July 7th, 2010
11:17 AM ET
4 years ago

GOP touts new poll showing fading Obama support

Washington (CNN) – Some national Republicans Wednesday morning are touting a new Gallup poll that indicates a further erosion of independent support for President Barack Obama.

According to the Gallup survey, 38 percent of independent voters approve of the job Obama's doing in the White House, down 18 points from last July. Gallup notes that this is the first time the president's approval rating among independents has dropped below 40 percent.

The survey also notes that among Democrats, Obama's approval rating stands at 81 percent, while only 12 percent of Republicans give the president a thumbs up.


Both the Republican National Committee and the National Republican Congressional Committee sent out emails Wednesday morning linking to news reports of the new survey.

The Gallup poll was conducted June 28-July 3, with 3,055 adults questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus two percentage points and plus or minus four percentage points for questioned asked only to independent voters.


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  1. jimmy carter

    How can any sane voter support this man and his administration. It's insane to think anything good about it and I'll also say about the same thing for a lot of the republicans. Our congress needs to get it's act togather and it's apparent most of them do not have a clew and they should be sent home and stripped of the retirement perks. Let them live like the rest of us.

    July 7, 2010 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  2. Jim Tandy

    CNN has truly picked sides and has completely foregone any past identification as a pure news organization. Although I think it is the role of all responsible news organizations to report critically of politicians, the way that CNN completely gears all reports as anti-GOP and avoids any negative news towards Democrats is sickening.

    I used to religiously watch CNN Headline News and enjoyed the CNN main channel programming. But now, the entire network is an embarassment. Just because Fox decided to cater to the extreme Republicans doesn't mean CNN had to pick a side either.

    There isn't a reporter, editor, or producer at CNN who should be proud of where their career has taken them.

    Jim Tandy
    Chicago, Illinois

    July 7, 2010 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  3. Jeff

    Unless it means that independent support for republicans has gone up 18 percent its another CNN non-story.

    July 7, 2010 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  4. Jeff

    Let the GOP get drunk on the polls and their continued trashing of the President. It just shows what we've long understood, they stand behind big business and the wealthy and they smear campaings are very effective with their base. They want to see the country fail so they can contine to blame Obama and not own the fact that their policies got us in the mess. Yes, a broken record, but one that should not go away. Obama could cure cancer single handly today and they'd still find a reason to work against him. Polls are meaningless and not statistically relevant these days. Keep drinking the Kool-aid, Repubs! Most of us with any sense are not fooled by you and would never want to go back to your "war's the only answer" ways. btw...who's suppose to pay for your wars; what was Bush's plan? Why is immigration to important today and Bush just sat on it? I could go on, but enough said.

    July 7, 2010 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  5. Jay

    I'm sure the GOP is proud of this economy. They created it.

    July 7, 2010 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  6. Dave

    Obama is inexperienced and big vision not based in reality does not work in real life, creates unnecessary political correctness (that hypes the "vision") and eventually leads to a fundamental weakening of our country!

    July 7, 2010 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  7. richard in montana

    Polls are like politicians...they will do what ever you want them to do as long as money is involved. America needs to stop governing by pollsters. In a country as large and as populated as ours, interviewing 1300 or so people on politics is not an accurate portrait of what is going on here.

    July 7, 2010 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  8. Steve

    I'm an independent who supported Obama both financially and with my vote. In my opinion, he hasn't lived up to anything he promised! What about bringing change to Washington. Things are worst today than ever before. He can only finger point and blame the Bush administration. His handling of the Gulf oil disaster is horrible. Health Insurance reform is a mess. The economy is in terrible shape and is going to penalize not only my kids and grand kids, but their kids as well.. And to top it all off, he's wasting tax payers money suing Arizona for putting in place a law that only reinforces federal law. He has surrounded himself with idiots that can't get anything accomplished. I think it's time for him to take action and get this country on the right path again! He has not only lost my support, but my vote in 2012.

    July 7, 2010 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  9. FRANK - LAS VEGAS

    It just shows that trash talk by the GOP works. They block all legislation that will help the American people and then blame the President for not helping the American people. The American people will catch on to the GOP lies.

    Vote NO in NOvember to the party of NO.

    July 7, 2010 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  10. Danny Thompson

    This is just a racist Republican poll. Obama is doing a fine job and non of the Republican lies can keep that from being the truth! Socialism NOW!

    July 7, 2010 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  11. Desmond

    I am so "Independent", I am not even a US citizen and, though it does not count in US elections, I would vote 100 times out of 100 for Obama. Almost every other US politician on the scene is a clown in comparison. You fail to realize that at your own peril!

    July 7, 2010 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  12. Bill NY

    Those don't know their arse from a ham sandwich republicans never cease to crack me up. Who will they run. I do not see a viable candidate from that party on the horizon. They have no ideas or vision. Its easy to honk on those cleaning up the mess you made the previous eight years.

    July 7, 2010 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  13. anti GOP

    who cares about your dumb polls. obama is the commander in chief and will be for years to come. just be glad we arent still falling off the cliff with bush and the republicans. the average citizens are so dumb.

    July 7, 2010 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  14. Future expat

    Keep in mind that the people touting these numbers are THE SAME DAMN PEOPLE who have actively been obstructing, delaying, and outright trying to derail the Obama administration.

    July 7, 2010 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  15. Kenneth

    Polls ... really? How many people have actually participated in a "poll"? Come on people either support OUR President or move. If you don't like what is being done then vote him out at the next election. Otherwise support OUR country and allow time to determine the effectiveness of our ELECTED President. You can't please all of the people all of the time. If its not your time then do like rational thinking people and wait. Your concerns will eventually be addressed.

    July 7, 2010 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  16. joe m

    neither party has the clear majority within the electorate. the independents are the key to success for either party. continued errosion and disillusion of independents on the president will harm the democrats chances of continuing to enjoy their current supremacy. even worse, if this errosion of support includes that of young voters, then the damage to the democratic party can last for more than a generation.

    July 7, 2010 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  17. Jon

    Get back to me in about August-September 2012. Until then presidential polls are meaningless.

    July 7, 2010 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  18. Blaum

    This is what happens when inexperience has a chance to settle in....

    when he plays the blame-game.... like Bush.....or BP.... or Healthcare Execs..... or Arizona... it only turns people off..... own something, Barry!
    You don't want to own ANYTHING.....

    What a disaster Obama has become.... I've never seen any president fall this quickly.....

    ever.

    July 7, 2010 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  19. Davd

    Great news. One (term) and done.

    July 7, 2010 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  20. Bob

    I voted for Obama with hope BUT while I hate to refer to the office as such Obama is a fool! A large majority of Americans (who voted for him to represent US) DO NOT want amnesty (a path to citizenship is just that) We want E-Verify to take back our 5 million plus jobs the ILLEGAL ALIENS are taking. E-Verify will make sure they cannot work and thus they will not come and go home. Americans want a stop to out sourcing and tax those that have. Americans want a heavy tax on China to bring about fair trade and return OUR manufacturing jobs back to America. Americans want some one to stand up to big oil. Obama and Congress have done nothing and DO NOT represent America. BUT the Republicans also have done nothing on these issues while in office. TIME for Americans to Vote out these fools and elect someone who cares about US and America. DO NOT JUST VOTE "YOUR PARTY" If your party does not do as you want then DO NOT vote for them for third party! WE can control America or just sit down while they flush the toilet. Push 2 for English

    July 7, 2010 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  21. Jon

    I register as neither a republican nor a democrat and would be one these 38% independents. It is not surprising that Obumma loses the confidence of majority independents. Just look at what he has done so far for the war, environment, jobs, economy, family, education, space etc; every one of these is getting worse under his presidency than previous administrations. Obumma will be remembered as the worst president ever in the country's history, even worse than Jimmy Carter.

    July 7, 2010 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  22. coy4one

    Isn't it amazing how politicians say that polls mean nothing when their behind and yet they mean everything when polls work in your favor. I would say that any politician who boasts poll successes, is wasting our time and money on issues of no importance.

    July 7, 2010 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  23. charles

    Him and his government suing Arizona is worst policy any president has ever inflicted on this country. I would have expected him to encouge immigration enforcements , but to my disappointment he is acting to the contrary.

    July 7, 2010 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  24. ja

    who did they poll, not me or anyone i know, polls, this cesspool started years before President Obama, who blew the surplus budget

    July 7, 2010 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  25. Rose

    Obama has brought this on himself. This administration skirts the constitution to suit their needs all too often. With the immigration issue at the front, he will soon lose the latino vote also. He is not very good at keeping promises and citizens have long memories. Unless he does something for the PEOPLE and not for HIMSELF, he will be a one term president.

    July 7, 2010 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
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