June 29th, 2009
02:37 PM ET
5 years ago

Obama's approval rating remains steady, poll says

President Obama's approval rating has remained steady.
President Obama's approval rating has remained steady.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – A new national poll indicates that President Barack Obama's approval rating among Americans remains steady.

Sixty-one percent of people questioned in a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Monday say they approve of how Obama's handling his duties as president. Thirty-seven percent disapprove.

The 61 percent approval rating is down one point from May and down six points from February.

"Since March, Obama's approval rating has gone down one percentage point each month in CNN polls," notes CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "In March it was 64 percent; in April it was 63 percent. Last month his approval rating stood at 62 percent and now it is at 61 percent."

The poll suggests when it comes to opinions of Obama, gender and generation gaps continue.

Sixty-seven percent of women questioned in the survey approve of how Obama's handling his job as president. That number drops to 54 percent among men. Two-thirds of people under 50 years old questioned in the poll approve of the president's handling of his duties. That number drops to 54 percent among people over 50 years of age.

"We saw these same patterns in the exit polls on election night," Holland says. "It looks like the groups who voted heavily for Obama are sticking with him, but the groups in which his vote was lower are starting to drift."

The CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll was conducted Friday through Sunday, with 1,026 adult Americans questioned by telephone. The survey's sampling error is plus or minus three percentage points.


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  1. gt

    who are you people polling ?

    June 29, 2009 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  2. Kevin B

    Most politically mature americans (Even those 30 and below) voted for Mr Obama because of the sheer lunacy, imcompetence and arrogance of the preceeding administration frightened the bejesus out of Americans over the past eight years.

    Most Americans understand that no president with the exception of FDR and maybe Woodrow Wilson faced a similar set of challenges in the last 100 years or so.

    He is taking on entrenched interest that most politicians have been to cowardly to take on, and we appreciated your hard work Mr President !

    June 29, 2009 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  3. Charles

    Of course. For those 30% that never recognize Obama as the president, it doesn't matter how successful Obama is (and will be), they will always say "NO"...typical Republican response to anything.

    June 29, 2009 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  4. sam

    You know, just about everyone uses a teleprompter. Bush used one and sounded dummmmmmm. He made so much mistakes reading. Nothing hard but he made them. This teleprompter talk that the other like tp talk about is stupid. MR Prez you sounds GREAT. Just remember, those who dont like you, will never do. Keep talking and working hard for the people. We still love yah....

    June 29, 2009 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  5. WIlly Brown

    The administration and its resident are ruining this country.

    June 29, 2009 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  6. Goddess

    Are there still people harping on Pres. Obama not being an American and having no birth certificate? If he was not he would not have been able to run in the first place.

    As the President I voted for, I did not expect to agree with every decision or move he makes. I do believe he will do what is best for the country as a whole.

    June 29, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  7. J.Crobuzon

    I didn't elect him to be my pope or my minister, or even my financial counselor. I elected him to try to drag this country out of the mudhole GW Bush left it stuck in. And no, folks, I don't think he's the Messiah either, that was you Republicans with Bush.

    "Steve," yeah, you sure voted for Obama. Yeah. SO convincing.

    June 29, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  8. TCM

    @ GT -

    They're polling people like "CHARLES," who'll never be able to see the truth in the situation.

    June 29, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  9. TCM

    @ STEVE -

    You're forgiven for voting for him; however, have to disagree with him being the least of the two evils. John McCain genuinely cares about this country....yes, it was two flaming liberals as a choice...however, Obama's agenda is to change the country into something unrecognizable using "recession, economy, and healthcare," as cover stories for his political goals. Anyone that socializes with knownn terrorists, idolizes Saul Alinsky and sits in a racist church for 20 yrs...doesn't have the best interest of this nation in mind. Obama's a snake oil selling, street activist at best; and we're seeing that on a daily basis. McCain wasn't a beacon of hope, but between the two, he at least loved this country, the people and our American way of life.

    June 29, 2009 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    Johnny June 29th, 2009 3:40 pm ET

    Where is the ability for people to read bills before they are passed?

    You can read them on the Library of Congress web site (thomas.loc.gov). All bills are posted there. It's not easy reading but if you're interested in a bill, the full text of all versions are there. The House versions are normally posted and voted on first with Senate versions posted and voted on later.

    Don't blame Obama because you haven't taken the time and effort to go find what you're looking for.

    June 29, 2009 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  11. Totally turned off ex-democrat

    I know McCain couldn't have done any better. However, what is Obama doing that isn't about the same as GWB, except spending more? His healthcare and energy bills will saddle the working man with more taxes for years. I suspect that Obama will be as despised as LBJ was before he completes his term in office. Maybe the repubs will win more seats in the Congress in 2010, and Obama will pull to the middle like Clinton did. That worked as well as any of the presidents I have voted for (since JFK).

    June 29, 2009 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  12. TCM

    @ GEORGE -

    George? George Soros? Is that you? Wanting to assist with the degradation of this country?

    June 29, 2009 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  13. The Original No Incumbents 2010

    @Charles June 29th, 2009 3:57 pm ET

    Of course. For those 30% that never recognize Obama as the president, it doesn't matter how successful Obama is (and will be), they will always say "NO"…typical Republican response to anything.
    _____________________________________________________

    I'll give you the benefit of the doubt; name someting he has done that you like.

    June 29, 2009 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  14. Butch

    Obama is a moron.

    Anyone with an ounce of thought can see he is painting socialism with a broad brush...

    To all the regretful Obama voters...forgiveness is available 7 x 70.

    June 29, 2009 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  15. annie against biased news

    Does acorn just simply stay on the white house payroll just so they can answer these polls?

    June 29, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  16. TCM

    @ JAYE -

    Now, why are you saying that about us haters? Did Obama promise you a government job on his unicorn ranch?

    June 29, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  17. HeadlessHessian

    According to a poll conducted by me on me, I believe Obama is DaMan! Elegant, a pleasure to listen to, articulate, communicates extremely well, has a vision for the United States first, looks after the american public and not give aways to corporations, is not a religious fruit cake. Best of all he is light years ahead of Dubyah! actually a slug puts Dubyah to shame.
    Obama rocks! Face you right wingers...the man outclasses 3 times over anyone you put up against him.

    June 29, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  18. Kevin B

    The howls of those hating the president at expense of reason is amazing. When thier man Bush was in office "playing" the role as a president. His cronies robbed us all blind and left the nation in the worse reccession in 85 years.

    Yet they dog this president daily and he has only been in office a few months.

    What fools the republicans are. They are the very definition of "useful idiots".

    June 29, 2009 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  19. David

    Johnny June 29th, 2009 3:40 pm ET

    Where is the ability for people to read bills before they are passed?

    You can read them on the Library of Congress web site (thomas.loc.gov). All bills are posted there. It's not easy reading but if you're interested in a bill, the full text of all versions are there. The House versions are normally posted and voted on first with Senate versions posted and voted on later.
    For example, the House version of the stimulus bill was posted several weeks before it was passed. The senate version was much nearer to passage but it was mostly the same as the House version (with some obvious tweeks). The GOP complained they didn't have time to read it but somehow managed to publish criticisms of it (without reading it first?) before the senate version was even started.

    Don't blame Obama because you haven't taken the time and effort to go find what you're looking for.

    June 29, 2009 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  20. TCM

    @ J.Crobuzon -

    Get your facts straight; 6 of 8 yrs under Bush showed economic growth, low unemployment and a good housing market...

    enter the DEMOCRATIC congress in 2006, with Pelosi, Reid, Dodd, oh...and Obama....and the markets tanked, why? Because Obama and Dodd were in bed with Freddie Mac and Raines; getting kick backs. This was the nucleus of the mortgage meltdown leading to the markets melting down.....and the bozo was elected by liberals....
    do some research somewhere besides obama buttkissing websites.....

    June 29, 2009 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  21. REF

    hey anonymous it was a obama campaign promise you know that transparcy thing an open and honest govt. these bills the stimulus and cap and trade bills were not even read by the prez or those who passed this junk we do have right to know what they are doing they work for us period ******* if you cant take the time to read it dont pass it **********

    June 29, 2009 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  22. Jim

    It is so obvious that people posting infavor of Obama are either young or minorities. Give me give me give me. Sorry kid. Dad's out of money. Make your own. I love it when they say things like I'm over 50 and I voted for him. If you have to say you are over 50 I think it is quite obvious you are not.

    June 29, 2009 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  23. Matt B

    This is the only poll in the last few weeks to come out with him above 60%. Shady!!

    Rasmussen – 55%
    Gallup – 59%
    Democracy Corps – 56%

    June 29, 2009 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  24. Kevin B

    TCM- you come right out of the talk radio handbook. Do have one original idea that hasn't been spoon fed to you by Mr Hannity or Limbaugh?

    Just curious............

    June 29, 2009 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
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