September 28th, 2010
05:29 PM ET
4 years ago

Poll: Obama approval rating in Iowa dips

(CNN) - As President Barack Obama arrives in Iowa, a new survey suggests that a majority of likely voters in the state disapprove of the job he's doing in the White House.

According to a Des Moines Register Iowa Poll released Tuesday, 55 percent of likely voters give Obama a thumbs down on how he's performing as president, with 42 percent saying they approve of how he's carrying out his duties. The president's disapproval rating is up five points from February, with his approval rating edging down two points.

Among the wider pool of all Iowa adults, the survey indicates that 50 percent disapprove of the job Obama's doing, with 45 percent giving him a thumbs up.

The president arrives in Iowa late Tuesday night. On Wednesday, he's scheduled to meet with a local Des Moines family at their home before hosting a discussion on the economy with families from the area.

According to the poll, 59 percent of Iowans say they're dissatisfied with how Obama's handling the economy, up five points from February.

Obama's victory in the Iowa caucuses in January 2008 was the first big step towards his eventual winning of the Democratic presidential nomination. In the general election that year, Obama grabbed 54 percent of the popular vote in the state.

The Des Moines Register Iowa Poll was conducted by Selzer & Co. from Sept. 19-22, with 803 Iowa adults, including 550 likely voters, questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus 3.5 percentage points, with a sampling error of plus or minus 4.2 percentage points for likely voters.


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soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. stufit

    Welcoming the voters in Iowa to what many of us figured out long ago. We have an inept, incompetent, corrupt POTUS. That is what happens when the media worships him and turns a blind eye toward his qualifications. Fox didn't, hence he blasts Fox regularly, like he thinks it will make a difference to anyone but the most drug addled of his supporters.

    September 28, 2010 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  2. Dave

    If you want to continue be positive and up on president Obama, start reporting on his disapproval rate which is increasing!
    What a failure on all fronts!

    September 28, 2010 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  3. kakaraka

    How can you based the opinion of 800 people to generalize it.for the whole State? Stop these stupidity of polls please. I'm getting frustrated with them.

    September 28, 2010 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  4. Rick McDaniel

    That's no surprise.

    September 28, 2010 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  5. B. Bear1

    It could be the fumes from the government subsidized methanol plants.

    September 28, 2010 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  6. LacrosseMom(the real one)

    WOW.......... 50% disapprove and 45% approve. Error is plus or minus 3-5 percentage points! First of all, people may be dissatisfied things are not improving faster. But ask them IF they want to go back to the GOP controlled presidency and Congress? Now that would be the question to ask.

    America, what have the Republicans done for you lately? In the last 10 years? Be specific.

    September 28, 2010 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  7. jim

    The headline of the story is that Obama popularity is not very good in Iowa. I think the author should pull his head out of the sand and check the rest of the country. Obama is not very well liked when it comes to his mismanagement of the economy . Sort of how he bungled the oil disaster in the Gulf.Right now he in the running with Jimmy Carter as who's the worse president in our nation's history.

    September 28, 2010 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  8. valwayne

    9.6% UNEMPLOYMENT, trillions upon trillions in totally wasted corrupt spending and debt? A healthcare bill stuffed with the Louisiana Purchase and Cornhusker Kickback, that everyone hates, and that may bankrupt individuals, small business, and the nation? More arrogance and contempt for average working Americans than we've ever seen from our elected leaders? And these are what Obama calls the accomplishments of his administration and the Democrats in Congress? The only question is what is wrong with the 45% that still support the insanity?

    September 28, 2010 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  9. Not fooled

    I don't believe in polls.

    September 28, 2010 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  10. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Come on Iowa, don't let the Republicans scare you off, let them know they didn't get your vote before and they won't get it this time. It is your great State that turns the tide, get out and vote, stand your ground.

    September 28, 2010 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  11. Eric in Denver

    I can't believe his approval rating is even that high. Oh wait 40%+ off all people pay no taxes that explains the 40%.

    September 28, 2010 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  12. angry liberal

    He is right in there or lower than past presidents. So much for the myth of the "most popular".

    His fake-liberal politics have angered the conservatives of course, but also the liberals who were actually expecting him to be different somehow.

    September 28, 2010 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  13. Elder Tracey Y. Brown Hagerstown, MD. 21742

    I listened to the comments about President Obama, and I tried to understand the poll to judge the credibility of President Obama saying he is a Christian.
    You said only 1/3 of the people polled BELIEVE him to be a Christian. Now are the people you asked all Christians, because if they are not what is their foundation for Christianity, are they non-believers judging a believer?

    September 28, 2010 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  14. Brian

    Who cares? Obama doesn't have to ever go to Iowa again.

    September 28, 2010 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  15. Anonymous

    It is surprising to me that there are people still supporting him. The guy definitevely is not Presidential material. He always does and says the wrong things, he ignores completely the will of the people, he does not try to get the people on his side he just ignore them, I do not know what is in his mind, the people elected him and has he power to fired him. This guy is a lawyer, Harvard graduated, but he was born with no common sense.

    September 28, 2010 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  16. S. in California

    Speaking as a moderate, I trust the people of Iowa to do the right thing AGAIN. Right now things are looking bleak but I think Iowans have shown the world they know how to weigh the cons and the pros. The choice is simple – vote for a past with republicans or a future with democrats.

    Democrats. Right For America.

    September 28, 2010 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  17. Monny Mondragon

    Iowa, if you want an American president to move our country away from democracy and individual responsibilities and toward a government that wants to take care of us all (from the money trees behind the White House?) because they are so much smarter and can conduct our lives so much better than we poor stupid fools can, then you can see that Obama is really doing a great job as president.

    September 28, 2010 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  18. montag

    Thirty years of insane trade and economic policies, and Obama is expected to fix it all in only 20 months? C'mon Iowans, you're smarter than that!

    September 28, 2010 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  19. ConstitutionalPatriot

    Yeah, it's gonna be four and the door. With Obama's refusal to adress serious economic issues such as the Federal Reserve, the collapsing dollar, and the failure of Keynesian economics, nothing is going to improve. We are about to enter a new era as we are forced to face the reality of our crushing debt. The only presidential candidate that will adress these the real issues is Ron Paul. Check .him out open your mind and decide for yourself. Everything the man says makes real sense, probably because its the truth!

    September 28, 2010 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  20. T'SAH from Virginia

    "According to the poll, 59 percent of Iowans say they're dissatisfied with how Obama's handling the economy, up five points from February..."

    Is it REALLY the economy or is it the way PEOPLE are spending money. Is it charge cards to the limit – living beyond their means – not being able to go out and eat every night – family cell phones for every teen – cable, all channels instead of the basic – high speed internet instead of phone-dial – wardrobe that's STUFF with clothes that still have receipts and still gotta have that dress – etc.

    I think President Obama is being blamed for everyone's personal woes and heartaches that has NOTHING to do with the economy – but just BLAME IT!!!

    Jeez! Please stop and think and get out of he Intel and microwave world – slow down – and keep in mind that President Obama was there for two years – his term is halfway there – he's on the right track – change the channel sometimes and move away from Fox News and you will GET IT!!!

    This is T'SAH from Virginia and I approve this message!

    September 28, 2010 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  21. sky

    I am a Independent who don't do polls. My question is were are the cnn polls begin taken. We the people who voted for Obama love him trulely so stop saying we don't love him he's doing great job. CNN haters like John King talking over Obama speech disrespectful. Most of the youngersta that voted for Obama voted for the Pres to get in office. We didn't no we need house seats to get the job done. Hereing all these lies made me get on line. Obama Stop whining!!!!!!!

    September 28, 2010 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  22. southern cousin

    They have found out like so many of us that the man is an absolutely corrupt, inept, incompetent union toady, totally devoted to stealing the money of hard working Americans to reward corrupt union bosses, left wing nut organizations, dope smokers and lazy non taxpaying Oprah watchers.

    September 28, 2010 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  23. pete sampson

    I live in iowa...they didn't contact me..

    September 28, 2010 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |