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. J

    Did you think it was going to stay at the super highs that it was when he was elected?
    You know what all you Cable Entertainment Stations need PERSPECTIVE!!!

    August 6, 2009 07:39 am at 7:39 am |
  2. Aaron

    I think that it is too early to grade the president's performance. After all, he has been in office a little more than six months. The recession is coming to an end and by year's end, employment will pick up and unemployment will decline. Furthermore, health reform initiatives will be enacted into law before the end of this year. The appropriate time to grade President Obama's performance is the middle of January 2010.

    August 6, 2009 07:40 am at 7:40 am |
  3. Please, NO more republicans!

    The hatred directed at this President is unprecedented and unwarranted especially considering that Americans were tolerant of bush, the dictator and how he bankrupted and destroyed this country!

    August 6, 2009 07:40 am at 7:40 am |
  4. Thank You President Obama!

    Thank you President Obama for trying to fix this country the republicans destroyed.

    August 6, 2009 07:42 am at 7:42 am |
  5. Denna

    President Obama's approval rating has dropped 7 point in 100 days? So? And comparing it to Bush's rate? So. CNN asked 1,136 Americans a question and this qualifies as credible news on the President's work? Did you even ask the political affiliation of each person? Seriously, ask the same question to the same number of people by political affiliation and the answers would change the "results" of this poll. The only thing that's right about this is that the same people aren't real crazy about the Republicans. I'd say that the ups/downs of this poll are a wash. Next poll!

    August 6, 2009 07:42 am at 7:42 am |
  6. Michigan mom

    Considering the hatchet job being done on Obama and his policies by Hannity, Huckabee, Rush, and the extreme right, I'm actually surprised the positives are that high. Obama is being painted as the Devil Incarnate by these rich white guys who cannot abide a black man in the White House. The policies are WORKING...stocks are coming back, jobs are coming back, albeit slowly, and we are actually talking to other countries instead of bombing them.
    And why does Fox (and CNN) not bother to cover the abomination that is Blackwater?

    August 6, 2009 07:43 am at 7:43 am |
  7. William Dora

    Give the new President some credit for attempting to fix a multitude
    of problems inherited by simply becoming President. His Administration is working diligently to help this country make the turn
    to a positive stance. Instead of the daily critical comments, why does
    not those so-called leaders band together and generate some
    positive and workable solutions to the host of problems that were
    in place when the Obama Administration came onboard.

    Thanks for reading this.

    August 6, 2009 07:44 am at 7:44 am |
  8. Melissa

    Who are these people polling and how many are being polled? No one called me. So 700 people speaks for all of AMERICA. Give me a break.

    August 6, 2009 07:44 am at 7:44 am |
  9. J.S.

    His poll numbers will most likely continue to drop-to compare concerned American citizens attending town hall meetings and protesting his healthcare bill to angry mobs is insulting to the American taxpayer. The DNC most likely has opened Pandora's box with that ad A concerned Democrat.

    August 6, 2009 07:47 am at 7:47 am |
  10. howie

    Should anyone be surprised. I am surprised it is only 7 points. I predict it will be 12 points by the end of August.

    August 6, 2009 07:51 am at 7:51 am |
  11. democrat no mas

    He'll be as hated as LBJ was when everyone figures out what he's done to the future of our country.

    August 6, 2009 07:51 am at 7:51 am |
  12. riceroni

    Only the wingnuts must've participated in this poll. I for one and many more agree that he's a doing a fabulous job in lieu of the obstructionist party (a.k.a. republican) doing their best to be barricades in the road or progress.

    August 6, 2009 07:53 am at 7:53 am |
  13. Sue

    I have an idea. Let's act ore like Republicans. During the last corrupt administration (when Bush was spending well more on his WAR and not bothering to list it as a budget item) we wanted accountability and impeachment, we were called traitors and unAmerican for not following Bush blindly off a cliff while he tortured, killed, spied, and robbed for his oil buddies. Now we have a guy who cares about AMERICANS, and he is being called all sorts of names and threatened with impeachment. Maybe Dems should take a page from their playbook and start calling these pharma-paid protesters traitors. But we won't because unlike them, we DO believe in free speech. It's sad that they thought the trillions wasted in Iraq were OK, but money to be spent here at home is bad.

    August 6, 2009 07:54 am at 7:54 am |
  14. Joyce

    Why is it so hard for people to learn to be patient. This mess didn't get here overnight. President Obama can't clean it up overnight.

    August 6, 2009 08:03 am at 8:03 am |
  15. Linda from Minnesota

    We are a nation of instant gratification and we want everything NOW. Give this man time, he will get the job done. If in four years, if he has not delivered, then vote him out of office but until then, support your president and give him a chance to deliver.

    August 6, 2009 08:04 am at 8:04 am |
  16. Robert

    People are obviously blind. If they can't see the economy turning, they should take a class or something. Jobs are always last to recover after a recession and lets not forget how we got here.

    August 6, 2009 08:07 am at 8:07 am |
  17. DiBiase/Bad Newz, VA

    The president's approval ratings are irrelevant at this point. Poll me once he's been in office for a year or two. For the things that he's tackling, his approval rating is still high in my book.

    August 6, 2009 08:09 am at 8:09 am |
  18. Libertarian

    Why is everyone yelling about the Stimulus spending on AMERICAN's?? Aren't we still spending billions to help rebuild Iraq? Why shouldn't we move that money home to rebuild AMERICA!?!? Iraq is sitting on billions in oil revenue!

    August 6, 2009 08:09 am at 8:09 am |
  19. Obama only creates TAXES

    It will drop more when people realize that our elected officials will be spending our tax dollars on jets to transport their taxing butts around the country at tax payers expense while 10% of the people are out of work.

    Obama is the TAX KING and will TAX ALL or FINE ALL,

    August 6, 2009 08:10 am at 8:10 am |
  20. stormerF

    Only 7 points,wait till the American Tax Payer gets a good look at Obama's health care bill?..Obama says the bill will do this and will not do that,but Obama has not read it,it is not in final draft and has already had 100 changes...How can the Democrats defend it when they don't even know what's in it?If it is such a good bill what did congress exempt themselves and their families from being forced to use it?
    People or sheeple need to stop saying yea, just for the time it takes to look at the issues,and their consequences,before they vote for or against Obama's approval.

    August 6, 2009 08:13 am at 8:13 am |
  21. kim

    He has been in office 7 months. I guess people thought they were voting for a super hero. Wake up people, he isnt one of the Super Friends okay. He is just a man, a regualr man with high hopes and a wonderful vision for this country. I trust him to do whats best for our country. I am in full support of my president

    August 6, 2009 08:14 am at 8:14 am |
  22. Robert

    I support most of Obama's agendas. However, I believe he is spitting into the wind. He seems to be under the mistaken belief that all our problems can be whisked away with a quality TelePrompTer, and extraordinary oratory. That is all well and good in campaigns, but is woefully insufficient in governing. He is out to save America and the world - hurriedly.. But so far he has been splattering too much stuff on the side of the barn, in hopes that something will stick. He could learn to delegate to other administration officials. Unfortunately, Hillary Clinton is the only member of his cabinet with the necessary gravitas, intelligence, experience, skills, toughness, and abilities.

    August 6, 2009 08:16 am at 8:16 am |
  23. Terry from Texas

    I would say that the minds of a full 25% of our population are blown like grass by the slightest breeze. If you supported Obama six months ago, nothing has happened that should have changed your mind. It's like the war in Iraq. In the beginning, almost all of us supported the invasion. Now, you can't find anybody who will admit to supporting it in the first place.

    This is democracy's greatest problem: half of the voters have a below average IQ.

    August 6, 2009 08:17 am at 8:17 am |
  24. you are doing good work

    the polls are just someone's attempt

    they can be useful but do not tell much of a story

    you are taking the country in the correct direction, nice work Mr. Pres

    August 6, 2009 08:18 am at 8:18 am |
  25. katiec

    Of course his numbers have dropped.
    With all the swiftboating, lies, distortions, hypocrasy being put out
    the republcan party how could it not?
    Considering all the diasters that have faced our president, the
    media's constant negativity towards him and their constant
    support of the GOP, am surprised they are as high as they are.
    What they do not realize is the intelligence of the American people.
    We can see through all the phoniness, their desire for big business
    to continue to run our country and are aware of their goal to
    destroy our president, and in the process, our country and us.
    They are becoming our countries most dangerous domestic
    terrorists, with the blessing of CNN and others.

    August 6, 2009 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
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