August 6th, 2009
06:00 AM ET
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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. Barbara Betzger

    The "Haters" are in full force and well organized to defeat any meaningful change in Washington. They forget we are on to them now. We are the ones who put President Obama into office. We have already lived through the insurance companies, doctors and pharmaceutical companies and other special interest groups with their absolutely untrue rhetoric to defeat health care reform in the past. They love the status quo and their millions in profits and though they talk reform we know that will fight to the end to keep everything the same. We are watching the congress to see who are they really representing, the special interest groups, or the middle class who winds up paying for everthing. Keep playing your games. See you at election time.

    August 6, 2009 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  2. Joy Munro

    It is unfortunate that the news relys on Public Polls done with approx 1,000 people to measure such important success of a President.

    It is also unfortunate that many folks don't have a clue on how our governement is runned or how rediculous Pres Obama's idea on a Governement sponsored Health Care plan is.

    Have any of these polled ever tried to reach a Government Agency for anything?? How easy is this process?

    The Plan needs to introduce that all States become "Guaranteed Issue States" like NJ, NY Vermont and NCarolina and maybe a few more, this is the big problem why not discuss the real problems?
    Then maybe we can begin to see change.

    August 6, 2009 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  3. Sam Sixpack

    Why should his approval drop?

    Our system is set up to make sure we elect the best lying weasel and he's as good a lying weasel as any.

    Fickle Americans.

    August 6, 2009 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  4. William Spivey

    Less we forget, it took God 7 days. Why do some idiots think that Pres Obama can do it overnight? It took the Republicans 8 years to destroy our world, let the Pres have his time.

    August 6, 2009 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  5. Jeff Brown

    Doesn't matter...he is STILL the best President in my lifetime!

    August 6, 2009 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  6. Tyler

    The Gates fiasco is the reason for the big drop, plus Obama really hasn't done anything useful but spend more money

    August 6, 2009 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  7. Florida Democrat

    He simply wasn't ready yet. Should have been Hillary Clinton. Obama had more to learn before climbing to the top of the ladder.

    August 6, 2009 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  8. Simmy

    Fair Weather Supporters, Blue Dogs Rising, and the Gangsta Obstructionist Party are to blame.....There is nothing 'Grand' about them any more......I can't understand what's keeping Gen. Colin Powell and the other 10 'true Republicans' from jumping ship....Their party has lost all credibility.....And the character flaws being exhibited via mobster-hyena-hysteria (invasions of townhall meetings) will soon cause an implosion.....Insanity has gained a strong hold on the Thuglicans......Let US pray.....

    August 6, 2009 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  9. Gerald

    Its a bird , Its a plane, Its Obamas approval rating in a death spiral.
    Signed
    Right Wing Extremist

    August 6, 2009 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  10. Pat in Omaha

    It's been 200 days...why hasn't he fixed everything? What's he been doing? I was expecting my retirement fund to be back to it's full worth and the healthcare system to be fixed and the job market booming and my house to be worth at least twice what it was and the environment all greened up, and other nations all respecting us again, and schools to be institutions of higher learning, and violence on the streets to be a thing of the past and all our brave military men and women to be home with their families and all diseases to be cured and gas prices to dip below a dollar a gallon and alternative fuel to be running 95% of the country's needs and the Republicans to be praising the Democrats and the tree in my back yard to be growing $100 dollar bills, and my house to be self-cleaning, and all children to play nicely with each other and.......What's he been doing? Lazy man!

    GEEZ!!! Wait at least a more hours before judging him! There are still a few more days of the week!!

    August 6, 2009 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  11. big papa

    All of these polls and report cards on President Obama signify ONE thing...

    ...the corporate owned media's desperate attempts to bring down this President and presidency...

    ...Why don't we have report cards on how the of CITIZENS America are performing...

    Here's MY REPORT CARD:

    Conservatives = F- (too stupid, hate government, diversity and democracy)

    Progressive Liberals = F (refuse to fight en masse to destroy their treasonous conservative enemies )

    Independents = F– (too wishy washy, conservative lite)

    Poor/Disenfranchised/ Disinterested = F-- (won't rise up against their oppressors)

    This country is bassackwards: GWB and Dick Cheney (two of the world's WORST criminals) living it up in their strongholds in redneck ,TREASONOUS Texas and Wyoming...

    ...while President Barack Obama (attempting to clean up Bush-Cheney crap) is being vilified...

    ...go figure...

    America needs a makeover!

    August 6, 2009 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  12. Obama=Trickle up poverty

    Obama made promises he knew he couldn't possibly keep and yet millions of people fell for it and believed this man was some sort of super hero. The media played a huge part in getting this unqualified community organizer elected, wonder how sorry they are that they threw Hillary under the bus in favor of this disaster in chief who is on the fast track to bankrupting this country..................Nice job!

    August 6, 2009 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  13. Pete

    Of course his approval is dropping. With all the howling jackals blasting everything he says and does, some of our fellow Americans that are too dumb and lazy to research anything, will start thinking that Obama is making huge mistakes. The American people have proven that they will listen to the voices that scream the loudest and the longest, not to the ones that make senses or speak the truth. We get caught up in emotions and refuse to use logic or common sense. That's why we continue to get bums in Washington that spend all their time just trying to get re-elected and sucking up as much coroporate lobby money as possible.

    August 6, 2009 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  14. Ronald Paul

    The US was already too far gone from the Bush years to be saved, I'm just grateful that we have someone cool and calm like Obama to gently guide the Titanic into an iceberg, rather that crazy old hot-head John McCain. The biggest fallacy of the 2-party system is the idea that if things aren't going well, then that means the "other" guy should've been elected. The only candidate who might possibly have been better than Obama is Ron Paul, the only true conservative in the Republican party.

    August 6, 2009 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  15. Pete

    Of course his approval is dropping. With all the howling jackals blasting everything he says and does, some of our fellow Americans that are too dumb and lazy to research anything, will start thinking that Obama is making huge mistakes. The American people have proven that they will listen to the voices that scream the loudest and the longest, not to the ones that make sense or speak the truth. We get caught up in emotions and refuse to use logic or common sense. That's why we continue to get bums in Washington that spend all their time just trying to get re-elected and sucking up as much coroporate lobby money as possible.

    August 6, 2009 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  16. Mark Cross Junction VA

    It didn't take long to show his true communist/socialist ideas. Time now to seek impeachment!

    August 6, 2009 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  17. donttreadonme

    In another poll, Overall, 49% of voters say they at least somewhat approve of the President's performance. Fifty-one percent (51%) disapprove.

    When you attack your citizens and call them a mob your ratings will fall even further.

    August 6, 2009 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  18. For44

    Obama is doing a great job in these tough times.

    August 6, 2009 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  19. Jeff, Huntington Beach, CA

    It looks like the fake and fraud of the corporate agenda and its lacky's, (tea baggers, birthers, ignorant stooges who shout down healthcare reform) is slowly taking it's toll while the rich and powerful laugh their way to the bank. All of these "grass root movements" are being orchestrated by the rich, powerful, and well connected, one of them being the richest privately owned oil company. Throw in the insurance and financial industries and you have the most corrupt group of miscreants to walk the face of the Earth. These are the people who prospered during the Bush Administration and Republican rule of Congress with its reign of hypocrisy and lies. These are the same people who spout their drivel "God Bless America" while perpetrating every evil and sacrificing others in stark contrast to the will of the God they claim to believe in.

    It is all nothing but a sick joke, corrupt and hypocritical to the core. Many in our society are simple minded fools who will follow the "spin" right over a cliff, trying to take the rational among us with them.

    And there lies the problem...

    August 6, 2009 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  20. J.P.

    It'll drop another 6 points just over the Congressional August recess.

    August 6, 2009 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  21. Annie

    Of course it's going to drop initially. The USA is now inundated with the MTV generation who have 15 minute attention spans and want immediate gratification. The economy doesn't work like that. It's a massive monster that takes months or even years to correct, and there are 8 years of bad management that Obama has to correct. The economy isn't going to turn around overnight. It's going to take a while. Once the economy turns around, and it will turn around, and we can focus on other things, then the approval rating will go up. That's just how it works.

    August 6, 2009 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  22. Dave

    This is a normal thing. The polling is comparable to any other president 200 days in. You have the honeymoon period after the swearing in and then things cool down. Obama's ratings are still pretty good for a president who's having to deal with the country in the state he inherited it. I guess with 24 hours to fill with news, the media has to make even the mundane seem noteworthy now.

    August 6, 2009 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  23. tate

    Funny how CNN gives the percentage on good news but on the bad you the 56% who think this community agitator is doing a poor job on economy, you dont mention it.

    August 6, 2009 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  24. Matt D

    How can you believe a poll where 20 percent of the people say that the economy is currently "good"?

    August 6, 2009 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  25. Doug Neumann

    People are realizing that you can't fix the economy and all the world's troubles with just "hope". Obama is alot of talk, he said all the right things during his campaign and he still says what people want to hear now. But then he doesn't do anything to fix the problems. His heallthcare plan is a disaster, and gives free health care to illegal immigrants, among its other issues. His stimulus packages have not helped, and government takeover of GM wasn't exactly a success, either.

    Also, Clinton, Sotomeyer and Benjamin certainly didn't win him any votes with white men, as that's 3 of his major appointments that all went to women – a white woman, a black woman, and a hispanic woman. Many feel that other candidates weren't even considered for these positions.

    August 6, 2009 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
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