New TIME/CNN Poll: Obama’s Job Approval Jumps, Public Favors Stricter Gun Laws

A new TIME/CNN/ORC poll that will be released Wednesday afternoon finds that a majority of Americans support tighter gun laws.

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Carolyn Kaster / AP

President Barack Obama, accompanied by Vice President Joe Biden, presents his proposals to reduce gun violence, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013, in the South Court Auditorium at the White House in Washington.

As he prepares to pitch an expansive new package of gun restrictions to a bitterly divided Congress, Barack Obama has the majority of voters on his side. A new TIME/CNN/ORC poll that will be released Wednesday afternoon finds that 55% of Americans approve of the job Obama is doing as President, compared to 43% who disapprove.

That ratio mirrors the public appetite for tighter restrictions on guns, with 55% of respondents favoring stricter gun control laws and 44% opposed.

Obama’s approval rating, mired in the 40s for much of his first term, has improved in the wake of his re-election and an acrimonious fight over the fiscal cliff, jumping three percentage points from the 52% he registered in a December CNN/ORC poll. The new poll also shows that Vice President Joe Biden’s approval rating has spiked to 59%, up from 54% in December, amid high-profile turns negotiating the fiscal cliff deal and spearheading Obama’s firearms task force.

Full results of the new TIME/CNN/ORC poll, which surveyed 814 adult Americans on Jan. 14-15 and has a sampling error of 3.5 percentage points, will be available on Time.com and CNN.com at 4 p.m. EST.

109 comments
nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

55% approval?  This is not good news for his re-elect--wait, what??

daveinboca
daveinboca

Alex Altman is a joke who flunked out of journalism school.  The fact is that the pct favoring stricter laws was 66% three weeks ago & is plummeting faster than this clown of a POTUS can spew all sorts of unconstitutional nonsense.  Altman is a fraud, pure and simple.

rnance1950
rnance1950

Did anyone with Common Sense really expect a Time/Cnn Poll to say anything Different, they wouldn't say anything Bad about this goon no matter what, same old Polling as the last election.....Ultra Liberal Dribble as Usual, just take it with a grain of salt....he's just playing Politics with the Killing of Innocent Children, that's all, I can't believe he paraded those children at that Political Press Conference today, talk about using Children as Pawns, unbelievable what that goon will do for his OWN Egotistical Self!!!

dbtkgrace
dbtkgrace

It's common sense and it will always end up being a matter of common sense whether it's gun control or budget crisis or any other issue. When people in general but especially politicians lack common sense in deciding matters that affect society, you end up with extremists and their extreme views. I blame the voters who vote in these extreme politicians without common sense. You get what you deserve.

averagejoepatriot
averagejoepatriot

Anyone for a Balanced Budget Amendment?  Or should be start selling off parcels of our National Parks to pay down the debt we've incurred for our children?  Perhaps we could host a gun auction and sell them to our neighbors in Mexico so they can protect themselves from the BATF?  

SoFlaDAVID
SoFlaDAVID

ANY person whose LIFE revolves around owning a GUN; needs to desperately SEEK PROFESSIONAL THERAPY!  Instead: persue an EDUCATION; get a BETTER job; go to the damn GYM  and lose that flab! In other words: GET A REAL LIFE! :-D

AlistairCookie
AlistairCookie

@rnance1950 Yeah, same old polling as the last election.  Better take it with a grain of salt!  It's not like the polls were right all along and he won or anything...

notsacredh
notsacredh

"same old Polling as the last election"

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Lol. Yep. Same old polling data that said Obama would come close to sweeping the swing states and we all know how that turned out.

Jambo86
Jambo86

I guess you haven't heard but deficit spending is actually shrinking month by month. December saw that smallest budgetary overruns in more than a decade and 2013 is predicted to be a year when the government adds less to the debt than it has in years. I know that most will not believe this. But it is true. So, we can stop whining about the debt that will be passed down to our children. That approach is just right-wing malarky.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@averagejoepatriot How about we stop subsidizing the States that Vote Republican yet suck out more money than they contribute? That should help the budget for starters.

Tero
Tero

@averagejoepatriot 

How's about a reasonable and balanced approach to both issues? Instead of hyperbole?

r.u.crazy
r.u.crazy

To SoFlaDAVID- Well, I guess that includes the FBI, NCIS, Border Patrol, USMC, Coast Guard, ATF, U.S. Marshalls Service, U.S.Army, Secret Service, Highway Patrol, Texas Rangers, Police Departments, U.S. Postal Service, I.R.S., U.S. Air Force, C.I.A. just to name a few. Now, don't you feel really, really stupid for your asinine comment. Those people do have lives, perhaps it's yourself that is still in search of one.

rnance1950
rnance1950

@sacredh Lol, Lol, hope your Taxes went up too, you can thank your Goon-Buddy-Failure in the Black House for that, keep up the good work....

rnance1950
rnance1950

@mantisdragon91 @rnance1950 Yeah, I'm one of the NRA Members, but, I'm surely not stupid enough to be a Mindless Follower of the Goon, your Messiah, Odummber, aren't you glad you voted for him, hope your Taxes went up, that is unless you're on the Welfare Roles, whichever works for you!!!

r.u.crazy
r.u.crazy

Yes Jambo86, that's why the national debt is projected to be 20 trillion dollars and our credit rating is being threatened again with a downgrade. Not because of the debt ceiling, but because the government has made no progress in reducing the debt......and yes Jambo86, that debt HAS been passed down to future generations because there is no way in he** in can be paid off in this generation. You're forgetting that the full impact of Obamacare was delayed until after the election. Makes no difference what side of the aisle you favor, we're all screwed.

r.u.crazy
r.u.crazy

Uh, I guess you haven't noticed but it's the unproductive "blue" states that are sucking more than they contribute. The "blue" states are all but bankrupt. One other observation, there's a whole bunch more "red" states than there are "blue" states.

S_Deemer
S_Deemer

@DonQuixotic @averagejoepatriot: Exactly. Ten years ago, we actually had a chance to pay down the debt, and GWB persuaded Congress to pass a tax cut that was so unbalanced that they had to cook the books by having it "expire" at the end of 2010 to avoid falling under the Byrd Rule. Even Bernie Madoff couldn't have come up with a bigger Ponzi scheme. The national debt will never be paid down; the best we can hope for is to reduce its growth as a percentage of GDP, and doing that is going to require that almost everybody take a haircut — especially those over 65, who are making out like bandits under the present entitlements formulas. 

Disclosure: I'm 66, will turn 67 this year. If averagejoepatriot wants to protect his children, start by bringing benefits for the elderly in line with those for the rest of the population.

http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2013/01/16/us/politics/16fivethirtyeight-gov1/16fivethirtyeight-gov1-blog480.jpg

outsider
outsider

With the announcement today, hyperbole seems to be the word of the day!

Not a coincidence, methinks

@Tero @averagejoepatriot

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@r.u.crazy You idiot. Those people carry guns for a living. As opposed to tools like you with inadequacy issues who are to cowardly to serve. Want to carry a gun, join the military or law enforcement.

notsacredh
notsacredh

rnance, I'm a 37 year employee of the Dept of the Army. I work outside year round. Not exactly welfare, but I'm sure it makes you feel better about yourself to think of anybody that supports the President as being on welfare. I'm a socialist too.

jackdmontana
jackdmontana

@r.u.crazy  Welfare keeps Red States for being sink holes.  You should not berate a system that keeps the likes of you afloat.  Oh, I forgot you gun jerks are great scientists, engineers, scholars and premier doctors.  Your contemptible fools.  

rnance1950
rnance1950

@mantisdragon91 I don't have to impress anybody, especially Libs, but, seems as if I impressed you, because evidently you're thinking about it, hmmmmm, wonder what that sez about you, care to talk about it or are you still afraid?????

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

Sounds like some one is trying very hard to impress people he never met. Compensating for something are we?

rnance1950
rnance1950

@AlistairCookie @mantisdragon91 Hey, alistaircookie,  Wow, you must be a Welfare Recipient too, seems like I hit a nerve, reckon????  I have no insecurities, but, you must have considering you don't have a job either, just like the other character, mantisdragon, I guess you both are living off the rest of us, but, by the way, I do have an Expensive Sports Car but I worked for it, but, I'm not Upper Middle Aged, I'm only 31 and I do have a job and not on the Taxpayer Payroll, so, I'm doing just fine, living the American Dream, how about you????

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@r.u.crazy And you sound like a toothless hill billy. Now that we got the pleasantries out of the way, how about you bring up some facts to support you trash talk.

AlistairCookie
AlistairCookie

@mantisdragon91

Slinging "welfare recipient", around as though it were an insult in the first place, to "Dim-Witted Liberals [sic]" is just projection.  Insecurity about one's own lot in life.  Sort of like an upper-middle aged man driving an expensive sports car to make up for some inadequacies in other aspects of their life. 

rnance1950
rnance1950

@mantisdragon91 @rnance1950 ..Hey, mantisdragon, typical Liberal rhetoric when you have Nothing to add to the subject at hand you resort to calling people names, shows just how Dim-Witted you Liberals are, plus, no way you could be my Boss, you're on Welfare, have you forgotten, you don't work, probably never have, you would rather live off of us, the taxpayers then do an honest days work, probably got a Free Odumber phone to boot, lol, lol

r.u.crazy
r.u.crazy

Probably not, but you sure sound like a welfare recipient.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@rnance1950 you sad deluded idiot. Do you typically run around shouting welfare recipient to people on public forums you know nothing about, and who could very well be your boss at work?

rnance1950
rnance1950

@mantisdragon91 @rnance1950 @sacredh Hey, mantisdragon, I don't blame you for being mad about my EXPOSING YOU AS A WELFARE RECIPIENT, lol, lol....Most of you Libs are, no wonder you voted for Odummber, got to keep those Food Stamps rolling in every month, lol, lol

jackdmontana
jackdmontana

? A freak show indeed.  Pathological fools, pretenders, and social pariahs.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@r.u.crazy Sorry we don't live down South. I'm in PA one of the states that support Red state leaches that vote Republican.

r.u.crazy
r.u.crazy

Uh oh, sounds like rnance1950 struck a nerve. You guys are on welfare, huh?

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@rnance1950 @mantisdragon91 Thanks in a couple of quick posts, you have provided a perfect demonstration of why most of America no longer takes Right Wingers like you as anything else than a freak show act.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@r.u.crazy It still current and Republican states are still leaches. Thank you for playing try again.

r.u.crazy
r.u.crazy

That was from 2004. What have you got that is current? This is 2013. Ok, forget 2013, how about 2012 data just to be fair. I like a good argument but I'm never too proud to admit when I am wrong. It's really tough trying to research information "on the fly" to keep up with all the arguments being posted.

AlistairCookie
AlistairCookie

@outsider2011 What an aggressive treat this bunch is today!  I can just imagine the spittle flying at their monitors.  I feel like they need to take it easy, lest they stroke out.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@r.u.crazy Sorry to disagree with you but if more Iraqis had guns I would have lost more than one of the men I commanded. Military weaponry only belongs in the hands of the military and not some wannabe Rambo down the street.

r.u.crazy
r.u.crazy

For the record, thank you for your service. For everything else, I'll keep my gun and you can surrender yours. And next time you better be da** sure whom you are calling inadequate and a coward. Maybe if more Iraqis had guns you wouldn't have had to go fight their battles and maybe I wouldn't have had to either. My war was Viet Nam.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@r.u.crazy For the record, I served with the 3rd Armored Cavalry in Iraq in 91. And had a chance to see Republican Guard T-72s up close and personal at the battler of 73 Easting. That my loud mouthed friend is where the 91 in my handle comes from. And if you claim to crap bigger than me, than you are indeed full of shit, like your other posts so painfully point out.

r.u.crazy
r.u.crazy

To mantisdragon91- I'm assuming the 91 in your handle is your I.Q. I did serve you moron, a decorated Marine and a Purple Heart recipient. Not just a Marine, you idiot, but a Recon Marine with the 1st Reconnaissance Battalion. I crap bigger than you, you ignorant piece of beetle dung. What chicken sh** outfit did YOU serve with??!!