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. Overseas

    You American People are the most impatient people EVER.....Any country would love to have Obama as their President!

    August 6, 2009 06:15 am at 6:15 am |
  2. Legna

    Better stop the blame game and do something about all the empty windows, closed stores,and closed businesses...People are not stupid they see the economy is NOT improving. Giving money to wasteful ideas is NOT going to work...Printing more money doesn't work either. Arrogant congressional members won't help either. Wether a Republican, Democrat, independent,or other only vote for fiscally concervative folks ....they will b our only chance....This House & Senate are filled with deceitful, babbling, IDIOTS, and led by them to...Leaders to nowhere!!!!!!

    August 6, 2009 06:17 am at 6:17 am |
  3. independent Jim

    The Presidebt's ratings slump – that's what happens when you actually have to start making decisions.

    August 6, 2009 06:18 am at 6:18 am |
  4. KirksNoseHair

    This is really fairly meaningless, especially when you consider that we re-elected George W. Bush while his approval ratings were in the low to mid 40's.

    August 6, 2009 06:19 am at 6:19 am |
  5. Michael, Gallatin, TN

    The Republican leadership, wacko talk radio, and and Christian fundamentalist radicals like Huckabee are very good at stirring up hate so it's not surprising that Obama's ratings are showing the effect. That's what they do. Most people see through their policies of nay-saying and obstructionism and will continue to do so. The Democrats have become too complacent and passive in dealing with these folks in my opinion. History has show we own the streets and are masters at manipulating the media when we choose to. Why we've sit idly by and allowed the GOP and people like Rush Limbaugh to rule is beyond me. In this economy with tuitiojns rising, kids unable to find work, young couples loosing their just bought new homes, and only darker clouds on the horizon, I'd think we'd have a legion of staffers assigned to make sure every GOP negative statement is met with an out pouring of constituent outrage.

    August 6, 2009 06:20 am at 6:20 am |
  6. D. Tree

    He said during the campaign that some of the things that need to be done will "note be easy," and "will be unpopular at times."

    He was honest to us, and continues to be honest with us.

    We The People need to be honest with ourselves about the hard work and sometimes unpopular things that need to be done in order to change Washington and bring our Economy back.

    August 6, 2009 06:28 am at 6:28 am |
  7. Detroit Larry

    There are silly people in our country who still listen to the republican talking points!

    August 6, 2009 06:32 am at 6:32 am |
  8. Larry

    No surprise here. Given the president's stumble on the Gates issue, and the Republicans campaign to make race a wedge issue (see Buchannan and other GOP strategists), the numbers were going to fall. It is a dangerous combination. But the Repubs are all about Repubs and not about working to solve the nation's woes that they so deftly created.

    August 6, 2009 06:50 am at 6:50 am |
  9. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Most people are only looking at the short run. This isn't a surprise because most people don't remember the phrase that it is always darkest before the dawn. This recession caused by several things including lack of oversight by the Bush administration (with the business can do no wrong policy) will take a while to get out of. From all that I have heard, employment is a lagging indicator of us getting out of this recession.

    August 6, 2009 07:00 am at 7:00 am |
  10. Annie

    ugh, enough with the polls already. Give him a chance for crying out loud. These polls are getting so annoying! Why don't you spend some time writing on real news, not these polls that no one gives a darn about. I dont know anyone that has ever been questioned in your so called Polling.

    August 6, 2009 07:02 am at 7:02 am |
  11. B.

    Mr. Obama should be impeached before he destroys the American we all know and love. I cannot understand why people are just standing around watching him take away our freedoms one by one, pass legislation that has hidden agenda's in them he want's no one to read, but want's them to pass, taking control over aspects of this countries banking, automotive, and many other industries. Obama has one thing in mind...A TOTAL TAKE OVER OF AMERICA. Obama is a dangerous man. But we must remember what America stands for...WE THE PEOPLE!! If we don't protect our freedoms from the likes of him, we will lost our freedoms by the likes of him and those like him. It's kinda funny don't you think, that he is strong arming people to pass this healthcare reform, but the people in the house and senate won't have to be bound by what's in the healthcare proposal. Hmmm. Is anyone awake yet????
    By the way, I noticed that you don't post any comments until you deem they are appropriate, does that mean anyone that does not think like you?? Seems anyone that does not think like Mr. Obama is silenced one way or the other. What happens to the free speach you guys keep talking about, is that just for our enemies????

    August 6, 2009 07:06 am at 7:06 am |
  12. m jeff

    Who cares about idiot polls, we want health care reform NOW!!!!!!!!!

    August 6, 2009 07:11 am at 7:11 am |
  13. Willy Brown

    Not a surprise at all. All his campaign rhetoric is just that campaign bunk. He has not clue because he’s never worked a real job in his life. The questions is; How long will the Obama loving media keep making this guy out to be something he’s not?

    August 6, 2009 07:18 am at 7:18 am |
  14. joanne

    just look at the load he republicans dumped on him 2 days before he was president. g w bush and hank paulson said they needed 7 trillion dollars put to their disposal within 24 hours to cover up their mistakes and costly management. along with 2 major wars for oil. HE IS DOING JUST FINE in my opinion.

    August 6, 2009 07:19 am at 7:19 am |
  15. Deb

    CNN - these polls have got to stop. Yes, the President will not be so popular for the his first full term of office. There will be times (like now) where debated issues will impact the President's favorability. However, these nonsensical polls that for some reason I have yet to be a part of (I live in NYC do we not count?) are tiresome. Day in and day out the President's favorability is questioned. Let us focus on the President's agenda and in fairness all of the issues that he inherited that were due yesterday. I feel that though no one is perfect, President Obama has yet to disappoint me.

    Also, how could he unite the country when you have FOX News maligning him personally at every turn. You have jerks such as Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, Hannity, Dick Morris, Karl Rove and many others. FOX News promotes hatred and as a minority, that is a scary, scary reality.

    August 6, 2009 07:25 am at 7:25 am |
  16. Welcome to The BoBo Show

    Good Morning Comrades....This is great news, please dont report me to the white House Snitch sight.

    August 6, 2009 07:26 am at 7:26 am |
  17. Dom

    Stop writting biased articles.... The ecomomy is not getting better and the rising unemployment rate confirms this... "44% say his policies have a positive effect and just half of Americans say its getting worse".. Take your poles in Long Island and see how they come back

    August 6, 2009 07:32 am at 7:32 am |
  18. Buddy Gilmour

    It looks like he's stabilized the economy, and the stock market is up, so in my book he's doing great. He's also handled Iran and North Korea with the right amount of restraint, is getting us out of Iraq, and is fighting terrorists threatening to take over in Afghanistan. I give him an "A".

    August 6, 2009 07:33 am at 7:33 am |
  19. DH

    I feel Obama has done great! onsidering his own party memebers are not trying to help him at all. Lets fire the congress & the others since they are not ready to help make america great once again! Obama is on the right path if he had others trying as hard to make america better as he is.

    August 6, 2009 07:34 am at 7:34 am |
  20. Dr. Lily Corsello

    We have to be thankful for a president who has thought about and advocated for the average American person instead of for himself and his own personal agenda in the first 200 days in office. He has attempted to turn the economy around, help the auto industry, the housing market and financial markets, and spearhead much-needed healthcare reform. Wow! We need to continue to back President Obama as he attempts to turn America back into the great, prosperous, and decent country it once was.

    August 6, 2009 07:35 am at 7:35 am |
  21. Wayne Scott

    God forbid. Easy... easy.. easy. This is what they left us... What do you expect? Give him some time.

    August 6, 2009 07:36 am at 7:36 am |
  22. No More Incumbents

    Wait till his tax hikes kick in. A one term experiment.

    August 6, 2009 07:36 am at 7:36 am |
  23. Larry

    Didn't we cover this poll several days ago?

    August 6, 2009 07:37 am at 7:37 am |
  24. Candy West Virginia

    What did the republicans do for this country except bankrupt and destroy it on so many levels the last 8 years?

    August 6, 2009 07:37 am at 7:37 am |
  25. Enlightened Voter

    President Obama has done more for this country and Americans in the last 200 days than the rethuglicans did the last 8 years.

    August 6, 2009 07:38 am at 7:38 am |
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