CNN Poll: Obama approval drops to 50 percent
March 15th, 2011
09:59 AM ET
3 years ago

CNN Poll: Obama approval drops to 50 percent

Washington (CNN) - A loss of support among low income men and among independent voters appears to be behind the drop in President Barack Obama's approval rating, according to a new national poll.

A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Tuesday indicates that 50 percent of Americans approve of the job Obama's doing in the White House, down five points from late January. Forty-seven percent of those questioned say they disapprove of how the president is handling his duties.

Full results (pdf)

" President Obama has held his own among people who make more than $50,000 a year, and he still has majority support among women with lower incomes," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "But among men with incomes under $50,000, Obama's approval rating has dropped 20 points, to just 39 percent, since the start of the year. It has also dropped 11 points among independents in that time."

Obama's approval rating of 50 percent in CNN polling is within a few points of his approval rating in recent national surveys from ABC News/Washington Post, Gallup, Bloomberg, Pew, and Ipsos/Reuters that were released earlier this month.

According to the CNN poll, by a 44 to 39 percent margin, the public has more confidence in the president rather than congressional Republicans to deal with the major issues facing the country. The survey also indicates that 46 percent say Obama's views and proposed programs are too liberal for the country, with 39 percent saying they are about right and 12 percent saying they are not liberal enough for the nation.

The CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll was conducted March 11-13, with 1,023 adults nationwide 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.


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soundoff (79 Responses)
  1. Jaison Biagini

    this is what happens when you ignore the people who actually put you in office to please people who wouldn't P on you if you were on fire!! start working for your base or lose them!

    March 15, 2011 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  2. Andy

    Obama needs to take charge and lead the way.

    - A

    March 15, 2011 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  3. Marry

    My support of the President is unchanged and very high. My approval of Congress and Senate very low because, THEY do not work and prevent very good plans to get stuck!

    March 15, 2011 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  4. DemoCommunists for a Better Way - Bankruptcy

    I'm sure he won't let this news interfere with his busy golf schedule. Nothing else has interrupted it! Four and the door FOR SURE!!

    March 15, 2011 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  5. Mark

    Obama:) The most media over hyped toad of our lifetime.

    March 15, 2011 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  6. Dave

    More people are determining that he is more concerned about the liberal agenda; than dealing with the real problems i
    facing America i.e. Libia, Iran, Japan, gas prices, unemployment, budget crisis. He is in way over his head.

    March 15, 2011 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  7. Realistic

    The presidents number goes up and goes down and up and down and so on...Whats new? Polls are so annoying because there are so many polls and we even have polls for polls conducted. I'm polled out!

    March 15, 2011 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  8. Ernie

    I never knew that Obama's approval rating were above 50%, as long as CNN is conducting the "Poll" Obama will never fall below 50%. CNN calls all their usual suspects when a "Poll" is needed when Obama to boost up Obama. The article said that there wa a 50% approval and a 47% disapproval. I would not be surprised if Obama's approval ratiing is below 45%. All the liberal News shows will never tell anyone what the real figures are. Once again I will say believe only 50% of what you read and 50% of what you hear then make your own judgement. The closer Obama gets to November 2012 the lower his rating will fall. I would say be election time his rating will be at 20%.

    March 15, 2011 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  9. beevee

    I can bet that the men under $50000/- incomes whose opinion of the president has dropped are republicans and it is no surprise there. The polls are meaningless. I think the president is doing a very good job considering the national and global cirmustances we are in now. His policies will work to better this country if the GOP lets them work.

    March 15, 2011 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  10. New Age Independant

    Obama can't seem to handle any issue that isn't perfectly planned out in advance by his party leaders. He's doing a great Deer in the Headlights impression though.

    March 15, 2011 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  11. diridi

    I do not care at poll numbers....But I vote for this president....in next election....PERIOD.

    March 15, 2011 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  12. Republican's Are Fraud's !

    A poll that say's his support among lower income men has dropped is misleading because if you think they would vote for a lying , corporate butt kissing, millionaire welfare giving republican then you are sadly mistaken ! As recently witnessed in Wisconsin there is no doubt that republican's only care about protecting the rich ! If they know what is best for them they better vote Democrat as much as they can !

    March 15, 2011 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  13. outawork

    But among men with incomes under $50,000, Obama's approval rating has dropped 20 points, to just 39 percent – makes sense since more men now earn less that $50,000 since Obama came into office. Also, since this poll was done by CNN Obama's approval rating is probably under 40%.

    March 15, 2011 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  14. Jeff

    The approval rating is going to be all over the map. It's situation dependant. Blue collar workers belonging to unions making less then 50k are anxious right now and he's their leader. The promise that he did make is that this would be a hard uphill recovery. We would be fools in 2012 to turn to the far right for the answers. Remember! this president didn't get the luxury of starting with a surplus.

    March 15, 2011 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  15. Hank

    Amazed it is still at 50%. Why does not the 50% base their approval of what promises he kept, oh wait the one he has not. NAFTA, lobbyist in cabinet, Iraq, Gitmo, transparency, the list goes on and on. Of course continued centralized banking concerns are upheld and protected, gun controls on honest people are under assault daily, our southern border is non-existent...oh well perhaps a awakening will occur however I am not hopeful.

    March 15, 2011 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  16. Randy, San Francisco

    Not surprised by falling poll numbers. Expectations for Obama were too high. Toxic political atmosphere and dysfunctional do nothing Congress reduces the effectiveness of any president.

    March 15, 2011 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  17. gt

    no jobs.... no jobs... no jobs...... high gas prices.... no wonder its heading south....

    March 15, 2011 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  18. Name king

    If Obama keep letting the repugs control the media and their ideology, of taking from the poor and give to rich, I suspect his ratings will decline even more.

    March 15, 2011 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  19. Roger

    Hopefully he will oose in 2012.

    March 15, 2011 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  20. Yolanda

    CNN, how about focusing on news worthy events.....you know, little things like the disaster that is unfolding in Japan, or maybe how we are dropping the ball in Libya, or the fragility of the economic recovery here in the U.S.???
    Let him lead. Let's worry about the populaity contest some other time.....

    March 15, 2011 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  21. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Given that the economy is slowly improving, it is a problem. I think that there are other factors in the approval rating like issues with Libya (no fly zone or not). If there wasn't that and other issues overseas, then the approval rating would be a bit higher.

    March 15, 2011 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  22. MikeBell

    Obama is getting his wish. Google "obama energy prices will necessarily skyrocket"

    March 15, 2011 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  23. FParana

    Here's one reason Obama is losing my respect: The Japan earthquake and its aftermath (especially the news coverage) has made it easier for Obama to stall on making a decision about whether or not to help the Libyan opposition forces. Secretly, the US govt wants Gaddafi to prevail (because he’s a reliable provider of fossil fuels), and we really don’t give a damn about the Libyan people. By the time the news about Japan becomes boring to the soccer moms of America, the Libyan resistance will be crushed and it will be back to business as usual. The West will have lost another chance to show the Muslim world that we can think beyond our addiction to oil.

    March 15, 2011 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  24. Mrs DemocratGirl

    Barack is VERY VERY smart, but he does lack in leadership ability. We love you Barack!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 15, 2011 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  25. OH YEAH?

    President needs to LEAD. DO SOMETHING, ANYTHING. Politicians are too concerned about next year's elections. They need to focus on today's needs. Elections will take care of themselves.

    March 15, 2011 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
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