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. Really

    This will always be the case with every President until we (Democrates and Republicans) come together on common ground. The country is deeply divided. Those who voted for him will be happy and those who did not will not. I personnally did not vote for the guy and he does not even come close to representing my values and beliefs.

    August 6, 2009 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  2. Joseph

    Who cares? Pres. Obama has over 3yrs to his presidency and need not worry about ratings. CNN should be the one worrying about ratings. CNN was the same channel questioning the legitimacy of Pres. Obama's birth certificate just to attract more Republicans and compete with Fox for ratings. For a tip CNN, please call the man President Obama not Obama. Stop selling yourself out for ratings! Get it?

    August 6, 2009 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  3. pat c

    i am not shocked over this with all the smears and angry republicans tripping out over this man. i love our president and will support whatever he thinks will help us as a nation. the republicans can not win on this type of behavior ,they have nothing to offer an the american public knows this.

    August 6, 2009 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  4. 60's survivor

    is this going to be like the stock market up and down. I'm giving Obama the benefit of the doubt. I well remember who he ran against and what he inherited. I know he has a team in his administration who know so much more than the average American. I know that the GOP is using fear tactics to cast as much doubt as possible on this president. I would vote again to Obama. we are said to be drinking koolaid which I take as a very derogatory statement. but I would say it beats the hogwash the other side is drinking.

    August 6, 2009 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  5. Damocles

    I'm not a genius by any stretch of the imagination, but even I know that you can't fix something as damaged as our economy is in a few months, let alone a few years. It took 6-8 years for this country to arrive in the state that it's currently in; we would have to suppose that it could take at least HALF that long to get us on the road back. Contrary to belief, I'm not the strongest Obama supporter, but I do believe that we cannot expect for everything to be fine and dandy within a few months of his presidency. People are being led to believe that all we have to do is push a few buttons, say a few speeches, and *poof* we're prosperous again!

    August 6, 2009 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  6. Julia from Fayetteville, NC

    The reason: He jumped on every cop in the USA. He can't pull that back. They are not stupid and do not do stupid things. They may run into circumstances where something might be done better, but dealing with people yelling, they react professionally not stupidly.

    August 6, 2009 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  7. Izzy

    Actually his approval rating is around 50% and his disapproval rating is about 45%, CNN will try and spin this the best they can, saying wow his approval only dropped 7 in the last 100 days, its actually dropped 13% since March.

    He is a failing president, and his policies are failing, he can continue to assert that Republicans are moblizing against him and the Pelosi Reid Nazi Triumverate (but in fact that is their job as the opposing party) if they dont like opposition and prefer totalitarian rule, then maybe they should all be forced to leave democracy to those of us who enjoy a differing view.

    As an independent, I am disappointed in this administration, and regret voting for it. I will not make the same mistakes twice. He is wrong on everything from the Economy to Health Care, and even worse on Foreign Policy.

    August 6, 2009 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  8. Peace

    "It looks like the thrill is gone". Can't people understand that campaigning and governing are quite two different things altogether!!!

    For me, he has done a very remarkable job so far in 200 days. It was like a driver, driving a broken car and almost to reach the last destination!

    August 6, 2009 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  9. Kevin

    President Obama is dong better than average job. I would give him an A- at this stage of the game. I like the fact he is tryiing to do what he promissed first. I wish the President success and I hope his policies strat to show even more signs that they will work, they will.

    However Mr. President the most important thing is Jobs, lowering energy cost, health care, and don't forget Jobs baby jobs. Keep pushing for health care.

    August 6, 2009 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  10. scooter

    This does not surprise me people are discovering what this guy is all about, They voted blindly in the primary and lost a great chance.

    August 6, 2009 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  11. Ray

    This is so sad because no President in the history of United States has ever been poll more than President Obama. The GALLUP Poll list below show the following Presidents and their disapproval ratings.

    Highest Five Disapproval rating in Gallup History

    President Dates of Gallup Poll % Disapproval Rating
    George W. Bush Apr 18-20, 2008 69
    Harry Truman Jan 6-11, 1952 67
    George W. Bush Apr 6-9, 2008 67
    Richard Nixon Aug 2-5, 1974 66
    George W. Bush Jul 6-8, 2007 66

    August 6, 2009 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  12. Alex

    The fact that President Obama's approval rating is slowly but surely dropping is a clear indicator the "love fest" is coming to an end. It is also apparent this President doesn't seem to realize he is spending our children and grandchildren's future into depths that will be difficult to recover from to say the least. I knew Obama was a liberal, but carefree and irresponsible spending is both unreasonable and immoral. Wake up Mr. President! You cannot and will not solve our nation's problems in one year.

    August 6, 2009 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  13. George

    No problem. He has a long way to go to be as low of a president or human being as George Bush. Barack is doing fine despite the republican party wishing he and America to fail.

    August 6, 2009 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  14. Mark of Saint Louis

    I guess Obama duped a lot of Americans in to voting for him. They didn't realize how radical he was going to be. His policies are wrong for America.

    August 6, 2009 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  15. Angus McDugan

    This is normal. He is doing an average job and his approval will be average compared to other presidents. No need to worry. Keep moving... Nothing to see here. But just to be consistent with my other posts, I don't approve of his policies of spending all my money.

    August 6, 2009 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  16. TangledThorns

    Mark my words, Obama will be a one termer. It's still 2009 and he is already shaping up to be less popular than Jimmy Carter.

    August 6, 2009 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  17. Jason

    I'll be thrilled about our president when he is 100% BLACK. Not 12%.

    Republicans and Democrats are the same party. The get up in front of the TV and argue about non-issues. Then they go play golf together. George Washington was not a Republican or Democrat. He said that a two party system would be the downfall of America.

    These numbers don't add up. I think you need to redo your math.

    Unemployment continues to rise. Our debt has skyrocketed. Obama is on a spending spree. No wonder, he isn't even an American! Thats what we get for not enforcing true transparency.

    August 6, 2009 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  18. AP

    For Mr Obama
    To praise too much,To move heaven and earth.But To be deceived in ones expectation..
    Ap

    August 6, 2009 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  19. Scott, Tucson

    Would appear that Jimmy Carter will not be the worst President ever after all.

    August 6, 2009 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  20. Jon

    No suprise here. Obama is not a savior, he is a politician, and not a very good one. People were stupid for treating him like a rock star to begin with.

    August 6, 2009 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  21. Tort Reform Is A Sham

    I still want him to not fail. The republicans believe in party over Country. As an ex army noncommissioned officer, I believe this argument is about one party being in power and the other one mad because they are not. Therefore, the republicans will never agree with CIC Obama and the democratic majority.

    One republican had the galls to tell me he is sure the rest of the military believes our CIC is incompetent. Obviously said by someone who never served.

    Country over party (notice I did not capitalize the latter)

    August 6, 2009 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  22. Ryan, Omaha

    It is going to drop even more if he continues to call Americans who are against his policies "angry mobs" and try to blow them off. How are people in loud, angry voices, asking how the federal government can be trusted with health care when medicare, medicaid, social security, and the post office are all bankrupt, inefficient, and have low customer satisfaction.

    Wake up and join the angry mob. I am not a member of the GOP, have not been asked to write this, and I am not making up my anger!

    August 6, 2009 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  23. Dixon

    Of course his approval ratings will go down. He is working to fix the problems our country has. Decisions need to be made that will not make everyone happy. He said that during and after his campaign. However, this is standard for the Republicans when they lose a race. Call for working across the isle, then only complain. They blamed Clinton for everything except the budget surplus for the entire eight years he was in office. Clinton was demonized and beat down daily. It didn’t work then and it won’t work this time. I wish some of these people concerned about the deficit would have been around when Cheny was passing out contracts and our tax money to his friends. The Republican party is the perfect example of "Me generation". In the end if you put 95% of the countries wealth in the hands of 5% of our population the economy will suffer.

    August 6, 2009 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  24. Cheikh Cherif

    It looks like that polsters are more focused on doing surveys on this president every day, let me say this, even if the president approval numbers slips to 50 % who cares he is still working hard to make this country once again The United States Of America some people are so caught up with these numbers that made them forgot that the next election wont be until another four years. wait until his mid term and do some polling then we can talk about accomplishments or troubles
    Lets talk about Congress and how they are helping the president with his agenda... and stop pounding on these useless poll numbers.

    August 6, 2009 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  25. Zion

    Gone Pres. Obama, you're still the man, and they're still afraid of you.

    August 6, 2009 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
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