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. Julia Bolivier

    Obama's ascendancy to the presidency is even worse than Jimmy Carter's. Both men are empty suits, full of pretty words and nothing more.

    August 6, 2009 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  2. Pat F

    Free-Falling....

    Sign that health care reform bill, Barry, and you won't recognize your polling numbers. Better start house-hunting, Obamessiah!

    August 6, 2009 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  3. Butch/Good News, MA

    Spin. Spin. Spin.

    These comments ought to be good. Let's see how many comments of "Polls Lie"; "Republicans just hate America"; "Who cares about the polls"; and "Nobody polled me" we get today.

    August 6, 2009 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  4. jaye

    Your polls are stupid.
    Who are you polling??? Republicans? LOL

    Just keep on reporting stories based on your opinions instead of what Obama really says and his numbers will drop even more.
    Is CNN trying to destroy his presidency????
    What gives, CNN? Why not stick to facts instead of opinions.

    August 6, 2009 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  5. Rob Johnson

    I'm not happy with everything he has done, but I still support Obama.

    My first impression of Obama was a thoughtful, intelligent, articulate person who genuinely cares about his country and wants to do the right thing,

    None of his mistakes, and he has made some, have changed my mind on that basic assessment. He is easily my favorite President of my lifetime.

    August 6, 2009 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  6. doug

    Gee this is surprising. BoBo's numbers should be at an all time low shortly. When all the incumbents are voted an absolute statue...just sitting there taking up space while the new congress has to correct and reverse all the DAMAGE this stooge has already done!! In just 16 days!!!

    August 6, 2009 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  7. Bertina

    I'm beginning to have serious doubts about this polling that is so important to CNN. And no, I don't trust so called "independent" pollsters anymore than I trust those "outraged" town hall meeting attendants.

    August 6, 2009 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  8. Predicta

    Is anyone surprised by this? Stimulus that isn't stimulating. Spending out of control. Health care reform that anyone with health insurance doesn't want any part of. Cap and Trade that does nothing for the environment without China and India participating. More deaths in Afganistan than ever before. Wait until Americans are asked to pay for this next year. His numbers will plummet.

    August 6, 2009 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  9. phoenix86

    The adminstration says the "incline is not as steep", that's because employment and the economy are on the DECLINE.

    August 6, 2009 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  10. bill meade

    Im sorry "just " 50 % of Americans say his economic policies will not help the economy. That one word"just" shows the slant here.

    Please report it for what it is (give the percentages and tell us if that is up or down from the last polling.) We are smart enought to make our own conclusion.

    If the polls were better, we would be seeing documentaries , life stories, with title like "Barack Obama, the best ever?"

    Keep up the opposition folks, reclaim your common sense and your largely conservative/moderate leanings. Rejecting extremism and socialism is not an embrace of Republicans, but it is an embrace of protecting the core of this remarkable country.

    August 6, 2009 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  11. Aunt Bea and Opie

    Much of this disapprovel is from people like us that dont want any compromise and want single payer only and nothing less.We dont care what the industry thinks,they have been robbing people for years.We have this to say for the GOP and bluedogs too,G.F.Uselves.

    August 6, 2009 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  12. AZ SENIOR

    Considering the constant barrage of negativity from the conservatives, seven points is not bad at all.

    August 6, 2009 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  13. Enough

    And the land slide losses to his approval rating will keep on coming as people realize they were sucker punched by this inexperienced Liberal over spender who wants to destroy this country with his social agenda that we DON'T want!

    August 6, 2009 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  14. MLH

    You are doing great, Mr. President. I look forward to the next 100 days with you at the helm.

    August 6, 2009 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  15. Bob in Pa

    I think it's a little more than 7 points.

    August 6, 2009 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  16. Julia Bolivier

    Obama and his cronies are wrong to espouse policies to tax/tax/tax and spend/spend/spend money the US doesn't have. They just can't even think along the lines of decreasing spending. What fools - typical democrats.

    August 6, 2009 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  17. Lolly, CO

    The questions are loaded ...

    Do you approve of the Presidents policies? No.
    Ok how about, do you think these difficult steps are necessary? Yes

    Do you think the President has affected the economy? No
    Ok then Do you think the President will affect the economy? Yes

    All these polls tell me is people don't like to do this stuff. Just like no one wants to pull an all nighter for a test or work 18 hrs a day to get your product out the door ot combine your fields for 3 dsys w/out sleep. It stinks but you gotta do what you gotta do.

    August 6, 2009 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  18. Allelujah

    He still is the best President we ever had. I feel so happy he is in charge.

    August 6, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  19. Obama is not my Hero

    What kind of freaking survey is this!?! Obama is the president and the Demon-crats have controlled the house and senate for some time now, so how is it the Republicans fault!?! CNN is so biased!!

    August 6, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  20. Mike

    Polls are polls, the fact that this approval rating changed so much shows how easily swayed voters are. These numbers do not always reflect the reality of how the president is doing his job.

    August 6, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  21. lynn in NM

    No surprise there, with what he is trying to cram down our throats. The economy is getting better? Only if you are already out of a job. Then you didn't lose one last week.

    August 6, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  22. Wake Up

    Finally, the Obama kool-aid is wearing off, and people are starting to wake up and see who this guy really is. Most of us were really rooting for him...but he has turned out to be the worst President in my lifetime...and and exuded secrecy, sweet-heart deals and played politics. So his policies are awful and he isn't the "post-political" guy we thought he was.

    August 6, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  23. MsDp

    Well, I think you are polling only the Republician party. I think our President is doing a good job all things considered and I believe things are going to get better. If congress would stop acting like children (especially the GOP's) and work together to get the country back on a positive track (you know JOBS, JOBS, & JOBS) , afterwards they can then play politics. If congress (especially the GOP's) would apply critical thinking skills toward a resolution to our JOBS LOSS Problems, instead of constantly criticizing the state of our economy, which their party created, then taxes from JOBS GAINED could contribute to the deficit that the GOP pretends to worry about, and then and only then should politics continue (you know lying on each other, etc). In other words, GOP please stop the bickering and let's work together to get some jobs back to the USA.

    PLEASE!!!!

    August 6, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  24. once upon a horse

    wow that proves he's human, but his approval rating is still higher than the Republicans, Congress, and at last check even Sarah Palin's so you just ride with the flow. I just don't recall a new president getting this much critical observation in his first 7 months. Man, is he going to have a poll every week for the next 4 years?

    August 6, 2009 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  25. Four and The Door

    Apparently 56% of Americans are very generous in overlooking the administration's $50 billion failure keeping American automakers out of bankruptcy and then their patience with a continuing rise in unemployment in spite of throwing mountains of money at it. They will not be so generous when they see that the cost of "health care for everybody" is higher than what we have today and lower quality than what they are used to. That will be difficult to blame on the Republican party, but I do have confidence in Axelrod.

    August 6, 2009 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
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