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. Enough

    Another CNN fabricated poll. Would like to know who you are polling. How is spending money faster than we can print it.......good? Nothing has been accomplished so far by this administration. Lots of talk and pushing through huge spending bills, but nothing to show for it, but massive debt.

    June 29, 2009 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  2. Ken

    1 percent drop per month, consistent over 4 months (longer if you want to look at a longer time period) equals steady approval?

    Welcome to the new – liberal – don't look too close at the facts – world.

    June 29, 2009 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  3. Smooth sailing ahead

    I believe that's what the captain of the Titanic said...

    June 29, 2009 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  4. Steve

    I voted for him, he was lesser of the evils in the election. I'm starting to question his decisions every day now. Starting with the fact that he made Hillary Clinton Secretary of State, and now he wants to make racist Sotomeyer a supreme court justice. Maybe Bill Clinton will get the next supreme court justice seat. I'm starting to regret voting for Obama.

    June 29, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  5. Fair is Fair

    "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."
    __________________________

    With age comes wisdom.

    June 29, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  6. Stephanie

    Ummm... A six point, or nine percent drop, is holding steady? CNN, continuing to carry the water.

    June 29, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  7. George

    No wonder his approval rating is high. He is trying to make the USA number one again. After 8 years of corruption and going backwards this sure is a fresh nice change.
    Now if he eliminates off shore tax loopholes, there will be plenty of money for health care without taxing anyones benefits. Obama and congress can do that. The republicans will fight it because their friends own off shore businesses. End it now and the money will flow in the USA again.

    June 29, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  8. Biased facts

    Steadily dropping that is.

    June 29, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  9. Pat F

    He will continue to slide as the truth about his inexperience and poor judgment becomes clear.

    June 29, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  10. matt

    Obama is popular. His policies are not.

    According to an average of six polls, as reported by Real Clear Politics, 51.6% of individuals polled believe the country is on the wrong track. Only 42.2% believe it is on the right track. This is an average of the following polls – Democracy Corps, ABC News/Washington Post, Daily Kos/R2000, CBS News/NY Times, NBC News/Wall St Journal and Pew Research.

    Considering the sources, it's not slanted at all to the right.

    June 29, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  11. scott

    This poll proves that the older over 50 generation of white males didn't want change. They enjoyed the totalitarian fascist police state plantation that america was and still is to some extent. Republicans never quit and they only lose once in a while(thank god!)

    June 29, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  12. katiec

    As a senior citizen I fully support President Obama.
    Also as a senior citizen I have never seen a political party take part in trying to destroy the future of our country. Am disgusted, dismayed and angry that the republican party tries to obstruct, discredit and distort any and every policy put out there regardless of it's merits.
    They have become our countries most dangerous domestic
    terrorists.

    June 29, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  13. Chris - Denver

    Good. Maybe that means the right-wing hate speech is losing its effectiveness.

    June 29, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  14. Melissa

    Why are you doing polls every single week? We never saw this with any other President. Chill out.

    June 29, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  15. jaye

    He's an excellent president – and the only people that don't support him are the fox news and Limbaugh haters.

    June 29, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  16. Question...

    67% ? Is it too late to repeal the whole women voting thing?

    June 29, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  17. MAL

    I am one of the few people that hasn't pre-judged Obama. I am neither an Obamaniac nor an Obama hater.

    My opinion on Obama so far: Foreign policy is a great change from the incompetent Cowboy Diplomacy of GW Bush and Obama could be on course to be one of the great diplomatic figures in US history. Economy, it is too early to tell. Social rights– he has angered extremists on both ends of the spectrum, which means he is in the middle where he belongs. He represents ALL of Americans, not just extremists.

    June 29, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  18. Dale

    I am one of the few people that hasn't pre-judged Obama. I am neither an Obamaniac nor an Obama hater.

    My opinion on Obama so far: Foreign policy is a great change from the incompetent Cowboy Diplomacy of GW Bush and Obama could be on course to be one of the great diplomatic figures in US history. Economy, it is too early to tell. Social rights– he has angered extremists on both ends of the spectrum, which means he is in the middle where he belongs. He represents ALL of Americans, not just extremists.

    June 29, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  19. U.S. Marine Sergeant

    67% of women approve, huh? Women really ARE the smarter gender! I have yet to hear anyone provide a decent argument as to why they disapprove of the President and most of the stupidity I hear still comes from men.

    June 29, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  20. johnnie

    the presidents approval rating is higher than . cnn needs to poll the youth, they would add 15 points,to the so called rating from cnn. the president will remain popular,because he is honest,and very smart.the president , will be even more popular ,when the stimulus takes full effect, the country will see ,it was the right thing to do.health care will be passed, immigration reform will pass,and the economy will recover and florish.this president is supported by the american people,and around the world. no matter what the gop does ,to block his agenda,will not succeed. we are blessed to have this gifted leader , and we as americans will continue to support him.

    June 29, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  21. felicia

    There is no doubt that my President is in total control of what he's doing. I hope his ratings rocket to 100%, WTG OBAMA!!!!

    June 29, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  22. Bubbles

    HA HA HA will is going to cause the GOP to have sleepless nights!

    June 29, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  23. Right Leaning Independent

    No one has started paying for his big spending yet. When that hits, lets see what the opinion polls say!!

    June 29, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  24. didi

    his approval rates are steady that means he is doing fine job.....that's it...He has passed energy bill....he is going to pass health care reform, and it needs little time for him to get economy back...George Bush messed it...He has to concentrate on "INDUSTRIAL SECTOR" AND IMMIGRATION....

    June 29, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  25. ONE LOVE

    I hope RUSH AND CHENEY are reading this!!

    June 29, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
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