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. lila

    i like a winner. It makes me feel like Obama will not suck toes 24/7. I might not love everything in the bill but I like that Obama is enough of a leader to get something done. I was losing faith in him!

    March 22, 2010 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  2. Tim

    Yes, CNN is right there with RASMUSSEN (and no that's not a compliment) too bad all the other polls have him moving in the other direction...go concern trolling somewhere else CNN..hey did you see the Globe editorial lambasting CNN FOR hiring Eric Erickson of Redstate who question our first lady in vicious terms..no wonder you guys are dead last in the ratings

    March 22, 2010 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  3. Steve in VA

    I'm starting to save up so I can buy some health insurance... not sure how much I need... anybody know? I don't want to end up in prison.

    March 22, 2010 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  4. Beverly

    common CNN, lets clear this up, your headline made it seem as if the "majority" of Americans, dissaprove of Obama? why did this even become a story, the poll consisted of 1,000 people? last i heard, our population was like 300million? just doesnt see fare to me, kind of misleading dont you think?

    March 22, 2010 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  5. YASSIN DESSOUKY

    I wonder who are those people that CNN polled , and how much they represent the American people . I see that thes polls are falls and do not represent the real american people . How come in my city no body was called to give his or her opinion. This is non sense

    March 22, 2010 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  6. jon smith

    Amazing how CNN spits out republican propaganda 24/7 these days. I wonder how they worded their voluntary response survey....

    March 22, 2010 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  7. Save 'em in the womb, so a "christian" holy war can send 'em to the tomb

    The shrub and his supporters always said he ignored his abysmal poll numbers because he had "principles".

    President Obama does have principles, he is fighting for Americans not starting more wars for Americans to fight.

    March 22, 2010 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  8. YASSIN DESSOUKY

    I wonder who are those people that CNN polled , and how much they represent the American people . I see that these polls are false and do not represent the real american people . How come in my city no body was called to give his or her opinion. This is non sense

    March 22, 2010 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  9. Robert Taylor

    If anyone can find a campaign promise that Obama has not broken please post it here.

    March 22, 2010 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  10. TA

    I find it interesting that the same group who say they are not in favor of the bill, they also really love the individual parts of it like capping premiums, no more pre-existing conditions, no more denying of coverage....and they absolutely adore medicare; also known as government health care.

    They also believe that if they just yell louder, bully african-american or openly-gay senators, or say the most outrageous things....it might just sound like they are the majority speaking for the will of the people.

    March 22, 2010 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  11. Right Leaning Independent

    Duh! The polls are finally catching up to reality! Obama and the Dems do not care about Americans. If they did they would have worked as hard on creating jobs as they did to pass health care which is nothing more than a huge power grab! Nothing but a bunch of egotistical wimps that have political control... for the moment...

    March 22, 2010 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  12. alex

    Don't know who they were asking. I think he's doing a great job. Keep sticking it to the fascist republican trolls and keep us moving us into the new century.

    March 22, 2010 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  13. American Patriot

    President Obama ran on a promise of health care reform, he told us it wouldn't be easy, he went to the mat to get health care reform, and he delivered what he promised.

    Now that the President has achieved passage of health care reform– the signature domestic agenda item on which he ran for the Presidency and won in a landslide victory– his poll numbers will go up, especially as the public begins to realize that the bill is a dramatic improvement over the status quo.

    I, for one, am grateful that he delivered on his promise– thank you, President Obama! You have yet again earned my respect, and now, you have earned the trust I placed in you in 2008.

    March 22, 2010 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  14. td

    A big, gigantic, unequivocal WHATEVER!!! The opinion polls are pre-set and very biased toward the administration and conservative media talking head...watching them squirm as they perpetuate ignorance, hatred and racism; fear-mongering at it's best. If one pauses to do any critical thinking of their own, they'd clearly see the who's really out of touch with mainstream America...furthermore, history has always been on the side of the one's whom bring changes for the better of this country...it's a new day (i.e. to the small slither of so-called "Americans") who don't want health-care reform...wake up...smell the fresh, aromatic coffee brewing? if not...let the tea bags soak a little longer through immigration, energy and other progressive AWESOME plans-of-action...

    March 22, 2010 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  15. John

    Try asking now that we have gotten results. I bet you get a better result. The sad thing is the GOP has a big media machine called FOX news that blasts anti-Obama disinformation 24-7. CNN doesn't have the guts to do real reporting. All CNN wants to do is get the ratings FOX has so they can get the advertising dollars. Maybe if they did honest reporting more people would watch CNN...

    March 22, 2010 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  16. JRC Gainesville

    A great day for the Revolution, Comrades...

    March 22, 2010 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  17. Tram

    The poll is wrong. Right now, there's more support for the president than before. He kept his word. It's been a long time since an elected official has done that.

    March 22, 2010 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  18. Chad from Tampa

    Well CNN, most Americans don't like the gov't forcing us to buy something we don't want. This bill will be repealed. It goes against what this country was founded on.

    March 22, 2010 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  19. pjjk

    Whats new here, after the mess made by the last group in the whitehouse the people demanded change. Change means make all the pain go away but dont make us pay for it, when the miracle didn't happen the average not too bright American starts blaming whoever is in sight. No story here, its the American way.

    March 22, 2010 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  20. Juan SUero

    kicking and screaming to your prosperity. children.

    March 22, 2010 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  21. Lynn

    Just once, CNN, please poll me. Never in my 100+ yrs. has anybody ever polled me and now it's time. My opinion counts which is President Obama is doing just fine cleaning up a mess left by 8 yrs. of GOP management. I'm asking you to rephrase your Headline, to read "SOME Disapprove....., not "MAJORITY".

    March 22, 2010 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  22. Obama 2012

    That is because of the lies that the Republicans have told!!

    March 22, 2010 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  23. pacoder

    Wow...they polled 1,030 people? How do you get a meaningful result from polling something like .00001% of the population?

    March 22, 2010 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  24. Robert Zuckschwerdt

    The people sure like his performance on healthcare, just look at the stocks, I like it too. I'm glad we have a president who gets things done here at home!

    March 22, 2010 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  25. Adam

    This is why I laugh at those who say he will be a one-term president. Those same people talk about how bad it is now. He just took on the MOST contentious issue possible (things like gay marriage don't matter to people nearly as much as health care...which is why most presidents have been too chicken to try to fix it). And this is as bad as his numbers are?

    You go, Mr President!

    March 22, 2010 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
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