Poll: Obama's Iowa numbers tick up
February 25th, 2011
01:01 PM ET
7 years ago

Poll: Obama's Iowa numbers tick up

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama's numbers are on the rise in the state that launched him towards the White House, according to a new poll.

A Des Moines Register survey released Friday indicates that the president's overall approval rating among Iowans stands at 48 percent, with 47 percent saying they disapprove of the job Obama's doing in the White House. The president's 48 percent approval is up 3 points from September, and is his highest approval in Iowa in Des Moines Register polling since November 2009. And among independent voters, the poll indicates Obama's numbers are on the rise.

But according to the survey, a majority of Iowa residents disapprove of how the president is handling the economy, and six in ten give the thumbs down to Obama on how he's dealing with health care reform.

Obama won Iowa's Democratic caucuses in January 2008, launching him towards his party's presidential nomination. In that year's general election, he won the state by 10 points over Sen. John McCain. Four years earlier, President George W. Bush narrowly carried the state over Sen. John Kerry, the Democratic challenger.

The Des Moines Register poll was conducted by Selzer and Company from February 13 to 16, with 800 Iowa adults questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

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soundoff (28 Responses)
  1. sara

    The "Tea" is becoming "clearer" each day of which side they are on..The "real" people who are laboring or the " do-nothing, my inheritance is safe idiots" who are using their inheritance to Rob America.

    February 25, 2011 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  2. DemoCommunists for a Better Way - Bankruptcy

    Poll: Obama's numbers rising in crucial state

    then this....

    But according to the survey, a majority of Iowa residents disapprove of how the president is handling the economy, and six in ten give the thumbs down to Obama on how he's dealing with health care reform.

    Nice try CNN! Hoping people just read the headlines and believe your drivel??? And you call yourself a news organization???

    February 25, 2011 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  3. Modern Pauper

    I suspect his numbers will rise considerably more in several states, once the Republicans finish off the middle class.
    This will teach voters to vote their interests, and not hate filled propaganda. They were more concerned with believing the lie that President Obama was a Muslim socialist, and voted accordingly, to put the Republicans right back into office after we said no more, and decided to stand up for our middle class values in 2008. How soon they forgot. Americans are notorious for cutting off their noses to spite their faces.

    Well, we all know the fable of "Come On In" said the Spider to The Fly. (The Republicans and John Boehner being the spider. Tea bagging voters being the flies.)

    So now let them all drink tea.

    February 25, 2011 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  4. Mark

    ONE Term President !!

    February 25, 2011 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  5. The unsub

    President Obama will win in 12 by a landslide. Repubs. should look to 16.

    February 25, 2011 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  6. carrotroot

    The only problem with ACA are people's aversion to being forced/compelled to purchase private insurance. On paper it makes sense to compel people to own insurance, but in practice ... not so much, especially if there isn't a free public insurance option available or some way to opt out and pay your way. However, the rest of the law is pretty good.

    February 25, 2011 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  7. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    "The president's 48 percent approval is up 3 points from September..."

    "The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus 3.5 percentage points."

    In other words, the three-point "increase" is less than the sampling error, which is to say it's statistically insignificant–you can't conclude from these numbers that's there's been an increase. It's just as likely, statistically, that there's actually been a decrease, masked by the sampling error.

    I don't know if this is sloppy reporting by CNN, possibly by someone who doesn't understand statistics, or a deliberately biased misinterpretation of the data. Either way, the article is misleading and the headline is simply wrong. The honest headline would have been "Poll: Obama's numbers unchanged in crucial state"

    February 25, 2011 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  8. Gale

    Oh, yeah, right. Somehow these polls sound like they were taken by Democratic poll takers!

    February 25, 2011 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  9. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    This election will be won based on who Americans trust and if Republicans don't stop rallying up hate groups, which scare the H out of most of us, they will never gain Americans trust, we've lived through fear tactics.

    February 25, 2011 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  10. Revivalman

    The people is Iowa have been smoking corn silk too long. Their ability for cognitive thought has been destroyed.

    February 25, 2011 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  11. Charlie from the North

    Here is what happened in my state and I wonder where else. About 4/5ths of those eligible are registered to vote, of that 80% about 1/2 chose not to vote. With 40% of eligible people voting 21% of eligible population is a majority. In my state it is even worse because a third party candidate the rabid idiot who now runs our state won with 38% of the votes. His mandate now comes from 15% of the eligible voting population.

    Now I accept his victory because those with the power to stop him sat out. I don't blame those who voted for him. They were sick of a Democratic administration and voted in what they understood to be their best interest (he may destroy their party he is so bad but that is not my concern). I don't blame the third party folks either. Their votes were for a man of integrity who they felt would do the best job. I blame my own party somewhat for not running a better campaign. The establishment candidate ran in a lack-luster way. The real culprits here, and I suspect across the country are the folks who stayed home. Those who did not bother to register or those registered who could not be bothered to vote caused this embarrassment to come to pass. Shame on you!

    February 25, 2011 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  12. Name king

    Well the iowans are figuring out what the repugs are really a out, even through the thick smoke screens of lies and fear mongering they like to do, they were sent to the congress to create jobs, but they have wiggled their way out of something that the people thought was crucial and into something that will take time to accomplish while the economy was solidly in good standing, now they are about tojack up the fragile economy recovery and distroy more jobs in the aftermath.

    February 25, 2011 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  13. kakaraka

    Keep up the good work Mr. President. I'm proud to have you as my President. You are the best.

    February 25, 2011 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  14. Rick McDaniel

    Really? Somehow, I just don't see Iowans that happy with him.

    I think someone has flawed information.

    February 25, 2011 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  15. MJ

    Imagine .. 800 people surveyed. Plus or Minus 3.5% accuracy and they claim his ratings are up 3%. CNN needs to get a grip. This is not news, but complete bias by CNN.

    February 25, 2011 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  16. once upon a horse

    I think if more people would stop watching FoxNews and watch and listen to REAL news that tell you the truth about some of the things this man has done or at least have tried to do since he's been in office, his numbers might even go higher.

    February 25, 2011 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  17. gt

    was the poll before he came out for homosextual marraige....

    February 25, 2011 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  18. carolo

    Not bad when Bush went out with a 22% rating after 8 years and had none of the hassle that Obama's had to deal with.

    February 25, 2011 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  19. Tulsa

    The idiots (gt, four and the door, etc....) are about to say, "nobody polled me!"
    Thereby showing their ignorance. It's called statistics, t-baggers. If you had an education, you would understand that.... but then, you'd probably be a Democrat too. (yes, that's also a verified fact.)
    fact is, he's going to keep improving as the intentions and tactics of the Republicans become known to a wider audience. Look for a lot of "R"s going away from the House next year.

    February 25, 2011 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  20. lou

    This is not surprising since a new republican governor came to town. First order of business was to cut human resourses, fire state workers, and cut school budgets while offering 40% tax cuts for corporations and his commercial property buddies who got him elected. People are starting to remember why we ousted Republicans in the last election.

    February 25, 2011 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  21. CNN The Masters of Spin

    Amazing! ALL other polls show Obambi's numbers to be down, yet CNN manages to find some numbers where he is going up.....Go fiigure.

    February 25, 2011 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  22. Bob in PA

    Yes, as long as he doesn't try to implement policy, I give him a good rating. As a figure head B+ as a policy maker F !

    February 25, 2011 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  23. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    The more hateful, racist, deranged, and spiteful these RethugliKKKlans act, the higher his numbers will go.

    Hey Wisconsinites I sure as hell hope you got milk because that's all you'll have left after your newly minted and elected Teabagging Koch Brother Governor Walker gets done with you.


    February 25, 2011 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  24. Tim

    Yeah, and the 3/4 of those surveyed who are Democrats want to let you know it.

    February 25, 2011 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  25. Tim

    I find his leadership on international affairs pre-schoolish. But we've been told everyone has a learning curve.

    February 25, 2011 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
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