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. Abby

    The American people are not stupid. We know who is working in our best interest and will not be led by angry bitter people like Rush.

    Mr. President, pull off a ‘public option’ on healthcare and watch your approval ratings skyrocket past 70 percent. Godspeed.

    June 29, 2009 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  2. Ken in NC

    Well I'm over 60 and voted for him and supported him for President. I did it with the knowledge that I would not agree with his every decision and that too has come to pass. I voted for him because it was my opinion that he was over all, the best choice. While there were some things I did not like about him, I found there was more I did not like about Senator McCain and since the election I have decided that I made the right choice.

    At the least, it is an understatement to say that he is a different type of President.

    June 29, 2009 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  3. Cerena

    Yeah....that's my president right there! 2nd term coming right up!

    June 29, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  4. Latina for OBAMA

    I am one of those among the 67%

    June 29, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  5. annie against biased news

    Who takes these polls? Who do they poll – acorn?

    June 29, 2009 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  6. flavoter

    Image where those numbers would be if the republican party of no new ideas were on board!!!

    June 29, 2009 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  7. annie s

    Count this female over 50 and her husband, male over 50, who think our President is doing a great job. He came into office with a country that was literally destructing before our eyes, and in a short time has managed to accomplish an incredible amount of positive work. There's lots more to be done, but I have faith that this is the man to accomplish it.

    June 29, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  8. Dominic

    Duh! Obama is going to remain this popular for the next 8 years!

    June 29, 2009 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  9. Lisa, NM

    I really like the job the president is doing. No one ever polls me, but if they did I would tell them that he's doing a fantastic job. Not to mention the incredible image that he give America.

    After eight long years of a nightmarish America, we are finally getting out of the horror years.

    Thank you Mr. President for uplifting the country and giving us more than hope–a way up and out.

    June 29, 2009 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  10. Obama Victim

    will be under 50 by Christmas................ooopps.....can you say Christmas anymore...uh, I mean the Muslim New Year??

    June 29, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  11. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    so how is a one point drop per month holding steady? At that rate by the end of his first term it will be 20%.

    June 29, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  12. Lynn

    What about an update on the approval ratings of the Republicans???Perhaps the poll suggests that The Republicans really are the party of the elderly, mainly white men as they are stuck in the twentieth century and resistant to change that is necessary to cyre the problems facing Americans.

    June 29, 2009 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  13. johnnie

    cnn ,needs to poll the youth,the presidents rating would add 15 to 20 points, and young people supported the president strongly in 2008 and it is even more stronger now. when the stimulus kicks in and health care is passed,his approval rating,will sky rockett higher.it remains steady,because the president is honest and kept his campain promises, we have never seen a president in his first 6 month,accomplish so much agenda. he is very smart and very popular around the world.we should be proud as americans to see a bright future for america,to have a president with a purpose for the people.the young shall lead, and the president has tap that energy. i see 70 plus approval ratings on the horizon.

    June 29, 2009 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  14. bert

    You are doing great! Keep up the great work. Thank God for someone who sees the need to make the tough changes our country needs to be making so that things will be better for the masses of the people.
    I love wealthy people too, I want to be finacially wealthy myself, but we have to look out for the masses of the people.
    When the masses are doing well the wealthy will only benefit because we will have more places to spend our money. More opportunities to invest business dollars, more shops to frequent and more renters who can actually pay their rent. I think President Obama is doing great!

    June 29, 2009 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  15. Tate

    How come you are the only poll that still has this guy over 60%. His policy is below the last 3 presidents. People say he is ok, really not smart enough to blame for this.

    June 29, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  16. Romelus

    Wow, it looks like the nation continues to stand behind Obama as its President....Despite him not being American, not having a birth certificate, increasing spending with the stimilus, trying to improve healthcare, Cap and Trade, closing Gitmo, and despite him NOT cheating on his wife and family!!!! These are all issues that the American people voted him in for....a president that is doing what the people want....who would have thunk it?

    June 29, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  17. Shibumi

    The Kool-Aid is starting to lose it's flavor.

    June 29, 2009 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  18. Trade Freedom for Security, Lose Both

    Amazing that his approval rating is maintaining when one considers that Obama is basically turning into Bush-lite when it comes to Gitmo and spending billions on another useless war (Afghanistan).

    June 29, 2009 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  19. seebofubar

    You knew this was going to happen. The campaign was all full of hope and promisses. Now reality sets in and we realize that Obama is just a junior senator from Illinois with no experience and a bad attitude that has been propelled WAY beyond his level of competency. It's too bad 52% of the voters refused to believe it back in November. 48% got it right!

    June 29, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  20. ThinkAboutIt

    I'm still happy with his overall performance.

    And in regard to the actions he's taken that are similar to Bush's: Bush wasn't 100% wrong, 100% of the time. There's going to be some overlap.

    The big difference for me is that I trust Obama's decision-making process.

    – I have confidence he is capable of taking the long view and always acts in the best interest of our country and not for short-term political gain.

    – He's not perfect, but I also appreciate the fact that he's able to honestly appraise himself and a situation, be accountable for his actions, and make necessary changes. That takes humility and strength of character.

    – He's intelligent, steadfast and his own man.

    What a wonderful breath of fresh air in the White House!

    June 29, 2009 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  21. Jim

    Another poll another lie. Every site I've been to over the last month...msnbc...cnn....aol...fox if they have a "You Decide" voting option O gets his clock cleaned. And that is from 200k to 500k people voting. Keep the lies up. 2010 is coming.

    June 29, 2009 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  22. ThinkAboutIt

    Steve: I doubt you voted for Obama. You sound like a GOP operative to me.

    June 29, 2009 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  23. Realistic

    These polls does not really much. I'am more interested in a year from now than 6 months into his administration. We can not judge any effect of his policies in 6 months and make an accurate judgement. How can anyone be certain that what he did with GM& company will work or not? If you listen to the mouth pieces of the republican party than of course the answer is no but if you listen to others, the answers vary. The fact is only time will tell and no polls can take the pulse of the people. At one time bush was at 90% and left with the lowest approval rating of any president. As a voter, I wait and see before jumping on the polls bandwagon because polls are about the moment than and there.

    June 29, 2009 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  24. mattd

    What gives the federal government the right to take the money I earn and give it to someone else? pretty simple question

    June 29, 2009 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  25. denver buck

    Another poll had Obama disapproval ratings at 44%, so not so sure the CNN poll is as creditable when it indicates Obama ratings is above 60%.
    At this point would believe be in the mid to high 50’s on approval

    June 29, 2009 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
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