Obama approval on the rise
January 13th, 2011
09:57 AM ET
4 years ago

Obama approval on the rise

(CNN) - At the start of President Obama's third year in office, a new poll indicates that the president's approval rating is on the rise.

A Quinnipiac Poll released Thursday showed Obama's approval rating at 48 percent - nearing the 50 percent approval rating he has not held since October 2009. The poll indicates a jump in Obama's approval rating, which was at 44 percent in the last Quinnipiac poll in November.

Obama's approval rating is also up in the latest Associated Press poll - six points, from 47 percent in early November to 53 percent in January. The Gallup tracking also shows the same pattern - from a low of 45 percent in late December to the 48-49 percent range in the past few days.

The polls support a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released last month which also showed an uptick in the president's approval.

Democratic voters continued to give Obama high marks, with an 85 percent approval rating in the Quinnipiac poll. Across the aisle, 84 percent of Republican voters disapprove of the job the president is doing. Independent voters disapproved of the president 46 to 41 percent.

Obama also received positive marks when compared to his predecessor: asked whether Obama is a better president than George W. Bush, 43 percent of voters indicated they thought he was, while 37 percent did not.

Regarding the president's policies, health care continued to be a contentious issue among voters.

In two separate questions, allowing for any answer, voters were asked to name the president's best and worst achievements while in office. Twenty-six percent of voters named health care as the best thing the president has done, while an almost equal amount (27 percent) said health care is the worst thing he has done.

The Quinnipiac University poll was conducted from January 4 – 11 and includes interviews with 1,647 registered voters by telephone. The poll has a sampling error of plus or minus 2.4 percentage points.


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  1. Patriots Salute the Flag! Traitors don't!!!

    Where is this Poll taken CNN in your studio or Harlem. For he is sure not popular in Texas.

    January 13, 2011 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  2. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    President Obama works hard for our country and he will be a 2nd term President.

    January 13, 2011 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  3. The Unsub

    He will win a second term. He is the right person for these times.

    January 13, 2011 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  4. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    The more interesting thing is that the number of people who have strong opinions, either positive or negative, about Obama, is falling. In other words, he's being seen as more and more irrelevant, as befits a lame-duck President.

    I'm guessing, of course, but it looks like people believe that since Obama can't hurt them much any more–not with a GOP House to slam the brakes on his would-be socialism–those who used to strongly disapprove no longer disapprove so strongly. For the same reason, plus his failure to push socialism farther than he actually did, have discouraged those who used to strongly support him.

    January 13, 2011 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  5. wiredweirdoinSF

    Guess that proves you can fool a lot of people a lot of the time. Kinda like turning a memorial service in to a campaign rally for himself. Think about it he was there to memorialize 6 people that were died a violent, senseless death. In the city where he was a community organizer and spent millions of tax payer dollar orgnaizing that community, by giving the money to union bosses and left wing nut jobs, you probably had 6 violent and senseless deaths last night.

    January 13, 2011 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  6. T'sah from Virginia

    In my heart, his approval ratings were always much higher than 50% – always. I look at the BIG PICTURE instead of the daily 24/7 mood swings that goes on!! I refuse to go CRAZY looking at polls that are done every time someone scratches themselves!!

    Let's support our current leader, President Obama, as he continues to MOVE AMERICA FORWARD in a POSITIVE direction!! Yes We Can!

    January 13, 2011 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  7. beevee

    I think that the president is doing an admirable job since he has taken office. he tackled many issues in spite of the stiff opposition form the GOP leader whose only aim seems to oppose the president at any cost. The democratic leadership shuld continue theri support of the president and his policies. Things are already showing much improvement in the economic sector which means his policies are working well.

    January 13, 2011 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  8. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    President Obama's approaval should never have suffered at any time. He inherited a mess, attempted to fix it and got excoriated by the Right who know how to use the "blowhard" factor better than the Dems can defend against it.

    Just throwing this out,,,,,,,If this horrible shooting in Tucson had happened during "W's" watch, where do you think "W" would have been last night – at Crawford or hiding in the White House? I'm serious........because I know for certain where he wouldn't have been, and that's in Tucson where he might have had to answer questions from the people he represents.

    January 13, 2011 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  9. Oy Vey Az

    Poling poling poling ... In a sampling of less than you'd like ... The results are in ! … It's confirmed ! ... Our heads are full and ready to explode with poll results flying around out there ... plus or minus four percent of course.

    January 13, 2011 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  10. Skokie

    God bless you Mr President.

    January 13, 2011 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  11. GOP Hate America

    thanks Obama for being a true American. Will be first in line to vote for you come 2012,

    January 13, 2011 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  12. Mountaineer

    President Obama showed this country why he was elected President of these United States. His message was superb and right on target. If only the Republicans and those who hate him so were half the individuals as President Obama was, this country would be that much the better for it!

    January 13, 2011 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  13. Dave

    The headline sounds like he setting the world on fire. Disregard the Dems and Repubs numbers. Look at the independant numbers. Very revealing. Maybe not even alittle smoke.

    January 13, 2011 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  14. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Polls are nice...

    The President's numbers will continue to rise as people make the conscious effort to seek information from reliable sources and not get caught up in the vitriolic hype.

    The rise of Boo-Hoo Boehener to Weeper of the House will be an additional contributing factor to the rise in the President's popularity numbers.
    The leadership qualities so elegantly, and eloquently displayed by the President at a time when the country needs to have the "tone' set by it's rightful leader will further push Obama's numbers and carry him into re-election in 2012.

    I am very proud of our President for remaining above the chaotic, and hateful fray all of these many months. I am very glad that he opted for the high road amidst all the divisive hoopla. I am fully aware tha he was and is the only adult in a room of ninnies and sycophants.

    Obama 2012.

    January 13, 2011 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  15. George Guadiane - Austerlitz, NY

    Americans must be getting smarter.
    They are seeing the options for replacing him in 2012 and have begun to realize that they are all worse for them as individuals and worse for America.
    Being an Independent means using your own information/thoughts/ideas/research, not automatically going against whatever the status quo is. Independents will continue to realize that the "Conservative" options are not GOOD options.

    January 13, 2011 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  16. Bill

    First time in a year I have approved of the President. I disagree with many of his policies but I do like him and he will gain my support if he can help us rise above all the constant ugly and petty back and forth. Last night was a great start.

    January 13, 2011 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  17. informed voter

    The reality is, this president has had amazing accomplishments in difficult times. Saved our economy from the brink of disaster, health care for all Americans, Wall Street reform, 9/11 bill for our heroes, the list goes on and on. President Barak Obama has done so much to move our country forward, against all the hate and heated rhetoric that he has faced. I am proud of my vote for him, and will whole heartedly support his 2012 run for a second term!

    January 13, 2011 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  18. Bob in PA

    You can say it, that doesn't make it so. You ask 1000 random people in groups of 100 and you will get 10 different answers.

    January 13, 2011 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  19. DeeAnn

    For those of us who are paying attention and not just listening to the pundits, Obama's rise in approval rating is not a surprise. He is going to be remembered as one of our best presidents. My wish for all is that you are not blinded by the rhetoric and don't miss out on the joy of this presidency.

    January 13, 2011 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  20. Adalbert

    It is about time that the President‘s approval rating is on the rise. Mr. Obama is one of the best and most capable presidents that this country ever had.

    January 13, 2011 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  21. TangledThorns

    Won't be enough to save him in 2012. The good people are on to his anti-American beliefs and will rightly make him a one term president.

    January 13, 2011 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  22. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA - John Boehner "The Weeper of the House"

    After that speech last night, his approval may shoot above 50%. Way to go Mr. President.

    January 13, 2011 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  23. Rick McDaniel

    The so-called polls, are nothing but spin to try and influence voters. It is not reality. Obama has not gone up a single point with anyone I am aware of.

    January 13, 2011 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  24. gt

    gee.. since the democrats got blasted,,, and he went to the middle... yea it will go up.... thats where all the folks are.. the middle...not far right or left...polls will go up...

    January 13, 2011 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  25. terry, va

    Don't be fooled by Obummie as he borrows a page out of "Slick Willie" Clinton's book. We saw his socialist, big government policies for 2 years. He will try to "pivot" and act like he would be a centrist like he did while he was running for president only to go back to his job killing and America bashing before Muslim nations. Don't be fooled. A leopard can't change his spots.

    January 13, 2011 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
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