August 6th, 2009
06:00 AM ET
5 years ago

CNN Poll: Obama approval drops 7 points over last 100 days

President Obama approaches 200 days in office
President Obama approaches 200 days in office

WASHINGTON (CNN) – As President Barack Obama approaches 200 days in the White House, a new national poll suggests his approval rating has dropped seven points since the 100-day mark in April. The CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Thursday morning also indicates that, while just one in five Americans say that the current economic conditions are good, the number who feel the economy is in very poor shape is dropping.

Fifty-six percent of those questioned in the poll approve of how Obama's handling his duties as president. Four in 10 disapprove. The 56 percent approval is down five points from June, and represents a drop of seven points from the president's showing in late April. The CNN/Opinion Research Corporation figures are in line with numbers from most other national polls out the past few weeks.

"Since April, Obama's rating has stayed steady among white women, but he has dropped 14 points among white men. A majority of white men supported him at the Hundred Day mark, but now most white men disapprove of how he is handling his job," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "Obama has also slipped among non-whites, but he still gets support from over 70 percent of that group."

The number one issue dominating the first six months of the Obama presidency has been, of course, the economy. According to the poll, 44 percent say that Obama's polices have so far made the economy better, with just of half of Americans saying they haven't had a positive effect.

"But another 11 percent say that Obama's policies will eventually improve the economy, which adds up to a majority who say his policies have helped or will help the economy," adds Holland.

One in five questioned say economic conditions are good, with 44 percent saying they are poor. Thirty-five percent feel that conditions are very poor shape, the lowest level since January of last year.

So who's getting blamed for the current economic conditions? The survey indicates that more than four in 10 are pointing fingers at Republicans, with around one in four blaming the Democrats and another one in four saying both parties are equally at fault.

"The bad news for the GOP is that they get twice as much blame as the Democrats," says Holland. "The good news for the GOP is that the number of Americans who blame them is now below 50 percent."

Nearly six in 10 feel that the president has tried to handle more issues than he should have, with three in ten saying no. Just over half questioned feel that the first six months of the Obama presidency have been a success, with 37 percent suggesting it's been a failure. That 51 percent figure is lower than the 56 percent who in the summer of 2001 labeled George W. Bush's first six months in the White House a success.

The poll also suggests that when it comes to the Obama presidency, it looks like the thrill is gone. The number of people who say they're thrilled with Barack Obama as president has fallen by about half since January. But the number who they're happy with him has remained steady.

The CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll was conducted 7/31-8/3, with 1,136 adult Americans questioned by telephone. The survey's sampling error is plus or minus three percentage points.

Click here to read the full results (.pdf)


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soundoff (185 Responses)
  1. Tom Paine

    In the next 7 days it will drop 100 points.

    August 6, 2009 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  2. Dee

    Since expectations were so high this is to be expected and is normal in a change of party election. Since the Republicans would say the sky is green if Obama said it was blue I don't think the numbers are bad. I often wonder if FDR had as much trouble with the naysayers when he was elected.

    August 6, 2009 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  3. lila

    Obama helped save my savings acount.
    say what you want about the bail-outs but they saved my family our nest egg. Not only mine, but millions and millions of Americans. Obama was smart in chosing the team he has in place. What i learned in the last 100 days is that main-street and wall-street are not nearly as far apart as I once thought. MSM (middle class America) have a large part of their savings in market accounts. I give the Obama team a B+ for the second 100 days.

    August 6, 2009 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  4. IndyVoter

    Since Nov. 5th 2008, the Republicans have been SET on opposing and criticizing the President. They planned on employing the "throw everything against the wall and see what sticks" strategy in the hopes of doing ONE thing...get seats back in Congress. They do not care about how their critical, power-hungry tactics affect average Americans. Pres. Obama has done more, and with integrity, than any President in my lifetime to help average Americans. And the Republicans have done nothing but block, criticize and offer no credible ideas. Unfortunately, fear and ignorance has once again prevailed in this health care debate. BUT, if you think that Democrats, especially women and minorities, are going to sit back and allow Republican crazy talk to bring the President down or lead to a one term Presidency, you are smoking crack. We will cry out with one thunderous voice, fill the streets and pour into the polling places to make sure that doesn't happen. Don't undersestimate Pres. Obama's base. WE WILL NOT BE DENIED!!

    August 6, 2009 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  5. T KS

    It's too bad half our country are idiots, bigots and racist rednecks. They can give Bush 8 years to run our country into the ground in a number of ways, but can't give Obama more then 7 months to clean up the mess without loosing patients. How unfortunate so many can't see the bigger picture. Yet again they are proving to the rest of the world what's not to like about Americans.

    August 6, 2009 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
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