Obama above 50% in most polling
December 13th, 2012
11:04 AM ET
1 year ago

Obama above 50% in most polling

Washington (CNN) - What a difference a few months - and a presidential re-election victory - makes.

A new CNN Poll of Polls indicates that President Barack Obama's approval rating stands at 52%, with 43% of Americans saying they disapprove of the job the president's doing in the White House.

That's a slight improvement for Obama since the summer. In most national surveys, the president's approval rating stood in the 40's for much of 2010, 2011, and for the first half of this year. The president's numbers started reaching or slightly cracking the 50% mark in some polls over the summer and early autumn, and he's been at 50% or over 50% the past two months in many national surveys.

This latest edition of the CNN Poll of Polls was compiled and released on Thursday. It's an average of five national non-partisan, live operator surveys of the president's approval rating conducted in December: Gallup daily tracking poll (December 9-11); Bloomberg National Poll (December 7-10); NBC News/Wall Street Journal (December 6-9); Marist/McClatchy (December 4-6); and Politico/George Washington University (December 2-6).

The Poll of Polls does not have a sampling error.

"The most up-to-date vote count now has Obama at 51% of the popular vote, a bit higher than where he stood on Election Night because a number of blue states had not finished counting absentee ballots," CNN Polling Director Keating Holland said. "That may indicate that the president has maintained the same majority coalition that won him a second term, but that he has not yet been able to build additional support beyond that coalition since the election."

The president's post-election approval rating is in the same ballpark as his predecessor. President George W. Bush was right around the 50% mark in many polls conducted the month after his November 2004 re-election.


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soundoff (22 Responses)
  1. Wire Palladin, S.F.

    I think Americans are now realizing that the GOP party of plutocrats have been trying to destroy our country for 30 yars.

    December 13, 2012 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  2. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Let's not forget that the President is still in his first term and polling over 50%. He clearly has a mandate to raise taxes on the wealthy. Republicans need to invest in Q-Tips and get the wax out of their ears.

    December 13, 2012 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  3. J'Cincinnati'Redd

    Like i said before im waiting for 2014. My GOP party will take a hit. but mostly likely to fall will be the tea party members,and this is a good thing because we can not grow as a party if we keep this up. its time for the tea party to go sit down. then come 2016 you will start to see a stronger,younger and inclusive GOP. and then dems will start to get picked off one by one. 2016 the GOP STRIKES BACK!!

    December 13, 2012 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  4. Rachel

    Now that Obama has been re-elected for 4 more years and the Dems. still in charge of the Senate. Watch all the new rules and regulations that are implemented to kill any jobs. Its only right because we have been so successful while other countries have been so poor. GO OBAMA !!!

    December 13, 2012 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  5. NameNC_Right

    I'm definitely not in that 50%

    December 13, 2012 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  6. Hillcrester

    Obama is surging and the TP is failing. The people have spoken. The GOP has a limited time to clean (the) House before it destroys itself.

    December 13, 2012 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  7. Marry

    @ J'Cincinnati'Redd
    You are at least trying to developing a way forward – however, 2016 is not going to be it! The GOP has soooo much work to do and the way they are starting, it does not look promising for them (you)!

    December 13, 2012 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  8. Wire Palladin, S.F.

    NameNC...- 30% of Americans claim to be republicans, so I m sure the rest of the GOP agrees with you.

    December 13, 2012 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  9. Woman In California

    It should be much higher but we know who "those people" are who deliberately oppose him at every turn.

    December 13, 2012 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  10. Be Sane

    Thank goodness the majority of the American people still possess the sense to see through the Republican Party.

    December 13, 2012 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  11. rs

    And there it is: GOP approval going down; the President's on the rise.
    Yet the GOP keeps trying to sell gutting Medicare and Social Security to give those poor rich people another tax cut, or attacking blue collar workers and unions in Michigan.
    You'd think they the GOP would learn- class warfare isn't popular with Americans. I guess they want to be completely out of power in 2014

    December 13, 2012 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  12. jpmichigan

    I guess you would get to greater than 50%, due to fact that the number of illegal immigrants ,those on welfare, food stamps and the American who can but won't work numbers are higher. Just watch senator Durbin from Illinois cry foul because a bill passed in the Senate and the House would take it up on the floor. Well, the Republicans for the passed 4 years , Mr. Reid refused to acknowledge bills passed in the House for they never under leadership were presented in Senate. Sorry Mr. Hypocritical Durbin, payback is a b-h.

    December 13, 2012 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  13. California Gary

    Right you are Hillcrester........the GOP wed themselves to the Tea Party in 2010 and the marriage has gone sour. It will be a messy break up, but the sooner thay make the break, the sooner they can start to heal the wounds. If they stay in the bad marriage, it will destroy them.

    December 13, 2012 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  14. Yonni

    I can only imagine what life in America would have been for the last decade if there was a sensible and reasonable Republican Party. The world would have been a better place for all mankind.Americans have to care the burden of outdated idea that hindered progress in every sector of our life and economy.

    December 13, 2012 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  15. Facts don't Lie

    except in the alternate universe of FoxNews and the far right where they still believe Romney won....plus that the world is flat too.

    December 13, 2012 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  16. plain&simple

    People can relate to the president because he speaks the language of the common man...the worker...the everyday person who works with what life deals you EVERYDAY. What republican can do that? Not Ryan not Cantor,not Rand Paul!!! Every one of them lives in a bubble and that's unfortunate for our country.

    December 13, 2012 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  17. In Dc

    Pretty much the same as W after is second term..That says it all

    December 13, 2012 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  18. California Gary

    Wait a minute........are you saying the world isn't flat?

    December 13, 2012 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  19. BeverlyNC

    Of course he has a high approval rating – he is an outstanding leader who cares about ALL Americans and has worked non-stop to restore our nation, bring sanity back to end the extremism of the Republican Party who now lives in the 1900s, and has real solutions that help America move forward – education, job creation, healthcare, technology, alternative energy, infrastructure, ending of the Bush wars, balancing the budget, helping the PEOPLE.
    You want to see a faster recovery – get the obstructionist Republicans who are still playing games to favor the rich and corporations out of Congress. Come 2014 – leave NO Republican in a Congressional seat and watch America flourish with real leaders who know their job is to SERVE the PEOPLE.

    December 13, 2012 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  20. Rudy NYC

    jpmichigan

    I guess you would get to greater than 50%, due to fact that the number of illegal immigrants ,those on welfare, food stamps and the American who can but won't work numbers are higher. Just watch senator Durbin from Illinois cry foul because a bill passed in the Senate and the House would take it up on the floor. Well, the Republicans for the passed 4 years , Mr. Reid refused to acknowledge bills passed in the House for they never under leadership were presented in Senate. Sorry Mr. Hypocritical Durbin, payback is a b-h.
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    Rhetoric like THAT is why Romney failed.

    Republicans are so focused on "messaging" that they've allowed their messengers to become the leaders of the conservative movement. I'm talking about the Luntz's and the Limbaugh's, the Beck's and the Hannity's. And of course, the conservative politicians who try to outdo one another.

    December 13, 2012 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  21. Rachel

    I give up. If our elected officials are to stupid to see whats happening to America we deserve what they give us. More debt and poverty

    December 13, 2012 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  22. Rachel

    There is a day coming when the Democrats won't have the Candy Crowley's and CNN for their press nor will they have Hollywiierd kooks. What goes around comes around

    December 13, 2012 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |