August 19th, 2009
03:20 PM ET
5 years ago

Polls: Obama approval rating stands at 51 percent

Three new national polls released over the past 24 hours indicate that just over half of all Americans approve of how President Obama's handling his job.
Three new national polls released over the past 24 hours indicate that just over half of all Americans approve of how President Obama's handling his job.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Three new national polls released over the past 24 hours indicate that just over half of all Americans approve of how President Obama's handling his job.

Fifty-one percent of people questioned in an NBC News survey released Tuesday night, in a Pew Research Center poll released Wednesday morning, and in the Gallup daily tracking poll released Wednesday afternoon approve of how Obama is handling his duties in the White House.
The president's disapproval rating stands at 37 percent in the Pew poll, 40 percent in the NBC News survey and 41 percent in the Gallup daily tracking poll, and

The 51 percent approval rating is down from an average of 54 percent at the end of July in a CNN Poll of Polls and down from an average of 61 percent in a CNN Poll of Polls from late June. The CNN Poll of Polls is an average of the most recent national surveys.

The Gallup daily tracking poll was conducted August 16-18, with approximately 1,600 people questioned by telephone. The survey's sampling error is plus or minus 3 percentage points.


The NBC News poll was conducted August 15-17, with 805 adults questioned by telephone. The survey's sampling error is plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

The Pew Research Center poll was conducted August 11-17, with 2,010 people questioned by telephone. The survey's sampling error is plus or minus 2.5 percentage points.


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  1. BirdsNest

    I'd love to what the polls would show concerning some of the Republican nitwits. Failure.

    August 19, 2009 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  2. lockeanddemosthenes

    51% is much higher than where Bush ended his presidency, and there is much more contention around the country now than there used to be. Don't count him out just yet.

    August 19, 2009 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  3. RNC = DNC = politics as usual

    no wonder at the dropping polls:

    – giving up on his liberal policies
    – continued war – new troops sent abroad
    – lies and broken promises
    – not really trying to reach across the aisle like he promised
    – spent money on recovery going to waste
    – changing his story when it suits his image

    August 19, 2009 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  4. rushfaction

    Bottomline this isn't about Obama. This is about the healthcare bill and future of our country and economy. I believe that health care needs reform, but I believe the public option is the wrong street to fix it. Our economy is already doing well enough with the massive bailouts and spending. We don't need to spend 1.3 trillion on health care as a nation (thought it's projected to cost even more). Because the other bottomline is that we have to pay for it, which means higher taxes. Even if we don't want to. That, is not freedom.

    August 19, 2009 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
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