March 22nd, 2010
11:07 PM ET
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CNN poll: Majority disapprove of Obama for first time

A new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll reveals that 51 percent of respondents disapprove of President Obama's job performance.
A new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll reveals that 51 percent of respondents disapprove of President Obama's job performance.

Washington (CNN) – For the first time, a CNN poll has found that a majority of Americans disapprove of President Obama's job performance.

According to a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll released Monday, 51 percent of respondents disapprove of Obama's job performance and 46 percent approve of it.

Full results (pdf)

Obama's approval rating has dropped steadily each month since December, when it was 54 percent. His highest approval rating in a CNN poll was 76 percent in February 2009 shortly after he took office.

The new poll was conducted before the House on Sunday narrowly approved the Obama administration's signature domestic policy proposal: health care reform.

The measure, which Obama plans to sign on Tuesday, represents the biggest expansion of federal health care guarantees since Medicare and Medicaid were enacted more than four decades ago.

In fact, health care was the policy area that drew the second highest negative rating, with 58 percent registering disapproval. The highest negative rating was 62 percent for his handling of the federal deficit.

While his performance ratings have slid, Americans personally like Obama. The poll found that 70 percent of respondents approve of him as a person, and only 25 percent disapprove.

On the economy overall, 54 percent disapprove of his work and 43 percent approve. He scored well for his handling of the environment and education, as well as on national security.

"Obama scores some of his best numbers on 'commander-in-chief' issues - Afghanistan, Iraq, and terrorism," said Keating Holland, CNN polling director. "In January, 51% approved of Obama's handling of Afghanistan; that number is now 55%, an indication that the public has a positive view of the latest military offensive in that country."

The CNN poll was conducted on March 19-21 through telephone interviews with 1,030 adult Americans. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.


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soundoff (302 Responses)
  1. Dan

    uuuhhhh.....i'm a young progressive, and I beleive I'm NOT dissapointed in Obama at all.

    This isn't the best health care bill, but i'm really proud of the face that the Dems actually got it done. It proves to me they CAN govern.

    March 22, 2010 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  2. John

    I don't know who you folks are polling but, I think President Obama is doing an excellent job. A plus in my book and the best president we have had since FDR.

    March 22, 2010 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  3. liberal wingnut

    Wait until they get the bill from Obama's gov't takeover.

    March 22, 2010 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  4. Tired

    The President has made good on a campaign promise to provide better healthcare for all Americans. The hatemongers in our society decided not to debate on issues but to yell falsehoods and engage in name calling. No responsible member of the Republican Party would step forward to call the lies what they were. Many prominent Republicans added to the name calling. Unfortunately, they found that perpetrating falsehoods and calling names resonated with some people. It is a shame that this is what people listen to and not the facts. Give the President credit for coming through with his promise and for at least trying to do something good for ALL members of our society.

    March 22, 2010 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  5. Four and The Door

    His conduct pushing through the Democratic Health Care legislation has been deplorable. Saying he will make it bipartisan and then doing a 180, saying he will not use reconciliation and then coming up with another term for it ( up or down vote?!?! c'mon! ), and then all of the new back room deals and payoffs that he said the first time around he was so much against. He has sold out his credibility to norrowly pass a hugely expensive, unpopular program just when we can least afford something to kill the economy. If his plan is to set up for the worst economic failure in American history, he is right on target. When that happens, there will be no question who owns it.

    March 22, 2010 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  6. Ryan

    This is clearly bad polling because everyone I know loves him, including me!

    March 22, 2010 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  7. Dennis

    Not just Republicans, but a large majority of Independents were against the "health care" bill. What did you expect? The next Congress will look very different. Nancy Pelosi might just get retired so she has more tome for Botox treatments.

    March 22, 2010 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  8. diridi

    But I approve....he the one who passed "Health care", while seven presidents failed shamelessly.....ok,

    March 22, 2010 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  9. ThinkAgain

    The President and the Democratic Party just need to make sure they spread the word – frequently and loudly – of the successes and savings of the health care reform bill.

    We all know that Fox and the GOP and all their lackeys will spend millions of dollars spreading their lies and distortions – especially now that they got their way with the Supreme Court ruling saying that corporations are "people" and can give unlimited amounts of money to campaigns.

    Pretty sick when our country has a political party whose sole purpose is to make our President and our country fail.

    I, for one, stand firmly behind President Obama.

    Keep up the good work, Sir!

    March 22, 2010 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  10. chris

    I would love to know who is sitting around waiting for their HOME PHONE to ring so they can chat with a perky pollster.....Oh I know who. OLD PEOPLE!

    March 22, 2010 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  11. FOX lost me at freedom fries

    Take the poll now that health care reform has passed. It was a hard fight. One that many other Presidents, republican and democratic, failed to win. He has tackled very difficult issues. I'm proud of my President!

    March 22, 2010 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  12. Ron in California

    I've been in the majority for a long time. I disapprove of the way the Dems are governing as well.

    March 22, 2010 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  13. AndyBlue

    The Republicans lost big time and Obama has gained the confidence of more and more Americans. As I mentioned, if Americans wanted a hero, they have got one now in Obama. Against all odds, Obama never gave up but held on stubbornly to what he felt was the right thing to do. The Republicans kept beating Obama up after he had been pummeled, and not once mentioning they were amazed Obama had such strength of character (of course they would not admit this...) John McCain and Sarah Palan were not mentioned as people who could have done so much better in the executive branch....

    March 22, 2010 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  14. Lora B.

    and your point is, CNN? Regardless, Obama's approval rating will never, ever go as low as G. W. Bush's was – and still is – when he left office.

    March 22, 2010 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  15. Adalbert

    Those Americans who do not like this HC bill have been brainwashed by fox and the republicans or they work for the health insurance cartel.
    It is not a perfect bill, none of them are, but it is good start for the working class Americans. Thank you Mr. President.

    March 22, 2010 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  16. AndyBlue

    1,030 adults? yeah... they represent all of America.

    LOL... CNN and their polls meant to incite.

    March 22, 2010 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  17. JJ

    This is news?????? This started from day 1....

    March 22, 2010 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  18. Jim from Seattle

    CNN polls are pure tripe. They had GW Bush ahead by 13% in 2000 even though few voted for him than Gore – PRINT IT!

    CNN doesn't educate their readers..

    Instead of splashing – "America will save $130 billion over the first ten years with the Health Care Overhaul, and more than a trillion$ after that",

    CNN will insteadl give rightwing frontmen for big-oil, big pharma, big tobacco (and any stinking rich corp that seeks a tax cut), the bigger headlines.

    Money is the root of all evil and the irony is that these greedy oafs are the ones bankrupting America.

    March 22, 2010 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  19. Cyrus

    Yes...we know..51% of our fellow Americans are idiots! Sorry.

    March 22, 2010 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  20. Richard Puente

    President Obama is doing a fine JOB for the American poeple. The Rich are upset because the privilage of the cream and the cake must be shared instead of just going to waste un eaten.

    March 22, 2010 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  21. He's sinking like a stone......

    Obama is ONE and DONE.

    March 22, 2010 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  22. Truth

    This is why we could not pass a health care reform for 100 years...
    He is a brave man. This is the real change
    Congratulations Mr. President

    March 22, 2010 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  23. indy

    Perhaps people are tired of being told what is best for them and what they will like. Also, twisting arms to get what you want is hardly change. It's more like status quo. Can't wait until November when I get to vote against both my rep and senator!

    March 22, 2010 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  24. NiceTryGOPMouthpiece

    Would this be from the same thousand or so opinions (likely GOP supporters) that you constantly use to hype your polls as an authentic and genuine represtation of the millions upon millions of American's you don't speak to CNN? LOL And to think GOP folks come here and claim you guys are in Obama's pocket. Hahaha Knock on my door first before lumping me in with the "majority" of Americans next time okay? I think our President is doing a great job in the face of the biggest bunch of blowhard childish immaturity in the history of modern politics. Care to take a poll and see how many agree with that?

    March 22, 2010 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  25. so what?

    Yes, CNN, nice way to come out with the negative just after a monumental victory for all Americans. Do you work for the GOP now?

    March 22, 2010 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
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