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September 2nd, 2009
09:10 AM ET

A Nation Divided?

By Matt Gannon
Video Journalist

A new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll shows President Obama’s overall approval rating has slid to 53 percent, and he’s starting to lose the support of independent voters.

Among Democrats, 90 percent now approve of how he is handling his job as President, while 85 percent of Republicans disapprove.

These numbers suggest a growing partisan divide. While the current health care debate has been argued mainly along party lines, the President’s overall ratings for his handling of the deficit and taxes have dropped significantly.

As a candidate, he promised to bridge the partisan divide by reaching across the aisle. But since the election, Democrats and Republicans seem to be moving farther and farther apart. Do you feel like the country is more divided than ever? Tell us why.


Filed under: Heidi Collins
soundoff (185 Responses)
  1. Charles Kopack

    Bipartisanship is a word that is never truely understood in Washington. Is the country more divided? – YES.

    But, then again what do you expect when the politicans are more interested in getting re-elected and getting sound-bites, Replublicans are more interested in gaining lost ground, and lobbyists are allowed to run wild?

    The country is more divided because of the lack of solid information, proliferation of misdirection (and outright lies) about the issues, and the lack of clear vision.

    September 2, 2009 at 9:20 am |
  2. John Tibbs

    More devided? No way. I'm all for our President. Could NEVER ever say that about Bush.

    September 2, 2009 at 9:25 am |
  3. Shon Gale

    We learned this in second grade. A house divided cannot stand.

    September 2, 2009 at 9:25 am |
  4. Erika Schimmel

    No, I do not feel that the nation is more divided under Obama. I feel that the nation has been encouraged more to participate and share their opens openly – and that he cares about us.

    September 2, 2009 at 9:26 am |
  5. Colin Dean

    Constant attention given to only two groups of people–liberals and conservatives, Republicans and Democrats, bourgeois and proletariat, blue collar and white collar, us and them–will always be divisive. It's inherent in the very language used to address and classify.

    If we, and I mean the media and the people, more often acknowledge the third or fourth groups, we can diminish the ferocity of the divisiveness by diversifying thought.

    The answer to the problems faced by everyone is not proffered by the two largest, most heralded groups. No, it's proffered by the lesser: the diamond in the rough, the minority report.

    September 2, 2009 at 9:27 am |
  6. Lori Weeden

    If the country is more divided, it has more to do with the far right preying on the fears of the uninformed. I believe if people took the time to be educated, much of this division would end.

    September 2, 2009 at 9:27 am |
  7. Russ

    Yes America is devided no question and I find it unfortunate for a president who ran on unity.

    September 2, 2009 at 9:27 am |
  8. Josh Harbour

    As a former Republican, I can say the country seems much more divided. The republican party I was raised with no longer exists and have dedicated themselves to "breaking" Obama instead of working with him to solve problems. The saddest part is that all republicans get heir news from Fox news. Their slogan should be "fear and imbalanced" instead of "fair and balanced".

    September 2, 2009 at 9:27 am |
  9. Armando Nargi

    We should be called The "Divided" States of America. It was "We the People..." who set up our government, not the politicians. We forgot that. Most people do not even know the difference between Democrat and Republican, the just follow blindly. Explain what each means and you'll see a massive shift of opinion on any given day.

    September 2, 2009 at 9:27 am |
  10. Alfredo Villanueva Collado

    The country is as divided today as it was at the time of the Civil War, but even worse. Today we have a dysfunctional two-party system, with one of the parties gone over to the radical right and intent in having no government at all unless they can rule over the land for their own profit.
    I do hope the Republican Party does not represent the American Dream.
    If so, this country has betrayed its very foundations.

    September 2, 2009 at 9:28 am |
  11. Roy

    Heidi, I believe the divide in this country regarding Pres. Obama, not only is politically partisan, it is also unfortunately racial. This country for some odd reason can't seem to "let go" of it's awful past! Even though the election of Pres. Obama was monumental, it's still very evident as to how deep this problem still is.

    September 2, 2009 at 9:28 am |
  12. Jason NY

    No I don't this the country is more devided with Pres. Obama in office, We are now seeing people for who the really are. It was eaiser to hide there true feelings behind all the other white Presidents.

    September 2, 2009 at 9:28 am |
  13. Deann

    I believe that the world is not more divided then it had already been. It's just in the forefront now, because it's angry "White" people that are lashing out with comments like "We want our country back" as thou it's been stolen some how....

    September 2, 2009 at 9:29 am |
  14. gloria

    gm Heidi, I think that the republicans are spreading hate and fear among those that are staunch followers and those who are ignorant to the ways of politics. If the general public would actually read and comprehend the health care reform then maybe a light bulb would go off in their brains. I cannot believe the selfishness of Americans, but in order to make themselves look "good" we will pull together and help other "victims" around the world.
    I watch all of these commercials blaming POTUS Obama for things that Bush/Cheney did and I find it absolutely ridiculous. People are stupid. And a word about Cheney, why is it he is suddenly so vocal, when during his 8yrs in office, we didn't see or hear from. Can some please tell Cheney to sit down, shut up, go away.

    September 2, 2009 at 9:29 am |
  15. Gavin D.

    The question of whether or not the country is more divided now under President Obama is subjective. George Bush saw one of the greatest fluctuations of public approval during his administration. President Obama is still in his first year and it is too soon to make such a comparison. Unfortunately, this poll in particular likely did not include the level of education, age, location, or other important factors beyond party registration that would influence their decisions.

    Ultimately this poll would be a much better study on the effects of punditry and not party affiliation with respect to Obama's performance.

    September 2, 2009 at 9:29 am |
  16. Scott

    Dear Heidi,

    I really believe that the US is divided more then ever. The reasoning I have is that lately we have had a multitude of big issues. The economy, health care, and the multiple wars. Despite these issues I don't think it is all the issues at hand. President Bush's cabinet left this mess and the Republican campaign under McCain furthered the divide by convincing staunch Republicans that Liberals are evil characters. Just look at Fox news their hate mongering is furthering the polarization of Democrats and Republicans. I can only hope that as these big issues are passed we can come closer to the middle which is where we all need to be.

    September 2, 2009 at 9:29 am |
  17. Joe

    Yes, I believe the nation is more divided than the last 8 years b/c the GOP seeks to debunk everything that Obama tries to push. Even if its something good, Republicans fight it out of party loyalty, rather than embrace a good thing. If the citizens of this country would be objective and put aside party affiliations, maybe things would be better, but the GOP is full of racists and haters and therefore, nothing good will ever pass, simply because it's Obama in office.

    September 2, 2009 at 9:29 am |
  18. Bob in Dallas

    Hello Heidi,

    The divide seems huge. The combination of the conservative loss and an african american president seems to have sent the Republicans over the edge. I have never heard so much vile and hate from people that seem not to be able to accept the outcome of the 2008 elections.

    September 2, 2009 at 9:29 am |
  19. Uwe Pickering

    There is the 20 to 30% of the right wing Republicans and then the rest of the nation. If you have not noticed, the vast majority of these that show up at town hall meetings are Caucasian. They are the most disruptive and the media makes it look as if they are the majority, yelling and screaming nonsense.

    September 2, 2009 at 9:30 am |
  20. James R

    It is. But mainly because the Republican fan the flames of their base. The Republicans are very good at using "truthiness" and key messages to get the reaction they want. The Dems aren't good at anything it seems. If the media would focus on debunking the near-lies and full-lies both sides tell, it would help ease the divide our politicians are creating.

    September 2, 2009 at 9:30 am |
  21. John New Orleans

    The country is certainly more divided than it was under President Bush. Everyone disliked him, especially at the end. That was something that we could all agree on. Sometimes its easier to unite around a mutual dislike.

    September 2, 2009 at 9:30 am |
  22. Richard Fender

    The CHANGE is not what most expected and see it as a drive toward socialism and away from capitalism. Obama's "plan" for the country is seen as moving too fast and it has people on edge. The Town Hall Meetings should serve as a wake up call to the President that citizens are not willing to accept his brand of change and there will be a backlash at the polls if he continues on this path.

    September 2, 2009 at 9:30 am |
  23. gibber

    Since registered republicans make up about 32% of all registered voters, your argument falls pretty flat. Let's do some basic 6th grade math that perhaps you might be able to understand. If there are 100 voters, 85% of 32 of them equals 27. Also, according to your own exit poll reports after the 2008 election, only 8% of republicans even voted for Obama. If he currently has 15% approval, it seems like his numbers increased??

    September 2, 2009 at 9:30 am |
  24. John Anderson

    I believe that although Democrats and Republicans are steeply divided. I also believe considering ongoing polls and trends in demographics are showing that Republicans are now representing a shrinking a minority and much smaller percentage of the population. Texas is good example of this, demographics in Texas show that Republicans are soon going to have a hard time in that state. At that point, presidential elections are going to lean to democrats for awhile until that changes.

    Why do 18 to 20% of the population in disagreement get to stop progress agreed upon by the other 80%. That,s not democracy.

    September 2, 2009 at 9:30 am |
  25. Anne Dolchanczyk

    I do believe that we're still divide dmainly due to the "lunitic fringe" from the far right. There are those who simply can't stand the fact that the Republicans lost and sadly many can't deal with the fact that we have a black president. I've seen this in my own family with rants that are completly unreasonable.

    September 2, 2009 at 9:31 am |
  26. JD Hamilton

    Yes, we are more polarized than ever before, but I blame Ronald Regan, and the rethuglican party, who started the practice of "demonization". It started with the word "liberal" and hasn't slowed down since.

    September 2, 2009 at 9:31 am |
  27. Wilfredo de Jesus Cruz

    Yes, the country is incredibly more divided, although it would be difficult to say "than ever" without substantive data to compare. The cause for this huge division rests solely on the Republicans who, since losing their majority hold over the country, have incessantly attempted to undermine and derail the current administration. President Obama has honored his commitment to attempt to reach true bipartisanship; however, as we have all seen, Democrat, Republican, Independent, the Republicans do not want to cooperate. Instead, they are effectively throwing a huge childish temper tantrum and using typical fear-mongering and scare tactics to, again, undermine the current administration. Nowhere does theproof lie stronger than with Dick Cheney's repeated attacks directly on President Obama. The Republicans need to step aside and let the good work be done. If you're not going to play well, then don't play at all and sit on the sidelines.

    September 2, 2009 at 9:31 am |
  28. Kenny Baer

    I think it is about the same under Obama; maybe a little bit worse which is sooo disappointing. Under Bush we were in the midst of fighting a war which leads to divisiveness and passionate disagreement; we are literally talking about the life and death of our soliders.

    The GOP's hate and vitriol makes it impossible for both sides to get along; their leadership tries to drum up hatred for the opposing side, now it is about healthcare, soon it will be about whatever is next.

    September 2, 2009 at 9:32 am |
  29. fred

    im from ireland . and i think we are because americans cant stand a black man in the whitehouse.

    September 2, 2009 at 9:32 am |
  30. Paul

    The country is divided by race, and the country is more divided because of a black president. His rating are down because he is a black man. That is the reality we need to come to terms with. It is not that he is doind a bad job, there is just a lot of hate for him because he is black.

    September 2, 2009 at 9:32 am |
  31. David C. Petterson

    The right wing hates the fact that we have a black president. Pundits like Limbaugh have been fomenting violent hate and fear. Republican politicians have openly stated they will do anything to stop President Obama's agenda and to make him look bad. The Republicans don't want to compromise, they don't want solutions, they don't want to govern – they want only to prevent the Democrats from accomplishing anything.

    So yes, the partisan divide has grown deeper – because the right-wing fearmongers and the Party of No! want it that way.

    September 2, 2009 at 9:33 am |
  32. Reggie

    May be more divided but don't believe it is due to President Obama. Congress does not show a willingness to work together to get things done; its seems like it is "my way or no way".

    September 2, 2009 at 9:33 am |
  33. Tony

    I believe that the country has become more deivided due to politics more so than anything President Obama has done or could do. The politicians care more about the "party lines" than they do about helping the country and therefore they should be fired. On an individual basis they should be ranked and measured, have they actually done or been a party to helping the country or have they just joined in the politcal circus that keeps us all wondering what really is going on. President Obama has done everything that he said he would do during his campaign and yet people are "suprised". Why dont we all unite and yake care of our great country? What will it take?

    September 2, 2009 at 9:33 am |
  34. Frank G

    Yes we are more divided, and each year the gap is widening.
    The Have's are concerned on keeping what they have and acquiring more. The Have Not's are concerned on getting more of what the Have's have. And the group in between is shrinking.
    Unfortunately, I do not see an end to this game.

    September 2, 2009 at 9:33 am |
  35. ray

    Heidi

    Thanks for the opportunity to comment. Divided country ?? Hardly surprising given that your Black Messiah has started an all out Cultural War !!

    Is it to anyones surprise that things are more divided, calling participants at Town Meetings or Tax Tea Parties mobs, ignorant, terrorists or worse ??? Yet Union bused-in thugs are ignored or even applauded. How does spending our money like a drunken sailor unite the bankrupt country and wanting to spend even more is obscenely irresponsible and all the reall non Kool Aid drinking folks know that ??

    Are you in the media still surprised the country is so divided when 24/7 on your news cycle continually ignore the reality and shill the administration's failures with infinate spin !!!

    September 2, 2009 at 9:34 am |
  36. Dominique, VA

    I think the nation is divided sooner in this presidency than any other. With Bush we gave him 7 more years after we decided that he was doing a terrible job, but the difference their was we allowed him to do his job. If these Republicans would allow President Obama to do his job it may benefit the country. Bush was deceitful while Obama offers transparency and he's shown that he's capable of taking the blame and saying, "I'm sorry, it was my fault." He can't bridge the gap if the other side is refusing to budge. And in my opinion he ought to just do what we elected him to do and quit worrying about bipartisanship, because the Republicans wouldn't list that as a priority.

    September 2, 2009 at 9:34 am |
  37. Ann Peters

    Heidi,

    If the country feels more divided politically it is because from day one of President Obama's taking the oath, the Republicans have been on a mission to tear this man down. Their constant fear-mongering rhetoric and preying on uninformed voters has caused an unhealthy an unproductive national division. Shame on them.

    September 2, 2009 at 9:34 am |
  38. BryInSanford

    Sure Heidi, the country is more divided, under President Obama, but it has very little do with him causing it to be more divided.

    We've been more and more divided for the past 25 years or more.
    Mostly it has been about the rich not wanting to share too many crumbs from their table. There was a brief interruption right after
    9-11 when we all wanted to help each other – but that lasted
    only about 6 months. It was not long before so-called "compassionate conservatism" kicked back in again to the
    detriment of everyone.

    This division started to ramp up after the late 1980s and
    especially after the 2000 election. We see the triumphalism
    and the arrogance of certain TV and especially radio talk show
    personalities who now lead the Republican movement.
    They stir up fear and anger, mostly in uneducated white voters
    who are driven by their constant, rude screaming and yelling
    and then these voters imitate them in their expressions of
    political subjects.

    Unlike the civil tone of the Barry Goldwater conservatives of
    a wiser bygone era, we now have these yahoos spewing out semi-truths
    which reduce the debates to rudeness, anger and
    name-calling, much to the detriment of our nation.

    A sensible debate on healthcare could be held, if only the right
    had the political will and the backbone to NOT engage in
    those reductionist screaming contests!

    God bless America and God bless Barack Obama!

    September 2, 2009 at 9:34 am |
  39. Armando de Jesus

    The country is divided but it started a long time ago. The right wing propoganda machine is still alive and well in this country. Seems like America does not think for it self anymore, they are feed constant stream of propoganda and believe it. For a democracy to survive, it needs an educated society.

    September 2, 2009 at 9:35 am |
  40. Cindi

    Obama has succesfully divided the country with his socialistic, government power grabbing agenda. His "Change" mantra is a joke. By the way I did not see on CNN where the latest poll of independents showing a 53% disapproval on Obama's job handling. Why is that do you suppose????? I doubt if CNN will post my appraisal........

    September 2, 2009 at 9:35 am |
  41. Helen

    Yes definitely – especially in the South. Republicans will not accept anyone who is even a little bit liberal especially someone who is black. Even in this "enlightened" age, race is still a major factor in how people feel. We still have the "good old boy" system in control – much to my dismay!!!

    September 2, 2009 at 9:35 am |
  42. Mona

    Why don't you compare Bush's approval rating in 2008 when you put up the Obama's ratings and Republicans vs. Democrats? It seems that American's forget how we got where we are today!

    September 2, 2009 at 9:35 am |
  43. Richard

    It always appears there is an increase in dissent when someone is listening. George Bush figured that out by harassing and laughing off any dissenters as anti-american, anti-god, etc.

    September 2, 2009 at 9:35 am |
  44. nokomis

    Are we split, in some areas, yes. As an Independent, I try to vote for the best person for the job, it doesn't matter to me be they a Rep., Dem., or Independent. The government needs to realize one thing, we, the public, are not going anywhere, Health Care is a huge mess, and will not be fixed over night. lies, misdirection, and lack of truthful coverage is splitting the country. Maybe a public vote on some of the aspects of health care is necessary, after all it is the public who will be affected the most.

    September 2, 2009 at 9:35 am |
  45. jason

    Obviously to a lot of us out here the only thing dividing the country are your loaded comments and questions.

    No, this country is not more devided now because Republicans never
    liked or supported President Obama and his agenda.

    September 2, 2009 at 9:36 am |
  46. Edie

    The republicands did not vote for president Obama and they are still trying to undo the election. It has nothing to do with whatever the President does, the republicans will oppose it. They do not want to accept the validity of the election and will go to any lengths to shamelessly lie to discredit the president efforts.

    September 2, 2009 at 9:36 am |
  47. Judy Avers

    Definitely, more divided. Reason is simple...his overt move toward socialism. Takeover of banks, car manufacturers and soon-to-be health care. His entire campaign was that of a wolf in sheep's clothing. He did keep one promise ~ change ~ except it wasn't the change he campaigned for! RACE IS NOT AN ISSUE!!!

    September 2, 2009 at 9:36 am |
  48. Joe Berrios

    Hi Heidi! I believe the country is stronger now with president Obama vs president Bush. But do believe that Washington DC is more divided between Democrats and Republicans and they need to stop that and start helping the American people.

    September 2, 2009 at 9:37 am |
  49. James

    I DO think the nation is more divided than ever. Everyone I've met opposed to he health care issue says "they" claim whatever is wrong, but all I've met are opposed to Obama, and most claim to be Republicans.

    Whatever happened to bi-partainship?

    September 2, 2009 at 9:37 am |
  50. Mike Armstrong TX.

    Wheres the rock star statis now like most music people grow tired of the same old song and want to hear new music that they like otherwise the entertainer looses his status. in other words Obama girl and the other fans [cant get no satisfaction.]

    September 2, 2009 at 9:37 am |
  51. E. Joyce

    When one compares in the poll, one should also indicate the reality that only 18 – 21% of the US voting pool now claim the Republican party as their own. So when you speak of percentages in your theory of a country divided, the viewership needs to understand what you are basing your comparison on. 85% of how many Republicans is being compared to 95% Democrats? If neither survey contains at least 483 people is it valid?

    September 2, 2009 at 9:38 am |
  52. Jon

    I feel the country is more divided than ever, but not because of the Democrats. Most of the division and negativity is generated from a small group within the Republican Party. The attempt to instill some level of social welfare and social equity in this country, by the democrats, fundamentally concerns a small group within the Republican Party, that believe their way of life, their 'entitlement' to obscene wealth, is at risk by what Obama is trying to enact. They have managed to waken the ugly underbelly of America, the racists, the scared and the ignorant. America is undergoing a Macbethian transition, where they will have to continue to reach the other side, or turn back and fail.

    September 2, 2009 at 9:38 am |
  53. Paul B

    I believe the divisiveness we're seeing can be attributed to the current media environment. A fact that everyone seems to be overlooking is that this is the first Democratic President to be elected since the launch of the Fox News Channel–Barrack Obama is the first president to face a 24-hour dedicated opposition news channel. The opposition's communication strategy can be well coordinated and controlled, and the framing of issues can be effectively managed, as "real" news channels struggle to respond within the bounds of respected practices and journalistic ethics.

    September 2, 2009 at 9:38 am |
  54. Dan

    As an Independent voter, I voted for and still support the Obama administrations plan to get the country out of the mess we're currently in. America has become a nation that demands "instant" results and we no longer wants to put in the effort that is required to get us out of a bad economy or support the administrations efforts in a War that is necessary to defend our National Security. Although August was the deadliest month it needs to be kept in perspective. The number of deaths is very low when compared to military actions in Vietnam, Korea, and WWII. Let's focus on the positive and support the troops that are in harms way at our request. Cheers and God Bless.

    September 2, 2009 at 9:38 am |
  55. Whitney L. Kng

    Yes, we're divided

    September 2, 2009 at 9:39 am |
  56. Roberto Muffoletto

    I do not think the country is more divided. What we see on news programs like CNN is what makes interesting Television. Everyone agrees that we need to improve our health care system and we are having debates over what form it should take.

    It would be useful to our collective thinking if CNN and other programs moved away from "sound bites" and had a real discussion about the condition of our health care options in the USA. Just the facts please.

    Most of the comments I now experience over TV and in 1:1 discussions are not very well informed. I would hope that CNN would take a lead in keeping us informed about the pros and cons, and not just give us the usual 15-45 sec. news item.

    One final point, the Democrats and Republicans were not very close before the election, why would anyone think it would be different now.

    Has the President's approval rating of us dropped? Looking in on how both sides are addressing the health care issue in a public forum I would think our approval rating is dropping.

    September 2, 2009 at 9:39 am |
  57. Bill

    More divided than ever? The Civil War, Jim Crow, "Separate but equal." The nation has clearly been more divided in the past, but today, health care is an issue that very personally affects every single citizen. Americans are taking a more active interest in this issue than any in recent history, and beyond the shouting and the demonstrations, there is a real exchange of ideas, opinions, and information regarding this issue.

    September 2, 2009 at 9:40 am |
  58. Eric Hill

    Heidi, as an idependant who has watched both sides become mired in partisanship I have to say that this divide is not new. What has changed is the breadth of the division, which has increased due to Republican fanatacism and failure to face facts. A new path
    must be charted for this country, instead of reaching across the aisle which is what the public want, Republicans are busy trying to liquidate their political capital and create divisiveness until they can gain more influence. The aisle is not wider, Republicans are just sitting further away from it.

    September 2, 2009 at 9:40 am |
  59. You Me

    CNN is entitled to report poll results, but it should refrain stating as fact CNN's subjective interpretation of the poll results. As one of millions of Republicans who believe deeply that America needs healthcare reform (including a public option), I think President Obama has done a good job so far EXCEPT that he has not yet been able to get real healthcare reform passed, and healthcare reform is so important that it means his overall performance must be judged unacceptable. I believe many if not most of the Republicans expressing disapproval about Obama's performance feel just as I do. SO, I believe it is actually that most American's are UNITED in favor of healthcare reform that CNN got the poll results it did.

    September 2, 2009 at 9:40 am |
  60. Karon

    Yes, this country is definitely more divided now that before Obama took office. His personality, and his obvious loyalties to the unions, to Black people, and the people on welfare, is so evident. He just wants to spend a whole lot of money, much of it on people who choose not to work and do their share, at the expense, and on the backs, of the millions of hard working Americans. He will say, or do, anything, to appeal to Latinos, Blacks, and folks on welfare. He even appears to favor illegal aliens over regular hard working Americans. He is not doing much of anything for the middle class folks, or more wealthy folks, who are expected to pay the bills for his spend, spend, spend program. He is going to spend this country in to bankruptcy! His ultra liberal leanings, and the people with whom he associates, are ruining this country, and our image around the world! He actually apologized to European for our "intererence" in the World Wars, when, in fact, thousands and thousands of lives were given there, to help protect those people. He's alienating himself with former military people, small business owners, and honest, hard working tax payers. His programs are a disaster!

    September 2, 2009 at 9:40 am |
  61. kenya

    Six figure vs two figure,its not about partisan.heidi remember the quote that everybody is going to take a hair cut(president).its hard to take a cut when your hair has been growing and glowing for 10 years.a sedative is in order here.

    September 2, 2009 at 9:41 am |
  62. HAROLD ROLLINGS

    I BELIEVE BECAUSE OF THE PRESIDENTS ACTIONS SINCE ELECTED HAVE VERY MUCH DIVIDED OUR COUNTRY. HE MUST PULL BACK ON THE STIMULUS BILL AS WELL AS HEALTH CARE THIS COUNTRY CANNOT SUSTAIN A FINANCIAL SHOCK SUCH AS THIS, NOR CAN IT STAND A FRAGMENTATION OF HEALTH CARE WE NOW ENJOY.

    September 2, 2009 at 9:41 am |
  63. Pete Fenner

    More divided due to the heavy handed methods of the White House and the people that are being selected to ad vise the President...
    Health care is a minor issue compared to the other problems being created by this Pres..... I come in contact with hundreds of people daily and have never in my 73 years heard so much discontent... We better wake up and soon...

    September 2, 2009 at 9:42 am |
  64. Ron Dixon

    I do feel this country is more divided than ever in it's history. I consider myself a conservative by nature, I do not consider myself a Democrat or Republican, however at this point I find myself in support of the Republicans as far as view points and issues. I think our current President is doing a awful job on all fronts. I can not understand this spending spree or healthcare proposal? I have to manage my money and control a balanced household budget to survive, why would it be any different with this country. We cannot spend what we do not have. We are on a colision course if some changes aren't made and the reins pulled back. We also must become unified in our thinking and away from all the party line processes, remember the old saying "United we stand, divided we fall"... I am a very concerned citizen !

    September 2, 2009 at 9:44 am |
  65. Sharman, North Carolina

    Yes and no. Sadly, the country is divided according to its understanding of the issues. Many people do not understand the reasons for our present crises: energy, post-industrial future, financial piracy, health care realities of a large aging demographic, and a changing younger demographic. It's just President Obama's luck that he is a visible part of these changes. Fortunately, he understands the issues. In the end, we'll be better for all of the challenges we face. They are inevitable, and much of the solution involves values like sharing, conserving, empathy, and intellectual growth. We are moving beyond the propaganda of the past. I welcome the future. One day, the upheaval of the present will subside, and when it does, the lay of the land will please us.

    September 2, 2009 at 9:44 am |
  66. william erwin

    It's not our president who is dividing us but the republican base/right wing/fox news groups for starters.

    September 2, 2009 at 9:45 am |
  67. Karon

    When Obama came out against that police officer, who was just doing his job and following well established protocol, he came across as being very prejudiced himself. He immediately came to the aid of that totally uncooperative, and very rude, Black man, just because he was Black. He accused the police officer of acting "stupidly", just because he had tried to watch out for the needs of the people on his watch. Obama's tendency to favor Black people, even though he is only half Black, shows, over and over again, just hoe prejudiced he is. If it were not for his mother having been White, Obama could not even have run for office; and yet he always refers to himself as African American. He is using race for his own personal political gains; and it is both wrong, and divisive.

    He should also have a chat with his wife about what a First Lady of the most powerful country in the world should look like out in public!! Shorts and sneakers in public, for a woman in her position, is embarrassing! Things like that, too, are causing him problems, and dividing the opinions of Americans.

    September 2, 2009 at 9:46 am |
  68. Larry Kallem

    I think the country is more divided now than before, primarily because Republicans, of which I am one, have decided in effect that bringing down President Obama is more important than the interests of the country. This party is making it nearly impossible to deal with the urgent needs of the country. I am ashamed of them and will register as an Independent at the next opportunity.

    September 2, 2009 at 9:46 am |
  69. Kathy Rutledge

    I don't know what the poll numbers were prior to the 2008 Election on the division of Republican vs. Democrat, but I do think the Republican Party loves to "fuel the fire" of hate. The religious right is a perfect example. Why do Republicans want to scream and yell over the governemnt being involved in their healthcare choices, but find it ok to decide what should be defined as marriage between two individuals? Isn't it always a double standard with them?

    Had we initially finished the job in Afghanistan we may not be there now. Had we stayed out of Iraq our national debt wouldn't be at the level it is now. The comparisons can go on and on. The previous Republican administration is the past and is so easily forgotten but shouldn't they be held accountable for the situation our country is in?

    It seems to me that Americans are holding President Obama to a higher standard. Everyone wants a quick fix, and it isn't there.

    September 2, 2009 at 9:47 am |
  70. Madlyn Phelan

    If there is division, it is not Obama, but the latent racism that always hides beneath the surface of American society. I will never forget something that Roslyn Carter said that there are times and wituations that make America comfortable with its racism. We are in one of those times now and those whites who are stunned and aghast over the fact that the leader of their country is a black man can't wait to voice their outrage.

    We need to also remember that we gave Geoge Bush eight years to ruin this country. Can we give Pres Obama at least 4 to begn to set things right.

    We claim to be a Christioan nation, I don't see Christ anywhere in the ugliness going on now.

    September 2, 2009 at 9:47 am |
  71. Dave from Blue Springs

    More divided? I don't think so. Look at the Republicans' response under Clinton or the Democrats response under Bush. The media loves controversy. It sells! So why not fan the flames of controversy. Everyone has an opinion, fact based or not, and that works to the media advantage. The very fact that you are asking this question is evidence of your complicity.

    September 2, 2009 at 9:47 am |
  72. Lucy

    Are we more divided? It appears that way. I personally just believe that people are just reacting to the fact that we are in recession, and have been for quite some time now. We're grumpier and need a direction to point our fingers in and a person to place the blame on. It's easy to point the finger at the other party...nobody really wants to accept responsibility for it, so we end up with a politically divided nation. I would really like to see the government more geared to finding solutions than weakening the other side and trying to win favor. It's as if they don't realize that if they weaken the other party, they're weakening themselves as a whole, and therefore this country as a whole.

    September 2, 2009 at 9:47 am |
  73. Joe

    No, Our nation is more united as never before. But the republicans can't hold a black president, this is the main reason you have this numbers in the survey.
    The Conservative propaganda has been very effective... Many people are defending the Medical Insurance that are ripping them off, because all false claims of Communism, Socialism, etc. If you check who started all those campaings against the health care reform they are ultraconservative people who are lying, they are racist, etc.
    The democrats are guilty about this also, because they thougth one time they have a democrat president they turned down the guard againg the Republicans, and Republicans never forget the country elected a black president.
    I live in a Republican State and many people that were good friends, truly americans, etc changed they way to act and think since the moment Obama took the white house, they only talk and joke about black people, and they were before a very respectful citizens, but in their own words, ... this will be different if a white person were in the white house.
    Republican are talking a lot and too concern about the budget, but I never heard a Republican be concerned during the multibillionar spending of Bush and Cheney administration.
    Main Divisive people: Foxnews, Hannity, O'rreilly, Rush Limbaugh, Sara Palin, Dick Cheney and GOP
    Democrats: Put the truth of the Medical Reform in every TV spot, figth the teology of the terror practiced by republicans.
    Let me tell you something: I lived 35 years in a Communist Country with only one party and Republicans are exactly like the Communist. (Or you think like me o I will destroy you!!!)

    September 2, 2009 at 9:47 am |
  74. Beverly Bovell

    Are we moving farther and farther apart? Maybe, but from what I observe, it appears that it is the same divide we have been experiencing over the past...it's just that the Democrats were not as vocal in expressing their dislike of the Republican Administrations, specifically the Bush Administration and their total disregard for the Constitution. It makes me wonder: if Dems had reacted so vocally and vehemently, opposing Bush at every turn, what would the Republican response have been? When people opposed the war or war policies, they were told by the Bush White House that if we weren't WITH THEM, we must be AGAINST THEM. What happened to the right to assemble and oppose, to disagree? As an Independent since first registering to vote at age 21 many years ago, I've sat back and listened to such divide in the parties – I just can't believe the vitriol is coming from adult mouths. I am amazed by the 'outrage' and outpourings coming from the Republicans now, and can't help but feel that they are responsible for the lack of non-partisan efforts succeeding in Washington. When they had the majority in the House and the Senate, they weren't interested in 'reaching across the aisle' to make sure the Democrats were happy with their decisions. They don't have the majority anymore, but still want a voice in what goes on, to the extent that it often appears they want THEIR policies implemented. Well, it doesn't work that way. Apparently the majority of the American population felt a change was needed, and don't agree with Republican policy. Maybe the Democrats need to be more vocal in their opposition of Republican policy, especially when Republicans are in the majority. Or perhaps the Republicans need to slow down and think: if the roles were reversed, what would they be saying now? Would they be putting down the Democrats who disrupt town hall meetings? or digging deeper into the transgressions of the previous administration? Hmmmmm...

    September 2, 2009 at 9:47 am |
  75. Sooner - Owasso, OK

    This country was divided long before President Obama. The difference now is that Obama is a progressive just as was Clinton. The Republicans can't stand this, they, being the regressionist they are, do not want change. To them there was nothing wrong with the direction the country was moving under Bush.
    So the choice is simple, you want progress support Obama, if you want regression the GOP is your bag.
    For the record I've voted – Reagon, Bush, Perot, Clinton, Gore, Kerry, Obama. I am very open minded. I vote for the person that I feel will do what's best for the commonwealth. I support the public healthcare option, and I am willing to pay more in taxes to pay for it. I would suggest a VAT tax. I make 52K a year before taxes.

    September 2, 2009 at 9:50 am |
  76. Robin

    For thirty years, I've supported the position of our US president. Our country was built on a pursuit of freedom, liberty, HAPPINESS; and many died for that cause. I voted for McCain because I thought our country's priority was terrorism and an economy based on capitalism. I had FAITH in American business, whether big or small, to save our economy. Healthcare is an extensive topic, riddled with waste and fraud. Obama is a brave, BRAVE man to push this topic to the forefront. I still feel the priority is our economy (specifically jobs) but I do understand that healthcare costs are effecting what American workers have left in their bank accounts to pay bills. I support and respect President Obama. But the pride of America is it's WORKERS, and they are bound to rise into revolt if the capitalistic greed does not end, i.e. "Bank CEO's salaries 436 times higher...") American workers bail the upper class out and these are the reports media gives us. Waste, greed and obscurantism...meant to confuse the working class and eventually push us into revolt.

    September 2, 2009 at 9:51 am |
  77. Paul

    Because Obama is a black man white America is going to measure his success on a different scale to that of a white president. As a black man in white America I have to worker harder much hard than the white man just to get a little acceptance from white America, just to get promotion in the work place. Obama is under a lot of pressure by white America to make the economy better even though he inherited the problem.

    September 2, 2009 at 9:52 am |
  78. Norman Allred

    Based on the events of the last few months, namely the Republicans insistence on being the party of "no", the birther movement, and armed protesters at presidential events; I believe the United States is just showing it's true colors. There is an element in this country that will never accept Barack Obamas policies simply because of the color of his skin. Health Care reform has simply provided an excuse for many who do not even understand what the debate is all about and how it affects them to practice an age old plague, namely racism, which has affected this country since it's inception. I would attribute any loss of support from independent voters a direct result of the misinformation being spewed by right wing extremist and the insurance companies who represent the status quo. This country in many aspects has always been a nation divided as evidenced by the town hall meetings. It is quite obvious to me that it will continue to be so. However, we are a democracy and the majority rules. God bless the Secret Service.

    September 2, 2009 at 9:53 am |
  79. cliff

    The so-called Great Divide has always been expanding in the U.S., especially in direct correlation to black/white race relations. Likewise, Republican values reflect concealed white supremacist values and/or sentiments. Where, Democratic values reflect justice and/or correctness for the masses of the American people. As a result, the defacto-government of white rule/authority, appears to be in real jeopardy at present. So, what we are witnessing is the deterioration and crumbling of the world's first "oppressive-terrorist-power-system". In addition, the subsequent backlash by those attempting to preserve the former white/supremacy power system that is coming to a much deserved end.

    September 2, 2009 at 9:54 am |
  80. Jason

    We as Americans need to be honest with ourselves. This country is divided, racially divided!!! Because President Obama is African American, he has been critisized more then ever.

    September 2, 2009 at 9:54 am |
  81. Yolanda

    Black or white, pink or yellow, etc., etc., Color has nothing to do with it.
    It is the fact that 'CHANGE" that has taken place is not what real AMERICANS were looking for. We do not believe in a Hugo Chavez style of ruling! We want America back!

    September 2, 2009 at 9:55 am |
  82. J. Dunnam

    This country has been divided long before our President came into office. We know face a situation where there is no debate or compromise to help millions in our country with health care. When that happens it is hard to come to any good conclusion. Good sound judgment and wise decisions are needed. Politics, lies, misinformation, and special interest need to be put aside.

    We seem to always have money to send bilions of dollars around the world, but cannot understand the needs of our own people.

    I voted for change and that is what I want to see. We cannot continue on the path of NO. I wonder where my vote went???

    September 2, 2009 at 9:56 am |
  83. Mona

    Dear Heidi,
    The reason for the divide, obviously has nothing to do with the way the prsident is doing his job. It takes two to tango, and if republican are determined for him to fail, it is clear that they will create as much havoc as possible rather than come to the table and reason something through. That type has been fantastic at the forked-tongue phenomenon where they say one thing but are actually machinating another. They have the financial where-with-all to withstand a collapse of the country so that is not their concern. The "Independents" by nature sway with the breeze; so it is no surprise about their position. The presiident will have to give up his hopes of being accommodating to these people; and do what he has to do irrespective of them.

    September 2, 2009 at 9:57 am |
  84. Ossie

    No, we're not more divided than ever. Obama's election was part of an evolution to dissolve the American class structure, and we're becoming more engaged in the process of shedding the skin of classism that has long been disguised as racism. These numbers reveal the segment of America who's afraid that equalities of any sort means less privilege for them.

    September 2, 2009 at 9:59 am |
  85. Lil

    The division is just what is carrying over from the last 17 years since the election of Bill Clinton. The right wing of the Republican party began its attacks on Clinton almost from the day he took office. The hostility engendered by the 2000 election took its toll, and the antics of the Bush administration alienated all but the most gullible and misguided of the Republicans. However, the election of an African-American man created tension in the world of closet racists and Republican naysayers and fired up the no-nothing pundits like Sarah Palin and Rush Limbaugh. The amount of misinformation that is circulated by the right wing is increasing. Maybe if they stopped getting media coverage, they would go away? (we can only hope). I see division everywhere I look, but then I live in one of the reddest of red states, Tennessee.

    September 2, 2009 at 10:04 am |
  86. David C. Petterson

    Something that is missed in these polls is the reason for President Obama's supposed declining approval ratings.

    On issues like health care – the decline is not due to people disagreeing with the need for health care reform. It is because people do not feel President Obama has pushed his agenda hard enough and fast enough.

    If asked whether a person approves of "the way he's handling his job," the pollster should ask why or why not. The disapproval is not due to disagreement with President Obama and his agenda and proposals. It is because he is perceived as not being forceful enough.

    We want universal health care. We want it now. We want single-payer, but we know we won't get that – the public option is an acceptable compromise. Disapproval is growing because it is taking so long to get it, and a handful of partisan obstructionists are being allowed to prevent real progress..

    September 2, 2009 at 10:06 am |
  87. Joe Bruno

    Yes, dangerously divided. I feel most of the divide is being generated by the extreme right and its use of hate speech, inaccuracies, suspicions, and outright lies about Obama

    September 2, 2009 at 10:06 am |
  88. ElleJaye

    No, just noisier GOP. Obama is not a reactionary, he acts like an adult.

    September 2, 2009 at 10:11 am |
  89. John R

    Yes, the country is more divided and thanks to the republican propaganda machine. They are masters of scare tactics scaring people off Obama's ideas before giving him a chance to finish.
    However, this division is a healthy one. Let's see who ends up being correct.

    September 2, 2009 at 10:12 am |
  90. CW

    Yes, Americans are more divided than ever. Obama has a terrible disappointment. Obama is all talk and NO action.

    September 2, 2009 at 10:12 am |
  91. jon

    yes,our country is divided,but,black people and white people are saying this,we are all feeling it,we are at least agreeing on something finally,

    September 2, 2009 at 10:12 am |
  92. Terry Workinger

    I think that there is a very profound division going on in this country. When Bush was in office, the entire country seemed united in it's desire to see him out asap. Sad as that may seem, it brought us together. Now we have Obama , who promised a lot during his bid for the job, but has now taken on a huge sense of arrogance , and it's not sitting well. I think he is going to be a one termer.

    September 2, 2009 at 10:13 am |
  93. Gary

    Overall becoming more divided. More and more conservative Dems, Independents and Repubs are concerned about the healthcare plan. It is like President Obama, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid are not listening to us. We want them to focus on serious Medical Malpractice reform, medical insurance pre-existing exclusion reform and children. We do not want a government option, a government panel, any new taxes, any new deficit spending. If they would listen to us, we would get behind them. We are very disappointed with the administration and congress.

    September 2, 2009 at 10:13 am |
  94. David Rucker

    Dear Heidi,
    I've become "politically agnostic" in the last couple of years because I'm so sick of the polarized state of this country. It doesn't mean that I "sway with the breeze" as an independent, but rather I have come to realize that neither side of the aisle has the answers. It always seems to be a state of "US vs. THEM" and Red State vs. Blue State. As in many aspects of life, the answers are found somewhere in the middle. But that middle ground is not an area anyone in Washington seems willing to explore.

    September 2, 2009 at 10:14 am |
  95. Elaine Muntner

    Yes, this country is more divided than ever. The simple reason is BIGOTRY. Most people against Pres. Obama feel that way because they cannot stand the fact that the USA has a black president.

    September 2, 2009 at 10:14 am |
  96. Scott

    Absolutely we are more divided when half the country is ignored
    In the biggest government takeover ever under the guise of
    Improving healthcare for everyone.

    September 2, 2009 at 10:14 am |
  97. April Guido

    Yes and No. The country became divided during the Bush Presidency. Now it is left to President Obama to bring the country back together.

    April Guido

    September 2, 2009 at 10:14 am |
  98. Jim

    The nation is always more divided when the President is a democrate. The reason the President's approval rating is falling is the Republicans know that if health care reform passes, they can't win the Presidency in 2012. We finally have a President that is "trying" to make changes and unfortunately, people don't like change.

    September 2, 2009 at 10:15 am |
  99. Charlese Frazier

    The country is divided because they feel President Obama is not moving fast enough. There are also non-believers and no matter what the President does they will remain negative. The truth is this mess did not happen in 9 months. This has trickled down into the Obama administration and it has been years that have created this mess. I say give him time, he has some of the best advisors and things will be worked out. I am pulling my hair out daily because I am in a place I have never been. Finances are eating away at everyone and we are afraid, but we cannot panic.

    September 2, 2009 at 10:15 am |
  100. Ryan Jones

    Yes this country is more divide then ever! Obama ran under the fact that he was bipartisan and would work with both sides of the aisle despite the fact he never did that in Chicago or in the Senate. This divide is just not within party lines but within America as well as, we see that in the United Health Care town hall meetings. Also in a response to what others are saying, This approval rating drop is not because were not pushing Health Care fast enough(The Kennedy's pushed in at Ted's Funeral for god sakes). It is because people realize that is will hurt the existing health care more then help!

    September 2, 2009 at 10:16 am |
  101. Shannon

    I do think the country is more divided because it's hard to bring change to a country that fears the Unknown. To many the President is still unknown and the country got use to seeing things done the wrong way under President Bush so for president Obama to come in and change thing brings resistances To those that are scared of the unknown I have one thing to say "Step Into the Light" Change has come and his name is Barrack Obama

    September 2, 2009 at 10:16 am |
  102. Bill Estes

    The nation is more divided now because of the Republican Party's determination to destroy the Obama Presidency no matter what it takes. They have been flat-out lying on the Floor of Congress about what is in the HealthCare Bill that Obama and the overwheming majority of Democrats want. I will also fault the Democrats now in office for not standing up and calling the Republicans that make these statements Liars. Trying to be polite in this war the Republicans are waging against Americans without Healthcare is not the way to go. They threw down the gaunlet, it's time they were answered.

    September 2, 2009 at 10:16 am |
  103. Katherine Davis

    I think the country is at the same state of division that appeared prior to the initiation of the Iraq war. President Obama has repeatedly called for Republicans and Democrats to work together on the tough issues Congress is facing right now. However, the carefully crafted campaign of hate speech, misinformation, and outright lying that has been put out by Republicans is making the division and polarization worse than ever before. I am not sure why, as elected officials and supposedly mature adults, Republicans (and some Democrats) feel the need to act like spoiled 5-year olds to block anything that wasn't created by their side. Everyone in Washington should be fighting for the good of the people, not their personal (or party) agenda. Maybe then we could unite our country again.

    September 2, 2009 at 10:16 am |
  104. John

    If the country is more divided, it has more to do with the far left preying on the fears of the uninformed. I believe if people took the time to be educated, much of this division would end.

    Works either way.

    September 2, 2009 at 10:16 am |
  105. Jerry Gilmer

    Yes, the parties are more divided, but we must remember Obama was elected for change, change the Republicans fought before and continue to fight. So why do we seem surprized about this? Change is always needed in some ways, but never easy. Keep going Obama, and shame on you elected officals who are not listening to the votes of our last elections.

    September 2, 2009 at 10:16 am |
  106. Ray Harkleroad

    The country can not be more divided than it was under the failed presidency of George Walker Bush – an administration that seemed to revel in taking ill advised and ill considered positions on so many concerns. Obama has tried to united the country, but there is still that overwhelming lunacy that surfaces from Republicans like the stench that rises from a Cheney interview that pervades logical thought. Until Republicans realize that their views are offensive to most people of good will, we will be unable to bridge the chasms that have ripped the political landscape across America.

    September 2, 2009 at 10:17 am |
  107. Ryan Jones

    Elaine Muntner September 2nd, 2009 10:14 am ET
    Yes, this country is more divided than ever. The simple reason is BIGOTRY. Most people against Pres. Obama feel that way because they cannot stand the fact that the USA has a black president.

    Im sorry I thought this was about Obama's Job so far not his race. Why do democrats keep bringing this up every time someone complains?

    September 2, 2009 at 10:17 am |
  108. Brian D. Gardner

    The only divide is the temper tantrum the Republicans are causing. If their investment money entered the market, the economy would jump immediately. They wan their taxes to stay low again. Well what are you making on your money by squandering it.
    As far as Obama being a 'Socialist' , look what 'Capitalism' (greed) did for us. Conservatives don't want to have to share, well I have been sharing my 38 years of back breaking work for them to vacation in Europe and sit high on a hill with a silver spoon in their mouths. All I want is a few scraps. I have worked 34 years since being 18 and have had 10 months of health insurance. The first time i used it my employer dropped me.

    Thank you for your airing of the problem,
    Brian D. Gardner

    September 2, 2009 at 10:17 am |
  109. Anne Schuhle

    The divide can be explained, in part, by the fact that President Obama and the nation face complicated, serious issues that took years to become the problems they are now - and party members who backed him in the election are more likely to accept that there is no quick fix. Many voted for him because they trusted him, which makes them more apt to take a long-term view.

    September 2, 2009 at 10:17 am |
  110. Pat

    We are more united as democrats, independents and sane republicans. Howebver, the 15% that call themselves far right wing conseratives are against everybody and everything except Limbaugh.

    September 2, 2009 at 10:17 am |
  111. JD Moore, Sr.

    The country is divided because conservative Republicans as a group have not learned to think for themselves but buy into the hateful, ultra-conservative radical racism of people like Rush Limbaugh. The older I get the more I realize that most people will follow the loudest voice, whether right or wrong.

    September 2, 2009 at 10:17 am |
  112. Toye Smith

    The real thorn in the path of a health care reform is obama's misguided attempt at bipartisanship. If the polls are going bunkers, well so be it! Real progress require tough choices. There is no better way to make beleivers of the cynics than forcing this bill through, and showing them just what could be.

    September 2, 2009 at 10:18 am |
  113. sagegray

    Why is this a surprise? It took around 30 years to get us into our economic/social/environmental mess, But "Americans" think it should only take a few monthys to make correction.

    September 2, 2009 at 10:18 am |
  114. James

    The country has always been divided racially and politically.It'll only begin its change kickin and screamin when the minorities are finally in the majority.

    September 2, 2009 at 10:18 am |
  115. Bob

    Promises of change were heard during the campaign. Unfortunately the changes include issues hard to swallow by taxpayers, present and future, that will have to pay for them. The US debt is real.

    Definitely feel that the country is more divided. AM confident that the polls would not be as wide between democrats and republicans if all those responding in favor of the President knew exactly what their personal future cost to them (taxes) would be.....proponents always seem to provide sugar-coated numbers to get support and passage of legislation.

    How many supporters are NOT taxpayers, but are the beneficiaries of such changes? They are sure to weigh in to the positive on the President and his proposed changes. Thus its understandable why politicians pursue that segment of the voting populace, i.e. the non-taxpayer or welfare recipient segments.

    September 2, 2009 at 10:18 am |
  116. Larry

    I don't think the nation is more divided now. It's just who is in power. If the Democrats are in power, the Republicans are mad. If the Republicans are in power, the Democrats are mad.

    September 2, 2009 at 10:18 am |
  117. Bob Pederson

    Obama has split the country in two. As a resident of Illinois ... I know he was a "do nothing" senator with little or no record. He was elected by inner city voters as a result of the illegal activities of ACORN. He brought into his administration one of the most angry and leftist democrates imaginable who by the was was a former Illinois Congressman. Independents are now seeing him for what he really is ... shallow and an extreme left democrat

    September 2, 2009 at 10:19 am |
  118. lynn rhoads

    pres.obama has tried to reach out to the republicans but they are sore losers who are deliberatly not working with the pres because all they are thinking of is the next election .this health reform is crazy to the point the pres says at every town hall that we will have the option not to take his reform but people are listening with death ears .to say they dont want a health plan that is run by the gov well who do they think runs medicare,medical.the republicans have all the health care answers yet where were they the last 9 years they had nothing to offer uis.

    September 2, 2009 at 10:19 am |
  119. Joann

    I do think the country is more divided and will always be, as long as Obama is Pres. But, it's not mostly because of the Wars, economy , stimulus,Health care bills etc., as you say on the news reports and rate Poll predictions daily. I can tell you, we (99% white) live in a Sr. retired community in the South and we represent all states living here , and yet I hear everyday the Bi-partisn/Racial Obama remarks from both Rep. /Dems alike This is the way it is going to be during his term or terms! Your polls can't be near accurate. Obama never rate high , as we can see it. It is sad in such a great country we can't get past this barrier.

    September 2, 2009 at 10:19 am |
  120. David

    I Think President Obama doing good over all,but he needs to Stop Iran not to built their Bomb...Thanks

    September 2, 2009 at 10:19 am |
  121. Denise

    Heidi, yes its more divided. Putting aside philosophical differences, we have our First African American President who is held to who level of different scruitny and faces full force blatant and open Racism. I mean people caring guns to the presidents speeches and so called "ministers" praying for the President to die!?... These so called "patriots" don't care about America. They want their country back the way it was, a white man as President no matter how bad he is.

    September 2, 2009 at 10:20 am |
  122. Richard

    It takes two to come together but it only takes one to be divided. The country IS more divided than ever for one simple reason: the Republicans want it that way. There is no better example of this than the debate on health care. It seems the Republicans would rather lie with reports of death panels and rationed care than vote against the financial power of the insurance companies.
    As long as the far right is willing to torpedo the President's efforts at bipartisanship, then divided we will remain. It's time to take the gloves off, Mr. President! No more "Mr. Nice Guy."

    September 2, 2009 at 10:20 am |
  123. Lynda Narug

    In all my 70 yrs. I have never been asked my opinion on any subject, particularly my approval of any President. I wonder where these polls are taken? If somebody asked me I would say he's trying his best to override the extreme big business interests that would lose control of our health insurance policies.

    I honestly feel President Obama's race is the underlying issue in all of the polls, but people don't want to admit how racist a large portion of our Country is. Retiring to the south 10 yrs. agoI have been shocked at the fact the Civil War is still being fought down here.

    September 2, 2009 at 10:20 am |
  124. Carol Suits

    With regard to the "Great Divide", there has always been a difference of opinion but now it's a national sport. Result? Nothing of worth gets accomplished that the entire country can celebrate. We can "thank" the politicians for the current disrespectful way of doing business and kudos to the media for supporting it.

    September 2, 2009 at 10:20 am |
  125. bruce bennington

    Divided – in more ways than one. This division is due to foreign cultures comming here in such masses over time. When they reach critical mass, they will flex their muscle and want their way. They will challange the host culture. We will see war.

    September 2, 2009 at 10:20 am |
  126. Al

    Lets face it. Yes the county is divided more than ever because its not democrat or republican its race. Everyone dances around the issue of race because we all think America has outgrown that problem but an african american president has brought back out those old racial problems that once was locked away like a bad memory. And there is nothing in the world he can do to make white america like him. I am an african american myself and he really haven't shown me much because he is still running for president after he has been in office 8 months. There is no way he will be re elected in 2012 unless he do like Micael Jackson and turn his skin white.

    September 2, 2009 at 10:20 am |
  127. Garry Fraser

    yes, because the color issue. The white hate groups are out there talking about killing and making hate remarks and the republicans love it. I will say this, that until the republican party talks to the american being and not just one group of people they will not get back into office.

    September 2, 2009 at 10:21 am |
  128. Ken McClain

    I've tuned in to conservative talk radio and to the pundits on Fox News lately to broaden my usual sources. I have been shocked by the hatred these people show for President Obama. What is most surprising is that it doesn't seem to matter what the issue is, they keep insisting he has some evil plan up his sleeve. I had hoped that racism was on the decline in America, but it looks to me (as a white man) that people will make up any excuse to hate the man so they don't have to admit they hate his color.

    September 2, 2009 at 10:21 am |
  129. Lisa Bee

    The new bigotry is everyone calling everyone else a racist. Or seeing every single comment as racist. ON BOTH SIDES. I for one DO NOT want a government insurance and would not use it, nor be FORCED to use it. I would rather die. Obama's blog BEFORE he was president talked about GMO's and how aweful they are. Now that he is IN office he seems to have forgotten who and what got him there to begin with. I feel that then he is a liar. I do not trust him to do the right thing any more. I was a Democrat, I am re-thinking my 20 years of the way I voted and I will NOT go Republican. They are the bigger idiots of the two. I think I will GO GREEN!!! Maybe that will get the real changes this country needs...

    September 2, 2009 at 10:22 am |
  130. James Johnson

    Hello Heidi,

    It is the media's fault mainly. Your channel is more willing to show those crazy people in the town hall propaganda meetings than to refute the misinformation.

    Why aren't you showing families that have lost family members, homes, business because they couldn't pay their medical bills, even with, "good insurance."

    We depended on you to inform us about the Iraq war and you failed the nation. Will you do the same with health care? We shall see!

    James Johnson Virginia Beach

    September 2, 2009 at 10:22 am |
  131. Kay Little

    Our country is becoming so divided that I believe we are in a dangerous period of history. Old, perhaps unconscious prejudices, combined with over zealous conservatives are reviving everyday hate mongering, which the press is seems eager to emphasize. There appears to be a force working against common sense while supporting non-productive actions that could lead to horrendous outcomes.

    September 2, 2009 at 10:22 am |
  132. david

    Yes,explaine health care,do something about wall street,we voted for
    change,don't pay attention to the party of no.

    September 2, 2009 at 10:22 am |
  133. Fred Crans

    I believe the current "party line" profile of support for President Obama is representative of strategies on both the Right and Left to cater to and retain their base. The primary focus of each politician, regardless of party affiliation,is to get re-elected at any price– hence the "fleeing" of Democrats (who rode into office on President Obama's coat tails) on the health care issue.

    The "independents" become the real concern. Are they truly independent or just uneducated on the issues and therefore a target of opportunity for the party with the best emotional spin?

    We need to require more from our elected representatives, and that means real discussion, collaboration and compromise on the issues of the day.

    What we have now is political marketing as opposed to political process...

    September 2, 2009 at 10:25 am |
  134. Bob P

    Obama has split the country in two. As a resident of Illinois … I know he was a “do nothing” senator with little or no record. I believe he was elected by inner city voters as a result of the alledged illegal activities of ACORN. Independents are now seeing him for what he really is … shallow and an extreme left democrat

    September 2, 2009 at 10:25 am |
  135. Jorge

    We are such hypocrites; we will stand by our constantly loosing major league baseball team but we will abandon our president at the first sign of obstacles.

    We are showing our true colors to the world; our deep racism and divisions.

    The world want to follow a country with integrity and we don't have it and maybe this is the beginning of the end for the USA.

    We have no right trying to spread democracy any where.

    September 2, 2009 at 10:25 am |
  136. Gram

    No, I do not think the country is more divided under Obama. I think it is the same as under Bush.Democrats and Republicans.Democrats trying to helping the middle class, Republicans trying to help the wealthy.

    September 2, 2009 at 10:25 am |
  137. Cameron Ward

    YES our nation is still divided and even more so since Mr. Obama has become the president. Honestly i dont think that he has really been given a chance to do anything considering he has only been in office for such a short amount of time before everyone is already changing their minds about him. i know the problems that we are facing in our country there's NO QUICK SOLUTION, so we have to be very patient. the media portrays him sometimes even more negatively than any other president that has been in office. the underline issues is still and will always be racism.

    September 2, 2009 at 10:26 am |
  138. Bob P

    Obama has split the country in two. As a resident of Illinois … I know he had little or no record. Independents are now seeing him for what he really is … shallow and an extreme left democrat

    September 2, 2009 at 10:27 am |
  139. r sims

    This is directly related to A change in the guard.

    However what's amazing to me when it comes to healthcare is that you have a nation of individuals who claim to be followers of Jesus Christ and when President Obama tries to provide healthcare for all, not just a few, These same individuals act in a manner nothing like the religion that they claim to be followers of. It's sad, "One nation under God, these arrogant individuals republican or independants need to understand that helping the have nots which is God Like can only bring this nation blessings and we really need those due to our past performance.

    September 2, 2009 at 10:27 am |
  140. ROSEMARY

    Good Morning Heidi, I don't believe the Nation is more divided with President Obama. However, I do believe that all of this hatred that the republicans (small letters, because they are small in their thinking) are like little school childrens that are having their fits overing losing the election and most of their seats (hope its another 40 years before getting it back). You know its amazing how the republicans and fox news can spread lies about health care and anything else that President Obama is trying to do for the American people. Where was all of this angry when President Bush and the lying Dick Cheney lied to the american people about the war in Irag, shipping our jobs overseas (giving the company tax credit to do it) costing the american people over 5 million jobs, spending trillions of dollars in an unjust war, giving the wall street anything they want (no reform of how they can do business) people losing the life savings during Enhron scandals, over 4000 soldiers losing their lives, over 20,000 disable with no 100% care by our government, etc. How our American people can forget that under the Bush adminstration, the republicans done absolutley nothing to help secure our borders, veterans, and from 1996 to 2006 we had a republican president and congress, nothing was done about HEALTH CARE,VETERANS,MIDDLE CLASS AND POOR. The only thing that the republicans know how to do is to give the rich more tax credit. The republicans wants to wiped out the middle class and only have rich and poor. I say wiped out all of those small minded republicans and put in Independents.

    Have a nice day

    September 2, 2009 at 10:29 am |
  141. Denise

    Hello Heidi. This is a serious time in our country, a time when we need to debate facts instead of rumors. How we "feel" about issues clouds the ability to delineate the actual facts. One of the things the media has failed to do in its purpose to report the facts is just that, report the facts. If we could get media research teams to read the HR3200 bill and quote facts from the bill that need an answer regarding why from those in Congress and the President. The problem is that the public wants and needs to believe that we are still electing public officials to represent our best interests in governmental debates on the issues facing our nation. Everyone is angry about the state of our nation right now and by combining a lack of true reporting on the facts with that fear, we are our own worst enemies. There cannot be unity without fair representation and clarity of proposed bills that will impact this country from an economic and medical standpoint. The reality is we are able to notice that things here are broken but not willing to address the issues that are potentiating the problem: greed! I believe we need to look without the prejudice of political party alliances at each bill in Congress at present, but specifically the HR3200 and break it down to the actual facts. Then, and only then, can we have an honest debate about whether the bill will achieve its purpose. Ask anyone responding to this blog what the bill states as its intended purpose. I feel confident that the answers would surprise you. Lastly, let's stop using such important issues, such as health care, as political leverage for potential re-election fuel. Wake up my fellow Americans and get the facts! The facts will, once you get past all the legal verbage included, educate and arm you with the information needed to make an informed decision instead of an emotional decision.

    September 2, 2009 at 10:29 am |
  142. jim

    We are not as divided as you report. Americans in general are silent due to their concerns on day to day living. Finding the time to spend time during the day raising a family or just trying to get though another day. The successful trying to become more successful the others, hanging on to the little they have.
    Our President is working for himself not for the people of this country. His job is shameful and sad. Give a opportunity to show the world character he is now changing his statements daily. He is who he is, a talker with a monitor, not someone who can speak with knowledge, experience, and decision made up in his own mind. He is a fish out of water. Flip flopping.
    He is surrounded by self professed individuals that are not concerned with helping the american public but in change to put their agenda into action.
    He will fail as a President not because he is not a good person but because of how he went about getting into the seat of responsibility which he has taken by words of promise not words of strength and experience, trying to fill the shoes of a experience leader rather then a college teacher.
    The citizens should be divided, so the country watches all sides of this one time great countries history go down because of self interest not the care of the country
    You read from a monitor, he reads from a monitor, how much does he know of what he is speaking. He has not surrounded himself with the qualities of CNN but of wishful words noted by his word change. thank you

    September 2, 2009 at 10:29 am |
  143. Clint

    This country has and always will be divided by two types of racism, regardless of party affiliation and they are race and gender. It goes back to early history. Now with the change in times and demographic, there are those who are not or will not except change. But the fact is, change will still come and those who oppose it are fighting a loosing battle. Read your bible and you will see that it says "The Meek Shall Inherit The Earth". So those who are so use to being in charge and figure they can control how this world evolves need to get a reality check. Just look at what's been happening to this world because of how man's selfishness has slow caused it's downward spiral. Until we change our hearts and minds it will not get better.

    September 2, 2009 at 10:29 am |
  144. Reilly

    When the democrats constantly play the race card and accuse the right of being bigots it further infuriates them because it is simply
    not true. It appears that Obama is walking all over our constitution
    with his actions and policies. Congress is losing it's balance of power to the executive branch, escpeciallly with 32 czars in it's pocket.
    Simple solution to the divide: Everyone liberal move to the east of the Mississippi, everyone conservative move the the west of the Mississippi. People who favor low taxes, less govt and a strong defense will move out west. Those who want govt run healthcare, share the wealth mentality and higher taxes will move the the east. Done.

    September 2, 2009 at 10:30 am |
  145. Helen

    Heidi..Your question is what has been my absolute disgust at the tactics that have been used By Republican Leaders, strategists, bloggers, "Conservative Think Tanks" ...on and on..Yes we are more divided than ever, because people are not thinking for themselves. I have never heard such hateful things and I worry for our president's safety. He has been in office for a little over seven months and I am ashamed of what I have seen come from the extreme right wing, as I did not approve some of the extreme left wing with Pres Bush..I did not approve of Pres Bush's policies, but I NEVER HATED him as a human being.. These "people" have made no secret as to the HATRED they feel towards our President and will not even recognize him as their President...It is the first time that I have been ashamed of my country, when I see the lies, distortions, threats of "coos" I don't recognize this country anymore, and unless SOMEONE gets control of this, there is no good to come for ANYONE..

    September 2, 2009 at 10:30 am |
  146. jenni swink

    Yes, the country has grown in its division over the last decade. And as we have seein at the town hall meetings, it has hit a tipping point. Obama has created the tipping point in his "spread the wealth around" socialist agenda. People are truly fearful that our capitalistic country is being overtaken by Obama and his socialist agenda. Now, even Fidel Castro is defending Obama, what does that say?

    September 2, 2009 at 10:32 am |
  147. Janelle

    Yes I do believe this is the most divided our nation has been under any other president. I believe its due to the nations inability to accept change. President Obama has received more criticism for attempting to fix our nation than the ones who screwed it up in the first place. People expect him to fix 8 years of a setback overnight. Its not going to happen. It will probably take 8 years to get it back. President obama has taken matters into his own hands and have come up with plans and ideas to attempt to fix this nation as a president should and people are having a hard time accepting the fact that we finally have a president who can think for himself and come up with ideas all by himself!!!
    Sent via BlackBerry from T-Mobile

    September 2, 2009 at 10:32 am |
  148. Brian Hooker

    I think Obama has done nothing but damage this country since he has been office. Out of control spending has turned our economy into Obama's recession. The health care bill is not about trying to fix health care, it is all about govt. control. I strongly dissapprove of Obama's policies.

    September 2, 2009 at 10:33 am |
  149. Scott Stodden

    Yes I honestly do feel the country is now more divided than ever before simply because of issues such as healthcare. Iam a Democrat from Illinois and I voted for President Obama and I honestly feel as we approach the 1yr anniversary of President Obama in office that nothing is being done for the good of our country. He has put us more in debt with passing the stimulus package, programs like Cash for Clunkers which was a flop, and unemployment is at an all time high. I still say President Obama didnt create all these problems but he's continuing the problems and dragging our country farther and farther into debt. I so wish Hillary would have beat President Obama in the primaries because I believe that President Obama just does not have the experience to deal with the problems facing our nation.

    Scott Stodden (Freeport,IL)

    September 2, 2009 at 10:35 am |
  150. Patriot

    The reason Independents are ainst Obama is because he is ruining any chance of 'change we can believe in' by continually striving for bipartizan solutions that are not going to happen. Progressive change will only happen if he takes a strong stance in favor of it. But what he is doing is conpromising it away. He is not living up to his campaign promises in any aspect of his administration. He says he stands for change but he is really not for change at ll. He is continuing Bush policies and kowtowing to the Republicans. The end result is that he looks like a liar and a weakling , who doesn't stand for anything. His credibility has been severely damaged by saying one thing and doing the opposite. People cannot believe in a 'leader' like this. He is headed for a lame duck presidency like Carter only much quicker. We did not elect him for 'compromise we can believe in'.

    September 2, 2009 at 10:36 am |
  151. Elaine Ingram

    Needless to say, it is not surprising that there is a strong support by democrats and hardly any support by republicans. One only need to look at the past conventions to know who the republicans would support. If the republicans can overwhelmingly support Sarah Palin no explanation is required to understand their non-support of the President. Whether we want to admit it, this is a racist country perpetuated by white americans who this system was designed to benefit and protect. This nonsense only shows their ignorance and their "acting stupidly" regarding their exaggerated sense of self-importance at the risk of losing this great country's edge in the world. It's a pity. I do not worry about it much because I believe very strongly that what is right will prevail.

    September 2, 2009 at 10:40 am |
  152. Dian G

    I believe the major divide in our country started during the Bush administration and that divide has widened since President Obama took office. The color of skin has brought out the worst in people that I once thought were family and friends. President Obama is trying to heal America's ailments and restore personal health and vitality to all Americans, how does this compare him to Hitler? A President who is trying eliminate the word, "medical bankruptcy"?? I hope all the people that oppose health care never come down with cancer; or maybe they should, so they'll find know what it feels like to be busted, broke and dying.

    September 2, 2009 at 10:48 am |
  153. Christine George

    Yes this country is very divided, and there is a reason why it is this
    way, not only in america, but worldwide. You only need to read
    2 Timothy 3:1-5 to know what is going on. Only God can fix itl.

    September 2, 2009 at 10:54 am |
  154. Deb

    I feel the country's division really began during the eight years of divisive partisan politics by "Bush/Cheney and Company". Also during that time, and it still continues, was the divisive emergence of the Religious Radical Republicans. With the election of President Obama, many racists showed themselves and that added to the divide. So, in answer to your question, "Do you feel like the country is more divided than ever?" My answer is, NO. The division is still the same division that was nurtured under Bush/Cheney and Company. I feel President Obama has repeatedly tried to bridge the partisan divide by reaching across the aisle, but every time he does, the Republicans chew his arm off. It seems to be all about "party loyalty" instead of people educating themselves on issues. Many of these Radical Republicans know that they are spewing lies, causing more division. Their only goal is to divide.

    September 2, 2009 at 10:57 am |
  155. rose lee

    yes, I believe the country is divided. You have so many people buying the mis information the Republicans seem to thrive on. I can't believe people are not smarter than that. Howeve, the people did elect George Bush for two terms. Sort of tells you how stupid really are.

    September 2, 2009 at 10:58 am |
  156. Ian M

    I do believe that Obama's election has brought out some underlying prejudices that perhaps people didn't (and still don't) realize that they harbor such prejudices. Others are more open about their prejudices, preaching hate and death.

    There are also those who are completely spellbound with Obama, who follow him like sheep following a shepherd.

    Both types of people are bad, and most self-labeled conservatives or liberals merely spew talking points taken from cable news networks like CNN and Fox, and the "political analysts" they continue to employ.

    You think these people don't have an ulterior motive? Of course they do, they're trying to get people elected / reelected.

    September 2, 2009 at 10:59 am |
  157. Scott

    It is clear the president is attempting to do what he can to prevent further erosion of the economy. Please everyone, give him a chance to do just that.

    September 2, 2009 at 11:00 am |
  158. Kyle F.

    The only reason the country is "divided" is because many people have stereotypical (read: "wrong") views of the other party. Democrats see Republicans as Bible-thumping, ignorant, Southern, white-trash, close-minded idiots. Republicans see Democrats as hoity-toity, champagne-sipping, baby-killing, God-hating idiots. If we can only get past these ignorant, partisan views of each other, we could get so much more done.

    September 2, 2009 at 11:01 am |
  159. Jerry from NYC

    The truth is Obama has done more for the middle class then all three of the last presidents put together.

    September 2, 2009 at 11:01 am |
  160. Jay

    Yes, the nation is more divided now,There will always be racism and bigotry in the US, and conservative republicans are able to use health care as a catalyst, to bring it to the surface once again

    September 2, 2009 at 11:01 am |
  161. Audrey Jaffa

    This is a misleading poll, because it gives the impression that the country is evenly divided between Republicans and Democrats. In fact, the number of Republicans has been decllining, as your own programs have consistently been remarking. The country has taken a swing toward the Democratic positions, but due to the way the media divides its commentary between Republican and Democrat, the Republican views are being given more weight than they deserve. This is especially true in the health care debate.

    Audrey Jaffa

    September 2, 2009 at 11:01 am |
  162. Judy

    I would like to know, after having Bush screw up our economy for 8 years, how does anyone expect President Obama to fix things in 9 months.

    September 2, 2009 at 11:02 am |
  163. Arnold

    I dont think Obama should be worried about how divided the country is beause I believe the republicans ruined and dividing this country as we speak.Therefore this healthcare bill when passed will unite this country.i also believe he will be elected for a second term, you can count on my vote.

    September 2, 2009 at 11:04 am |
  164. Robert

    Yes we are a divided nation. In this country, much like horse racing, you need a jockey to guide the horse and motivate it for the win. Obama is trying, but not making that connection to get there, but I think he will soon.

    September 2, 2009 at 11:05 am |
  165. Greg from Philadelphia

    I find Americans who oppose Health Care Reform to be selfish and uninformed. Furthermore, these same people claim to be God fearing! I wonder what they would say if they had no health care and faced a life threatening illness.

    September 2, 2009 at 11:06 am |
  166. Richard B.C. Canada

    The partisan divide is widening under the Obama Administration because Republicans are worried that they'll lose what they've worked so hard to acheive. Democrats are encouraged because the most disadvantaged Americans stand to gain basic services under the Obama Administration. The debate is heated and emotional because the facts presented to the American public are fragmented and incomplete with rational solutions being lost in a confusing and unproductive shouting match that accomplishes nothing.

    September 2, 2009 at 11:07 am |
  167. Mary Ann

    Divided. Yes. But more people are fleeing from the a Republican Party and calling themselves Independents or Democrats. All the extreme groups for whatever cause are Fox, Dobbs and Limbaugh fans. My sheep are smarter than the brain washed "sheep" that follow their hate mongering. A real journalist would correct misinformation immediately and not allow this distortion of issues to pass as news. The Republican Party needs to clean house and get back to real political issues. The hate mongering is a dangerous, violent trend and is more extreme than I've seen in my 65 years.

    September 2, 2009 at 11:07 am |
  168. Barton Foley

    I think as long as we have men and women capable of believing unquestionably some of the comments above, we will have strife among allies. Both sides of the aisle are guilty of assuming the impossible or the ridiculous about their political counterpoints. I believe this is normal, but we are all citizens; no person wants to see this country fail or fall into decline. What I believe we truly have here is a powerful and not unprecedented test of the two party system. If it really comes to it, I maintain the faith that this system will fail as intended, not the nation. Which party is more correct? A student of history knows that none of us are correct, despite our brilliance.

    September 2, 2009 at 11:09 am |
  169. anas hanafi

    As long as the republicans are driven by crazy talk shows hosts, I think that we are never going to be on the same path. Republicans are against anything obama those without given it even a thought. I think republicans will continue standing against the progress of our country and as long is that happening we are going to be divided.

    September 2, 2009 at 11:09 am |
  170. Emerson Ward

    If President Obama found the cure for cancer, developed cold fusion, and ushered in a zero percent unemployment rate all while collecting no personal income taxes; Republicans who didn't vote for him, and would never vote for him would still find something to gripe about. They would say something like "Yeah yeah we know he's perfect and maybe the greatest leader ever, but he's not even a U.S. citizen! Bottom line is- Right Winger holy rollers had 8 years to decimate this country, common sense dictates that it's going to take more than 8 months to turn things around.

    September 2, 2009 at 11:09 am |
  171. Nancy G

    I believe this country is divided more than ever. I blame it mainly on the wingnuts you have in the media calling our President a racist, socialist, commie, Nazi etc which of course rattles their base. All one side seems to care about is getting their power back. They have no interest in the American people or the issues we face. They can't seem to accept the fact that we have an african-american in the white house (I want our country back). The guise of "out of control spending" is a joke. They had no problem with the previous adminstrations spending like there was no tomorrow.

    September 2, 2009 at 11:11 am |
  172. Dion

    This country has always been divided between the have and have-nots so this is nothing new. Let us remember- we inherited debt from the previous president who came into office with a surplus. We spent billions of dollars per week in an unauthorized, unnecesarry war. Politicians have been promising healthcare for all americans for the past 40 years and Obama has been the 1st president to have the courage to actually get it done regardless of the beating he knew he would take politically. Change is hard and scary, but in this case, necesarry. How much is too much to invest in ourselves when we've been spending billions destroying and rebuilding other countries for the last 8 years with nothing to show for it but disdain from the international community. Can you imagine where we'd be if the conservatives got their way wanting to gamble America's assets in the stock market? God speed Mr. President as I pray for your and our countries success!

    September 2, 2009 at 11:12 am |
  173. Lauren Aveili

    If the prior administration had not been so laid back about the issues that Obama is trying to fix we wouldn't be where we are. Companies that screw should be supervised, regarding healthcare... its so narrow minded to think it wouldn't work. I also think it's a racial thing. Just because hes an African American President it seems like he's under a microscope.

    September 2, 2009 at 11:13 am |
  174. Darwin E Maus

    President Obama has been trying to reach across the aisle, but how do you reach across when the Republicans only want to oppose every thing he does, just to make the President look bad. They do not want to help the American people = They only care about themselves and getting their control back. They are supposed to be working for us, Republican & Democrats. Where are peoples heads ???? – Under a Rock ???? Do not blame the President for the Finacial Mess = I remember Banks & the Auto Makers crying for help = Now people complain about the government taking over & socializing the Banks & Car makers. For Example : "Do not blame the Mechanic that is fixing the car = = He didn't Make the Problem and he sure as hell didn't Break it !!!!

    September 2, 2009 at 11:13 am |
  175. Robert

    Like a horse that has steered off course, Obama is the right jockey to get us to the finish line.

    September 2, 2009 at 11:21 am |
  176. Pam

    If more concerned people would listen to what the concervative "christian" right is saying from the pulpit to the media, we wouldn't wonder why our country is so divided. The "mean spirit" they generate in God's name is alarming, and is spreading into the areas of our country that you could still verbly express opinions without fear of anger or violence. That has, and is changing, because we are allowing it to be the loudest voice.

    September 2, 2009 at 11:28 am |
  177. Allen Fedewitz

    I am eighty-one years of age. I was born and educated here in the good old USA. I served as a young officer in the US Navy and I am now happily retired in Florida. Over the years I have witnessed some divisiveness amongst the citizenry in our country, but nothing like what I see today. During President Obamas’.campaign, he said he would bring all people together under one tent as ‘Americans’. This has turned out to be untrue. If anything, it is my belief that his actions, comments and policies have separated us into ethnic groups as never before. This is unfortunate, as I have never, (even during WW2), felt such despair for the future of our country.

    Allen Fedewitz

    September 2, 2009 at 11:43 am |
  178. James of Houston

    From my recent experience, the Nation is much more united today that it has even been in the past! The Iraq war is no longer an issue, the economy is on its road to a recovery, housing prices are coming back and the people are now demanding that Congress get their obscene spending under control.

    The divide, if there is one, exists between the very liberal newsrooms andmany, many typical American citizens who want their taxes lowered and their freedoms back! ... we want the government to just leave us alone!

    September 2, 2009 at 12:00 pm |
  179. Colette Tyce

    It's not surprising that the presidents ratings have dropped, look at what he has to work with. A 20th century congress, doing nothing and a 21st century president that wants to do what is right. It was the 21st century democrats and independents that voted him in for a change, we did not want the same ole bickering, wasting time and money congress that we have had for the last 10 years. Change the words government healthcare reform to government spening money on missles and weapons never used but are intended to kill, and we would have a bill passed. Change the words public health option to the BIG boys getting paid, and we would have a bill passed by our friends in congress. The president should move on with or without a bi-partisan agreement, he is the president. We elected Barak Obama not the do nothing congress. He might take a page out of the Bush administration, no debate, I want it, so be it, IT'S done!. An educated president is going to have a problem with the old die hards that have been in Congress forever and don't even remember how to study and learn something new. No healthcare for everyone is a disgrace. If it's too hard of a problem for the current congress to fix, appoint a 21st century committee to fix the problem. These congress people wouldn't make it the real world where that had goals and initatives that must be met by the end of year, or it's your job. As a matter of fact, our Congress doesn't have to do anything and still get paid and have excellent healtcare.

    September 2, 2009 at 12:22 pm |
  180. Maurie Duncan

    I totally agree that the country is more divided than ever and I feel that it is solely because of the Republican Party. Every since President Obama won the election and saw the hope in the faces of so many across the country that their main goal has been to deflate the hope and bring down the president. They don't care about the state of the country at all, the economy, health care, it's all about dividing the country with their lies and half truths and instilling fear. It's pathetic. I wish I knew where all those people are that supported change, it seems that they have stood back and have allowed the republicans to continue their crusade without a fight.

    September 2, 2009 at 12:35 pm |
  181. Sisley Dougherty

    Yes the country is divided, we need to hear from the rest of the population .I believe we have heard from the federal, state, and local employees, and all the rest must be in the medical profession, and people that can afford the outrages medical insurance costs, lets hear from everyday regular people , who have been abused and rejected , and have no justice or any possibilities of being insured.

    September 2, 2009 at 12:42 pm |
  182. jenni

    I can't believe that you people who say there is no divide, say that those of us who disagree with Obama's policies are racist! What does that do, but divide us further. Nothing could be farther from the truth.

    And my daughter did have cancer and I truly believe that if she had to be treated under a government health care plan she would not be here today. She was saved not only through prayer but also cutting edge clinical trials that our wonderful teaching/research hospitals provide to our country, (and I might add, the "evil" pharmaceutical companies who donate the medicine to research!). What will happen to these programs under a government run health care system? It is the chronically and severely ill people who will suffer under Obama's spread the wealth around health care plan.

    September 2, 2009 at 12:44 pm |
  183. Robert Lake,MI

    I was noticing your stats to this article and realized something funny to me, that 90% of liberals approve of Obama, that doesnt surprise me, these are the ones looking for a free handout and the tax payers expense. People who have to work so they can support the liberals are tired of the free giveaways to the people who deserve it the least! The middle class guy was Obamas main campaign priority and he`s blown it by giving the rich all the bailout money and the poor all the free handouts, enough is enough start doing for the people who built this country not the people in line with their hands out!

    September 2, 2009 at 2:14 pm |
  184. manny2066

    Mr. President, a leader should lead not follow the followers. It's time to lead for a better America. Remember, you're the one in power. A good leader can unite almost everything and anything.

    September 2, 2009 at 2:14 pm |
  185. Mike

    Per the CNN poll of independent voters, President Obama is starting to lose their support (by 3%). My question is this, of the "Independent" voters polled, how many voted for President Obama in the first place?

    September 2, 2009 at 2:16 pm |