October 22nd, 2010
12:45 PM ET
3 years ago

CNN Poll of Polls: Americans divided on Obama

Washington (CNN) – Forty-seven percent of Americans approve of how Barack Obama is handling his job as president, while 48 percent disapprove of his job performance, according to a CNN Poll of Polls compiled and released on Friday.

The presidential approval asks respondents if they approve of how Barack Obama is handling his job. It serves as a barometer for Americans' opinion of Obama's job performance. As midterm elections approach, it is also an indicator of what Americans consider as they approach the ballot box.

This newest edition of the CNN Poll of Polls is an average of three national surveys conducted during from October 13-18: Pew Research (October 13-18), AP-GfK (October 13-18), and NBC/WSJ (October 14-18). The Poll of Polls does not have a sampling error.

While the president is not on the ballot this year, his performance in the White House is a major issue in the election. Republicans are trying to frame the midterms as a referendum on Obama and his agenda, especially what the president's done in dealing with the economy.


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  1. Willardbullock

    I don't want vote for obama cause he have trouble too much of his bad polls and musilims
    Oh my lord so I am belived that musilim are keep dangeous with terroist

    October 22, 2010 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  2. Willardbullock

    I ask people how police was stop musilims from I s u bloomington ill before he was used college at bradley illinois then he was run moved to isu at bloomington ill
    He was used terroist with plot musilims

    October 22, 2010 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  3. Shari from Madison

    This poll saddens me but it doesn't surpise me. People are buying the Republican and Tea Party lines which blame everything wrong in the world on President Obama. Shame on those who buy these lies and half-truths. He's only had 2 years and during that time the Repubs have done nothing to help him. They rtruly are the party of no no and more no's.
    I don't approve of everything our President has done, but I still believe he is doing much better things than any Repub has done in the years of Bush, Bush and Cheney.

    Pleae people do not buy the half-truths and lies the Repubs and Tea Party is trying to get you to believe as Gospel.

    October 22, 2010 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  4. Fair is Fair

    Wait a sec... I don't have a land line. And I don't approve of Obama. How can that be?

    October 22, 2010 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  5. djkhan

    Good job obama you will not one term prez if keep doing wat is right

    October 22, 2010 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  6. gt

    great dad.... terrible president...

    October 22, 2010 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  7. Boo-Yah

    Why do people place all the blame on President Obama? Their demands and expectations are ignorant at best. I guess because he is just one man and it's easier than to point at one than it is to point at 40. Vote against the Party of No.

    October 22, 2010 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  8. Annie, Atlanta

    Maybe if the media, who answer only to their corporate owners, would actually report what this President has done for us Main Streeters, as opposed to the last administration who increased the wealth of the wealthy exponentially, things would be different. As it is, though we got a tax break because of the stimulus bill, a majority of Americans think Obama actually raised their taxes. This is the purposeful spread of misinformation, meaning the media is no longer doing news, its doing schilling for their corporate owners. No wonder news papers are dying. Can cable "news" be far behind?

    October 22, 2010 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  9. Jill American

    It is now obvious that Obama was not up to the task of being President as most of us Hillary supporters realized early on. So I will vote in a manner that gives this President the support he needs, the people around him to get the job done and the courage to forge ahead. He is cleaning up the mess of the Bush Administration and I will not abondon him now.

    October 22, 2010 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  10. chris thomson

    Dems are done...

    October 22, 2010 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  11. Dave

    Obama is a smart man doing a good job playing the very bad cards he was dealt by the disasterous previous administration. It's true that things aren't going well in this country, but Obama has prevented them from becoming much worse. Bush started a landslide of disaster that wasn't even peaking yet when he left office. A lot of things Bush did were like seeds planted and they wouldn't sprout and bear fruit until later. So far Obama has had to spend most of his time on damage control just to keep the country from running into the disaster it was headed for when he took office, so it's not surprising that things aren't peachy.

    This country amazes me in its ability to somehow escape reality. People here believe all kinds of ridiculous things that have absolutely no truth to them, and they ignore reality that stares them in the face. I've run into Republicans who actually think Obama raised taxes on the middle class, for instance, when nothing could be further from the truth... but I guess FOX News told them to think that, so they followed along like baby ducks. It's embarrassing, watching your countrymen engage in such ignorance. I'm not sure this country won't collapse under the weight of its population's ignorance, and – as much as I love this country – I'm not sure it doesn't deserve to anymore. Americans are fighting the people who are trying to save them, all because of a childish belief in propaganda. They're getting ready to turn control back over to the crooks who landed us in this mess, and the sheer STUPIDITY of that is just depressing.

    October 22, 2010 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  12. ingrid

    I am still liking Obama and most of his policies. I read yesterday a conservative website and was very frustrated to see that this respected website was still trying to say that there are death panals. How can you vote for the republican party when they spread lies and half-truths. I think too many people are voting from fear due to the economic situation and not realizing that Obama is working to rebuild our economy.

    October 22, 2010 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  13. A Senior

    Things are hard now for a lot of Americans. A lot of people are
    out of work. That is why Democrats should stay focused and get to the polls and vote, and vote hard.

    You think you're having problems now? If Rand paul is voted into senate, if O'Donnell is voted into senate, if the woman who is
    trying to take Reid's seat in Nevada is voted to Senate, do you think your problems are going to get better? These are all
    extremist. Do we want extremists in control of us. And our social security and cutting the Dept of Education?

    If you think you are angry now, let these zealots get control of things like your social security and cut out
    everything the middle class stands for. Never underestimate the stupidity of the American people to cut off their noses to
    spite their faces based on their prejudices and propaganda. None of these extremists is capable of finding jobs, only obstructing progress of the ones who are actually doing something. Harry Reid has done more for Nevada in its history.
    President Obama has done more in two years than the republicans messed up in eight. Before you follow ignorance over
    the cliff, you had better first of all VOTE democrats, secondly ask yourself at the polls are you voting your own interests
    or are you reversing the progress taking place by voting for people who have no answers at all. We must stay the course, If not , only blame the person in the mirror.

    Stay the course!

    October 22, 2010 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  14. Harish

    We know what leftism and ths status quo give us and Obama is it. Unless I see real change I can't see approving of Obama anytime soon. Still haven't seen the post racial and partisan President we were promised.

    October 22, 2010 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  15. ZORRO

    WTF. . . ? hate to say this. . . my fellow americans are bound to repeat mistakes from the past if you cant remember what they did from `00 to `08. . . shame on you !

    October 22, 2010 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  16. Voter

    So his poll numbers are higher than Clinton & Reagan's were at this point in their presidencies....

    October 22, 2010 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  17. Scott

    c'mon CNN, how about you do some real reporting? What are the demographics of the vote? A good guess is that the pro-Obama votes are from mostly urban people and mostly from people who live off of the government. People who want to support themselves and contribute to the country are not for Obama.

    October 22, 2010 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  18. darahs99

    Campaign's Big Spender :Public-Employees Union Now Leads All Groups in Independent Election Outlays.

    It is interesting Healthcare Overhaul has cap on Insurance Companies on how much they can spend outside patient reimbursements. But Public-Employees Union have no cap... What a double standard

    October 22, 2010 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  19. blaqmajik

    Willardbullock....what the hell are you saying? That made no sense....Back to the topic.....Obama is doing great, and when he was elected in 2008, he seemed down till the last minute, then ta-daaa this nation pulled together to make a change for the better. Trust and believe He will be our next president.

    October 22, 2010 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  20. p.h

    willardbollock, you need to take full advantage of the newly school pell grant that r being offered under obama admin. and go back to school because u need help

    October 22, 2010 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  21. Emily

    The President is doing a fine job. More so than the haters. What is O'donnell going to do? What is Palin going to do? What
    is Angle going to do? What is Rand Paul going to do? When I consider the alternatives, I know what I am going to do. I am
    going to the polls and vote DEMOCRAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Go Dems, vote. (We know what persists when good people stand by and do nothing).

    October 22, 2010 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  22. Sniffit

    "Good then they should go with the WILL OF THE PEOPLE for this and GAY MARRIAGE. One liberal judge should not be able to trump democracy."

    Earth to genius: Not all the votes in CA can trump the Constitution. You want to have a vote on it, you're gonna need enough votes to amend the Constitution in a manner that is inconsistent with its already-existing provisions.

    "This is how our whole country should be run. Get rid of all these useless politicians bleeding the taxpayers and let the people vote on the issues."

    Translation: "The Constitution is very inconvenient to me. I am in the majority on such-and-such issues, and I should therefore be able to gang up with other people who believe as I do and oppress the minority populations that we don't like."

    October 22, 2010 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  23. Puzzeld European

    Americans never seize to amaze. They would rather chop their own noses off to spite the other fellow. Palin? O'donnell?
    Angle? You have got to be kidding. Voting mere zealots into office as if its not going to effect you also. And don't even want each other to have health care? Funny Americans.

    October 22, 2010 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  24. Marie MD

    @willard – please stop watching faux news and, if you can, listen or read the truth about the President. He is NOT a mulsim.
    Educate your self and stop listening to girly beck and tub of lard limbaugh. They are bad, bad men.

    October 22, 2010 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  25. No Tea For Me

    What are the Republicans plans. Be careful what you wish for?

    October 22, 2010 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
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