July 30th, 2009
07:25 PM ET
5 years ago

Poll of Polls: President's approval ratings slip

A CNN Poll of Polls out Thursday indicates that 54 percent of Americans approve of President Obama.
A CNN Poll of Polls out Thursday indicates that 54 percent of Americans approve of President Obama.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - It's late July, a time for hot and humid weather in the nation's capital. But when it comes to President Barack Obama's approval rating, an average of the most recent national surveys indicates a cooling trend.

According to a new CNN Poll of Polls, 54 percent of Americans approve of how Obama is handling his duties in the White House. That's down 7 points from late June, when the president's approval rating stood at 61 percent. The latest approval rating is the lowest for Obama in his young presidency. The CNN Poll of Polls, compiled and released Thursday, is an average of seven national surveys conducted over the past nine days.

It appears a drop in Obama's numbers on health care and the economy, the two issues that have dominated his domestic agenda since he took office in January, are contributing to the deterioration of his overall approval rating.

A CNN Poll of Polls of the five surveys that specifically asked about how Obama's handing the economy indicates that 48 percent approve and 45 percent disapprove.

Four of the seven surveys asked about how the president's handling health care reform. A CNN Poll of Polls average of those numbers puts Obama's approval rating on health care at 43 percent, with 45 percent giving him the thumbs down.

"In a mid-July poll of polls, more Americans approved of Obama's handling of health care than disapproved," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "The latest poll of polls shows disapproval is now higher than approval."

Obama gets better marks on foreign affairs than on domestic concerns. A CNN Poll of Polls of the four recent surveys that measured public views on Obama's foreign policy show him with an average approval rating of 54 percent. His disapproval rating on foreign policy averages to 31 percent among those four polls.

A slip in the president's overall approval doesn't necessarily mean a rise for Republicans.

"Most polls show that Obama's standing with the public is dropping, but that's not necessarily helping Republicans," says Holland. "There has been little to no change in the public's view of the GOP in the past month, and on most measures Republicans still lag behind Obama and the Democrats."

This latest edition of the CNN Poll of Polls consists of the seven surveys released since our last Poll of Polls: Fox News (July 21-22), NPR (July 22-26), NBC/Wall Street Journal (July 24-27), CBS/New York Times (July 24-28), Time magazine (July 27-28), Pew (July 26-29) and the Gallup tracking poll (July 26-28). The Poll of Polls does not have a sampling error.

UPDATE: "The president isn't fixated on the ups and downs of polling," said White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs at Thursday's briefing.


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soundoff (303 Responses)
  1. Henry Miller

    When you undertake to waste a trillion hard-earned taxpayer dollars on a failed so-called "stimulus" and more trillions on a "reform" of health care the principal effect of which will be to make productive people pay the medical bills of total strangers, you're going to get unpopular.

    July 30, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  2. GOP = 21st century dodo

    "Americans are beginning to realize that BLAH BLAH BLAH."

    I've been seeing statements along those lines since January 21. If only the GOP had saved that empty rhetoric for now it might carry some weight. Not much though.

    July 30, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  3. Samantha

    Give it a break CNN everyone knows these polls are conducted in certain reasons to get the outcome that you want. Everyone that Know still approve of Obama and that's all that matter. Did you ask the people polled if they ever approved of Obama? I didn't think so. You all spend a lot of time stratling the fense.

    July 30, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  4. bobb dobbs

    With the adoring media, he really must be a dud to be sinking so fast.

    July 30, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  5. AndyL

    By 2012, people will have forgotten about Bush and Obama's approval rating will fare no better than his predecessor

    July 30, 2009 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  6. Brian

    The economy is getting better thanks to Obama's swift actions and stimulus spending. Why anyone would be stupid enough to doubt his economic wisdom is beyond me.

    President Obama may have saved us from a full-blown depression. I'm not taking that lightly.

    July 30, 2009 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  7. Drooling Liberal

    This may be a fun 4 years after all!!!

    He's gonna go down as worse than Jimmy Carter. HA HA!!!!

    July 30, 2009 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  8. jeb bushes

    the republicans and right wing talk radio are doing an effective job of deflecting the blame away from cheney /bush. they have got it nailed to the point people are starting to blame a president who has been in office less than 6 mo's for the reason things are the way they are. your hannity's america and rush..... what a pitiful thought. the racist mind of the / or some of the white folks is [rearing its head] its doing a PUTIN. right sarah p ? this country has nothing to be sorry about . you want to bet.

    July 30, 2009 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  9. southerncousin

    Going down, down and would go even lower if the state run media (CNN, MSNBC, NYT, Washington Post, ABC, CBS, NBC, etc) told the truth and stopped glorifying him, treating him like any other president. This is either the dumbest or the most conniving destructive man we have ever had occupy the office.

    July 30, 2009 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  10. twitwits are the new nitwits

    Its only because the far left doesnt want any changes from the original bill.It will go back up like a rocket once we pass it.hahaha.Sorry dittoheads,nice try.hahaha

    July 30, 2009 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  11. jm

    Courageously, our president leads the charge with brains, heart, and courage. This is not about populariy, but about tough negotiations and decisions against amazingly difficult odds left behind by the previous administration. It really is about hope and change, and not just politics and poll numbers.

    July 30, 2009 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  12. steve in california

    I know the liberals are probably feeling real defensive about this.

    You have to understand this is really more a refection of the people not the President.
    Realistically a President can only hold about a 50% approval rating. Half the country did not vote for him and do not have the same values or perspective.
    I don't

    He will probably slip to about a 40% approval rating and that is what you would call his loyal following.

    July 30, 2009 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  13. Zero.

    Your Knickers are showing Mr Obama.

    July 30, 2009 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  14. Truthsayer

    Any comments from the supporters?

    July 30, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  15. jaye

    All the republican rhetoric is taking hold, and the media allowing these republicans to spew their hate and fear 24/7 is the reason for the decline.
    CNN isn't doing anybody a favor by allowing these know-nothings on their programming...Bill Bennett, Mary matilin, Lou Dobbs, etc. We expect this crap from Fox news but not from CNN.

    July 30, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  16. Lemmy

    Obama is everything he said he wasn't. He is W all over again but looking to be worse. His economic recovery- scam. His healthcare plan- scam.

    I have never been so disappointed in a Prez in my lifetime.

    July 30, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  17. Lori in St Pete

    Yes, his poll number ARE slipping. However, that has a lot to do with the fact that many of us who voted for him disapprove of his acquiesence to the opposition. Most of us will vote for him again in 2012.

    If the opposition had been the victor, we'd be involved in wars with three additional nations and our unemployment numbers would be double the current rate. The opposition would have "fixed" it with corporate tax cuts, because we all know how well those have worked in the past to create jobs.

    July 30, 2009 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  18. Margaret

    People are impatient.....drastic overhaul takes time. Afterall, George Bush did 8 years of damage and we kept our eyes closed thru his terms as President.

    July 30, 2009 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  19. changing my screen name to see if it helps getting my comments posted

    Polls are all well and good, but when you poll someone that doesn't have a proper understanding of the item at hand, who cares? Most people that are not economists can't even give a proper definition of the word economics.

    What do the polls say when only economists are asked? I think that would be more important.

    July 30, 2009 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  20. Audrey Fryer

    A Cnn Poll – that is really music to my ears NOT (you have all the extreme right wingers on your station lately like Lou Dobbs, John King, etc.)

    July 30, 2009 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  21. George

    I think you meant to say that his disapproval ratings have hit an all time high.

    July 30, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  22. Richard

    If some of his campaign promises were being met maybe that wouldn't be the case. He has waffeled on nearly every point he was elected on, especially the bottom up economic portion. It has become quite clear now that none of our middle or lower class citizens are represented by ether party. And now with the talk of the "jobless recovery" again, it is the same as every recession since Reagan's first one.

    July 30, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  23. judgment-day-is-coming

    Can you say "One-Termer"?

    July 30, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  24. Truth-Bomb Thrower

    Uh-oh. Obama's numbers are down again. The democrats in Congress and the Justice Department will have to start their little "Get-Bush-and-Cheney" Chant.

    Soooooo predictable.

    July 30, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  25. George

    I wonder if it will effect his smugness?

    July 30, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
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