is finally realizing that Mr. Obama is a brat in a suit and is unqualified for handling any crisis. He quickly found out that he could not give a speech and make the oil disappear. Shame on America for electing him.

    June 24, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  90. jack piper

    I can see no reason to have any confidence in Obama. All he has shown me is a willingness to "Lecture" at the drop of a hat. He won election as a novelty, but the novelty has worn off.

    June 24, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  91. Karen

    No confidence. His adminstration gave a waiver to BP days before the oil spill. He is pushing amnesty while unemployment is almost 10%. We now find out he knew about Blago selling the seat and actually sent Rahm up with a list. Someone, save us.

    June 24, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  92. V. Mumma

    I'd vote for him again. As a people, we want quick solutions to major problems without having to give up anything to get there. I'm convinced no one would have done any better under similar circumstances.

    June 24, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  93. Golen Olson

    I am a white female senior citizen who has full confidence in our President. Include me out of those numbers that you were just talking about. Please.

    June 24, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  94. Ken in NC

    I have confidence in President Obama. He would be doing just fine if he didn't have to spend 25 hours a day fighting the people that are doing all they can at every turn to cause him to fail. Jack, this is a man that has to fight Republicans just to be able to go to the rest room in peace.

    June 24, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  95. Steve

    None!!! And I voted for the man. I am now constantly apologizing to others for my misguided vote. I am a moderate conservative and have never been a "party guy" for either party. That said, I will be pulling the lever for everyone with an "R" after their name in the next election. I have always said that was wrong in the past, but this guy and all his cronies need to be ousted at all costs.

    June 24, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  96. Patrick

    I have very little confidence in the current president, he got elected on a social movement rather than political prowess, experience, knowledge or any inkling of leadership. He has blundered left and right, he waffles, and almost every decision he makes seems to have some sort of offering bundled into it for the extreme left in this country. He can't make a tough decision without considering what impact it will have on his dwindling base. He never had the right, he's losing the middle and he's pissing off the left by leaving his extraordinary promises to them on the campaign unfulfilled. I think he will definitely be a one term president. Hope...fully.

    June 24, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  97. Roger Corp

    I am a white 52 yr old middle class man residing in upstate NY and I have the utmost confidence in President Obama.I have never felt more connected to a sitting president in my life. He is smart, articulate, and personable, and I like his style! The problem with people in our conutry is we live in the "now" and don't give people a chance. Our president inherited a mess and it is obvious he has been working diligently to tackle our Nation's problems. I am extremely impressed with his foreign relations abilities as well as his efforts to improve our Economy. I think he is doing all he can do with the gulf oil disaster under the circumstances. PLEASE people, give him time...

    June 24, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  98. maria from Tucson

    Are you kidding Jack? I couldn't even listen to Busch talk! I found myself squinting all the time. I don't know if it was from the pain of his ignorance or the perlexing configurations of his words. Nothing made sense. Now we have a President who is smarter than most that went before him and people just can't handle his intelligence. They would rather see Ann Coulter or R Limbaugh in office spewing hatred than someone there who has done more for us in his short tenure than Busch did in 8 years. Come on! Confindence? Absolutley.

    June 24, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  99. Butch in SC

    How much confidence in Obama? Absolutely none! Zero, zilch! Nada!
    Once again, he showed that kindergarteners handle such situations better than he did. They'd start chanting, "Sticks and stones will hurt my bones, but names will never hurt me." Obama? He fires the 4 star General because it hurt his overinflated, titan ego. Never mind that it extends the war with a second-string Gen. in there.
    How was General McCrystals "misjudgment" different than Obama's charging ahead with that Heathcare Bill we didn't want, or VP Biden leaving an open mike... etc., etc.

    June 24, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  100. ron

    obama in my opinion, is the greatest president we have ever had.

    June 24, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  101. Bob Potvin Massachusetts

    Hell can freeze over before I jump ship to the Republicans.The President is scapegoat to it all. Mr. Obama is sleek in his mannerisms and will ride out the storms!

    June 24, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  102. Justine

    I continue to believe our President is incredible. I like his cool style because when people are in the midst of anger, their thinking is a bit blocked and people say things they don't really mean....it's not good to have to eat your words. Our economy has begun to level off, health care reform was passed (after decades of trying). Our relationships with the rest of world seem to have gotten better...the wars go on with dates to begin withdrawal. Could you do all that in 18 months? No one is perfect, but I think our President is darn close!

    June 24, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  103. Pat from Florida

    The president gets it coming and going. It doesn't matter what he does, there will always be those who are unhappy and choose to whine and carry on. These negative whinners are the ones who usually get the media's attention unfortunately. President Obama inherited a lot of problems. I think he's doing a great job! If elections were held tomorrow, I'd vote for him again.

    June 24, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  104. Kaygee from Media, PA

    I believe his intentions are honorable, but he doesn't have the leadership qualities that these difficult times require. It's not just experience. Nobody comes into that office prepared for it. But this man is so emotionally detached that he seems to take refuge from the pain out here by striding into yet another meeting in the White House, and forming yet another commission to report back to him in another month, instead of being out front and taking charge where all the hurting people can see him and take courage from him. I campaigned for him, I voted for him, and I wish now it had been Hillary. Mea culpa.

    June 24, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  105. bill hoosier in ky

    Jack, i remain most confident in our President. Luck, good or bad has nothing to do with my vote of confidence. In so many of these issues he is judged on, he has absolutely no power over. And, in the ones he has power over i agree with his decisions. I like your daily question feature Jack, but what would you be filling the airtime with if you and others couldn't second guess our quarterback?

    June 24, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  106. Randy Weber

    What other president in recent history had so much dumped on his plate and has absolutely no backing at all from most of the republicans. I feel he has done an outstanding job under the circumstance's. He has my full support.
    R. Weber

    June 24, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  107. kelly lawrence

    I feel confidant Pres. Obama will continue to do a good, not perfect, job. He has a steep learning curve, but there are infinite possible problems and any decision will have its downside. The public"s expectation of what a president (especially about the economy) can control is so ridiculously high that no mortal can please us.

    June 24, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  108. William Johnson

    Pres Obama has inherited or been subject to the most diverse challenges in recent history in the midst of a severe political landscape. He has shown statesmanship above and beyond the cries of polling and will be held in esteem for his leadership and deep concern for all the people of America. I feel perfectly comfortable and in safe hands with his oversight and guidance.

    June 24, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  109. Tony from Southport

    I have confidence that the president is incompetent. From his lack of military knowledge to his denial of help in the gulf from those who have offered. We are less safe and less secure with President Obama in charge.

    June 24, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  110. bigjoerice eden prairie mn


    An actually experienced manager would have closed his office door ripped McCrystal a new one; told him to keep his mind and his mouth focused on the job – then sent him back to do it. Being Washington, word would have leaked out in a millisecond and the military and the Congress would have known who was really in charge. Now......its amateur hour again.

    June 24, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  111. Peg - AZ

    I have a lot of confidence in President Obama. If you think back on all of the issues he has had to deal with in his first year and a half (financial crisis, two wars, iran, and now this spill), and how overwhelming they all have been, if you really think about it, how there have been more huge crisis than any President has ever had to deal with all at once, and how we somehow have not totally fallen apart and have somehow remained a stable nation, I think that under the circumstances, that this is extremely remarkable and truly amazing and a testament to his steadfast character. Despite criticism for having a cool head, I think that it it were not for President Obama's ability to remain cool and in control of himself under so much pressure, that we would not have been able to weather so many storms.

    June 24, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  112. Tally

    I still have confidence in the President. I mean, let's face it...he inherited a REAL poop storm just 17 months ago and warned that it wouldn't be easy to turn things around. Instant gratification was not a part of any of the campaign promises!

    Stone Mountain, GA

    June 24, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  113. Davit

    The public has a short memory. With the economy continuing to slowly improve, and pieces of health care reform moving into place his numbers will get better just in time for 2012.

    June 24, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  114. Goldee Ball

    I am really tired of hearing that Pres.Obama is not managing the problems well. He was given all these problems, anyone who blames the economy on him is dead wrong. He needs to go after Wall Street the way he handled British Petroleum. As for the war well he inherited that problem from the Bush Administration. George W. Bush left a planet sized problem in the War on Terror, I think Theresa put it best, "we the people are a bunch of wimpy, cowardly whinners who say we want change but lack the courage to make any sacrifice in order to secure our future as a prosperous nation. We have abandoned our president who is fighting for us. We don't really want health care reform or energy independance or to save the environment. We just want lower prices and lower taxes and we want it now, no matter what it costs our children and future generations to come. We the people are a nation of children who desire a leader who is like a comic book super hero"

    June 24, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  115. sandra

    i have lost my confidence in him. I think he really doesn't know what he is doing. He seems confused and i dont see any sense of leadership in him. is like he is worried about winning the next election which will probably not happen if he continues like this.

    June 24, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  116. Mary

    Whoa, Jack. You might better ask people who they do have confidence in. Big business, maybe. How about wallstreet? Who exactly do we think can do a better job with the massive problems facing us? Folks are just disappointed that Obama was not able to magically solve all their problems. We all had a part in digging this hole and it is going to take a change in attitude for us to climb back out of it.

    June 24, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  117. Brian

    An empty suit. An unrelenting arrogance. A complete failure. He refuses to take responsibilty for the failures of his administration. "Blame Bush" has become shrill and sophomoric. He knew exactly what he was getting into, and promised swift changes. There's been no change. And I've lost hope...

    June 24, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  118. Aisha

    I have a lot of confidence in President Obama. More than I ever had with the last president. He is only one person, people can't expect Pres. Obama to perform miracles in a day because people are unsatisfied and want every issue fixed in a hurry. All the negative comments about him is a bunch of crap. I say to the Pres., shake it of your shoulders and continue doing what you're doing. People will always have something dumb to say. Put yourself in his shoes before you talk the talk.

    June 24, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  119. Marvin Cohen

    He has not condemned the attempt to build a mosque on the site of the Twin Towers massacre in NYC. What more do you need to disapprove of his leadership??

    June 24, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  120. Burt

    Pres. Obama has done nothing to keep the confidence of his 2008 supporters, nor has he done anything to gain the confidence of McCain supporters. He is full of rhetoric and very little substance. His go-to solution for everything is more government. Our economy is headed in the wrong direction and he doesn't seem to know what to do to fix it. He cares more about his public opinion and poll numbers, and is not willing to make the tough decision.

    Yes, he has had to face tough situations (sluggish economy, BP oil spill, etc.), but he ran to be the President of the United States. It is a tough job, and he knew that when he started working towards the White House 6 or 8 years ago. When something goes wrong, he says he is responsible, but then finds a way to point the finger at someone else.

    Truthfully, we should have known this in 2008. The guy is very smart (no doubt), but has very little experience and was not qualified to be elected. He has proven to be lacking in crisis management.

    In short, I have very little confidence in Pres. Obama. The only question – will the GOP field a credible candidate to replace him in 2012?

    June 24, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  121. Scotty B

    I have absolutely NO confidence in this, the worst President in history. He has fumbled every opportunity to bring the Country together and move us forward. He is politician that will say anything but has no results to show for actions. What is worse is that some final few are staying in support of Obama despite his failure to complete one single campaign promise. Remember the "change" and hope" theme. Remember he was going to close gitmo and end wars, and so more empty promises. I pity the fools that feel for this looser. The best they can ever come up with is "at least he is not bush. Idiots!

    June 24, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  122. Susan

    I continue to have confidence in President Obama and his ability to make decisions and his ability to empower the people under him. As for the happening in the Gulf, while I would never wish this type of disaster on anyone, it may turn out to be the best thing that ever happened to improve the lack of beauty of the brackish waters that I have always found to be some of the ugliest coastal region in the world. Several years ago, upon visiting, I found the water oily then, and the coastline was very industrial looking. I am a white, southern woman and I also support Obama in his decision to request the resignation of General McCrystal. Insubordination, under no circumstances should be tolerated.


    June 24, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  123. Linda

    I can bet if you ask these some of these people to list the accomplishments of Obama in the 17 months he has been the President, they wouldn't have a clue.

    June 24, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  124. lib

    Americans are looking for a quick fix. There are no quick fixes. This country was left in a bigger mess than anytime in history. President Obama has atleast saved us. It frightens me to think where the country would be now had McCain and Palin won. I do feel somewhat better. Americans continue to complain but are not getting on their party to work with the president to correct the problems in this country. Bush and Cheney left this country in such bad shape that no president will ever be able to fix it for years. I don't blame President Obama for anything but trying his best to fix this mess. People in this country are such big complainers. What they need to do is try and get their representatives to work for the people in this country instead of putting all the money in their pockets. President Obama is not the one who is cheating the American people. This is such an unfair question

    June 24, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  125. Finas Barefield

    I have high confidence in President Obama's leadership. He is like the civil engineer who has to make a decision about what to do with a bridge that has major problems ( 2-wars, gulf spill, run away general, etc.) His job is to direct the events that maintain the integerity of the bridge (country). I does not help when people that were asked to reduce strain on the bridge (country) by not placing additional weight (counter manding directives designed to preserve the bridge – hence the drilling moritorium on drilling. It takes more than the engineer to keep bridge viable. Tell people that what President kennedy said "ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your courntry". We together can make things better for all if we work together. Proverb " a wise woman buildeth her house but a fool pluckethed down with his hands"

    June 24, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  126. Carrie Flynn

    I support President Obama 100%. He inherited tremendous mess and is working across party lines, trying to do what is best for this country. He had committee members from both parties come up with solutions. He is honest and genuinely cares about people. It seems he's damned if he does allow oil drilling and damned if he doesn't allow drilling. We should have gone into Afghanistan, not Iraq, and we wouldn't be involved in two wars. He helped the auto companies get out of a mess.

    I believe people are generally good, but our politians, regardless of their party, only care about being re-elected, rather than making tough decisions that are best for our country.

    Our image has improved around the world since Bush and that alone is a big accomplishment.

    I will reiterate that I support our President. No one could do any better with the mess he acquired.

    Carrie Flynn

    June 24, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  127. Barbara in Michigan

    I I have complete confidence in President Obama! He has done more for America the past 17 months than Bush and his Administration did in the 8 previous years. We wanted change-and change we are getting. Give him the time he needs!!!

    June 24, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  128. Alma Madanick

    He is still the man to get us through all the stuff going on. History will show this. Till then, he needs some better luck.

    June 24, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  129. Ron

    I have full confidence in the President. Certainly more confidence in him than the President he replaced. Considering where we were before election day and where we are now, things can only continue getting better. If not for the distraction of the biggest oil accident in history and the lies and deception that came from BP, we would be even further ahead in the progress department on the slow road to economic recovery. Note the the stock market has rebounded considerably since 2008. Let us not forget the complete mess he inherited.

    June 24, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  130. Lynette

    I had not confident in president Obama, The president do not have leadership,experience and i feel that his policies are destroying the foundation of our precious country.

    June 24, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  131. Harry

    I do have confidence in President Obama. I think the Limbaugh philosophy of "I hope he fails" has been adopted by the Republican party. They are apparently doing whatever it takes to make sure this administration fails to correct the previous administration's errors. At the same time they are subjecting the American people to further frustration and anger. Let's direct the anger where it belongs – the NO party.

    June 24, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  132. gae

    none. He blames all his problems on someone else. He thinks it should be his way or no way. i say we impeach him!!

    June 24, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  133. skr62

    Has everyone forgot about 9/11 and the administration that was in control then and the mess they left behind? I don't have any less confindence in Obama than I have had in any other president during my years of voting. I think Congress is more to blame for the problems we are facing and our economy crisis than our current President.

    June 24, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  134. Monique in St. Paul, MN

    Absolutely! Considering the mess that he stepped into, he is working the United States out of it, slowly but surely. How easiely we forget that we (the Americans) have been pushed into the hole, that the last 8 years of administration slowly dug.

    June 24, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  135. Bill

    What has he done as President to earn anyone's confidence? He talks good, but what has he actually accomplished to inspire confidence? I predict he will not even run for reelection. He does not want to govern. He wants to be on television. He belongs in Hollywood, not Washington.

    June 24, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  136. Colleen From Fort Lauderdale

    Hi Jack,

    You forgot to mention the war against one of our very own states, Arizona. Also, the grand redistribution of wealth schemes with Obama's government take-overs of private industry, and the untruths that are now surfacing from with the health insurance fiasco. Add all this with what Politico pointed out and we have a (dangerous) loser in the White House.

    June 24, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  137. Randall Lomax

    Confidence ? Not at all. Respect? Not at all. He doesnt have confidence or respect for the Real America .He is a joke and all the people that voted for him are ...well.... you know.... STUPID !!!

    June 24, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  138. Kathy Swanson

    Absolutely none! He has proven over and over again to be totally incompetent and working hard to destroy our country. Immigration required waiting your turn, laws to limit the stay, etc. Babies should not be the ticket to our hard earned dollars supporting illegal aliens. I am proud to be an American and all that we stood for, not the new shameful happenings. We are "one nation under God" and our currency and basis "In God we Trust". If you don't, give me my dollar back and get out. This man needs to get out while the getting is good.

    June 24, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  139. gay weaver

    I am happy people are beginning to see the president's poor leadership skills. He has been a terrible decision maker, always wants to form a group to study all situations!!!

    June 24, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  140. Carl

    Not much and luck have nothing to do with it. Every President have their challenges, some more some less. Presidency do not inherent problem, problems continues down the presidency. He needs to face the challenge and no more excuses. As the President of United States he is the captain of the ship, there is no one above him to cry to.

    June 24, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  141. Richard Fairview, Texas

    Obama came into office with hope and change as his mantra. Now the rest of us are Hoping he will change. You have to be careful for two things in life jack the first is what you wish for and the other is what you vote for.

    June 24, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  142. ed

    Give the pres a break im tired of hearing conservatives cry about the pres responce to this and that what happened to small government? they want the fed to do everything. and to all the people in the gulf complaining about their buisness get over it and get off their butts down there and find a new job the gulf is gonna be messed up for decades take your welfare from bp and move on with your lives

    June 24, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  143. John Schilling, Chambersburg, PA

    NONE. The man is a walking disaster. Let's get back to voting for a president based on his experience and knowledge and not for his oratorial skills.

    June 24, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  144. Walker

    I have more confidence in Obama than I had in Bush, Carter, Ford, Nixon and LBJ and possibly Reagan and Clinton as well. Which of these former presidents faced as many crises simultaneously than he has? Not to mention dealing with the blogosphere and the world of tweet and instant criticism. All in all, he's holding up pretty well.
    Cut him some slack, Jack!

    June 24, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  145. carlcap1491

    If you must know how much confidence I have in President Obama, I will tell you, I have complete confidence in our President. I will say about 100% confidence I place in Mr. Obama. You ask why? Because no one in this country will give President Obama the credit he deserves. He's been our President for about a 1year now, and he gets more criticism than complements. It's a disgusting human nature to give criticism more easily than to complement someone even when he deserves it. I don't think we could have gotten a more kinder, gentler, smarter, President than we have right now. And don't think for one minute Mr. Obama is a push-over. When push comes to shuve, Mr. Obama will use the necessary force to get things done.

    June 24, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  146. Wyma Hornbuckle

    I have total confidence in President Obama. He will make some mistakes as all of us will but overall he is the man we need for this job. By the way, if the news media would be more supportive of the positive things he is doing rather than blaming him for everything that occurs, the rank and file person who limits his/her knowledge to what is said on the *news* would be more correctly informed.

    June 24, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  147. Gail

    I have all the confidence in the world with President Obama, after all we sent him in there to clean up the disaster of the Republicans. You may have forgot, but I haven't, and seeing them apologize to poor, poor BP makes me even more confident.


    June 24, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  148. Larry

    I for one and apparently a minority continue to put my faith in the man at the helm. He kept our economy from falling off a cliff, many companies are now profitable, and he has a strong international team that deals well with serious international issues. While the opposition continues to complain incessantly, especially through the so called Tea Party, they offer no realistic alternatives. I like Pres. Obama because he is a genuinely intelligent man who ably articulates his position and acts to carry it out. I haven't seen anything close to him on the other side of the aisle. You may want to leave the following out: I consider the leading spokesperson of the opposition, i.e., the Lady From Alaska, nothing more than an empty suit.
    Burke, VA

    June 24, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  149. LaDonna V

    What a fickle bunch we are! I was not a staunch supporter before the election, as were some, but give the guy a break! Has anyone ever had to handle a more historic load of major crises in such short succession? Two wars, a world financial melt down, an epic environmental crisis, none of which were of his making – what do we all expect? That is probably the problem. Too many expected miracles from him and he is only a man after all – a brilliant, thoughtful one to be sure, but give him a chance. These problems are all so complex that it is ridiculous to expect instant results. Let's stop sniping and being cry-babies and see what we each can do to help. I am sick of all the whining. Let's be Americans and come together to fix things. He sure can't do it alone.

    June 24, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  150. Debbie


    Have all these people who have lost confidence in President Obama forgotten about our previous President so quickly?!?! I have the utmost confidence in President Obama – unfortunately, Bush left us with an economy in the tank and a huge deficit – now suddenly the Republicans want to act like the party of balanced budgets???

    I am grateful that Obama is in the White House with all the problems (B.P. spill, McChrystal, etc.) we have had lately – none of which were caused by him.

    Time to move to another subject, Jack –

    June 24, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  151. Jim Richards

    Jack, I never miss your comments if I am able.
    President Obama has lost the confidence of most of us seniors (I am 82 & my wife is 79) due to such actions as robbing from the poor and giving it to the rich (stopped our 2010 COLA BUT did not stop everything we buy from going up 20 to 30%). Promised us help with the terrible cost of our drugs (they are breaking us financially) but now I hear that it will be next year before any help arrives. What a farce. Jim

    June 24, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  152. Jesse Callahan

    Confidence? Nada..

    Jesse in Texas

    June 24, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  153. Steve

    I am tired of seeing people talk about what Obama inherited. They should be interested in what Obama has not done in the 17 months he has been in office. People need to get over George Bush. Obama is in the driver's seat and he's acting like a drunken driver.

    June 24, 2010 at 5:33 pm |
  154. Penny

    I am very impressed with President Obama as a leader and do highly respect him as a person. His approach and responses to the many challenges he has faced shows a respectful dignity towards others plus the leadership skills needed to command our country. For many, he will never be able to do anything right but those are the masses that enjoy hearing their own condescending comments that flavor their negative attitudes.

    June 24, 2010 at 5:33 pm |
  155. Jon

    How much confidence can you have in a guy who can't understand the founding father's principles and the constitution?

    June 24, 2010 at 5:33 pm |
  156. Liz

    I have tremendous confidence in the President. The country has enormous problems due in large part to the policies of the last Administration, and President Obama and his team appear (to me) to be trying address the issues in a thoughtful way... not shooting from the hip, but attempting to address the complex structural weaknesses.

    These aren't issues that have quick fixes, and it distresses me greatly that, 24/7, the media pundits pick away at him for their own on-air or column-filling purposes. When you think that you hear waning confidence in this man, perhaps you're reflecting the sound of your own echoing voices.


    June 24, 2010 at 5:33 pm |
  157. Sam - Al

    As a Republican when he was elected I was willing to give him a chance. I know he inherited many problems. He promised to bring people together and to change the way Washington operated. However, he has failed to do either. Why people thought he was a stromg leader is a puzzle to me. He had never been in charge of anything! At this point I have very little confidence in him.

    June 24, 2010 at 5:33 pm |
  158. Wyma Hornbuckle

    I have total confidence in our President. He is facing problems greater than most any of us have ever seen or lived through..... and I am 78 !
    He is amazingly intelligent, is willing to listen, think, and compromise whenever possible.

    Please look at what happened during President Bush's term and what that administration left for this administration to deal with.

    Our President deserves a DOZEN stars !!!!

    June 24, 2010 at 5:33 pm |
  159. Jan W.

    I/we continue to support President Obama. Do not agree with everything he does but 100% on shutting down drilling in the Gulf. We survived the Exxon/Valdez spill and further drilling will only jeopardize lots of jobs. For what? So stockholders can continue their lifestyle?? We support drilling on dry land and, with limits, offshore. We also survived Sarah Palin's short governership (voted for her...mistake) and will move to Canada if she takes over. Give me a reasonable person any day. Obama...100%.


    June 24, 2010 at 5:33 pm |
  160. walter (amelia isl. fl.)

    mr obama is in over his head. that lack of experience thing, is haunting him. he is a smart guy, and hopefully, he will grow into the job. if not we are screwed. we are looking at a one term pres., with no minority pres. again for a generation.

    June 24, 2010 at 5:34 pm |
  161. Fariba

    Complete confidence. With issues he inherited, we need magic to solve them all in such a short time. How can someone solve all problems by himself? No matther what President Obama does, it's never good enough. Someone from the side line is unhappy with it. And it's very easy to be on the side line and just talk. He is a man of action and I'm PROUD of him!

    June 24, 2010 at 5:34 pm |
  162. Jenny Stewart

    Do Americans look at things with the glass half full or the glass half empty? Positivity will bring out the positive. That's all I have to say about the american people. Let's stop looking for the bad-anyone can do that. Let's support the president like we should. Let's think of the good we have in America instead of looking for dooms day. The more we support him the stronger this country will get. Pointing fingers will not get us any closer to the American we want. We are as strong as our weakest link – and that ourselves.

    June 24, 2010 at 5:34 pm |
  163. D. Ross

    I have very little confidence and I am disgusted with a President and Congress that keeps making decisions for purely political reasons that ignore the wishes of the majority. Foreign policy has little real direction, the economy is not getting better, the current administration seems to oppose any attempt to close our borders, and medical insurance costs are rising. Not much to admire !.

    June 24, 2010 at 5:34 pm |
  164. Tony in Columbus

    I have little confidence in his ability to lead, he has shown that over the last 17 months. He has made some good decisions, but a lot more bad ones. How he handled the oil spill is the worse so far. I am only confident that he will kill the free market. I am not blind, it started with TARP while President Bush was in office, but President Obama has stepped on the accelerator.

    June 24, 2010 at 5:34 pm |
  165. pat marin

    It has been said that, in the end, people get the government/president they deserve. I heartily disagree. From what I've seen in my country lately – we have a long way to go before we deserve him as he is FAR, FAR beyond what we deserve – SO much more and with so much dignity, integrity and intelligence that is balanced with the practical. He inherited a hornet's nest of trouble that cannot be explained or solved in a 30-second sound byte. So, bottom line, I think he is doing just fine – also great that he can continue to function as well as he can with all the ridiculousness that abounds!!!!

    June 24, 2010 at 5:34 pm |
  166. Martin

    The man was all smoke and mirrors during the election. Those with "hope" that he could turn his Party rhetoric into real leadership are now disappointed. The scary part is that we're all in the same boat that he's sinking in.

    June 24, 2010 at 5:34 pm |
  167. Sandra

    People need to become informed citizens so they can see what is going on. It's heavily coded in the media to lull people to sleep. Wake UP America.

    June 24, 2010 at 5:34 pm |
  168. madeline ferrentino

    I have very little to no confidence in Pres. Obama. He was clearly not ready to handle the many problems that any chief executive must confront daily. We had an inkling of what his performance would be like since he was not often a participant in either the Illinois legislature or the United States congress. He can give a great speech but unfortunately that just doesnt cut it when serious decisions have to be made. He needs to surround himself with more people like Sheila Baird and Sec'tates, the two people in his administration who have the best interest of the country at heart.

    June 24, 2010 at 5:34 pm |
  169. hazel

    never did, never will, only getting worse. cant' wait till he is out of office

    June 24, 2010 at 5:34 pm |
  170. Nicky, Los Angeles

    I haven't lost faith at all in our President, Barack Obama. I have confidence that he will do his best at recovering our economy, bettering our schools and finding a solution to end our wars overseas. Its takes time and some people put blame where blame isnt due, explain to me how you would fulfill a job where Bush?/Chaney Administration left us nearly lifeless as a country, you would need more than 17 months, maybe a century.

    June 24, 2010 at 5:34 pm |
  171. Susan

    Our econemy is bad, military stretched to the limits, employment bad, homeless and hungry people with no one to turn to, crisis after crisis........yes it was bad before President Obama but it has gotten much worse. It's like every one in the government is running around like chickens with their heads cut off.

    June 24, 2010 at 5:34 pm |
  172. Joe Cox

    After being inspired by the lofty rhetoric of the campaign, I have become utterly dismayed by his inability to lead the nation and to deliver the real change we we need so desperately in Washington.

    Looks like President Obama will join Jimmy Carter as one of the most ineffective (and one-term) presidents in the last one-hundred years.

    June 24, 2010 at 5:34 pm |
  173. steve - virginia beach

    I have complete confidence that Obama's Presidency will be nothing but problems and that he'll blame them all on someone else, mostly Bush.

    June 24, 2010 at 5:34 pm |
  174. Joan

    I have all the confidence in the world, he is the best we have had for a long time. He was handed a country deep in debt, on the verge of bankruptcy, all manufacturing jobs had gradually been shipped overseas for the last ten years, the country is recovering gradually which is a miracle, the last great depression took 10 years to recover. He was handed 2 wars a minority obstructionist party and has suffered racist slurs for the 17 months since he was elected, I think he has worked miracles considering what he was given.All the naysayers should be careful what they wish for, if the repubs get the majority the rest of the county's wealth will be handed to the rich, not to mention the death toll for people with no healthcare will rise.The rest of the civilized world shakes it's head in disbelief that we are such a crappy country we cannot give our people health care.

    June 24, 2010 at 5:34 pm |
  175. Tim Bristol, TN

    He is an ideologue that came in with an agenda. Having said that, I believe most presidents and indeed most of us as constituents are similar.......in that we look at things from a certain point of view. What bothers me, though, is that his ideology is in direct conflict with all of our Founding Fathers and the document that is meant to run this country. Their vision for this country was that it WOULD be different and unlike the place they came from–it WOULD be a bastion of liberty, personal responsibility and individual freedom. If Mr Obama has a problem with those things.....and I believe he definitely does.....than why not go try to run a country where those things are not valued and written into the core of our society. Go to Europe or South America or somewhere.....but not here where our heritage is founded on the very principles he seeks to tear down.

    June 24, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  176. Diane Dagenais Turbide


    I have reasonable expectations and confidence!

    June 24, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  177. Scott

    Anyone who has confidence in this man, is obviously not paying attention. He is a clown and has shown that he is completely inept. He has surrounded himself with the morally destitute and continues to thumb his nose at the will of the majority of the populous. Our miliary mocks him, and the world is marvelling in his weakness and indecision. Pathetic...simply pathetic. 2012 can't come soon enough.

    June 24, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  178. William

    Confidence? None that I can say that's on the plus side. This president is/has been inept at almost every turn. He's not capable of making a decision unless it's one that will cost us trillion$, or from recommendations from an equally inept staff, commission, or congress. The only smart thing he has done is the firing of the general. In that case his hand was forced by the general himself. A decision that was a no brainer. He has dragged his feet, seemingly by design, on the oil spill. Makes you wonder. Does it not? He is "NOT" reponsible for the blowout. But his adiministrations' ineptitude and foot dragging have greatly added to the disaster. Once he exhibits the ability to make a decision without weeks, or months, of political calculation perhaps he may gain some the confidence to which you refer. Until then. None.

    June 24, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  179. Cecil Neal Jr

    Lets get real for a minute. Obama has had to deal with the budget mess left by the previous administration; two (2) unpopular wars; the banking crisis; the housing/morgatge crisis; the auto manufacturers crisis; a Republican minority that is more interested in saying "NO" than working with the President of the United States than solving America's problems, and a host of other problems. Very few Presidents in the historyof the United States have had to deal with this many serious problems than he's had to, and he's only been if office for two years. How many years did it take to create this mess? It's easy to be an "arm chair quarterback" and critique the game while it's being played or after it's over, especially in today's political climate! We should all give the President our support to fix these problems instead of trying to assess blame!

    June 24, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  180. Damian

    From Ottawa, Canada

    Boy Jack you Americans are a fickle bunch. You elect a man with more integrity than the last 5 presidents combined and turn on him because a greedy oil company is fouling the gulf with the same garbage he's trying to break your addiction to, OIL!

    90% of the problems President Obama now faces were created by the idiotic decisions of George W.

    I don't expect Obama's bad numbers will last to long.



    June 24, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  181. Ronda (from Canastota, NY)

    I don't have confidence in any politicians, but at least Obama is sincere and is trying to do the best with what he's given. I might vote for him for a second term, but that will depend who's running against him. If it's Sarah Palin, he'll be a shoo-in for Term 2 in my book...anyone but the Alaska Barbie!

    June 24, 2010 at 5:35 pm |

    I am confident he will continue to push his socialist agenda. His disdain for the American way of life is evident in EVERY move he makes. If he is reelected, he will destroy us.

    June 24, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  183. susan carlson

    Confidence? No... Hillary Clinton was my choice, this corrupt regime began when the party system made its choice instead of allowing the people to choose. I voted for Mr. Obama and truly hoped he would be a good president even though he obviously did not have the experience. I am particularly concerned about his disregard of the seriousness of the illegal immigrant problem and jobs creation. I don't think he likes us.....

    June 24, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  184. Carol Geurts

    President Obama is doing the best any one man can do under the circumstances. I still have faith because he does.

    June 24, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  185. George

    Zero: He wasting money on bail outs and health care programs the majority of the public did not want and do not approve of. His radical environmental policies are going to hurting the economic recovery and cause most Americans to pay large increases in fuel cost and lose more jobs. These policies will provide no reasonable improvements in environment when compared to the cost. We know we have problems when his top military leaders are publicly laughing at him and his staff. His solution to illegal immigrants to grant them amnesty.

    June 24, 2010 at 5:49 pm |
  186. scott i

    Govt doesn't create jobs....they create debt. Obama would do a better job at Presidency if he just sat in a rocking chair and staired out the window. Has to be the worst pres. ever.......

    June 24, 2010 at 5:49 pm |
  187. Johnjon

    I predicted before the election that he would win, and then lose confidence with the American public. He has much to overcome with all the baggage that he inherited. The voters are quick to forget what President Obama had served to him on inauguration day. Everyone thinks in this day and age that the problems can be solved overnight. Everything he has accomplished so far, he said he would do............. now everybody complains. Do they forget how hopeful the country was with all of his new ideas? At least he's willing to listen to everyone's viewpoint, unlike the "my way or the highway" republicans. Yes......... I'd vote for him again, and I'm very proud to say I did so.

    June 24, 2010 at 5:49 pm |
  188. KI

    I have 200% confident plus more.

    June 24, 2010 at 5:49 pm |
  189. Derek


    I repeat what I said in my earlier comment. I support President Obama and his efforts to lead this country. I don't have confidence in polls, because polsters design pollls to get the results they want.

    June 24, 2010 at 5:49 pm |
  190. Steve

    Confidence in Obama? I have more confidence in him than I have in the alternative.

    June 24, 2010 at 5:49 pm |
  191. honest john in vermont

    I have far, far less confidence than I used to.

    June 24, 2010 at 5:49 pm |
  192. Jack - Lancaster, Ohio


    We have not gotten to where we are as a nation and a mixed society based on presidents improving in terms of consensus (will of the people, ) with time. So, on that premise Mr. Obama is typical, average, party driven and a marginal leader as usual. Of this I am confident.

    June 24, 2010 at 5:49 pm |
  193. George

    History sifts through all the b.s., and years later when all the dust has settled. I will say, "I told you so" to all the Bozos who voted this smooth teleprompter reader in office.

    June 24, 2010 at 5:50 pm |
  194. Matters

    Obama is doing exactly what he said he'd do. He is fundamentally transforming America. If those who voted for him are shocked by what is now happening.....then they didn't do their research.

    Please pick up a book from Saul Alinksky and a book for Karl Marx. It won't take long to understand what is happening.

    June 24, 2010 at 5:50 pm |
  195. kevin

    This was a no win situation from the beginning. If the President turns things around, it will be a complete miracle. The Republicans, who were just a bunch of pansies when Bush II was in office, now want fiscal responsibility, when it was all their fault in the first place. There are a host of things that are wrong with this government, and both parties are culpable, but to hang it all on one person when there are over 500 senators and politicians who are doing absolutely nothing to effect any kind of real change for the people of this country, it's just stupid.

    June 24, 2010 at 5:50 pm |
  196. Russell Walker

    He and his cronies are just as inept and corrupt as those who preceeded them

    June 24, 2010 at 5:50 pm |
  197. P. Monahan

    None and just today at the hairdresser's the conversations among all the stylists and customers was negative about the current administration and congress.

    June 24, 2010 at 5:51 pm |
  198. Joseph Butler

    Ii's easy to underestimate the complexity of what Obama has set out to achieve. Fixing the economy, the environment, and stopping the spread of nuclear weapons all while repairing our battered image abroad, are no small feats. I believe in our president, but I also recognize the scale of the challenges he faces.

    June 24, 2010 at 5:51 pm |
  199. Allen Male

    Jack –

    I have a high degree of confidence in President Obama. He is trying to drive this nation to deal with many things that need dealt with – and he's never lied to us about Iraq, Afghanistan, or other national security issues. He is a marked improvement when compared to his predecessor.


    June 24, 2010 at 5:51 pm |
  200. chris

    He has not shown the leadership I expected out of him. Couple his lack of leadership with his ongoing excuse of blaming practically every problem on the previous administration and I have a hard time even taking him seriously any more.

    June 24, 2010 at 5:52 pm |
  201. Sandra

    Trying to make sense out of this: So, would it be correct to think that we have made it to third world status now where multinationals have bought off all of the significant positions from government? There are no borders? Join the human race? Something like that?

    It would be better if they just tell people what the plan is.

    June 24, 2010 at 5:52 pm |