New CNN Poll: 65% give Obama thumbs down on economy
September 1st, 2011
05:00 AM ET
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New CNN Poll: 65% give Obama thumbs down on economy

Washington (CNN) - Only a third of all Americans approve of how President Barack Obama is handling the economy, according to a new national survey.

And with a CNN/ORC International Poll also indicating that more than three-quarters of the public say the country is in bad shape right now, there's little wonder why the president is getting such low marks.

According to the poll, released Wednesday morning, 28 percent of people questioned say things are going well in the country today.

"That may be a slight uptick from early August but it still represents a double-digit drop from earlier this year," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "And it's clear that economic jitters are a drag on President Obama's standing with the voting public."

Obama gets good marks for his handling of international issues. Six in ten approve of his handling of terrorism and roughly half like his track record on foreign affairs in general and Libya in particular.
And 53 percent say they trust Obama as the nation's commander-in-chief.

But only 34 percent approve of how the president is handling economic issues, with 65 percent saying they disapprove of how he’s handling the economy. Thirty-three percent give him a thumbs up on the budget deficit and 37 percent approving of how he's dealing with unemployment.

"Two-thirds of Democrats continue to approve of Obama's economic record, but seven out of ten independents disapprove. Not surprisingly, more than nine out of ten Republicans also disapprove of how Obama is handling the economy,” adds Holland.

According to CNN poll numbers released last week, the president's overall approval rating stands at 45 percent.

The CNN/ORC International Poll was conducted August 24-25, with 1,017 adult Americans 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.


Filed under: CNN/ORC International poll • Economy • Polls • President Obama
soundoff (342 Responses)
  1. Steven Durham

    Hey Folks, looks like we've got another Jimmy Carter on our hands. A one term President. Actually I'd say the poll numbers are more likely to show that 75-80% disapprove of Obama, his policies, and his performance.

    September 1, 2011 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  2. c

    every last one of you people are being misled, thinking that this government is your god and your worshipping it like its your savior, no man or woman is going to make any nation better. the secret families run and are pulling the gov strings, so guess whos pulling YOUR strings? U.S. Government. So now each of you are trying to pulling each other strings, you see the chain reaction. its all mind control etc. the truth hurts

    September 1, 2011 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  3. Liz the First

    Congrats, rethugs! your strategy of keeping the country from recovering and then blaming Obama is working. you must be so proud. this is proof that you can fool some of the people all of the time. hope the American people wise up before 2012 or we will be a 3rd world oligarchy with no functioning government, just robber barons and their slaves.

    September 1, 2011 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  4. Boo-Yah

    It's congress that should get the thumbs down. To put the blame on one man is ludicris and ignorant. The republicans have said from the get-go that they want Obama "to fail".... meaning they don't care about what happens to the citizens of the U.S.!! They just care about their party. Absolutely shameful and criminal.

    September 1, 2011 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  5. UNIONUAW

    Its all the illeagles fault, they are taking all the welfare money and they take our jobs. The UAW wants the illeagles OUT

    September 1, 2011 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  6. Philip J Berg

    I am a lifelong Democrat and if you gooogle my name you will see what I think Of Obama and his administration

    September 1, 2011 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  7. Joe F.

    I am out of work because of the "cash for clunkers" program. I have a small machine shop for rebuilding and restoring old car engines , making them new. I was doing well until such program came along.I had 35 employees and was operating in the black for a few years. When the program came along, our customer base dried up overnight.We will be forced to close soon. I laid off all but 3 workers.If I could get a reprieve on my local proprty tax, I could maybe hire 3 guys back. that will not happen.

    September 1, 2011 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  8. New Age Independent

    Here's how I interpret liberals blaming the GOP: Obama is incompetent. He had control of both the house and senate and still failed. Obama is purely partisan. He can't even bring over a few votes from a GOP controlled house. Obama is not the leader that this country needs; It is time for a real change.

    September 1, 2011 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  9. NoTags

    Elect Perry and you will see something worse than dubya.

    OBAMA-BIDEN 2012

    September 1, 2011 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  10. xairesephos

    I am not thrilled with Obama's performance, but I am not so enslaved to ideology that I ignore the fact that the GOP administration created this disastrous economy, and that the present GOP congressional majority would rather topple the elected leader of the nation than do anything about fixing the mess they helped to create in the first place. Moreover, their candidates for the Presidency are a useless group without any ideas other than more of the same failed policies. Everyone who favors the extension of the Bush tax cuts talks about their importance for job creation; a decade into them, where are the jobs??? Disappearing. The GOP does not deserve my vote and they will not get it.

    September 1, 2011 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  11. Barbara

    Barack Obama inherited the burden of US demise when the country was at its weakest in decades. The US squandered wealth generated over the last 30 years in only 8 years with George W... the man who incidentally raised your debt ceiling 8 times. Clearly most Americans do not read and are not capable of asking themselves objective questions about history or politics. Obama is saving the US from damage it did to itself; Obama is reversing the downward tailspin caused by the extremely irresponsible and dim witted George W Bush. If Americans wish to succeed, they must change their attitudinal disposition about the greater part of the past decade and face the facts. Why don't any of you acknowledge that Bush and Cheney squander trillions in Iraq for WMD that never ever even existed, it was a fairy tail... and you lost your houses and lively hood for it, all the while completely excused of the basic human right to universal healthcare.

    September 1, 2011 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  12. Kevin

    America needs to get out of the business of instigating and fighting wars abroad and focus on the problems in America.

    September 1, 2011 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  13. Aaron

    I find it hilarious that the left will blame congress for this mess. If that is the case, then you might as well own up to the fact that when the country was going into the tank from 2006-2010 the democrats controled congress and based on your reasoning, the democrats are the reason we are in this mess. The left is so desperate right now they will do anything to justify the problems they have caused.

    September 1, 2011 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  14. jetgold321

    Meecheele must be one of the 35% for him as she has been giving him the thumbs up! ow

    September 1, 2011 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  15. Phearis

    From reading the comments, it's obvious that 65% of Americans have absolutely no clue what so ever how government works. They are all under the delusion that Obama has the final say on everything. Ummmm, no. If you have 2 parties (GOP/TP) saying "NO" to everything, how can you get anything done? GOP and TP members have even publicly said that they are doing everything in their power to make Obama's presidency the hardest it can possibly be. The GOP and TP have no interest in fixing the economy, they're holding it hostage and the sheeple with their blinders on are only looking at Obama, refusing to look at the big picture and what's really going on.

    September 1, 2011 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  16. ohyeah

    the majority of people give Obama thumbs down. the majority of people are uneducated underclass. majority means nothing.

    September 1, 2011 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  17. pass a note to obama

    To tell LZ Grandeson that he needs to study a little bit on House Rules and Palimentary procedurre before making comments about what the president can do, The Speaker invites the welfare prez, the welfare prez just doesnt invite himself, so tell him to study.

    September 1, 2011 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  18. Round Them Up

    Love how the fools that voted for this 'Hope and Change' guy continue to have their love affair with the community organizer. 'Hope and Change' translated is 'Hoax and Chains' which many of us knew when the community organizer was running for president. That's why we didn't vote for him and fall for his lies.

    September 1, 2011 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  19. CBR

    Here in the United States we always have to blame someone and we a re fortunate that we can do so. However, too much energy is being expended on blame and not enough on solving the problems. Mr. Boehner has done a terrific job as doorkeeper. While he says no, other Republicans are engaged in a plan to unseat President Obama. They make no bones about their intentions and have proven that they know how to be rude and uncooperative. We, the American people continue to be the losers. We are allowing the minority to speak for us. We are allowing all of this backbiting and rudeness. We allow Sen. McConnell to publicly state he is working to make President Obama a one-term President. How wonderful that this is his contribution to solving the economic problems of the USA!

    It is September of 2011 and the media is already placing great importance of the debate next week. Funny that we have the money to put on the debate and hype it as if it was the most important moment in United States history. These people are in the business of running for President and nothing more. Why do we put up with this and why do we support this expenditure of money? How many people could be put to work with the millions spent of this nonsense.

    We need to push back and demand that the Republicans and Democrats find a way to get this nation moving ahead.

    September 1, 2011 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  20. Hank

    Obama gets a thumbs' down. The Teapublicans get a middle finger up. Both ways America loses.

    September 1, 2011 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  21. Dave

    Solution is simple.
    Slap a fine of $1 billion on every business that is outsourcing to another country.
    Slap a $10 billion dollar fine on every business that is outsourcing to our Communist enemy China!!
    Freeze all assets of CEO's who have not paid their taxes, until they pay their fair share.
    Give tax cuts to businesses that are 100% American.

    The problem is, every politician has their noses stuck up the ars of every corporation, nothing will get fixes and we'll (the honest hard working Americans) get shafted in the end.

    September 1, 2011 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  22. Coug9

    How do 50% of Americans support the President's handling of international affairs? Since the "Appology Tour" he took when first in office, he has set a tone from our government of complacency. This has allowed other nations to proliferate their military with little or no consequences. Nations like Iran, North Korea, China, Russia, Syria........they know our ability to confront their build-ups are severely weakened with Obama in office. He is more afraid of facing voters and the media than he is of facing the reality of threats building around the world. As our nation continues to build debt supporting useless domestic programs, squeezing funding out of the defense budget, and limiting our abilty to counter threats around the world, other nations will use this opportunity to "catch up" to our dominance.

    September 1, 2011 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  23. TP will be flushed after use

    Put off a jobs speech so the losers, because thats what they will be in 2012, can have their Obama bash-a-thon one day earlier? I would think a crafty politician would welcome a speech before a debate! Sorry repub posters, most Americans are beholden to the union not the corporate would be masters. Instead of bashing, how about compromise and gear up for 2016. It's the only chance you'll ever have to get back to the white house. By the way, I work, pay taxes, and voted for Obama! I know where the economic blame lies. Obama/Biden 2012. In a landslide.

    September 1, 2011 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  24. Gemini Girl

    To John P: So you say anybody but Obama for 2012? So are you really saying you'll take Crazy Bachmann, Nutcase Perry, Mitt, Newt, Paul, Santorum, Cain, ad nauseum? Face it, Obama will win again (if unemployment doesn't double) IN SPITE of the Teapubs Party of NO, NIET, NUNCA, NEVER! And have to agree with Kaparrishati that the President is having this difficult time with the other side because of the color of his skin. Yes, folks, there really are people out there that don't like the president because of that! Really, truly. And I am not black nor white. Oh, and don't forget to Google Santorum!! LOL.

    September 1, 2011 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  25. Alex Gessong

    Have people really forgotten that we have a capitalist economy? Capitalist economies are driven by the forces of the market, not by politicians. Fixing the economy is simple: consumers have to spend, and employers have to stop firing people. Thing is, in a capitalist economy, employers are actually rewarded for eliminating jobs. Ever wonder why there are those self-checkout machines in supermarkets? Fewer employees = higher profits. Capitalism. The government's economic stimulus very likely kept a deep recession from becoming a depression, but it's up to consumers and private enterprise to get the economy really going strong. That's how capitalism works.

    September 1, 2011 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
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