Obama's approval slips in key state of New Hampshire
October 17th, 2011
09:11 PM ET
3 years ago

Obama's approval slips in key state of New Hampshire

(CNN) -– President Barack Obama’s approval rating has slipped to a new low in a key battleground state, according to a new survey.

The October poll, from the University of New Hampshire Survey Center, shows Obama’s approval rating among New Hampshire adults slipping to 41%, a drop from 46% in July and a new low in the Granite State.

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In February 2009, Obama’s approval rating was the highest in New Hampshire, at 66%. It has since steadily declined.

Obama’s approval numbers in New Hampshire are lower than they are nationally. In a CNN/ORC International Poll released Thursday, 46% of American adults said they approve of how Obama is handling his presidency.

In New Hampshire, Obama’s handling of the economy is getting similarly declining numbers. When asked how Obama is handling the economy, only 37% of respondents said they approve of his performance. That's also a new low.

Among independents, a key voting block in New Hampshire, Obama’s approval rating is even lower, at 35%. Seventy-eight percent of New Hampshire Democrats approve of the job Obama is doing, while 6% of Republicans approve.

When asked for their personal opinion of the president, 44% said they had a favorable opinion, while 47% said they had an unfavorable opinion. Those numbers have remained consistent since July 2010.

The New Hampshire poll was conducted by telephone from October 7 to 16 among 558 New Hampshire adults. The sampling error is plus or minus 4.1%


Filed under: New Hampshire • Polls • President Obama
soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. Liz the First

    I thought the people of New Hampshire were too smart to fall for the rethugs' 'keep the country in the ditch so folks will blame Obama' crap. Yes, the economy is still struggling, but people, look at who's trying to get it back on track and who's keeping it bad to try to grab power back. Every idea the rethugs have put out is bad, more of the same stupidity that got us in this mess in the first place. If tax cuts for the rich worked, we would have full employment now, not 9% unemployment. And now Perry's touting destroying the planet to wring out the last drop of oil instead of looking to the technology of the future that will end our dependence on oil. the rethugs brought us to this mess, they cannot get us out of it, they can only make it bigger!

    October 17, 2011 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  2. 1crusader

    As I understand, New Hampshire is, generally speaking, more conservative, and more Republican than other New England states, anyway.Right now, there's probably also a good amount of support for Mitt Romney, the former governor of the neighboring state of Massachusetts.

    October 17, 2011 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  3. 100% ETH

    I am not against Obama, but the 2012 election is over. Don't waste your $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$.

    October 17, 2011 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  4. Johnnie, London

    That's not true. come voting day you will eat your words.

    October 17, 2011 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  5. Four and The Door

    Among independents, a key voting block in New Hampshire, Obama’s approval rating is even lower, at 35%.
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    This is the result of his obsession with politics. It is obvious, it is disrespectful to the office he was elected to and it is making it difficult for most people to consider him in a role as a leader. He needs to go back and read his own speech given on election night in 2008 in the park in front of America and ask if he believes he has lived up to his own standards of behavior. In light of his own words he will not fare very well. And in that he will understand why Americans will elect a Republican Administration in 2012.

    October 17, 2011 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  6. Real American

    It's funny I have never been polled, so who are you polling the same people. Obama 2012

    October 17, 2011 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  7. PorkBelly

    "Key battleground state"???? How many electoral votes does that postage stamp of a state have? Two?

    October 18, 2011 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  8. jerry

    you can fool some of the people some of the time..............

    October 18, 2011 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
  9. If I had a penny for every stupid Republican I'd be rich!

    Obama's only hope is none of the Republicans likely to gain their nomination is much of a threat. Obama has been superb on killing terrorists, but abysmal on turning the economy around. If he can paint the Republicans as obstructionists and the tools of the rich and powerful he may still win by the skin of his teeth. It's still a long time till the election – who knows what may happen in the intervening months?

    October 18, 2011 02:09 am at 2:09 am |
  10. Marry

    The polls are PERHAPS a momentary glimpse at how SOME people feel but have no importance until the republican candidate is chosen. So let’s not waste too much time on them.

    October 18, 2011 03:21 am at 3:21 am |
  11. Donkey Party

    558 people polled, and that's representative of the ENTIRE state of NH??? Having worked for a company for 10 years that utilized methodological research, I can tell you as an expert on the issue that the polls that CNN love to quote are horribly skewed, and in the real world, the customer who was paying for that sampling data would either want a rebate, or all their money back for the nearly fraudulent claim of accurate sampling this poll and many others indicate.

    October 18, 2011 04:34 am at 4:34 am |
  12. Name king

    Lesson new hampsheir the world is changing, what use to be trickle down economics for the country is now trickle down economics to the world, because we're living in a global economy now. This means a smaller piece of the trickle down pie that cannot sustain America way of living because our middle class. It is time you guys see the light and get on board, and help this president with his plan for the future. which means modernizing America making it more efficient and be more in the equalarium with mother earth. We need to move forward not the status quo or backwards.

    October 18, 2011 05:58 am at 5:58 am |
  13. Little Jimmy Truth

    Good!!!

    NH residents are really smart as they realize who is Obama.

    October 18, 2011 06:53 am at 6:53 am |
  14. BB

    Mr. Presidet Sleep tight! they will try to break you! your friends your supporters, and everything you have ever believed in but they wont succeed! the good guys just won the war!! May the God of Abraham Isaac and Jacob be glorified forever and ever!!

    October 18, 2011 08:03 am at 8:03 am |
  15. A True Centrist

    There are so many questions we should be asking the administration right now.

    1) The CLASS program which was supposed to save the country $70b through ObamaCare was just shut off because the Obama administration themselves admitted it was not economically feasible. Not economically feasible...what happened to the $70b in savings promised?

    2) What happened to the less than 8% unemployment promised?

    3) What happened to bringing the troops home?

    4) What happened to debt management? As I recall, the President called the prior failure President "unpatriotic" for increasing the debt as much as he did. Well, Obama has raised it about the same amount in ONE TERM!!

    5) What happened to government transparancy?

    Now let's ask ourselves...how can anyone approve of the job this man has done. He is in over his head. If you like him, do him a favor and vote for his opponent so he stops hurting our country and embarrasing himself.

    October 18, 2011 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  16. BlackPanthers2020

    Why do you guys sit there behind a computer and lie to the American people , I never ever once heard of anyone being polled about anything political . It seems like the media is trying to pick our next POTUS without anyone ever voting . You guys know Obama will be here for the next 4 yrs , yet you keep puishing these right leaning radical nazi's down our throats..........

    October 18, 2011 09:12 am at 9:12 am |