November 21st, 2013
05:00 PM ET
9 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. NameLT

    What is truly amazing is that ANYONE still approves of this clown.

    November 21, 2013 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  2. mark ducharme

    liberal debate: In a nutshell. 1st, they can't back up there acusations. 2nd, they try and change the subject, 3rd, they get angry and use emotion to back up an empty argument.

    November 21, 2013 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  3. John

    The ACA rollout has been very disappointing......have to say though that the prospects of ending pre existing conditions, life time caps, and reducing the 50 million un insured down to about 20 million make the bumps in the road worth having to replace your shock absorbers.......

    November 21, 2013 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  4. Chooch

    @Durka Durka. I find it interesting that you ASSUME you know why people voted for Obama. I voted for Obama but not for the reasons you claim. I voted for him because ANYTHING was a better option than another ignorant simple minded sock puppet Republican.

    November 21, 2013 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  5. davecu

    His whole second term has been based on fraud.

    He lied! About Benghazi.
    He lied! About IRS targets!
    He lied! About our actions in Afghanistan
    He lied! To congress and voters about ACA, our foreign policy in the entire middle east etc, etc, etc.
    The problem IS NOT THE COLOR OF HIS SKIN it's the content of his character. Clearly yet half the country wanted him to be their savior. He's let them down too.

    I fear for our future.

    November 21, 2013 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  6. J.R.

    You voted for this guy TWICE. The country has flipped.

    November 21, 2013 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  7. moonman_alpha

    A "CNN poll"... anytime the liberal media runs a poll, the results are always going to be skewed (when not totally fabricated). With regards to 0bama's plummeting approval rating, you need to subtract at least 5% off of whatever the liberal poll reports, in order to get the real approval rating.

    November 21, 2013 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  8. Ray

    How can it even be that high?

    November 21, 2013 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  9. Arminius

    "Among the societal tapeworm segment however, Dear Leader remains popular, with a 99% approval rating.
    "Because free stuff."

    November 21, 2013 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  10. Investment Advisor

    You are getting what you deserve Mr. President. Todays end around will come back to haunt you.

    November 21, 2013 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  11. Ted McGinley

    Haven't read through all the comments, but has anyone noticed that the poll oversamples Democrats by 8%. That means that if you balance that out, you can bring that 41% down to about 36 or 37%. But leave it to CNN to always try to cushion the blow for the Democrats by overpolling them whenever possible.

    November 21, 2013 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  12. goodgriefgetoverit

    not surprising. he is a liar who has repeatedly lied to the American people and the American people are sick and tired of being lied to by this guy and his socialist cohorts. He has failed. His 2d term is circling the drain. The Country would have been 100% better off with Romney.

    November 21, 2013 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  13. Name ana g

    An incompetent liar who has surrounded himself with incompetent liars all working to fleece the working class of the country obama is an even bigger moron than carter but he is a mental giant compared to the drooling idiots who voted for him in the first place

    November 21, 2013 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  14. Will

    Honestly, I highly doubt a Republican candidate or even another Democrat Candidate would be doing much better in this current stage. I think most are just fed up with Washington as a whole, Democrats and Republicans

    November 21, 2013 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  15. brutaltruth

    Wait till there is fallout from the taking of power, that he endorsed, in the senate by Harry Reid. This is in order to prop up his ability to garner even more authority from the courts to help finish off his fundamental transformation.

    It sucked when the republicans threatened it, and it sucks even more when the democrats do it.

    He is an imperialist. Plain and simple. A man who has zero experience in the real world outside of politics as evidenced by him writing an autobiography in his 30's when he accomplished NOTHING.

    November 21, 2013 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  16. Norm

    Americans just aren't smart enough to know what good for them, that's all.

    November 21, 2013 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  17. Joe

    Obama is the great failure of all time.

    November 21, 2013 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  18. Newg

    What comes around goes around. The predominant democrat crowd on here was awful in their commenting about President George Bush, and now their staring at what REAL failure looks like and they try to blame the GOP???? Unbelievable. Here's some simple math for the Dem's to chew on, another poll has President Obama with a 36% approval rating, which means tons of independents and Democrats are jumping off the sinking ship.

    I guess you get what you get when you elect a nobody community organizer to be President of the United States.

    November 21, 2013 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  19. DarkPoet

    Funny how everything I said was going to happen has happened...

    AHCA was going to drop people, have holes in coverage, and people were going to have to pay more for substandard coverage... Oh and I was right along with the crazy Tparty people.... hate to say when something was so obvious that even they got it right how all you "educated" people couldn't see you were being lied to!

    November 21, 2013 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  20. art

    One has to wonder if the 41% have any thought processes available to them. They must be the 41% or the 47% that are now on welfare.

    November 21, 2013 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  21. truth detector

    The terrible storm in the Philippians was caused by, you guessed it, Bush. Blacks attacking whites by knocking them out, once again your right, Bush. President Obama did coke, Bush made him do it. I believe it was the Bush's family years ago that named the football team in Washington DC, the Washington Redskins, those Bushes keep doing such terrible things. I was told that Bush called Obama and told him to make Obamacare fail. Bush also told Obama to lie all the time, that darn Bush. When will Americans learn that Obama is not responsible for anything that has failed in this great nation. Just because President Obama has never really accomplished anything in his life don't blame him blame that's right, Bush. I have some ocean front property in North Dakota, anyone interested?

    November 21, 2013 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  22. David Forman

    Wow. I wondered who the CNN audience was. I thought it was only seen in airports with the sound off. Apparently there are a still bunch of Animals on the Farm buying the Geese's talking points.

    November 21, 2013 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  23. dumped upon by barack

    Guys, guys... can't we stick this on Bush?
    Yes, it's true the congressional republicans are loathed by both sides and show even lower poll numbers. But half do their loathing because of how spineless congress has appeared be while we watch the systematic deconstruction of the United States of America. Not too hard to figure, is it?

    November 21, 2013 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  24. John

    hang in there Obama.....your personality/enthusiasm leaves a little to be disired, but your results have been outstanding, a 1000% improvement over Bush

    November 21, 2013 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  25. Kathy-AZ

    Time's on his side. Obama's got 3 more years to go, GOPers, so –get used to him.

    November 21, 2013 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
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