September 4th, 2010
06:00 AM ET
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Poll: New low for Obama on economy

A new CNN poll reveals that only 40 percent of Americans approve of how President Obama is handing the economy.
A new CNN poll reveals that only 40 percent of Americans approve of how President Obama is handing the economy.

Washington (CNN) – Just four in ten Americans say they approve of the job President Barack Obama's doing on the economy, according to a new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation national survey. The 40 percent who give Obama a thumbs up is a new low for the president in CNN polling.

The survey indicates that 59 percent of the public disapproves of how the president's handling the economy.

Full results [pdf]

According to the survey, 93 percent of Republicans say they disapprove of how the president's dealing with the economy, with 72 percent of Democrats saying they approve of the job Obama's doing on the issue. Two-thirds of independents questioned say they disapprove, with 32 percent giving the president a positive grade.

"There is also a big gender gap on that question," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "Some 45 percent of women and only 34 of men approving of Obama's track record on the economy."

The CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll was conducted September 1-2, with 1,024 adult Americans questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus three percentage points.

–CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report

Follow Paul Steinhauser on Twitter: @PsteinhauserCNN


Filed under: CNN Polls • issues • Polls • President Obama
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  1. Steven P

    2/3 of independents disapprove. Mark this well.

    September 4, 2010 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  2. Anonymous

    You know CNN, this is so over the top bad news reporting. Who cares about this story. Take a real close look at our current situation, who controls the house the senate and presidency. I think the vote will speak for the way the left has operated in office for the last two years.

    September 4, 2010 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  3. Time grows short

    Why no big headline splashes about the LIES by Barack Hussien Obama. From the economy to his religion to his associates he tells one lie after another.

    CNN, ask him if Bill Ayers bombed the U.S. capitol and then ask him if Bill Ayers was invited and attended the inauguration.

    September 4, 2010 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  4. Dean

    I am curious as to what 40% of the people think Obama is doing to help the economy. The 40% on government aid????????????

    September 4, 2010 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  5. Keith in Austin

    The 40 percent that DO approve Bozo on the Economy are the same 40 percent of Americans that don't pay taxes and are living off Government entitlements paid for by those of us that do!

    September 4, 2010 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  6. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    Anyone with any sense in this country is scared of the effects of Obama's unbelievable spending–so what does this idiot do? He threatens, yesterday, to waste even more money on creating even more useless-drone public-sector jobs the only effect of which is to steal money from working, productive, people and give it to the highly unproductive, or even anti-productive, drones of local government.

    AFSCME cheers, SEIU cheers; the rest of us groan.

    Republicans don't even have to campaign much this year–Obama is doing all their work for them.

    September 4, 2010 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  7. Dis-gusted

    The questin should be: What are the Republicans doing for the economy? Obstructing progress with a vote of "NO" is not helping the economy. The president is trying, but the Party of No is just that. Disgusting behavior on the Republicans' part.

    September 4, 2010 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  8. Keith in Austin

    Obama's Socialism-BAD.

    Free-market Capitalism- GOOD

    Enough said!

    September 4, 2010 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  9. Jerry - Florida

    Folks, and it's going to get worse, at least blah–foons in Washington are replaced.

    ThMain stream media, CNN thanks for giving us NObama , "Deep Throat" Biden, "Boblehead" Pelosi and the rest of their ilk.

    September 4, 2010 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  10. Dave

    It is a no-brainer that the economy is getting worse. Just in our neighborhood, there has been an average of one family a month walking away from their house. The more Obama reads from his teleprompter; the more things get worse. He needs to stay on vacation. If we have turned the page on Iraq; what is going to happen to the 50,000 troops, who are still there? Things are going from bad to worse.

    September 4, 2010 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  11. Ron in Asheville, NC

    Who knows how much government action can effect a largely private economy; that has been a question for the entire history of this country and before. What the government can do is establish incentives, try to stimulate aspects of the economy, and tweak what it can tweak.

    By all standard measures the economy has been improving steadily since November of 2009. And the most positive sign is that almost all of the improvement in the labor market has come in the private sector. But it's all slow, while the recession was huge and broad-based–much more so that recently-past recessions.

    Will the improvement continue? Will it accelerate? Historically-speaking, the odds are in favor. But who know? No one, really.

    September 4, 2010 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  12. Anne P. CA

    Yes, Obama is taking the blame for the lack of jobs. Heck, he seems to be taking the blame for everything. The GOP is very skilled at shirking any responsibility for where we are today. Very convenient right now during an election year and many are vulnerable to their lies & whiny rants.. They choose to complain and blame rather than be part of the solution. That's total chicken Sh@t and transparent at best. The Dems fault is not fighting back even harder. Obama will not be able to wave a magic wand to create jobs on his own, people. What do you not get about that? The GOP blocks everything because their sole agenda is to see him fail. It's a self-serving endeavor for power & control again and sadly it seems to be working. We expect quick solutions to complex messy problems. The biggest crime is the fact that so many are so short on memory they forgot who got us down this rat hole. Who's been blocking the jobs creation bills? Get real.

    September 4, 2010 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  13. No mathematician but...

    For the sake, of us all would you please report the poll's findings somewhat more accurately–4 in 10 OF THE AMERICANS POLLED approve of the job President Obama is doing and 59% OF THE AMERICANS POLLED disapprove. Given the sample size of the poll, this means that approximately 400 OF THE AMERICANS POLLED approve and approximately 600 OF THE AMERICANS POLLED disapprove. There are well over one hundred million voters in America and well over 300 million persons, some of whom have opinions but do not/cannot vote. This poll samples 1024 of them–hardly a representative or statistically significant sample from across the country. How can you, in any meaningful way, extrapolate anything beyond the fact that 1024 people answered the questions????

    September 4, 2010 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
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