Forty-five percent (45%) of U.S. voters now have an unfavorable opinion of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano following her department’s release of a controversial report on right-wing extremist groups last week. Twenty-three percent (23%) say their view of her is Very Unfavorable.
Thirty-seven percent (37%) of American voters agree that in dealing with its European allies over the years, the United States has shown arrogance, been dismissive, and even derisive. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey found that 47% disagree with that assertion and 16% are not sure.
President Barack Obama on Friday announced that lobbyists must put in writing any requests they believe should be granted from the recently passed $787 billion economic stimulus package. His action is definitely a step in a direction most voters will welcome, according to Rasmussen Reports surveying.
America’s Political Class gives Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner rave reviews—76% have a favorable opinion of him. Two-thirds (66%) of the Political Class say Geithner’s doing a good or excellent job handling the credit crisis and federal bailouts.
The day after Barack Obama was elected president, 54% of voters nationwide expected government spending to go up during the Obama years. Now, after two months of the Obama administration, that number has jumped 18 percentage points to 72%.
Of the four priorities outlined last month by President Obama, reducing the deficit and health care reform are now seen by voters as the most important. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey found that 32% of voters believe cutting the deficit in half is most important while 29% say health care is the priority.
President Obama took the offensive this week, urging passage of his $3.6-trillion budget, as voters remain divided over the president’s plan and continue to worry about the large amount of spending it proposes.
Sixty-one percent (61%) of U.S. voters now have a favorable opinion of First Lady Michelle Obama, including 41% whose view of her is Very Favorable, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey.
President Barack Obama laid out three major – and costly - policy goals in his Tuesday night speech to the nation – health care reform, development of new sources of energy and ensuring that every child has “a complete and competitive education.” He also repeated his pledge to cut the federal deficit in half in four years.
Former President Clinton last week gave fellow Democrat Barack Obama top marks for his handling of the economy but said the new chief executive needs to be more optimistic when talking publicly about economic issues. Forty-six percent (46%) of U.S. voters agree, saying President Obama should speak more positively about the economy.