Public Supports Obama Over GOP Americans are wary, but still prefer Dems to GOP By Emily Rauhala, Newser User Posted Feb 12, 2010 8:54 AM CST 53 comments Comments His approval rating may be low, but people still prefer him over the GOP. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak) (Newser) – President Obama has small lead over the GOP when it comes to public opinion, a new poll shows. Though Obama's approval rating sits at just 46%, only 35% of respondents have a favorable opinion of the Republican Party. A majority also believe the president is making the greater effort at bipartisanship, according to the New York Times/CBS News poll: 62% say he's trying to working with congressional Republicans, while 62% say those Republicans aren't trying to work with him. But favorable views of the Democratic Party have sunk to 42%. And a slim 15% say they approve of the way Congress is doing its job, with less than 10% saying members of Congress deserve re-election, reports the New York Times. And while 60% of respondents say Obama does understand their needs and issues, only 42% felt than way about congressional Democrats, and only 35% about congressional Republicans.