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. Jesse

    Why is it that the highly regarded Rassmussen poll was not included? Could it be because it has the lowest approval ratings of any poll?

    July 30, 2009 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  2. Citizen B

    Of course the approval rating of his handling of health care are dropping – the Republican scare tactics work – time and time again!

    July 30, 2009 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  3. Mike

    People are finally figuring this guy out!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 30, 2009 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  4. haren

    I can not understand this poll and who is taking it?
    With this president we will have very strong and healthy consumer oriented economy instead of corporate oriented economy.
    we will have health care reform after a 5 decades.
    A energy policy,education and a foreign policy which will make us proud AND RESPECTED AMERICANS IN THIS WORLD.
    I don't understand what American's think when they say that he is not doing his job.
    I don't believe poll # on health care either only 42% support.
    when 18% of American does not have health care and I am sure they approve President handling health care.

    July 30, 2009 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  5. faithful democrat/jacksonville

    President Obama is doing a good job regardless of these polls. I'm not counted in these polls (and many others) because these polls are available only to a limited number of people and how these people are chosen.....I (alot of us) do not know. President Obama has been in office only 6 months and people are expecting him to resolve all the problems this country face. Keep doing what you're doing Commander-In-Chief, myself and lot of others still have your back. I will continue to support your efforts and will continue to support and campaign for you in the next election. So GOPs it's no need for you to get happy or become comfortable with these polls. They're a joke if my opinion was asked. See you all next election.

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2012

    July 30, 2009 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  6. Andrea

    I still approve of him. I think he's doing a tremendous job given how he's handling what he was handed. If folks could learn how to think OUTSIDE OF THE BOX, like he does, I think his approval rating would remain much higher. For a nation that started it's beginnings with bravery, we act like a bunch of scared hens when things start getting a little tight. But if we always do what we've always done, then we'll always get what we've always gotten. That's insanity. I think he's on the right track. CHANGE is not always easy or popular. GOD bless the President and the U.S.

    July 30, 2009 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  7. alvino

    The efforts of fear and hatred are working for the party of "No!"

    How does the popularity of republican congress look?

    July 30, 2009 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  8. political junkie

    People are so impatient!!! Bush had 8yrs to screw up this
    country – and Obama is expected to fix everything in the first six months
    of his presidency??? Give him a chance – I think his first six months
    are much more impressive than 8 yrs of the Bush Administration
    put together.

    July 30, 2009 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  9. Stef

    I'm very proud of our president, He has very thick skin. I don't think any other president had to endure what President Obama has endured, even before he was selected to be our president, he has been under constant scrutiny. May God be with him in the months to come. He is doing a fabulous job considering the bull crap he has to deal with. . At the end, he will come out smelling like a rose. I give him an A for outstanding. .

    July 30, 2009 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  10. Republicans are the American Taliban

    Why does CNN have to report daily surveys??

    July 30, 2009 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  11. mike,texas

    Who care's after the last administration even the devil would be a breath of fresh air.The republicans know the marathon just started but only after a couple of miles they want to know whats taking so long to finish the race.Clueless in America.

    July 30, 2009 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  12. kingssman

    Bush got down to 50% by september. Then 9/11 happened and he was praised up to 75%

    July 30, 2009 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  13. Lynda/Minnesota

    In choosing between President Obama's ratings and the GOPers ratings, I'd say the president's are fine by me.

    July 30, 2009 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  14. precious

    Dem wants to pass this Healthcare plan so it can be used as a campaign platform for the next reelection. I would like to know the time table (if pass) when it will take effect: 2012? Just asking!

    July 30, 2009 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  15. Paula

    This is to be expected. This is probably a more reasonable representation of what people actually think..more so than the high poll numbers of the first few months of his presidency. To me this means he's settling in. Alot of this is also being driven by the 24 hour media frenzy...that speculates, speculates...and speculates. People start to take the speculations as fact and this influences their opinions. People LISTEN to what President Obama SAYS...not what the media SPECULATES he means. This is a man who truly has America's best interest at heart. He WILL DO what is best for America and it's people.

    President Obama...YOU GO BOY!!!

    July 30, 2009 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  16. matt

    the african american community going to be out full force using the race card because the thug from Chicago couldn't fix his own state let alone this country

    July 30, 2009 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  17. Audrey G.

    What? You mean he's not Jesus Christ and can't walk on water like the media sold us – oops I mean told us! What a shame!

    July 30, 2009 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  18. Jimmy

    I'm not surprised. The hate talk on tv and radio has an effect – and not a good effect for the country.

    July 30, 2009 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  19. Leslie Crane

    Finally people are realizing that Obama is not the Messiah. He cannot give them the cars, houses, nor jobs that he promised. Too bad more people could not have realized this during the campaign.

    July 30, 2009 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  20. sandy

    I still approve. I am amazed how people think. Did they think he was gonna get in there and fix everything in six months? I still approve of what he is doing everywhere in everything. He's a smart guy and it's gonna take time.

    July 30, 2009 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  21. LLM in MD

    THIS IS NOT THE OLYMPICS PEOPLE!! stop sitting back and judging President Obama as if this mess is easy to clean up!! Who cares what you crazy folks thinks!! Get a life and let our President clean up this country. Change is not easy and it does not feel goo BUT it is needed! Change is a comin' so buckle up and hold on tight.

    For the first time in history, a President is actually working, visiting and talking with the American people as opposed to vacationing every other day at Camp David or wherever else they feel like going OTHER than the white house.

    I'M SICK OF THIS MESS!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 30, 2009 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  22. GJ

    Well hopefully our Congress can still do the right thing. We shouldn't be concerned with short-term numbers and news cycles like the media and public often are. Any long-term perspective will tell you that not taking up healthcare reform now is incredibly stupid and fiscally dangerous for the country. How much longer are we gonna wait?

    July 30, 2009 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  23. Zero.

    Or!!!!!! As popular as any other Politician in Iran...

    July 30, 2009 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  24. LLM in MD

    NOW...slip on that!!!

    July 30, 2009 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  25. Jay T.

    He is losing Progressives, which poses a big problem for him. The man could cure cancer, create world peace, bring Michael Jackson back to life, and knock Bin Laden out in the second round of an UFC match and Republicans would still whine about him.

    July 30, 2009 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
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