November 21st, 2013
05:00 PM ET
5 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 (713 Responses)
  1. sjmwilco

    It's interesting, most of the libs commenting on their undying support of The One, have no facts and follow the Oblamer in Chiefs lead – blame someone else for his failure

    November 21, 2013 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  2. Thomas

    I'm glad we will have a new Bush in 2016 !

    November 21, 2013 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  3. Average Joe

    Jimmy Carter wakes up everyday thanking God for Obama. It's a real accomplishment when you can do such a poor job that you actually make Carter look good.

    November 21, 2013 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  4. karma

    Then Throw Caution to the Wind, and maul the GOP-TP. They deserve it!

    November 21, 2013 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  5. Steve

    The best part of ACA debacle is the delusion from the Left that tthe problems for the President are only a temporary optics issue due only to the 5 percenters whining about the plan they lost and the wonky website. Just wait until 1 year from now when those of us lucky enough to still have jobs get the same shaft when the Employer Mandate is fully implemented. Somewhere in the bowels of the administration you just know they’re saying to themselves “why didn’t we just give into Ted Cruz’s demands as we could have milked blaming Republicans for denying Americans the right of Health coverage right into the 2014 election”.

    November 21, 2013 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  6. Unbentoak

    As Obama's popularity declines, one may cheer. But when you look at the poll numbers most Democrats (around 80%) believe that Obama's OK and doing well. The country is becoming more polarized. It is hard to believe that any right-thinking person can approve of the job the president is doing and the host of lies used to shore up his missteps and blunders. Is it stupidity or raw dependence - not biting the hand that feeds you? Even if Obama were impeached you still need to consider who is replacement would be. The only way you can describe Vice President Biden is churlish. Out of the frying pan and into the fire....

    November 21, 2013 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  7. MICK

    hahaha the libs can change the rules all they want... but Americans still see them as LOSERS!!

    November 21, 2013 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  8. rrm231

    Who's seen a number they can believe in the last 5 years?

    November 21, 2013 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  9. nuclear mike

    And he has not hit bottom yet as his agenda yields nothing but despair for the Middle Class American Family....

    November 21, 2013 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  10. skybill40

    "The REAL truth", eh? More like a crock of lies. Of all that was listed, what did OBAMA actually propose? Those items were worked by Congress, not Obama. Obama is a figurehead and not a policymaker. All he does is scribble his name on legislation.

    November 21, 2013 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  11. WrenchMan

    Re: The Real Truth – 90% of those listed were nightmares, exaggerations, half truths and useless. Sycophant!

    November 21, 2013 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  12. Dean

    Tampa Tim

    How could anyone approve of the Dow going over 16,000, the death of bin Laden, 4 years of job growth, saved auto industry, housing rebound, health care, and end of unnecessary wars, etc? I think failure to acknowledge the president's successes shows the mentality of baggers

    The Dow is being fed by the trillion plus dollars that Bernanke keeps pumping into it, SEALS killed bin laden, more people are unemployed now than in the last 30 years and the new jobs are minimum wage jobs, housing has not rebounded outside of a few large metro areas, last I heard soldiers were still coming home wounded or dead, and the very fact that you would mention healthcare as an accomplishment shows how out of touch you really are. Along with the 41%.........which is very close to the number of Americans and illegals who depend on the government teat.

    November 21, 2013 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  13. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Obamacare was ALREADY the law of the land when the President ran for re-election. And it was working just fine for all of those people that could keep their kids on their coverage, and those that would no longer be turned away for pre-existing conditions and lifetime caps.
    So please.
    The President was re-elected because he saved our economy, he fought and continues to fight for the middle-class, we trust him, and your guy really, really sucked.
    But you if you have to tell yourself a fairy tale to go to sleep, by all means....

    November 21, 2013 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  14. Refuse2giveup

    Tampa Tim, Obama didn't pull the trigger on Bin Laden. Four years of job growth is a LIE; open your eyes and look around. Hundreds of thousands have simply stopped looking for work because the jobs market has shrunk to its' lowest level in decades. There have even been recent reports that the unemployment numbers were manipulated (in Obama's favor, of course) just prior to the 2012 election. His signature Obamacare legislation was sold to Americans through FALSE ADVERTISING.

    TT, the refusal to see the damage this president has done to this country shows the mentality of the die-hard Obama supporters like you. Obama's "successes" have been achieved through lies and manipulations. And our children and grandchildren will be paying for the cost of his "successes" for decades to come.

    November 21, 2013 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  15. felinaflash

    Democrats are misinformed about conservatives. We are the good and you are the bad .... end of story.

    November 21, 2013 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  16. Dean

    Obama's sinking to Bush numbers now and most outlets are saying if the 2012 election were held today, Romney would have won. Sadly, we have another three long years to drudge through this disaster.-----------------DurkaDurka – Bush's approval rating is now higher than Obama's.

    November 21, 2013 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  17. Projectionist

    Just look to Team No in the house as to why his numbers are so low

    November 21, 2013 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  18. Keyser

    CNN pandering to the left again. Gallup has him at 37% approval rating. I think I believe them. Either way, he is headed to 20% with the only people liking him being those on welfare.

    November 21, 2013 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  19. masr

    What are the 41% thinking???????

    November 21, 2013 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  20. Tom

    Every president has had these moments........they all come back from the abyss. Reagan, Carter, Bush, Clinton, WWWWW, and now Obama.

    November 21, 2013 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  21. Fred Flintstone

    Wilma thinks this is all deliberate since, he works for the global empire instead of us. He doesn't care about his ratings anyway, just the golden carrot he's earned for his destruction.

    November 21, 2013 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  22. jj

    "The President has less power than congressional Republicans when it comes to shaping events over the next year." Whoa, that's frightening.

    November 21, 2013 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  23. Dean

    TampaTim – one more thing. Fiat now owns Chrysler and GM is now making cars at new plants in Canada and China thanks to bailout monies.

    November 21, 2013 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  24. KipNoxzema

    It's fun to watch the State Run Media try to pick out any slightest bit of good news from the truth that always trips the Messiah president up. They're panicked. They're running scared. They don't know what to say or do because Americans looked behind the curtain and saw the real Wizard. They saw a complete liar, fake, and arrogant elitist. Blaming Bush doesn't work anymore. Neither does being called a racist because you don't like him. The jig is up. Obama lied. Your healthcare died. Obamacare is making millions of suffering people uninsured. Bro's gotta go. Repeal and impeach. It's the only way to be sure.

    November 21, 2013 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  25. James Rustle

    Only in America can the majority of the public hate two political parties and then turn around and say considering a 3rd party candidate is a waste of their vote.

    Your opinion and vote become worthless the moment you decide you'll vote for a party no matter what they do.

    November 21, 2013 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
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