November 21st, 2013
05:00 PM ET
8 months ago

Obama approval rating sinks to new low in CNN poll

Washington (CNN) – As President Barack Obama's approval rating hits another all-time low, a new national survey also indicates that Americans say the President has less power than congressional Republicans when it comes to shaping events over the next year.

According to a CNN/ORC poll released Thursday, 41% of Americans approve of the job the President's doing in the White House, the lowest level for that crucial indicator in CNN polling. Fifty-six percent questioned say they disapprove of Obama's performance, an all-time high in CNN surveys.

The President's approval rating has now reached new lows or tied his all-time lows in polls released over the past three weeks from CNN/ORC, CBS News, ABC News/Washington Post, Quinnipiac University, National Journal Heartland Monitor, and NBC News/Wall Street Journal. And the CNN survey is the fourth non-partisan live operator national poll released this week to put Obama's approval rating between 40% and 42%. A CBS News survey released Wednesday showed the President's approval rating at 37%.

Geography appears to play a role in the President's falling numbers.

"The drop in Obama's approval rating comes entirely among suburbanites," said CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "Compared to the October CNN poll, positive views of Obama held steady among people who live in big cities and rural areas. But in the suburbs, his approval rating was 45% a month ago but has dropped to just 37% now."

The President's overall job approval rating is down three points since mid-October after being stuck in the mid-40s for several months in CNN polling. But it's worth noting that Obama's woes did not begin with the disastrous launch of the HealthCare.gov website in October, Holland pointed out.

"The real damage came in June, when reports about NSA spying and IRS treatment of conservative groups caused an eight-point drop in his approval rating - a far more significant change than what the numbers from October suggest," he said.

Who should shape Washington?

Fifty percent believe that congressional Republicans will have more influence over the direction the nation takes in the next year while only 42% saying the President will have more influence, according to the poll. That's a change from November 2012, when more six in ten said Obama would have more influence in the year to come.

Who should have more influence is a different story.

The poll shows 47% want Obama to be in charge while 45% say the GOP should have more influence over the country.

"There is a hint of good news for the President - but only a hint - in those numbers, since that means that the number of Americans who support Obama in his struggles with the GOP is a bit higher than the 41% approval rating would suggest. But that number is also a step down in Obama's support, representing a four-point decline since the last time the question was asked just after Obama won re-election last year," Holland said.

The poll was conducted Nov. 18-20 for CNN by ORC International, with 843 adult Americans questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.


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soundoff (712 Responses)
  1. Anonymous

    Still higher than the GOP will ever reach.

    November 21, 2013 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    Hey anonymous, excrement at the bottom of the ocean is still excrement. I could care less if this is better or worse than any political party. What about what's best for the country?

    November 21, 2013 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  3. Mike

    How low can O go?

    November 21, 2013 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  4. Vann

    The worst president in history.

    November 21, 2013 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  5. Eric

    How lOw can he go?

    November 21, 2013 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    @anonymous

    That's it?? That's the best you have??? BWAAAAHHHHHHH

    November 21, 2013 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  7. shorething

    Where are these polls? You never see them on the website, Im on CNN all day and never have seen polls

    November 21, 2013 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  8. Tampa Tim

    Republicans, The Kochs, and Fox News have been dragging our president down, and want him to join them in the sewer.

    November 21, 2013 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  9. John

    I always wanted to know how many idiots lived in the US and the answer is 41%. lol

    November 21, 2013 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  10. Mark Jessup

    The wheels are coming off the Barky Band Wagon, and although the true-troll believers who spew stuff like "still higher than the GOP will ever reach", this isn't about the GOP, it's about the increasing realization that 0bama was, is and will always be an unmitigated LIAR, he lies out of expediency, and he lies because he has no true set of core, moral values.

    The best thing Barky can do at this point is to RESIGN and let Joe Biden serve out the rest of the term. But that would require a selfless act, which is all but impossible for a totally ego-driven sociopath like Barky.

    November 21, 2013 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  11. Fun Bobby

    41% are koolaid drinking morons

    November 21, 2013 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  12. justin

    The real question is what are those 40% taking to make them so ignorant of reality?

    November 21, 2013 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  13. Mrs. President

    How can he still have 41%? I can't believe I voted for him.

    November 21, 2013 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  14. jp

    Stick your fingers in your ears, Mr. Obama.

    November 21, 2013 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  15. LibsRLiars

    I would bet, being that this is a CNN poll, the poll is weighted more to dems than repubs. A lot of other polls have him down to 37%. Pretty much dead even with Bush, not to mention that he is now distrusted by a majority of americans. Wait until October 2014 when the employer mandate hits and premium sticker shock happens for all of us. There won't be hardly one dem in the Senate or House that will be backing him. Fotunately, they're on record for helping cause this! They can run, but they can't hide!

    November 21, 2013 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  16. Tampa Tim

    How quickly the mental midgets on the right have forgotten about W, who economic disasters led to Herbert Hoover's second and third term.

    November 21, 2013 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  17. skyatimus

    Wow... this is really going to hurt him as he runs for a third term.

    November 21, 2013 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  18. Anonymous

    Obama cited what he said has been, over the past five years, "an unprecedented pattern of obstruction in Congress."

    "A deliberate and determined effort to obstruct everything, no matter what the merits, just to re-fight the results of an election is not normal, and for the sake of future generations, it cannot become normal,"

    November 21, 2013 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  19. shaun

    In other news Romney couldn't have done any better. Oh, and what polls I am always on here I never see these "polls"

    November 21, 2013 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  20. Anonymous

    The number will only go lower. Watch for low 30's

    November 21, 2013 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  21. Tampa Tim

    Only idiots support the republicans.

    November 21, 2013 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  22. Freefall

    The dems are destroying themselves... It's actually quite amusing to watch them try to repair the damages their liberal ideology has inflicted on our nation, especially since all they have in their tool bag are more liberal ideologies. It's like watching a dog chase his tail while moving toward a cliff. You know what's going to happen if the dog doesn't stop chasing his tail, but the dog doesn't... Hello cliff. Meet the democrat party.

    November 21, 2013 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  23. Ruf783

    They are hidden deep so CNN can still say they posted them without many people actually reading them. They want to defend the Pres as much as they can.

    November 21, 2013 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  24. Heywood

    You know it's bad when he drops that low in a CNN poll. That means his real numbers are even lower....

    November 21, 2013 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  25. LibsRLiars

    Yes, Tampa Tim, we know Fox and all republicans are racists blah blah blah!

    November 21, 2013 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
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