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. Crampon

    Everyday will be a new low.

    November 21, 2013 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    2016 can't get here fast enough!

    November 21, 2013 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  3. Darrell

    I really think President Obama has had a tough road on the health Care situation, but that doesn't take away his other duties that he has had and did for the people of this country, he has been given a rough task against the Republicans quest to overtake the office by any means possible, you can bet there has been some sabotage against anything he has done or tried to do, that's a given, but I still respect him, as my President, and always will, he has done against the banks that no one else had the nerve to do, to many hands in people's pockets playing games, I do not see anyone else do what he has done verses capturing any terrorist like he has done, He is not perfect, no one is, but he has the guts to take blame for anything that goes wrong, he takes the hit, and he tells you that, who else will do that. that's a real man in my mind, no thankyou for anyone else you may have In mind, I stand pat with President Obama, he has my backing. at least he is honest, been along time since that has come

    November 21, 2013 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  4. bert

    Definition
    By Mayo Clinic staff
    Narcissistic personality disorder is a mental disorder in which people have an inflated sense of their own importance and a deep need for admiration. Those with narcissistic personality disorder believe that they're superior to others and have little regard for other people's feelings. But behind this mask of ultra-confidence lies a fragile self-esteem, vulnerable to the slightest criticism.

    This is Obama

    November 21, 2013 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  5. move to Canada

    Give a idiot a long enough rope and he'll hang himself

    November 21, 2013 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  6. Al Neuman

    Five years of the worst economic recovery since the great depression, and 41% still approve of the job the Bamster is doing? Who are those 41%?

    November 21, 2013 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  7. Narwagner

    Remember that these days, polls swing towards conservatives and Republicans. Why? Because they're conducted through listed phone numbers (landlines) and landline owners = older = on average more conservative. (This is a major issue with poll takers. Read up on it.)

    And why does the media so seldom show the breakdown of those who are opposed to Obamacare. Around 16% of those who oppose Obamacare oppose it because they say it doesn't go far enough.

    November 21, 2013 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  8. andrew

    This is what happens when you get 107% of the vote

    November 21, 2013 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  9. Twainland

    Snooooooze.... What else you got? Let's talk about the cocaine senator!

    November 21, 2013 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  10. Brian

    After the election of 2012 (not to mention 2008), why are any major news executives still in their jobs? The mainstream media was either incompetent or very, very biased (I'm betting on the latter) for not exposing the truth back before the election. This LIAR should never have been elected, let alone re-elected. This is what happens as one major pundit said, when "watchdogs become lapdogs." This dirty, cheating, lying, Chicago-style administration has got to go, and the sooner, the better. When will you bozos learn that you cannot elect a Liberal Democrat as Prez Lite without hurting our nation? The lessons of Jimmy Carter, and to some extent, Slick Willie Clinton, so soon forgotten (to our peril).

    November 21, 2013 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  11. factsareunpopular

    No surprise at all for this the worse president and al qeada sponsor in history.

    November 21, 2013 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  12. Tau

    You think the uproar is loud now with the ACA – wait until next year when it impacts those on current group plans. The problems today won't compare anywhere near to what's ahead.

    November 21, 2013 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  13. Bib Boogg

    Don't worry, Kids!

    Things are gonna be great! Harry Reid just killed the filibuster rule so we can steam forward to one party rule. Anyone with a different viewpoint will finally be silenced. Hear that? That's the sound of freedom!

    November 21, 2013 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  14. sebastianWoof

    The greatest gift Obama can give America is his resignation.

    November 21, 2013 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  15. Chris

    So people believe he has less power than the party that only controls one-half of one-third of government? Wow.

    November 21, 2013 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  16. HUH?

    41% ya right. Wait until you poll the country. 0bama will be wishing for 41%

    November 21, 2013 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  17. Obumba

    Obama has done this to himself no one else to blame.

    November 21, 2013 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  18. Jim

    GOP thinks they are so clever doing everything in their power to get the President to fail, we'll see who has the last laugh, even with gerrymandering so abused, we'll see...and also lest they forget, he's not even up for re-election, the people won't forget these disgusting greedy old party antics. They'll keep trying to pull him down to their level and find themselves with nothing to support their own agenda, because they have no solutions, they don't even try!

    November 21, 2013 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  19. A.C.

    Where are you polling? I don't feel the President is doing a bad job. The website will be fixed. The stock is at 16,000. We are out of Iraq, etc. CNN you talked Ann Romney the other day regarding her cookbook, but discussed ACA law and President Obama. You people are stupid.....shame on you.

    November 21, 2013 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  20. Tevii

    No wonder this country is in shambles. Look at all the comments. Its not about right or wrong anymore. Its about blaming the opponent. At least Republicans and Democrats have one thing in common, you're both sheep that are told what to think. So freaking pathetic.

    November 21, 2013 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  21. Really?

    The Obamacare mess is still not over. He will be in the single digits before it's done. He's lost all credibility with his lies, "if you like your healthcare plan you can keep it" "most everyone will save $2500 a year" "if you like your doctors you can keep them". Can't wait for his term to be over. Don't think I can afford it anymore.

    November 21, 2013 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  22. Juan

    Reid: Obozoscare can easily be repealed by 51 senators instead of 61.

    November 21, 2013 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  23. Carl

    The media have lied to us. Period.

    November 21, 2013 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  24. jrm03063

    ACA WILL WORK – the model works in Massachusetts – it will work nationally. Policies were cancelled in MA – but those were policies that were apt to stiff both the people paying for them AND the taxpayers who cover the tab on indigent care. People complained then – but they got over it and MA now has near universal care and a very well liked law. Beyond that – we're out of one war and winding down another. Chemical weapons are going out of Syria. Most of our enemies are dead or on the run – excepting maybe the unre-constructed Confederates that make up the Tea Party.

    November 21, 2013 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  25. Tiffany Young

    I'm sure the 41% number is NOT accurate, like the votes that were referenced in a recent article about the 2012 election.

    November 21, 2013 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
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