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.


Filed under: CNN Poll of polls • President Obama
soundoff (130 Responses)
  1. Four and The Door

    His approval rating is higher than the success rate of his programs. That's gotta say something good about the guy.

    August 19, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  2. Fort Lauderdale

    They never call me. I get called for the TV ratings, wine reviews, shopping habits, etc. But no one ever calls me about Obama, or, for that matter Bush. I will put in my 2 cents anyway. If the Democrats in Congress try to pass more legislation under our nose, over our head, outside our purview, without our input, his approval rating will be 5% soon enough.

    August 19, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  3. pc

    We, Americans, know that President Obama loves us and cares about our needs. He intends to help us all that he can and push back the lobbyist, special interests Republicans who only care about money and their own agenda. President Obama is successful because he is genuine. Even if he makes a mistake, he is humble enough to admit it and correct it and even when the majority doesn't agree with him, he is forceful enough to push through to do the right thing because that's the kind of President we have. Amazing!!! America loves you President Obama, thank you for caring about us!

    Yes We Can!!!

    August 19, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  4. michaela

    President Obama, you get 95% approval from me. End the wars, kick some GOP and Blue Dog Culo, and that number will shoot to 100% in a blink of an eye!

    Keep up the excellent work and don't cave in to these morons!

    August 19, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  5. fellow from chicago

    Anyone else notice how the Clintons are looking so Presidential while Barack is looking more unhappy with each passing day? Barry's charm and charisma seemed to have dissipated while Bill appears to be looking younger and there's more of a bounce in his step. Look out Barack or it may be et tu, Bill?

    August 19, 2009 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  6. Expat American

    Many Americans will never travel within 10 miles of their place of birth. Many Americans do not even have a passport. Many Americans don't even know their own history or geography. These same Americans are proud of their ignorance, their close-mindedness, their lack of global perspective and their obesity.

    How many of these Americans are the ones being 'polled' every few days and then cheering the meaningless statistics? Someone should run a poll on that.

    August 19, 2009 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  7. a progressive liberal and proud of it

    "The slide continues. This man is incompetent"

    You know, I just have to make a comment about this type of comment. When you make blanket statements like that you are only inviting people to not take you seriously! Don't you have a basic understanding of that? While you may not agree with some, most or even ALL of what he's doing, the man is not incompetant! He has a different political ideology than you, he has a different vision for America than you, but that doesn't make your statement true! Please at least have the common decency to show the man (or at the very least, the office) a touch of respect, can't you?

    August 19, 2009 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  8. obummer, 1 and done

    I wonder how long before it's in the 20's.

    Would say lower but there will always be idiots who support him no matter what.

    Counting the days until 2012 and we regain sanity.

    August 19, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  9. martraco

    Well, my kitchen table thinks he's Hitler, my sofa likewise. My potted plant thinks he was born in Kenya, and the China cabinet fears for her Grandma's life. So his approval rating is only 20% in this household.

    August 19, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  10. Ravi

    Rush Limbaugh and company are responsible for this. If they weren't constantly brainwashing the people, BO's approval rating would be about 70%.

    2012 will be a Landslide for Obama! Just watch...

    August 19, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  11. Angi's mom

    No one polled me, but I would give him an A-. I don't need to remind anyone how very badly this country needed change, and clearly, we voted for change. Mr. President, please ignore the ignorant mobs and tea party clowns and bipartisanship squabbling. Let's move forward and get the job done.

    August 19, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  12. truthsayer

    1600 hundred people does not a poll make. Who were they, where were they, how old are they?.....

    August 19, 2009 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  13. Frank -- Toronto

    I was a very strong supporter of Hilary Clinton during the DNC primary process and am a strong supporter of Hilary in her current position and she also would have been a great President.

    But now, I have become a very strong believer in what President Obama has been doing to fix the US economy, improve international relations and reform the U.S. Healthcare System.

    He has changed my mind with his impressive efforts and is well on his way to becoming a member of group of great U.S. Presidents. it things don't work out for him in the U.S. I sure he would be welcomed in Canada because I would vote for him.

    August 19, 2009 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  14. J

    Health Care is a big issues and since many people are misinformed, It wasn't a surprise to see this type of Poll number.
    He is a smart man, and a peace loving person. It is not easy for him to have to walk such a narrow line in the middle.
    I wouldn't write him off just yet. This man always face issues head on.
    I don't think that he cares about the next election. All he cares about is to do what's right for the country and the majority of people.

    August 19, 2009 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  15. truthsayer

    The corporate media is serving its masters well.

    August 19, 2009 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  16. Don

    It's a measure of how left he goes, 50% is the middle and the more left the less support!

    August 19, 2009 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  17. Expat American

    Correction: Many Americans will never travel beyond 10 miles of their place of birth.

    August 19, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  18. JS

    The truth is coming out the only change we have received have been higher taxes and more spending of our tax dollars for pork.

    August 19, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  19. Old_guy

    Poor Barry, people are falling out of love with him.

    Just about as predicted.

    August 19, 2009 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  20. pat c

    i think our president is doing a fine job considering the republican hate fest that is going on. i love barack obama and will vote for him again in four years. the republicans will never reign in the whitehouse, or at least till all the old racist coots are dead an burried. i have never been polled nor have any of my co-workers so CNN we are still out here and we STILL stand behind this president. don't think for a minute that this man would not be reelected if the election was held tomorrow. we have obama's back!!!

    August 19, 2009 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  21. dwayne

    jealousy won't get you no where!!!
    want this Health Care Bill Gets Passed His Approval Rating Will Jump!!!

    August 19, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  22. Deuce

    Minus 31%. The rest have to trust him now. They helped elect him.

    What have they got to lose? They're all dreamers like him..

    August 19, 2009 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  23. TangledThorns

    Ok America. We elected an inexperienced Chicago politician into the White House. How did we not see this coming?!?

    August 19, 2009 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  24. Marty, Grand Rapids MI

    Things will bounce back after health care is passed. At the end of the day, His ratings will be based on how the economy does between now and 2012. I personally think presidents (all of them, including Bush) get too much credit/responsibility for changes in the economy.

    August 19, 2009 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  25. Jake

    i didn't vote in the poll! so at least bump it up to 52%

    August 19, 2009 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
1 2 3 4 5 6