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. jason

    This is ignorant spin. According to your own poll internal 52% either approve or think it is not liberal enough. Report the reality of your own poll and not the narrative.

    March 22, 2010 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  2. jules sand-perkins

    Why would a poll even ask whether a citizen liked the POTUS "as a person?" Most of us will never get close to Obama in person.
    The only thing that matters is how he does his job.
    I don't care what church, mosque, or synagogue he attends: he'd probably do a better job if he slept late on Sunday.

    March 22, 2010 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  3. AK Steve

    I don't get it. He saved us from financial collapse. He improved our image throughout the entire world. He totally saved the auto industry. He is reforming the financial industry.

    But, I guess FOX news and lobbyist who can only say bad things (even when they are lies) have more baring on the Prez's popularity than facts.

    America is turning their back on someone with the guts to move us away from the status quo. Problem is, the status quo has the money and power to brainwash into thinking otherwise.

    March 22, 2010 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  4. Edward Fultz

    After we fire all the dems that voted for the health bill we are still stuck with the bill so what good does it do us.

    March 22, 2010 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  5. Neiw

    This is a misleading headline. It was taken BEFORE the vote. CNN is manipulating the data. Plus, how come no one ever calls me? Everyone i know supports Obama, and that's in the 1000s, so statistically you're overlooking a vast swath of America..

    March 22, 2010 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  6. It's time for another change!

    People are finally beginning to understand just how poor a choice he has been as President. He's probably not doing to bad for having absolutely zero governing experience, no foreign policy experience, no financial experience... Ok, so he was simply a bad choice, lets leave it at that.

    March 22, 2010 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  7. John

    why would someone approve of a president who goes against the majority of the people you serve..... the problem with Obama is that he is too far to the left of center, especially in the field of social-engineering.....seriously....the government has never before made its citizens 'buy' something....it's kinda queer when you think about it....as history explains to us all..... America is usually in the middle of most debates.... and once the country leans heavy in one direction... it is easily predicted that the reaction will be of the opposite.....

    having said that.....

    It is very unlikely the democrats will A. do well in November and
    B. be able to look at their voters and be satisfied with the way they performed for America

    the one thing about wasnington that gets me every time is its ability to be so completely wrong whilst thinking it is completely right...

    March 22, 2010 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  8. Audrey Fryer

    Another "CNN poll" – just like a "Fox News Poll" – both mean nothing.

    March 22, 2010 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  9. Palmyra

    Without the wording of your questions this report is meaningless.

    March 22, 2010 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  10. Luvinia Knight

    Thank God he is not trying to win a popularity contest. It is about health care – health care – health care for everyone.

    March 22, 2010 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    i`m a Canadian and we up here cannot believe how fickle the American public is.my God Bush drove you guys into hell in EVERY WAY for 8 years and now you have a president who is intelligent charismatic and is doing his best to correct all the ills of those 8years yet you pounce on him like a dog in heat..boy are you people stupid..I guess the media pundits and the GOP fear tactics still work in the USA..give the guy a chance for God`s sake do you think everything comes for free!!!!!!!!

    March 22, 2010 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  12. k

    this is to be expected from those who have never cared for the president. people are yelling, name calling and planting all kinds of seeds of hate and spreading it to others. I don't know what is happening to mankind, but I know that God can not be pleased with all of this.

    its ok to have a difference of opinion, but when people resort to demeaning others and following this type of behavior are only setting them self up for future failure. no president is ever going to please all the people, but when you do something that will help those in need (the unemployed, people with serious medical conditions, seniors) how can you not support that. thanks to the Democrats for standing up and doing what is not popular, but what is right.

    March 22, 2010 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  13. Cindy Louisana

    Never have I seen such an obvious attempt to cause our President to fail just so they can say they won. The American people voted for him and if the Republicans had not gotten us in such a mess we would have voted for them

    March 22, 2010 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  14. deborah

    The Republicans that oppose this bill and every thing that Obama has tried These are the same calliber of men that stole this country from the Indians and enslave the African and still want to chant about this being a country of greatness. It was founded and built on violence, corruption and greed. It will always have that cowardly element of so- call men that can't really pull themselves up by the boot strap , but have to steal the boot and have someone else to shine it to make them look good. And for the women who are married to this kind of man/coward, you wil never be able to raise your family and protect your children from the horror s of the world because you don't have the guts to stand for what is right and good for your family. Youre to scare of loosing your phony life styles. I't the reason you are loosing your children and can protect them from the sichk society you help to create.

    March 22, 2010 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  15. Zaaquir

    CNN, there are millions of people in this country. Please tell me how a little over half of the 1,030 adult Americans you polled is considered a "Majority" in this country? Every states' population in the US is way more than 1,030 people. So please tell me what little hick town in Alabama, Texas, etc. did you poll and I'm pretty sure you didn't poll to many of the minorities there.

    March 22, 2010 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  16. Onn

    Well he just killed his presidency, what should be expected? I'm not voting for him again, Palin 2012 all the way!

    March 22, 2010 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  17. lookit

    and the alternative is... a return to the tax breaks for the rich, open door policy for big industry, energy & military contractors?

    March 22, 2010 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  18. terry,va.

    Even the kids are turning on him. The welfare crowd and minorities are the only people left. He will continue to get those people but his support will drop to 40%.

    March 22, 2010 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  19. MK03

    Yeah, yeah. The same thing happened with Medicare. Now you can't pry geezers' Medicare cards out of their wrinkled old hands.

    March 22, 2010 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  20. Leslie

    I am soooo tired of these polls! Stop it! Let the President do his job and stop trying to second guess what the American people are thinking! These polls don't include everyone, so how accurate can they be? Ridiculous!

    March 22, 2010 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  21. Lebron

    Public opinion is mired in propaganda, lies and confusion from the health care debate. Obama and his team must continue to communicate very clearly with the public, exactly stating the benefits in this bill, and address concerns about paying for it. He must also explain in greater depth why it is mandated for all, to counteract the argument that this is an encroachment upon our 'freedom and liberty.' The truth is, capitalism needs reasonable regulation to keep us safest and healthy as a nation! Obama says this bill is right down the center.

    March 22, 2010 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  22. Samuel J.

    Is CNN poll takers from the same monopoly of reporters who claim a 3 month old baby is a toddler, too? Just curious because it seems CNN in general, is getting quite a bit confused in their reporting these days.

    March 22, 2010 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  23. M Towns

    My husband and I did not vote for President Obama, however, when the President took office, we were willing to give honor to whom honor is due. But after the recent bailouts including banks, mortgage firms and auto companies, coupled with the ineffectual stimulus package and now passing a healthcare bill that impacts 1/6 of America's economy, while ignoring the majority of Americans who oppose the legislation in its current form, as well as including the student loan takeover in the healthcare bill! I am not dissatisfied with the Obama administration, I am exceedingly appalled at the arrogance of this administration and I pledge to work to "Change" what is going on in Washington.

    March 22, 2010 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  24. IVOTE

    Don't believe this hype. CNN should conduct a poll asking how many people have actually read the Health Care Reform bill from page 1 throught the end with clear understanding of the content and then formed their opinion.

    March 22, 2010 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  25. raemd95

    And what is CNN's approval rating?

    March 22, 2010 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
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