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.


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soundoff (207 Responses)
  1. SeanZ

    Gloria Borger..... so Pro-Obama, .... "Look at all he's been through.".... Um, Glor, he stinks, he cant lead... get your Obama Glasses off, and stop giggling about him with Candy and Anderson.

    October 31, 2013 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  2. Topher

    Democrats – Hillary – 2016

    October 31, 2013 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  3. keith

    Wow first post- it's Bush's fault!

    October 31, 2013 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  4. gwood25

    Doesn't matter what his numbers are, nor how they will end up! We all know how the GOP sabotaged this administration and we the citizens! I will never reward those Tea clowns with my vote! WE SEE YOU GOP, your BS has been recognized!

    October 31, 2013 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  5. nomad2003

    For a president who was the pick of the media, and the fact that the press babied him for 5 years, it shows that you can not fool all of the people all of the time.
    For "I know nothing" and who appoints people who either say "I know nothing", or "I can not remember" or take the 5th, it is about time the truth was told about all his deceptions and blaming someone else...

    look at the last dem who monitored the GSEs, Franks and Dodd... and what they covered up about the GSE's financial status.

    October 31, 2013 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  6. sly

    41% Obama
    21% Republicans

    Unemployment down to 8 year low.
    Deficit cut in half also down to 8 year low.
    Stock Market at all time High.

    2014 will be landslide victories for Democrats, regaining control of House, Senate and White House.
    Appoint 2-3 more progressive Democrats to the Supreme Court before 2016.

    These are good times for America. Congratulations Mr. President for standing up to the secessionists, and beating them down like the dogs they are.

    October 31, 2013 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  7. grace

    This is all the GOPs fault and not Obamas fault at all. Please dont blame Obama for any of this Obamacare wasnt his idea its all the GOP terrorists.

    October 31, 2013 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  8. HUH?

    The liar in chief will only continue to find favor with those awaiting their free stuff, those that have already received their free stuff, and the uninformed, uneducated base. Independents are leaving the liar in droves. 2014 will not bode well for anyone having anything to do with the worst president in American history.

    October 31, 2013 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  9. Derek

    If the ACA rollout was a homerun, Obama would have been living the high life...

    What a wasted opportunity

    October 31, 2013 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  10. Sniffit

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

    Indeed. You said the same thing about 2012. President Romney can't wait either.

    October 31, 2013 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  11. Scott

    Hooper, what part of an all time low for a president confuses you? I know people like to blame Bush for everything, I'm sure after the 8 years of Obama being in office every bad thing that happened will be Bush's fault. But, yeah Obama is number one.

    October 31, 2013 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  12. more2bits

    How can anyone support a full fledged narcissist with a suicidal wish?

    October 31, 2013 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  13. Larry in Houston

    that number thing is a temporary thing......at least my 401 is doing fine.......if my memory serves me correctly, in 2008 the Dow was hovering around 5K ...... ( hello )

    LOL

    October 31, 2013 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  14. sonny chapman

    "We're winning" !!- Repubs.

    October 31, 2013 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  15. may40

    LOL Hooper, you are simply amazing. Bush was up against the liberal media since his inauguration in 2001, but the golden boy Obama has been protected for over 5 years. Finally the masses are waking up and realizing just how bad Obama is.Hillary may want to rethink a run in '16.

    October 31, 2013 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  16. Thomas Rice

    Some of you still dont get it do you, theres no left or right or dem or repub,
    POLITICIAND ARE ALL FULL OF IT!

    October 31, 2013 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  17. dax

    But he's not alone... lmao the adoring media will do anything for this idiot

    October 31, 2013 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  18. JC

    "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 2005 – Bush approval 41%, disapproval 56%
    October 2013 – Obama approval 41%, disapproval 45%

    October 31, 2013 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  19. Los Pollos Hermanos

    SPOILER ALERT: Hillary wins in 2016.

    October 31, 2013 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  20. Terry

    Love reading all the comments justifying obama's vile performance. My favorite is but Bush......

    October 31, 2013 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  21. pep

    Just Saying: Wait 'till the drugs wear off first, then make comments.

    October 31, 2013 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  22. Polar Bear

    Makes it sound like he's the victim when in fact, it's all his fault. Inept.

    October 31, 2013 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  23. MaryM

    President Obama is not running for re-election. However, the republicans in the House and Senate are running for re-election with a 74% DISAPPROVAL RATING

    October 31, 2013 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  24. Ethic's Board

    Really, presidents approval rating aren't fixed numbers at 100%? They go up and down? Oh, and this just in... the world is round.

    October 31, 2013 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  25. Republiker

    The last 5 years of failure by this "Presidency" is just more proof when you waste your on the Democrat Freeloader Party, we ALL lose.

    October 31, 2013 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
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