CNN Poll of Polls: President's approval rating declining
April 22nd, 2011
01:09 PM ET
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CNN Poll of Polls: President's approval rating declining

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama's job approval rating among Americans is edging down, according to an average of the most recent national polls.

A CNN Poll of Polls compiled and released Friday indicates that 45 percent of the public say they approve of the job the president's doing in the White House, with 48 percent saying they disapprove of how Obama's handling his duties.

This latest edition of the CNN Poll of Polls is an average of three national surveys conducted within the past week: ABC/Washington Post (April 14-17), CBS/New York Times (April 15-20) and the Gallup Tracking Poll (April 18-20). The CNN Poll of Polls does not have a sampling error.

The 45 percent approval rating is down from a 52 percent approval rating in a CNN Poll of Polls from mid-January, which was the high point so far this year for the president's approval numbers.

The new approval rating figures come as four national polls conducted this month indicate that pessimism on the direction the country's headed is on the rise. Survey's from CBS/New York Times, McClatchy/Marist, Reuters/Ipsos, and NBC Wall Street Journal all indicate that the percentage of Americans who think the country's headed in the wrong direction is on the rise, hitting 70 percent in the CBS/New York Times poll.

All these surveys come as gas prices are soaring, and as partisan battles over the budget and the nation's massive deficit are raging.


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soundoff (50 Responses)
  1. S. In California - Obama 2012

    Sure it is. That explains why his visits are ALWAYS packed, why people are standing in the streets in long lines to see and hear him and why EVERYONE I'm related to or know (in different states) plan to VOTE FOR HIM AGAIN.

    Thanks CNN for the Friday morning INACCURACIES.

    April 22, 2011 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  2. ConservaFascists -aka- Mammon

    Once gas prices go down, his approval rating will go back up. And as long as he makes his case against Ryan fascism bill, he'll be just fine. I'm not one to follow polls when the margin of error is within 3-5%.

    April 22, 2011 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  3. Tim

    Do these constant polls, tracking the short attention span of most Americans really make a difference at this point?

    April 22, 2011 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  4. Reggie from LA

    We will automatically have a 50% disapproval along party lines, then there will be other fools whimpering because their single votes may not have bought enough capital for what they expected. Look, we all want(ed) the world from the president and the rest of us wish he were never born (in America) for no particular reason. If his job was not having to deal with stupidity and opposition daily, perhaps we'd see more promises being kept...in entirety. Keep movin' forward Mr President. We know you are trying to make us One nation.

    April 22, 2011 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  5. Edna

    Gee...shocker. His approval rating is declining. That's because he's all blow and no show. We need to get someone in there who knows what they're doing and who actually cares about the citizens in THIS country AND....this is a big one.... who isn't bought and paid for.

    April 22, 2011 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  6. Oregon Calling

    This coming from a "For Profit" entity. Go figure. I believe that this is one of the toughest jobs in our country yet there are more people today than in my lifetime that do not show it the respect that it deserves. To me, what you spew is what you wish for the world to believe of our country. All that I can say is careful folks.

    Peace :-)

    April 22, 2011 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  7. Beverly

    CNN do you think the American people are that gullible? Sure, many of us are naive; however, with all that has happened stemming from the extreme Republicans surely you don't think that the president ratings are down. One would have to be a complete idiot, despite, the lies of the media to attack the character of the president at every given moment to support any Republican. CNN, evil kills itself. The network has become transparent. Stop before your rating go straight to the bottom. I know you reporters wish to keep your job, but not at the expense of this great country. This is an attack by the real owners of America to fool idiots who can not read between the lines. Many of us see CNN for what it is. Besides, if the president loose, you want have much news to talk about. God knows you would never disrespect a white president as you have done this president. You are playing to the closet Klans.

    April 22, 2011 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  8. obama victim

    well...this should be entertaining....the Obamabots protecting their boy, ripping Repubs...and claiming polls are meaningless...just like they said the polls were wrong in Nov....no , wait...they were right...anyway...sit back and enjoy the laughs..

    April 22, 2011 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  9. Four and The Door

    In mid-January, Obama had shown some cooperation with the Republicans and had followed the advice of his Chief Economic Advisor Larry Summers to not raise taxes on anyone. This was all in an effort to finally get the economy started and to bring unemployment down. It worked, very quickly too.

    Now Obama has completely changed directions, coming out firmly against the Republican plan to control government spending and get some progress on the debt in a couple decades. His new idea? Raise taxes.

    Maybe he is pandering to pressure from the far left again, but the majority of us know better than that. An improvement in unemployment does not mean the job is over. We've got a long way to go and a lot of people to get working again. This is no time to raise taxes.

    April 22, 2011 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  10. Darrell

    Now, I wait for the chorus of haters to chime...Next, I expect the doubters to voice convection that they were right along and that is why they did not vote for him and claim that he does not have experience to be president. Next are the my follow liberals who are angry and say change is too slow or this is not what they want. Finally, the right-wingers are saying we told you so.

    Americans are not happy because the economy is recovering too slowly...Americans are angry because gas and food prices are going up...Americans are angry over govt. spending...Americans are just plan angry....The same Americans want govt. smaller govt. but don't want to have their favored programs touched/cut...The same Americans who buy fuel-in-efficient SUVs, but complain when gas prices go up...the same Americans want to be safe but want accept a tax increase to fight wars...I can go on with other examples, but the point is made. People grow up: Want the president and elected leaders to solve problems you contribute to and want take responsible for as citizens...Go ahead and blame Obama...in fact, go ahead and vote him out of office...guess what? The problems will be the same with the next president, because the solution does not come from elected leaders...them come people who are willing to drive-less, take preventive care of their health, which helps reduce healthcare costs, and willing to pay for services that they demand....Unfortunately, that is not America today.

    April 22, 2011 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  11. Fair is Fair

    How this guy still gets 45% is beyond me.

    April 22, 2011 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  12. vern

    i never like him and i hope amercia see the evil in him he wants this to be a one world order he is a muslin a person to ruin amercia and he want us to have this obama care were well all force to have health care is wrong that it unconstaional and virgina has the right idea if we dont have health insurance were fine 2800 buck how is that right it not

    April 22, 2011 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  13. james Miller

    What happened to all the JOBS JOBS JOBS talk the Demos AND Repubs were shouting several months ago- especially Repubs. Now that the elections are over, the Repubs are all about CUTS CUTS CUTS in an all out posture to stem an inevitable tax increase for the wealthy............... They know rampant inflation and a severe recession are likely on the way and they are protecting their $$$$$ while throwing the middle class to the wolves.

    April 22, 2011 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  14. ebony

    I wasn't polled.

    April 22, 2011 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  15. Dean

    A CNN Poll of Polls compiled and released Friday indicates that 45 percent of the public say they approve of the job the president's doing in the White House-----------That's just about the same percentage of people who live off the government teat these days.

    April 22, 2011 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  16. Patricia

    His rating should decline, all he does is give in to the republicans on everything. What does he stand for? Don't you see Mr. President, thats not good. You know we are saying this about you, but I guss it just doesn't matter. HAPPY FIRST TERM!

    April 22, 2011 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  17. i rock

    The token monkey didnt work time to get the whie back in the white house

    April 22, 2011 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  18. insert sarcastic remark here

    His decline in approval ratings is likely from the far left base because he is making compromises. They certainly would feel the country is going in the wrong direction if the Republicans get anything that they want. However, I really doubt these people would vote for a Republican in the next election.

    April 22, 2011 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  19. samm

    I dont know how anyone would be surprised by this. This man is not doing anything to improve this country. He has put this country down, spends like never before and says that the rich are being selfish. He talks out of both sides of his mouth–that is why his numbers are dropping. Of course, that is not how it will be spun.....

    April 22, 2011 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  20. Fed Up

    Big surprise!

    April 22, 2011 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  21. Palin Power

    This is a clear sign that Sarah Palin will become our next President in 2013. We will have 8 years of our greatest President Sarah Palin. After that, every POTUS and VPOTUS will all be white conservative women. Men, minorities, progressives and liberals will never ever be President and Vice-President again. Palin will usher in a 1 party ALL white conservative women government.

    April 22, 2011 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  22. Gale

    Duh!! When all you do is fly around for vacations, to raise money, and campaign for re-election, who's being President. NoOne!!! The empty suit flies again.

    April 22, 2011 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  23. Common Cents

    Who is CNN polling?!? My phone hasn't rang YET! And if it did I would most definitely approve of Obama's performance thus far.

    If YOU inherited two wars, rising unemployment, a failing job market, Wall Street abuses from CEOs, a broken healthcare system, a failing housing market, an Oil Spill disaster in the Gulf, rising inflation, rising deficit and now rising gas prices...could YOU fix it all in FOUR years?!?

    I don't think so....

    April 22, 2011 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  24. Texas Doc

    His poll numbers may be down but he is going to mop the floor with whatever nut job the TeaOP finally settles on.

    April 22, 2011 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  25. gop hate the US

    it doesnt matter what his rating is he will be president in 2012 again.

    April 22, 2011 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
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