April 23rd, 2009
12:17 PM ET
5 years ago

Obama's numbers high, but will they last?

Obama is enjoying high approval ratings, but history suggests they may not last.
Obama is enjoying high approval ratings, but history suggests they may not last.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – A average of the most recent national polls indicates that nearly two out of three Americans approve of the job Barack Obama's doing as president.

According to a CNN Poll of Polls compiled Thursday, 64 percent say they approve of how Obama's handling his duties as president. Twenty-eight percent disapprove.
The President's approval rating also stood at 64 percent in a CNN Poll of Polls compiled in January, just after inauguration.

"Most polls have shown Obama getting fairly high marks on most of the issues he has handled so far," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "One exception has been the way he has handled government assistance to failing banks and automakers. His numbers on the federal deficit are also low in comparison to his approval ratings on the economy and foreign policy."

So how does Obama compare to his predecessors in the White House around the first 100 days mark?

How's the president doing? CNN Radio breaks down the numbers

George W. Bush stood at 62 percent in a CNN/USA Today Gallup poll in April 2001, Bill Clinton was at 55 percent in a CNN/USA Today Gallup poll in April 1993, George H.W. Bush stood at 58 percent in a Gallup poll from April 1989, and Ronald Reagan was at 67 percent in a Gallup poll taken in April 1981.

"The hundred-day mark tends to fall during a period when Americans are still evaluating a new president. The danger period for most presidents comes later in their first year in office," Holland says. "Bill Clinton, for example, still had good marks after his first hundred days, but his approval rating had tanked by June of 1993. Ronald Reagan's approval rating stayed over 50 percent until November of his first year in office, but once it slipped below that mark, it stayed under 50 percent for two years. So Obama's current rating certainly does not indicate that he is out of the woods yet."

The CNN Poll of Polls is an average of three national surveys taken over the past week: Gallup Tracking, Pew, and AP/Gfk.


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  1. Greg Pottstown, Pa.

    This is the honeymoon, Bush was at 62% in April 2001and we all know how that ended. Once people start to see the amount the coast of living goes up, I think his numbers will start to change. I don't think that will hurt him to bad because I think that the troop surge in Afghanistan will work or help and I thin that will help him.

    April 23, 2009 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  2. Ralphy

    Probably not once the next quarter financial figures, and unemployment rates are in.

    April 23, 2009 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  3. thomas

    I think the media and the republicans want President Obama's approval rating to drop so that they can have another subject to talk about. He has alot on his plate that was given to him by the former President Bush and Republicans. It took eight years for the economy to drop and it will take more than 100 days for the economy to bounce back.

    April 23, 2009 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  4. Seth

    CNN your so bias, who believes you, he is your media baby.

    April 23, 2009 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  5. Veronica

    Give it up CNN...these numbers WILL last!!

    he is doing a great job!!

    April 23, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  6. It is any Wonder?

    Who knows where his marks will be in a year or two, but I do know this...you've been asking the same question for weeks now and the answer has continued to be Yes. Why don't you stop asking the question, give the man some more time and then see what happens.

    April 23, 2009 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  7. Belindie Grover

    CNN is, as usual, dressing up the report in favor of Obama. The real stats show that Obama is doing no better, and in some cases worse, than his predecessors at 100 days, including that gosh-awful Carter. The real report also shows his marks continuing to decline in all areas except his appearance.

    April 23, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  8. Robin

    In a word....NOPE.

    April 23, 2009 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  9. dkr

    I 100% approve and I'm so happy Dems are in office.

    April 23, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  10. genell

    I'm happy with how he's dealing with things seeing how last 8yrs were God bless him and his family

    April 23, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  11. Fair is Fair

    One-word answer. No.

    April 23, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  12. Debby, NJ...foot soldier 'til 2016

    And now what other "poll" is CNN going to event so that it looks like the Presidents approval ratings are going down...PATHETIC should be the new name for CNN.

    April 23, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  13. Carole

    CNN is doing their best to make sure they fall with State of the Union and Bias/Bull show.

    I still watch some shows like Larry King and Anderson Cooper. They seem to be bias and have no bull.

    **Wonder when John is having Darth Vader, I mean Cheney back on?

    April 23, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  14. Anonymous

    Oh big deal – 2 points more than Bush and look how he turned out to be. Let's see if Nobama can make it even lower than Bush. If he keeps going at the rate he is, there is little doubt that he will be the worse POTUS yet!

    April 23, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  15. Ron L

    THIS IS DUMB...WHAT IS CNN's OBSESSION WITH POLLS??? Here is the answer ...as long as the President appears to be doing a good job his polling will be high. As soon as it appears he is not doing a good job his ratings will lower.. KIND OF SIMPLE...AIN'T IT!!

    April 23, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  16. Andi

    I don't know how much stock we should put into polls. A poll can be designed to give certain results. Ronald Reagan (or someone in his administration) made a comment that you can 'make a poll say anything you want'.

    I think we should pay more attention to helping our fellow citizens instead of worrying about polls.

    April 23, 2009 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  17. Jason

    If you want to compare those numbers to the last president. The answer is YES. And stop being so negative CNN.

    April 23, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  18. Kenyan Wonder Kid

    High disapproval numbers? Yes, that makes perfect sense as we drive fast towards the cliff...

    April 23, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  19. Reality Check

    So, how many people were polled? I am sure it was such a low number that is not quite representative of this country. The people I have spoken with sure are not buying what he is doing!!!!

    April 23, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  20. Jackie

    "But will they last?" - geez people– does EVERYTHING – including a simple statement of fact - have to have a controversial overtone?

    April 23, 2009 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  21. Tim

    What a question CNN?

    April 23, 2009 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  22. phoenix86

    As reality slowly settles upon Americans, Obama's approval rating should approach zero.

    April 23, 2009 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  23. Allen

    No! obama we are still waiting for CHANGE.....any day now right?

    April 23, 2009 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  24. Barbara - Atlanta

    Nothing lasts forever but the President has done a great job so far.

    April 23, 2009 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  25. Tulsa

    He's getting a A+ from me.

    April 23, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
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