CNN Poll: Obama approval drops to 50 percent
March 15th, 2011
09:59 AM ET
4 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. MikeBell

    And don't forget his ill-will for our energy producers. Google:
    "He WILL BANKRUPT THE COAL INDUSTRY"

    March 15, 2011 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  2. TwM

    I beg to differ on this poll, first off NO one I know was polled. I will state flat out that his approval rating is way lower that. Same results with the Congressional Repubs. I will state that their rating is higher than Obama's. Republicans are the ones getting their hands dirty and trying to fix the Country. They are doing what needs to be done. Democrats?? Run away, Hide, lie to try and maintain the broken programs they contrived.

    March 15, 2011 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  3. Dave

    The Republican Party's uncontested lies and the media's failure to correct the record explains this. The demographic where approval fell is straight out of Fox News' audience base. Poor white men. Which is ironic given Fox exists for the benefit of rich white men.

    March 15, 2011 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  4. chelle

    Too liberal??? Wow! As a Canadian I just find it amazing that you in the US consider President Obama's policies liberal. He'd be pretty conservative here or in Europe.

    March 15, 2011 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  5. so what?

    which is oddly enough, still MUCH higher than G. W's approval rating a year before his second election. Approval ratings mean nothing

    March 15, 2011 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  6. Dolce21

    WOW, someone is playing with the numbers. Its the media, wanting their media icon to look good. Because we know by the blogs alone that its not that high!

    March 15, 2011 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  7. bell

    He can only do so much for the time he has been in office. You have to look at the last few presidents that was in office for 8 years apiece. It took two terms apiece to mess this country up. Obama is doing all that he can do right now and he still has not finished his first term. Got to give him a chance.

    March 15, 2011 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  8. Rickster

    The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Tuesday shows that 20% of the nation's voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as president. Forty-two percent (42%) Strongly Disapprove, giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -22. That is the president’s lowest rating since September.

    March 15, 2011 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  9. p m

    a lot is happening in the world and im pretty sure obama has not forgotten the workers. once the case from wisc is in the courts i'll bet he will be there. this is more about timing than forgetting. Why allow the media to put yourself in a light of losing by showing up early?

    March 15, 2011 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  10. Padraig

    I never trust these polls becuase they can be manipulated by the one's who are giving it. My questions are
    – how is the job market?
    – what is the true unemployment rate (to include all individuals who have quit looking and have been expired their benefits)
    – how decisive is the President
    –is he taking lead or letting others do the job for him
    - what does the other nations of the world view him
    - is he leading us in the right direction as a nation or is he more concerned over special interests

    Just some of the criteria I rate every President on.

    Right now our President is failing and floundering.

    March 15, 2011 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  11. Not All Docs Play Golf

    I wonder what approval rating Jesus Christ himself would have in today's toxic, hyper-critical political environment.
    The Presidency is a tough job, and you do it in a fishbowl. I highly admire President Obama for his sophisticated demeanor while under attack. Count me in the approval group.

    March 15, 2011 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  12. Thaddeus

    The ((GOP)) is no longer the party of rational conservati­­ves. It has, in fact, become a party of extremism.
    I have "doubts" the "((Republi­can Party))", can provide the quality of leadership that is required to get America back on solid footing.
    I believe our current president is doing the best he can; given the drastic situation ((GOP polices)) have ((again)), caused a modern version of the Great Depression­.”

    March 15, 2011 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  13. Scott

    We need obama to win in 2012. None of the republicans are for the people, they are for them selfs. I may just get my buddyes togather and help sara palin win the nominatian so obama can win 46 states and leaving sara palin in the dirt. Ya'll just rembr.... That the republicans are trying to cut education and ssi.

    March 15, 2011 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  14. notayesman

    This president has been a complete failure. On the other hand it seems that the voting moronic, maniacal public in this country who vote Republican have an in road to get yet another ignorant person who would put the final nails in the coffin of this country and resultantly in the rest of the world with her election...the female embodiment of LUCIFER...none other than the four eyed moron...PALIN!!! I would suspect however that by the next election in 2012, we will caught up in the apocalypse...an event that should clear out the dead wood life of about 75% of the earth's population. If the enough of the planet survives that clearing and taking out of the TRASH, then a newer more reverting to the past type of population that goes back to basics, just might have a chance to START ALL OVER AGAIN and forget what the last 60 or so detrimental years has brought about.............

    March 15, 2011 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  15. alpha_nu_916

    snore.
    the president's approval rating has dropped among lower income men – wonder why?
    increase in gas prices & the lack of decent paying jobs requiring only a high-school education. these two factors are beyond the presidents's control.
    memo to "low income men": go back to school & stop driving ford expeditions.

    March 15, 2011 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  16. Darth Vadik, CA

    Oh NOOOOO, that is only 22 points above Bushes rating....

    March 15, 2011 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  17. Obama Leads

    One has to ask, what dastardly deed did our president do that made his poll numbers drop? Not a thing in the past fewonths. This is just ludicrous I don't believe any of this.

    I once worked for a polling co. Per say, a And believe me, the higher ups "fixed" the numbers.

    March 15, 2011 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  18. mike

    what our president has been doing is outstanding if you were to look at any other president in the history of this country what has been put on his plate and how he is handling the issues to me is mind blowing just look at what has happening around the world let only alone what we have been dealing with in our on back yards fifty percent is great

    March 15, 2011 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  19. Anthony Heyward

    Oh whatever, he's really actually totally a good if not great president. Some people will not be happy no matter what.

    March 15, 2011 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  20. john

    how is the president doing a good job??he has ran our deficit up which is now over the top and if he and his cabinet of idiots had their way the government would own everything..great if i live in a socialist country..last time i checked i live in america..built on free enterprise and dreams...keep it up obama and there wont be an american dream...just a country full of robots that are programed to do what the government wants....and my family fought for this?!thank god they arent here to see what this country has become..how sad..i feel for my nephews and other young kids who are going to reap the consequences of what is happening now..the slow demise of freedom as we know it

    March 15, 2011 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  21. Anonymous

    Good ole "Hope and Change" doesn't seem to resinate any more. What an empty suit.

    March 15, 2011 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  22. read my lips

    Bush's 3rd term is the reason

    Obama has continued all bush policies!

    Still bush's 2 Invasions, bush's tax breaks for the wealthiest, bush's outsourcing

    What had he done for his base?

    March 15, 2011 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  23. Mikey

    Good ole "Hope and Change" doesn't seem to resinate any more. What an empty suit.

    March 15, 2011 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  24. FM

    This poll looks a bit contradicting. If the public has more confidence in him in dealing with major issues, does this mean they don't approve him dealing with minor issues!. Or is this poll of what mood people are in!

    March 15, 2011 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  25. Lolo

    Because they are mushroom people and they believe everything that fox news, S. Palin. GOP and tea partiers tell them which are all lies. The real deal is that the party of no is ruining their lively hood. A bunch of dummies.

    March 15, 2011 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
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