Obama approval plummets in NH
September 30th, 2011
05:55 PM ET
7 years ago

Obama approval plummets in NH

Manchester, New Hampshire (CNN) - Sixty-five percent of New Hampshire residents disapprove of President Obama's handling of the economy, according to a new poll.

The American Research Group's September 2011 Quarterly New Hampshire Poll also found the president's approval rating in the first-in-the-nation primary state is pegged at 31%.

Dante Scala, a political science professor at the University of New Hampshire, said the notable shift in Obama's support is among undeclared, or independent voters. Sixty-seven percent of undeclared voters in the state say they disapprove of how the president has handled the economy.

Even though New Hampshire's unemployment rate is much lower than the national figure, Scala said voters here are affected by rampant displeasure in the economy.

Obama lost New Hampshire's primary to Hillary Clinton in 2008 but triumphed over John McCain here with 54% in the general election. The state carries four electoral votes.

The American Research group poll was conducted by telephone from September 25-29, surveying 547 adults in New Hampshire. The sampling error was plus or minus 4.2 percentage points.

–CNN's Rebecca Stewart contributed to this report.

Filed under: New Hampshire • Polls • President Obama
soundoff (48 Responses)
  1. wilson

    how can it be that high

    September 30, 2011 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  2. tony

    Who in their right mind approves of this economy? And you have to blame someone.

    September 30, 2011 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  3. CaliforniaBC

    But does this translate into the thinking that ANY of the GOP candidates can do a better job? Is it a good idea to put more republicans into office given their history in this crisis. The presided over the years and policies that have been assigned blame for the mess, promised in 2010 to make jobs #1 (which ended up being to keep Obama as a 1 termer), have done nothing to spur job creation, have held the economy and its recovery hostage and have supported legislation that has been proven wholly inadequate for economic recoveries throughout the 20th century.

    PLEASE tell us New Hampshirians what's you reasoning for NOT supporting Obama???

    September 30, 2011 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  4. gg

    Do you ever notice something lately for a month!.. seems like CNN trying to discourage those who voted for Obama in 2008.

    September 30, 2011 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  5. Kevin

    This isn't news. The rest of the country is fed up with this spectator president. He needs to get beat by the same or greater margin in the general election in November 2012...and he certainly will.

    September 30, 2011 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  6. Donkey Party

    A survey of 547??? And that's representative of the whole state of NH, really CNN? You guys are really grasping at straws trying to woo the right-wingers.

    September 30, 2011 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  7. Indy

    Manchester, New Hampshire (CNN) – Sixty-five percent of New Hampshire residents disapprove of President Obama's handling of the economy, according to a new poll.

    So that means every single resident of NH was part of this survey ? If it was only 547 out of 1.3 million then this little survey on land lines means didly squat.

    September 30, 2011 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  8. nyc dem

    big deal. he will win that state again in 2012

    September 30, 2011 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  9. rose

    Sure, NH, vote for Perry or Romney. And you thought you had enough to grumble about now. If one of those gets elected, you haven't seen anything yet. Stop complaining and use that energy to vote out our do-nothing congress.

    September 30, 2011 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  10. Michael Hart

    For the good of the country, he should announce that he is not going to run in 2008. He is out of his depth and this latest run to the left only scares business even more and hurts the economy. He has alienated nearly everybody and is trying to restore his base through socialist rhetoric and proposals. He should focus on reconciliation and bringing the country together until the new president is elected. But even that is challenging to do, since hardly anyone trusts him anymore. This is actually very sad for him and for the country.

    September 30, 2011 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  11. diridi

    You need to work hard to bring back Manufacturing jobs...you will be o.k,, Don't be dejected. good luck...

    September 30, 2011 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  12. Rick McDaniel


    Gee I thought the folks up there, were total liberals, who loved the idea that the country owes everyone a living.

    September 30, 2011 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  13. jpminnc

    It is easy to look at a disapproval number and assume that it represents people who now favor the opposing political party. That is not true of someone like Michele Bachmann, and it is not true of President Obama. If Obama's criticism is coming from the left, then low numbers do not necessarily translate to a difficult presidential race - the question will be whether his opposition can mount a better candidate. A better poll might have asked "Do you think Obama is too far left or too far right on the economy?" or "Do you think Obama's efforts to provide stimulus money are too much or too little?"

    September 30, 2011 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |

    Funny today the Pres.Obama kills another top terrorist on the most wanted list. CNN is doing everything it can to help the Tea Party. When the last time you had CNN do a report on the House Republican Jobs Plan? The Republicans are co-owners of the economy also. CNN in order for you to over take Foxs News you have to replace all you minority anchors.

    September 30, 2011 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  15. bb

    Oh wow! Only 547 people were contacted? And by land lines at that!

    September 30, 2011 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  16. SiriusVH

    Well, are they disatisfied with the European debt crisis, the slowdown of the Chinese economy? Are they dissatisfied with the fact that, unlike Reagan and Bush 2, Obama cannot use borrowing to get himself out of this recession because the GOPsters will prevent him from spending anything?

    If the Chinese economy stops growing and pulling the rest of the world with it, are they going to blame that on Obama too? If Greece defaults and (some) European banks go under because their holdings of Greek debt and we see a repeat of 2008, are they going to blame Obama for that too?

    If the people in NH are so worried about the economy, why don't they help Obama get his job program implemented?

    September 30, 2011 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  17. maf

    Sampling of 547???? So what???
    Still many months of obstruction to come, where are the JOBS GOP!!!
    Step up or get voted into oblivion!!!

    September 30, 2011 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  18. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    I no longer approve of New Hampshire.

    September 30, 2011 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  19. Richardson

    President Obama is a president that has been appointed by God. no one can do anything about that. leave the President alone and let him do the job that the almighty God have call for him to do at this appointed time. this is Present Obama season. The bible tell you to pray for the government, So please get on your needs and pray. God bless America and the President of the United State of America

    September 30, 2011 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  20. Reggie from LA

    Criticism of Obama on the state of the economy is for the ignorant and the hateful People, please stop being dumb. If you think that for one second that the GOP and TP are resting on their laurels waiting for Obama to make mistakes, you are misguided. Those devils are in their workshops 24hours per day. They are spinning lies, making up statistics and frightening many of you into a stupor. These right wingers are definitely fools, but not always stupid. Obama has done a great service to this country while the GOP is helping rob the economy you have so little confidence in. I cannot fathom how dumb we've become. The rich (via GOP politicians) are flogging us in broad daylight and we blame Obama. Duh.

    September 30, 2011 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  21. Allen

    Can't account for stupidity...can't get anything done when you have 1/3 of the government working totally against you. Remeber the GOP goal is not to help create jobs, their number one priority is making sure Obama doesn't get a second term. Looks like some people in NH are swallowing the bull. Too bad...you think things are bas now? Wait till you get the GOP in power, say goodbye to freedom, social security, medicare, medicaid, middle class wages, and the middle class in general. It will be Hoover all over again...

    September 30, 2011 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  22. jerry

    what do they think of his foreign affairs mess/

    September 30, 2011 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  23. Reading comprehension...the impossible American dream.

    I'm pretty impressed that the polsters were able to contact every single adult in NH. Makes you wonder how there can be any kind of sampling error.

    September 30, 2011 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  24. Johnson

    CNN has gone to the republicans, they just love posting negative polls about Obama with a bad picture of him. Very childish.

    September 30, 2011 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  25. Marie MD

    They are probably trying to fiture out how the flake confused states a while back.
    That being said I would like to ask why cnn is not covering the youth (and some not so young) protests that have been going on in NYC and now other cities around the US against wall street.
    Oh yeah, right, how many stories have they posted on that imbecilic nobody from AK? Three, four? What about stories about the koch/armey teatards? How about stories about how the "real" republikans want to insert more bs on the next spending bill?

    September 30, 2011 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
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