CNN Poll: President gets no bounce from speech, but disapproval rating peaks
September 13th, 2011
05:02 PM ET
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CNN Poll: President gets no bounce from speech, but disapproval rating peaks

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama didn't score any political points with his speech on jobs to a joint session of Congress last Thursday. According to a new CNN/ORC International poll released Tuesday, the president's approval rating stands at 43 percent, virtually unchanged from the 45 percent approval rating in the previous CNN poll.

Although this is not the lowest number of those who say they approve of how Obama is handling his job-he reached 42 percent one year ago-the number who disapprove of the president reached its highest during his presidency in the poll.

The survey reveals that 55 percent say they do not approve of how Obama is handling his duties in the White House and the number of Americans who think he is a strong leader has dropped to a new low.

"A familiar pattern in public opinion on Obama again asserts itself," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "Americans don't like Obama's track record on major issues while they continue to like him personally."

Less than one in ten think Obama's policies have made the economy better, although another four in ten credit them with preventing the economy from being even worse than it is today. Thirty-seven percent say that Obama has made economic conditions worse and 15 percent think his policies have had no effect.

The president is on the road this week touting a new policy–his $447 billion jobs proposal-that he's encouraged Congress to take up and pass. With stops in Richmond, Virginia last week, Columbus, Ohio Tuesday, and North Carolina on Wednesday, the road trip appears to be doubling as a swing through battleground states.

But with more than half the nation saying Obama cannot manage the government effectively in the poll and no bounce in public opinion following his speech, the president may have his work cut out for him selling his plan to the public.

There is some good news for Obama in the poll. Among Democrats, his standing has improved. Opinions among the Democratic base have turned the corner after a drop in the wake of the debt ceiling agreement. The number of Democrats who wanted the party to renominate Obama dropped to an all-time low of 70 percent in early August, but it's on the rise now-72 percent in our last poll and 76 percent in the current survey.

The poll was conducted for CNN by ORC International from September 9-11 among 1,038 adults by telephone. It has an overall sampling error of plus or minus three percentage points.

–CNN's Rebecca Stewart contributed to this report.


Filed under: 2012 • CNN/ORC International poll • Jobs • Polls • President Obama
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  1. AudreyinGa

    Pass the American Jobs Act Bill !!!!!!

    September 13, 2011 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  2. Mikey

    @ true centerist (i sincerely doubt it) – Obama inherited 7.8% unemployment rate (Jan 09) and 27 months later it stands at 9.1%. Reagan inherited 7.5% unemployment and 27 months later it was 9.5%. I guess Obama is a much better economic steward than the great Ronald Reagan.

    There is a huge list of Obama accomplishments, but I'm sure you don't want to hear it. You only want to look at the negatives. You also probably want to ignore the series of international economic problems, domestic natural disasters, and GOP obstructionism that have contributed to the slow recovery, right?

    September 13, 2011 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  3. DanoMcRoo

    I think that for the benefit of the Democrat Party, and their election chances next November, Obama should pull an LBJ and not seek reelection. Hillary Clinton can win. Barack Obama can not.

    September 13, 2011 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  4. seriously???

    While it's disappointing the economy and unemployment haven't completely turned around, it's repulsive that the republicans continue to protect the top 2% of "job creators" of a miniscule tax increase while there are so many falling into poverty. It's clear that the GOP is looking at the China model to achieve a workforce that will work 16 hours a day for $2.00 an hour to fatten up the corporate cow.

    September 13, 2011 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  5. Mikey

    @ Maggie – the things that have been initiated under Obama are projected to add $1.5T to our deficit over 10 years, compared to over $5T for his predecessor. The bankrupting our country to benefit the few has been going on wholesale for much longer than the past 2 1/2 years.

    September 13, 2011 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  6. Liberal Elite = Anyone with an education...

    Read the poll data pdf, folks. No suprises here at all – His disapproval numbers are high in the South and Midwest, among older white folks with no college education who self-identify as Republicans or (wink, wink) Independents (Republicans in sheep's clothing). All this polling actually shows is that the GOP talking points are meeting their goal of firing up their base, and doing all they can to ensure this President gets on term. The GOP is simply proving again that they are more concerned about Party than they are about Country, and that their propaganda machine retains its efficacy.

    September 13, 2011 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  7. Liberal Elite = Anyone with an education...

    How come there aren't weekly headlines about Congress's hideous disapproval rating? They're always on the same poll. Why the focus solely on the President's 43% approval rating (roughly half of the country) and no focus at all on Congress's 15% !
    85% of the country disapproves of Congress, and yet all CNN, et al. talks about is the President! What's up with that!

    September 13, 2011 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  8. G

    This poll was conducted by telephone on Sept. 9-11-11? Who still uses land phones as their primary phone and who is at home on the weekends with nowhere to go? Nobody but old, angry birds.

    September 13, 2011 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  9. Blinded by the republican lie

    I couldn't have said it better than you did @ al in memphis

    September 13, 2011 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  10. GOP = Greed Over People

    Count me in the 55% that is unhappy with President Obama, but do not assume that means I would ever pull the lever for a member of the "christian" cabal formally known as the GOP!

    September 13, 2011 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  11. guest

    Maybe you're polling the wrong bunch of people-like Republicans. I know tons of people who continue to support Obama.

    September 13, 2011 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  12. Indy

    The only way to read this poll is if you have a poll that states why we think Obama is not getting things done, and then poll on who is to blame for for all of the economic woes. Of course people are unhappy and it shows in this poll but to get a fair assesment is to ask why things are not getting done and who are the people holding America back. This poll does not tell a very clear story, and any person of any party would poll low in this situation. Lets see some polls and let everyone decide on that what,where,when,who and why which will tell the whole story behind the numbers.

    September 13, 2011 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  13. Ed

    Please make him a one term President we can't afford him and his DEMs yes people.

    September 13, 2011 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  14. phmillcreek

    Wish the President and others would thoroughly tell it like it is. Republicans predominantly populate decision making roles amongst corporations and small businesses. There has been and there will continue to be no hiring or drop in unemployment as long as they can leverage that unfortunate state of affairs, whether in a political year, or on any occasion to turn a gluttonous profit or pay a dividend. Undoubtedly, the jobs crisis will "magically" improve after November 2012, no matter who wins the election.

    September 13, 2011 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
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