October 31st, 2013
02:55 PM ET
9 months ago

Obama's poll numbers fall, but he's not alone

(CNN) - Take a second-term president who has faced a series of setbacks this year and what do you get: public opinion polls that are nothing to brag about.

But when it comes to dropping numbers, new surveys suggest that President Barack Obama has plenty of company in the nation's capital.

According to Gallup's latest daily tracking poll released Thursday, only 41% of Americans approve of the job Obama's doing, with 51% giving him a thumbs down.

It's the same story in an NBC News/Wall Street Journal survey released Wednesday indicating 42% approval - an all-time low in NBC/WSJ polling for the President - with 51% saying they disapprove, tied for his all-time high.

And for the first time in NBC/WSJ polling, the President's personal ratings are underwater, with 41% seeing Obama in a favorable light and 45% holding a negative view.

The NBC/WSJ and Gallup polls are not an aberration.

Obama stood at 41% approval in a Fox News poll last week and at 44% in the most recent CNN/ORC International survey, conducted immediately after the end of the 16-day government shutdown earlier this month.

"I don't think it's all tied to the health care website rollout or the government shutdown. You've also got the NSA surveillance controversy, the Syrian conflict. The President's had a very complicated and tough time of it since he was re-elected. I often wonder why people want a second term in the White House. They end up with so many headaches," said CNN Chief Political Analyst Gloria Borger.

Just about all recent polling suggests Americans are angry and frustrated, and it's not just the President who's feeling the heat.

According to the NBC/WSJ survey, only 22% see the Republican party in a positive light, another all-time low those surveys.

The poll also indicates that more than six in 10 want to replace their own member of Congress, the highest percentage ever recorded on that specific question. And only 22% say the nation's headed in the right direction.

"Republicans should not take comfort in the fact that the President's numbers are dropping because their numbers are dropping even more. There is a sense of a pox on all your houses in all of this polling that we've seen recently," added Borger.

The government shutdown gave the President and congressional Democrats a short term boost in public opinion polls. The miserable launch of HealthCare.Gov maybe wiping away those gains.

The big question is which controversy may have a bigger impact with voters by the time the 2014 midterm elections roll around a year from now.

"Probably the biggest factor in the 2014 midterms will be the state of the economy next year," said CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "But neither party seems to be directly addressing that problem right now and that has to be a major source of frustration for many voters."

"If they take that frustration out on the incumbent party in the White House, that's bad for the Democrats. If they take out that frustration on incumbent members of Congress, that's probably bad for the Republicans because there are more GOP incumbents than Democratic incumbents," he said.


Filed under: Polls • President Obama
soundoff (207 Responses)
  1. Hooper

    His numbers would have to find shovels, dig a hole thirty feet deep, jump in and continue to dig to get to the same level as Bush, when he was in office.

    October 31, 2013 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  2. rs

    Ahh, the cost of self-destructive politics. Yes, the GOP have brought the President's approval down to below 50% with their various faux scandals. The cost? Their approval rate is 22% (down about 5 points in two weeks).
    Way to go boys!

    October 31, 2013 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  3. just saying

    all of the incompetence, lies and deceit of the last 5 years are finally coming home to roost for obama and the democrats. their minions in the msm simply cannot cover them up and blame them on others any more. now the american people are seeing what they were conned into voting for in 2012 with more lies and deceit.

    2014 & 2016 can't get here fast enough. hillary clinton might want to think of running on an independent ticket because democrats will be going down big time.

    October 31, 2013 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  4. ED1

    He might be alone but he is still a liar about most everything that comes out of his mouth and no it's not because he is half white and half black it's just the way he is always trying to get votes for his pass a bill without the funds and put us deeper in debt party.

    October 31, 2013 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  5. smith

    Let`s get some tissues for the liberals on here. We are gonna here some cryin` now.

    October 31, 2013 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  6. tiffinS

    Hooper
    His numbers would have to find shovels, dig a hole thirty feet deep, jump in and continue to dig to get to the same level as Bush, when he was in office.
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Another pathetic lib who justifies incompetence with previous incompetence... Do you folks have anything else? Anything???

    Utterly pathetic...

    October 31, 2013 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  7. rs

    just saying

    all of the incompetence, lies and deceit of the last 5 years are finally coming home to roost for obama and the democrats. their minions in the msm simply cannot cover them up and blame them on others any more. now the american people are seeing what they were conned into voting for in 2012 with more lies and deceit.

    2014 & 2016 can't get here fast enough. hillary clinton might want to think of running on an independent ticket because democrats will be going down big time.
    _______________________
    Do you live on Mars, or just commute from there?

    October 31, 2013 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  8. jinx9to88

    "Probably the biggest factor in the 2014 midterms will be the state of the economy next year,"!!! This is why the GOP does not want a improving economy. Bad economy is the only chance the GOP has from getting their butt kicked at the polls.

    October 31, 2013 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  9. Data Driven

    @just,

    "2014 & 2016 can't get here fast enough."

    GOP at 22% approval. I agree, guy - can't get here fast enough.

    October 31, 2013 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  10. Ol' Yeller

    "the msm simply cannot cover them up"
    Yeah boy... get that old 'librul' media lie in there, just saying. All these, 'everything is rosy', 'we love Obama' stories are really getting old here on CNN. I guess if I was member of sad, dying party with a 22% approval rating, I might stoop to lying and crying and kicking a rock down the road, too... wait, no I wouldn't. I still have my soul... I didn't sell it to the
    te abagge rs for some magic beans.
    Keep dreaming.... Loooooser!

    October 31, 2013 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  11. anonymous

    And if you take out all of the abnormally high support for Obama in the black community because of his skin color, the approval rating is more like 35%. When the rest of Obamacare hits, he'll be in the 20% range and the Democrats will be looking to lose a LOT of seats in the 2014 election. I guess that is the cost for lying to the American people.

    October 31, 2013 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  12. Thomas

    @just saying
    all of the incompetence, lies and deceit of the last 5 years are finally coming home to roost for obama and the democrats. their minions in the msm simply cannot cover them up and blame them on others any more. now the american people are seeing what they were conned into voting for in 2012 with more lies and deceit.

    2014 & 2016 can't get here fast enough. hillary clinton might want to think of running on an independent ticket because democrats will be going down big time.

    =====

    What part of Texas is your bunker located ?
    Your are the perfect example of what one republican strategist refers too as Americans without memory !

    Can you say GW Bush three times real fast ?

    October 31, 2013 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  13. Gurgyl

    I was not asked. It is all Faux, GOP gullible gamble. Whatever it is ACA is a law. When employer mandate takes effect, healthcare-Exchanges come–all disappear. GOP is so vulgar, pathetic. Deficit is reduced by 870 billion dollars. Does any one know?

    October 31, 2013 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  14. Buck Rogers

    If Obama would push NASA to 'land' on an asteroid like he said a few years ago, then his ratings would certainly go up. Especially if the Special Effects are good....

    October 31, 2013 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  15. The REAL Truth...

    @just saying – standing in front of the mirror and repeating the same misinformation over and over does not make it any more factual. But keep practicing...
    Sure enough "2014 & 2016 can't get here fast enough."... the GOP will finally reap what they have sown for the last five years... their demise will not be pretty.

    October 31, 2013 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  16. JohnRJohnson

    Slightly misleading. The shutdown caused a drop in numbers for ALL politicians. The headline should have indicated that. But CNN chose to make this all about Obama. The network has made a definite shift to the right over the last year, obviously trying to win back some of the audience which it has lost to FOX News.

    October 31, 2013 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  17. Bubba Ray

    The Republicans will do everything they can to see that the economy doesn't improve next year.

    October 31, 2013 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  18. paul

    From THE Gallup that polled 8 pts for Romney LEAD 2 weeks before the election last year??!!

    October 31, 2013 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  19. Ryan in Texas

    The Democrats hand out other people's money.
    The Republicans are more inclined to ask people to work on their own problems.
    Really, do we expect Republicans to be popular given that?
    Gifts stolen from others or personal responsibility?
    Which one is more popular with 3 year olds?

    October 31, 2013 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  20. Rudy NYC

    just saying

    all of the incompetence, lies and deceit of the last 5 years are finally coming home to roost for obama and the democrats.
    -------------------
    QUESTION: Whatever happened to those "death panels" the Tea Party used to yell and scream about?

    ANSWER: Somebody realized that a panel of 24 people cannot possibly make millions and millions of health care decsions.

    October 31, 2013 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  21. Kregg

    The GOP and their faux scandals... like... like... Benghazi... opps

    October 31, 2013 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  22. me

    Waiting for the *cough* "It's Bush's fault" *cough* to be thrown around....

    October 31, 2013 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  23. John

    Looks like his poll numbers are shovel ready

    October 31, 2013 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  24. j

    To Hooper – still blaming Bush? Your level is below snake dung! Fool!

    October 31, 2013 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  25. david

    Just saying, I dont think your comments are correct. You guys are about to be disappointed yet again next yr.

    October 31, 2013 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
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