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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  1. Gary Davis

    the presidents ratings are a crock , this is just republicans voicing hate , and the Koch Brothers trying to swing crap
    2012 will prove a great day for the democrats , and failure for the Tea Party and republican core

    so 50% has nothing to do with his ability to do a great job, it is the frustration of americans that he can't fix the Bush Cheney Rove debacle sooner . WE THE PEOPLE NEED TO HELP

    March 15, 2011 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  2. MichiganJoe

    It is amazing how these polls always show up when there is a crisis beyond any one person's control. The world is in chaos and we listen to this dribble about polls. I would like for some investigator to make these polls proven by actual phone numbers and demographics used to make such outcomes. If you ask the polls in a Republican held area, surely you would get the results you wish to get. But, if you ask these same questions in a democratic stronghold you's get the opposite. We are never told where these so called polls are taken and we are just fed what the pollster wanted to say before the polls were taken. It's all just hogwash.

    March 15, 2011 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  3. Name

    They shouldn't complain ,they make 50gs a year.looks like I need to move to dc. That's where all the" stimulus money"is.there's more

    construction within 30miles of dc tha most of the east coast

    March 15, 2011 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  4. notayesman

    This guy's approval will keep dropping as long as the Dow Jones Average goes down...U CAN BET ON THAT and WIN MONEY!!!

    March 15, 2011 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  5. lac

    well if people are not happy, vote republican and see happens. ask the folks in wisconsin and other states. these fair weather democrates make me sick. 8 years vs 3 years. give me a break. obama 2012.

    March 15, 2011 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  6. bill

    The country needs leadership, Obama, nice man but not a leader. The problem for the country is that the lead horses for 2012 presidential elections are average politicians. Average will not do.

    March 15, 2011 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  7. I Back Obama

    Barak O'12, in other words Barak Obama for President 2012!!!

    March 15, 2011 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  8. BillClemons

    What do you expect from a loser?

    March 15, 2011 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  9. mobrule

    sounds like the koolaid is wearing off.

    March 15, 2011 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  10. CutTax

    Even Jimmy Carter was able to achieve an approval rating higher than Obama's current (and truly pathetic) 43%!

    March 15, 2011 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  11. 2blind2see

    Community agitator in Chief, don't let the door hit you on your way out.

    March 15, 2011 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  12. Bob

    And yet the republicans are continuing with an unprecedented over-reach acting like 100% of Americans are behind them.

    Lucky for the republicans they are Koch-sucking and existing thanks to pushing policies that exclusively benefit the ultra-rich.

    March 15, 2011 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  13. Cynic

    Fifty percent! What's keeping his approval rating so high?

    March 15, 2011 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  14. mike

    The man don't know what to do. he is naive and his "chance" make me ill. I want my vote back.

    March 15, 2011 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  15. barry

    These polls are dumb. No person under 35 even has a landline phone anymore and 1000 people probably won't be an accurate portrait of what america thinks.

    March 15, 2011 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  16. one voice

    If the CROOKED GOP would "GET OUT OF THE WAY", Our great Country would be doing just fine. Overturn the "Citizens United case and KICK THE RIGHT-WING LOBBIESTS OUT OF WASHINGTON and us AVERAGE AMERICANS might have a chance.

    March 15, 2011 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  17. BostonDan

    Rasmussen, which polls likely voters and is consistenly more accurate than CNN or any other, has had his approval rating below 50 for quite awhile.

    March 15, 2011 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  18. Debbie

    My opinion of Obama has dropped as well. That does not translate into my opinion of the direction or any GOP/TEA member has risen. I will not be voting GOP or TEA as they have proven no solutions for jobs and focused on helping corporations and what happens in my sex life! It is not about the deficit caused by the Iraq war but it is about jobs and corporate give aways that will impact my vote!

    March 15, 2011 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  19. valwayne

    Obama is such a disaster! We are just now really beginning to feel the effects of his first two years in office. We are in for a lot more bad news!

    March 15, 2011 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  20. Brian

    obama's approval hasn't been above 50% since last May according to Gallup. Catch up CNN, quit being so biased

    March 15, 2011 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  21. one voice

    If it was McCAIN/Palin, we would be in a great depression and 2 years into WW3.

    March 15, 2011 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  22. Bette Overk

    Are you nuts ! His approval is much lower then 50%. Check the Rasmusson poll. I am surprised it's not 0%. He is in the process of destroying the United States of America and should be removed from office and jailed.

    March 15, 2011 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  23. willie floyd

    I think many people seem to forget the mess he stepped into when he took office. I can't remember any pres. in recent history who has faced the problems he has. Add to the problems a congress that has become the party of no-even some Dems. not standing with him, and I'm not really surprised at the poll. If people would look at what he has accomplished, poll results may be very different. But I guess they think that's too time consuming-much easier to just bash him.
    I wasn't polled, but I'm with him through thick and thin.

    March 15, 2011 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  24. cj

    Although I do support him still ,and cannot impagine for voting for a greedy Republican I too have been disappointed with the move to continue to give the richest among us continuing tax breaks when so many are hurting and are moving backwards , not forwards in this economy . I believe he is pandering the the rich GOP in their quest to rid America of a middle class. I understand he is doing this to secure a 2nd term but still is a disappointment for me personally .

    March 15, 2011 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  25. taxweary1

    It only dropped to 50% ?I thought after not handling Egypt,Libya.Jobs,Spending cuts..on and on..It would be much lower!Im looking for his photo on a milk carton so as to explain his virtual abstence,but wait he has been on the golf course!

    March 15, 2011 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
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