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. Marge

    With 24/7 slurring, name calling and arranged protesting by Fox News what do you expect. If the MSM was FAIR AND BALANCED the obstructionist republicans would be plastered all over the news. But since the MSM has the head up the butt of the republican and their corporate masters they will never tell the truth about republicans. They will lie and slur and flame democrats and Obama along with Fox News. Since CNN is trying so so hard to be Fox News sister station they are just spinning their wheels. People are wise to them and when congress gets the spine to reinstate the Fairness Doctrine they will mess their pants regularly because for once they will have to tell the TRUTH and you know how that is, the" republicans will not be amused".

    March 22, 2010 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  2. LoveThyNeighbor

    Just add me to the "I think he is doing GREAT!" category. I was not polled but, I do count...Sam

    March 22, 2010 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  3. gery

    I hate the Democrats and the labor unions and EVERYTHING they stand for!

    March 22, 2010 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  4. MVDCT

    His approvals will continue to tank. The Evil Empire may have won this round, but the Jedi will return in November.

    March 22, 2010 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  5. John

    Nowhere to go but UP after passing Healthcare Insurance Reform. Now, on to Jobs, the Economy, and Immigration.

    March 22, 2010 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  6. loserboy

    Of course todays Gallup poll has his approval at 50%/43% and I expect your numbers will swing in a more positive direction now that the bill is passed and people will start actually receiving benefits soon.

    March 22, 2010 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  7. donna - neptune

    cnn poll means nothing, these are all teabaggers polls, naturally they have to come out with this number right after healthcare passed, to scare the democrats that voted yes, why don't you take poll when confidence in healthcare kicks in, you people are a joke, that is why i do not watch cnn much anymore, i now watch the ed show along with keith oberman and rachel where i can get correct news, along with channel 2 local news....i cannot believe how this president who has done more for everyone than any other republican president, is treated so badly by america because he is black and doing a wonderful job, it makes you wonder, but i am glad God is on his side, and i will continue to pray for him.........

    March 22, 2010 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  8. Stu - Las Vegas

    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.

    There are over 300+ Million people in the US 1030 Americans is NOT, I repeat NOT a majority!

    CNN Your network and others look stupid as hell!

    This is exactly where the Republicans are getting there bogus poll numbers from.

    Stop saying "a majority" of Americans, and say :of 1030 Americans Polled" Quit trying to stir things up, just to get ratings, The American People aren't stupid.

    March 22, 2010 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  9. jeff

    It's pretty odd that the polling was done before the HCR vote and the results were released immediately after. That's kind of misleading. I'd rather see a poll conducted this week.

    March 22, 2010 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  10. From the south

    President Obama, I am so proud of you. To rise above Fox, Republicans, Insurance Co. and all the lies and scare tackics. You are great. I don't care what the polls say.

    March 22, 2010 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  11. mb-texas

    Well another CNN trying to make news,Who cares what these polls means nothing.There is enough hateful words around that is all
    the people see and hears/Why not start reporting goods news ,If you
    heae nothing but negative news you will start thing maybe it
    is true.

    March 22, 2010 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  12. Wendy

    I am not surprised at the poll numbers for Obama on job approval. Once those people who seek health care with pre-existing conditions learn that they will not be covered until 2014, his approval numbers will continue to slide. And with ever plummeting poll numbers there will be no second term.

    March 22, 2010 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  13. Ray

    NOT first for other polls lol

    March 22, 2010 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  14. Anonymous

    So every President has his poll numbers go up and down over his term.......I bet he never goes down as low a Bush did.......republicans are the sorryest losers I have ever seen.....and now their radical followers are vadilizing democrats offices because the Health Care Bill passed....... do you want these kind of people deciding for the rest of us what direction this country should go.......NO I DON"T THINK SO......Obama's number will climb again and the GOP's will sink even lower than they already are...

    March 22, 2010 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  15. Peter Vaguely

    No good deed goes unpunished. This too shall pass.
    God bless President Obama!

    March 22, 2010 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  16. Fitz in Texas

    I DOUBT if this is the FIRST time a CNN Poll shows the majority disapprove of Obama for first time. More like this is the FIRST time CNN has been HONEST with an Obama poll that shows the majority disapprove of Obama. Looks like even CNN doesn't want to go down with the Obama sinking ship.

    March 22, 2010 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  17. Jake

    Gallup has the opposite. The in the past week or so, as its been clear reform would pass, the President has gone up 4 points. It'll be interesting to watch all the big polls, including CNN, for the next few weeks and average them out and see what happens.

    March 22, 2010 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  18. vwrtb

    Corporate poll... Enough said... Republicans are tools!

    March 22, 2010 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  19. vette gal

    This poll was done over the weekend. Since your online poll today shows more americans are in favor of the health bill than are against, I think President Obama's poll numbers will change also. Part of the reason so many, including myself, were against him is because he wasn't able to get anything done with the party of No constantly obstructing his ideas. Now that the democrats have finally come together and made a stand and got a health bill passed, I truly believe his numbers will change.

    Thank you President Obama.

    March 22, 2010 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  20. Susie TX

    I absolutely love our President. I think he's the best in my lifetime.

    March 22, 2010 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  21. Debra Stewart

    Oh, ya think? What took so flugin long? I guess the brick wall has finally fell on people....except the extreme left liberals, but then again, they are not people....I think they are alien pods that were planted on earth to destroy it.

    March 22, 2010 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  22. jane

    Please watch out for these Republican strategists. They are so good at creating the public opinion that suits their agenda. Carl Rove is one of those who set them on this path years ago. The Democrats need to expose this kind of strategy at every opportunity. Don't wait too late, as we did with the swift boat ads.

    America was never the kind of country that would oppose something so positive as this health care reform legislation. But unfortunately, there is a certain segment of the population who can be misled easily.

    March 22, 2010 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  23. abraxis

    Remember when the Flat Earth doctrine was challenged five hundred years ago and 99.9% of the people were told that falling off the edge was a risk no one was willing to take?

    Doing what is good for people is not popular but you still have to take them to the 21st Century kicking and screaming b/c being comfortable is the status quo.

    March 22, 2010 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  24. Henry Miller, Libertarian, Cary, NC

    That's what tyranny will do to you...

    Americans don't like tyrants. Never have. In fact, the last time, a quarter of a millennium ago, a tyrant thought he could screw the American people, we kicked his soldiers quite violently out of the country.

    March 22, 2010 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  25. Sad day for this country

    Polls of people outside of the beltway don't matter. How sad to see Democrats on TV celebrating and liberals posting their congratulatory remarks about a bill that will increase taxes, provides federal funding for abortions, is taking funds from education loans, providing healthcare to illegal aliens, and worse, no freedom of choice through mandates by the federal government! Who in their right mind would celebrate? This is unconstitutional.
    There are many good things this reform bill does do, but why didn't these supposedly educated men and women just remove the previously mentioned provisions that do nothing to reform health care? That would have resulted in an overwhelmingly supported bill in my opinion.
    In the meantime, the goverment has its hands in the banks, auto industry, and now your healthcare. Wake up sheep of America unless you are okay with watching your freedoms disappear. And on behalf of all illegal aliens you promised healthcare to with my tax money, "muchas gracias!"

    March 22, 2010 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
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