October 8th, 2009
02:39 PM ET
5 years ago

Obama approval rating around 50 percent in latest polls

WASHINGTON (CNN) – President Barack Obama's approval rating is hovering at or just above the 50 percent mark, according to the three most recent national surveys.

The latest edition of Gallup's daily tracking poll, released Thursday afternoon, indicates that 53 percent of Americans give Obama a thumbs-up on the job he's doing in the White House, with four in 10 saying they disapprove of his performance.

According to a Quinnipiac University national survey released Thursday morning, the president's approval rating stands at 50 percent, with 41 percent disapproval..

Fifty-six percent approve of the job Obama's doing according to a AP-GfK poll released Wednesday night. Thirty-nine percent of Americans questioned in that survey disapprove.


The Gallup tracking poll was conducted October 5-7, with approximately 1,500 people questioned by telephone. The survey's sampling error is plus or minus 3 percentage points. The Quinnipiac University poll was conducted September 29-October 5, with 2,630 people questioned by telephone. The survey's sampling error is plus or minus 1.9 percentage points. The AP-GfK poll was conducted October 1-5, with 1,003 people questioned by telephone. The survey's sampling error is plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.

CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report


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soundoff (106 Responses)
  1. virginia nielsen

    I'm not sure about approval rates ... what I can tell you is this man came to power at the right time !!! He is cool and very intelligent !!! Finally we have an ADULT as President and I'm very glad that I voted for him. OBAMA 2012 !!!

    October 8, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  2. annie s

    I approve of the job the President is doing. I just wish the obstructionists would move aside and let him work. His policies are putting the economy back on track, he's putting humankind ahead of corporate profits, and he is restoring our dignity throughout the world. Better than I expected, a little less than I'd hoped for, but an incredibly great start.

    October 8, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  3. Lynda

    After what Obama inherited from the Bush/Chaney years he is doing a great job........not even a year into his Presidency and he is doing just fine reguardless of what the far right wing conservative Republicians want you to believe......

    October 8, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  4. Mark

    When the dollar is lost on Obama's spending wait and see what happens.

    October 8, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  5. Steven

    Obama at "around 50%"? If you average the three polls he is at 53% which is significantly more than 50%. And how do these polls compare to those last month? In the AP poll, 56% was a marked increase on the 50% from the month before. Could the CNN reporter who wrote this please do a bit of background before writing the report?
    Thanks in advance.

    October 8, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  6. harold

    Maybe some want to bring back old GW Bush and do his stent all over again... especailly the ten dollar a month tax cuts.. and the 50 thousand dollar tax cut for the rich old boys...

    October 8, 2009 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
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