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. carlo

    His approval is the average percentage for most Presidents, even higher than others. He's not going anywhere, get over it CNN.

    August 6, 2009 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  2. JS

    Is anyone surprised. He is way above his head and doesn't see it. All I see is tax and spend our money it's not their money so why not spend our money.

    When will the people start having a government by the people and for the people. I haven't been asked my view on anything he is doing but I can tell you I still think he is way over his head.

    August 6, 2009 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  3. TCM

    And....that's 7 pts from his support base; not the GOP. However, as usual, Keating Holland's data is constantly liberally biased towards favoring Obama. The true numbers, judging from people's reaction to the healthcare bill will be much higher for disapproval.

    August 6, 2009 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  4. Paul C.

    I am continually amazed at the ability of the Republican party to organize their rabid base and oppose anything the Democrats try to do.
    They are able to don a holier than thou position, never mind that it is usually 100% hypocritical, with a straight face. When called on it they become the victim and very effectively outshout everyone until the issue goes away.
    They rant against government socialism but I would venture to say many of the ranters get a monthly check from Social Security and their bills are paid by Medicare or Medicaid.
    If I had the power I would refund their contributions to Medicare and Social Security, remove them from the programs and bid them good luck in their independence.

    August 6, 2009 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  5. jfs Memhis, Tn

    How many times do you all have to keep going over this poll???? This is the 6th time you have reintroduced this same poll.....over and over....like a broken record. This thing is getting as old as you and your REPUBLICAN bias on health care. Fact is HE IS A POPULAR PRESIDENT. He is accomplishing what he said he would do......he ran on health care as one of the items on his platform. He won the election by a HUGE margin with health care as one of the main reason. WE WILL GET HEALTH CARE, regardless of the spin you and the GOP make of it. FACT IS: it is better to be unemployed with health care for you and your family than with none. FaCT IS: The trillions spent in Iraq could easily paid for health care for the next 10-15 years and ALL Americans would have something to show for it.......plus all of the American lives that would have been spared. This 60 year old MODERATE is waiting for some ligit news for a change. How about a list of all the folks in Politics who have been invoved in hypicritical sex scandels and NOT been good Christians or of any Religious denomination and NOT RESIGNED. Why don't you do a POLL like that???

    August 6, 2009 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  6. Randy - Denver

    A drop in popularity is to be expected, after all he is takign on the subjects that most politicians have been afraid to touch because there is such diverse opinions on them. This shows me he is doing his job, it also shows that there is a percentage of the population that will disagree with ANYTHING he proposes (see the birthers who, dispite positive evidence insist they know he is not an American), a percentage who will agree with anything he says and a middle group which, unfortunately, is easily swayed by the lies... err spin put out by the Political Parties and do not bother to actually do any real research (and watch Lou Dobbs, MSNBC, and Fox News is NOT research), and then a REAL small percentage who actually look into the details of his plans and either support them or not based on their research. Unfortunately the last group is the smallest but also the one that most believe they fall into!

    August 6, 2009 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  7. Torch

    The utter idea that Obama has over a 50% approval rating has got to be a bold faced lie.

    What part of "America is now realizing a huge mistake it's made and realized they have been conned" do you not understand?

    "They said he was inexperienced........uhhhh yeah.....duh"

    "Socialist? me a Socialist?"

    "All I know is, if you have a problem, tax, tax tax and create a new govt. program, that will fix it" And they claim he's so smart, that's all the man knows how to do.

    over 50% what a lie

    August 6, 2009 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  8. andrew

    Didn't this say 10 points an hour ago?

    August 6, 2009 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  9. Me

    Are the American people wising up? Nah, probably not. They're probably just upset that he's not giving them all the free stuff he promised. Greedy, ignorant Americans.

    August 6, 2009 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  10. OrlandoGuy

    The best thing for President Obama is that he still sports a very strong 56% approval rating in the midst of a deep recession that has finally shown signs of ending. He also has this high rating (higher than he got on election day) in the midst of the toughest battles legislatively he will likely face in his four year term....healthcare reform and climate change.

    Basically he can look forward to strong ratings if/when the economy starts to recover and if healthcare passes. One figure to pay attention to is the favorable rating which I view as his high level for approval....basically if his policies were more popular or were working then he would likely be at 64% job approval. His approval lags his favorability because some of his policies on the econmy and healthcare are less popular.

    August 6, 2009 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  11. JJ

    I never thought I would see in my life time a Government take over of Industry in our beloved USA.........it is a sad day for all Americans. I am totally disappointed in this President of all Presidents, words can't express my feelings at this time.

    August 6, 2009 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  12. xavier

    The fluctuation on Obama's numbers is because he is actually trying to fix things and get things done unlike the bum we had in iffice for the last 8 years. Once healthcare is done his numbers will go up. Its refreshing to see a president that is actually willing to tackle divisive issues that must be faced and dealt with rather than play it safe.

    August 6, 2009 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  13. Lynne

    CNN has an obsession with polling the President and once again FAILS to release the breakdown of the political affiliation of the people called. Does the breakdown reflect the country's present affiliation of the country re Democrat, Republican and Independent.This makes the poll as useless as is the "report card'.

    I would go with the 11% who said it was too early to tell.

    Again cherry picked as further into the poll, the President receives an overall approval rating of 64%

    Where is the polling on how the Republicans have been doing for the past 200 days ?? What happened to fair and balanced?

    August 6, 2009 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  14. Rob

    As a Gay man, Obama lost my support when he turned his back on me and failed to deliver on promises made. Mainly, Don't Ask Don't Tell. I now give him a thumbs down.

    August 6, 2009 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  15. Marcus, Great Lakes IL

    I don't understand why everyone is talking about socialism. American capitalism has had such a stellar record lately. In the 1990s, Wall Street invested heavily in Congress to change regulations. They then played fast and loose with our money and lost trillions of our dollars. After the crash, the government had to prop them up with trillions more of our dollars. Now they are investing in Congress again to make sure that the regulations don't get fixed. Our capitalistic health-care system increases in cost about 20 percent every year. Soon it will constitute one-fifth of our gross national product. Why would anyone want to change that?

    August 6, 2009 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  16. J.C.

    The economy is closely tied to our health care. The health care reform is critical to us and our country. IF a public option is included in the reform, President Obama gets my A. IF the health care reform is nothing but a public plan, President Obama gets my A+.

    August 6, 2009 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  17. Heather

    200 down 1260 to go. I pray for this country......

    August 6, 2009 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  18. JayG

    Dont worry soon enough he will be at alltime lows again. The American people will see exactly what type of person they elected, Obamamania is still going strong right now and yet his ratings keep dropping. Just wait until the impatience of the American people catches up to him, then we will see how popular Obama is. Have fun with your 1 term Mr. President.

    August 6, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  19. Rhonda

    His approval will continue to drop at the same rate his spending deficits go up.

    August 6, 2009 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  20. cramit

    He lies and the people know it.

    August 6, 2009 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  21. Mississippi Mike

    Weeeeeeee. Watch his numbers slide. If the housing market was in a bubble, so was Obama's popularity. A lot of people who voted for him are openly wondering whether he is trying to sabotage our country. That's a pretty big decline in faith.

    August 6, 2009 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  22. conversefive

    I don't understand why CNN's polls always include "an oversampling of African-Americans." Can anyone explain that to me?

    August 6, 2009 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  23. Snifitt the mooch

    That's what lying repeatedly, changing to socialism, and making racial comments will do for ya.

    August 6, 2009 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  24. jaye

    The republican party has turned into the nazi party in more ways than one.
    They would rather vote for a war based on lies than for healthcare.
    They're a horrible bunch of people.

    August 6, 2009 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  25. bam

    56% wins elections, especially when the rival is at 32%.

    August 6, 2009 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
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