October 31st, 2013
02:55 PM ET
11 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. Aerin

    The GOP obstructs everything and tries to destroy the government of this country and hopes the blame falls on Obama.

    We can see right through you.

    October 31, 2013 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  2. Bill

    Obamacre and his lies are costing him.

    October 31, 2013 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  3. Tampa Tim

    Are all right wingnuts reality challenged? Just wondering.

    October 31, 2013 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  4. notgood

    Pres George W. Bush's approval rating for the same time frame was around 37%. Pres. Obama is about 41%. Thus means that there is a 4% difference. Problems with the healthcare roll out may end up costing him additional points. I will be surprised if he does not hit the Bush territory during his 2nd term.

    October 31, 2013 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  5. anonymous

    rs
    President's approval down to below 50% with their various faux scandals.
    -–

    Seriously??? Millions of Americans losing their healthcare plans, a President lying to the American people and millions more paying more for their health insurance is a 'faux scandal"??? Wow. Are you left wingers living in a dream world or what?! You will see in 2014 have faux it was....

    October 31, 2013 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  6. PaulG

    Not to mention the unpopular attacks on our 2A rights.

    October 31, 2013 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  7. Boomert

    his numbers are remarkably close to Bush's at this time in the cycle of 8 years

    October 31, 2013 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  8. j

    Obama bats + losers

    October 31, 2013 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  9. BR

    41% Approve of the presidents job? Really? There must be a lot of ignorant people out there!

    October 31, 2013 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  10. @Just Sayinig

    How did you get that from this article? The Republicans are at a 22% approval rating. Also an all time low. How do you figure the Demos are the ones going down? It's going to be all of the independents who will benefits from this widespread disapproval.

    October 31, 2013 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  11. Crockett

    His shenanigans with national parks and monuments were a disgrace and a disservice to the American people.

    October 31, 2013 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  12. Wilson

    Some are beginning to wake up. I just hope it is not too late.
    $

    October 31, 2013 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  13. Total Hater2

    Dont tell me CNN is actually starting to report the news.

    October 31, 2013 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  14. may40

    It's about time the American people woke up. Where have you all been the last 5 years. Poverty level 3% higher under Obama, lies, lies and more lies, unemployment up, gas prices up, jeesh have all been living under a rock?

    October 31, 2013 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  15. Paul

    Oh and it's really better for the party that almost ground our country towards a default for first time in it's history and made rest of world think USA is not a strong nation anymore it's on shaky grounds.

    October 31, 2013 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  16. My3kGT

    Unfortunately the voters in this country seem to the attention span of a two year old. However, I believe that when the full effects of Obamacare start being felt that the voters will at last understand what the Republicans were trying to prevent from happening. Maybe the tactics were an error but the intent was correct. There is nothing "affordable" about the Affordable Care Act. Maybe the Dems should try reading a bill before they pass it.

    October 31, 2013 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  17. In My 20's

    Its not self destructive politics. He is truely a "bystander president". Instead of being directly involved he seems to always be somewhere else, uninformed, or on the air stating that something was not his fault.

    I am not sure who is running the White House these days, or if anyone is actually occupying it.

    October 31, 2013 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  18. Hook

    ONE man, ONE vote. Require some sort of photo ID. For those who have none, free photo ID cards generated at precinct voter registration locations. No poll tax that way. Put an end to voter fraud. If you’re against identification, you’re trying to hide something.

    October 31, 2013 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  19. Balls McGhee

    42% will always beat 22% in an election.

    October 31, 2013 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  20. donaldcwhite

    Bring back King George III!

    October 31, 2013 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  21. holspark

    Excuse upon excuse. "Its Bush's fault" or "I don't know about that" gets old after awhile. Dude, you are supposed to be the LEADER of the Free World; act like it for once.

    October 31, 2013 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  22. william reed

    Just Saying just landed from another Planet, it seems.

    October 31, 2013 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  23. JUSTME

    Why talk about Bush? He has been gone for awhile now. obama made grand statments and promises and has yet to produce anything. Any thing that goes wrong he says is not his fault or he didn't know. How you can you be a leader and not know what is happening in your administration?? In the mililtary as aleader you are responsible for your people wether you are present with them or not. If they screw up they go to the leader for answers and you better have one or else. Maybe Obama should go the a leadership class taught by any branch of the military to learn to act like a leader should.

    October 31, 2013 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  24. dnokc

    These polls do not yet reflect those whom have discovered....NO, you can't keep your health insurance policy.

    October 31, 2013 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  25. imma

    what can Obama do in the face of racist antagonism, by a crowed of nobody's whose only power is that they get to vote, who themselves are so poor that they are nothing but serves of the rich. who refuse salvation because of arrogance of racial superiority. fortunately they are dying away and future president like Obama will have a better treatment. procedures and process employed may not work as planned but a president must have empathy and this president has loads of it.

    October 31, 2013 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
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