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. joemica

    The real surprise is 51% of Americans voted the idiot in. And as far as all those perks he is responsible for he put our country 17 trillion dollars in the red. Gee if I had that much money I could make everyone happy until it came time to pay the bills. Just wait until that day your kids pay up, they'll curse you in your grave.

    November 21, 2013 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  2. harleydavidson

    don't blame me...I did not vote for him.

    November 21, 2013 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  3. Name ana g

    My doctor visits have gone from a 35 dollar copay to 200 dollars on average in addition to hundreds I already pay in monthly premiums – impeach him now and throw out all who support obama care in 2014

    November 21, 2013 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    Approval ratings at a term low..nothing to write home about. But the affordable health care act and other myriad of executive and Democrat initiatives that are in place..working..now that's something to be proud of.

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

    The truth hurts.

    November 21, 2013 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  6. nmdave

    Now is the time that we take back our country from the corruption in our government. This is a WAR! The Libs say we are waging a "war against women". But I say we are at WAR against lies, a WAR against unemployment, a WAR against government control of healthcare, a WAR against declining education, a WAR against the corruption in our government agencies, a WAR against the debt that is growing out of control, a WAR against a lack of balanced budgets, and a WAR against the divisions created by the corrupt liberalism culture. We must unite and fight this WAR now, the 2014 elections are less than a year away. We must rally now and win this WAR!!!

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

    @The REAL Truth:

    "29. Closed offshore tax havens (sorry Mitt)" – I'm an Obama guy, but lets keep it accurate. He absolutely did not eliminate offshore tax havens....trust me. I hide money for a living.

    November 21, 2013 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  8. c j griffin

    There are three kinds of people who say yes when asked if they approve of the unteachable swellhead's act:
    1) Those who feel obliged because of some kind of affiliation.
    2) Those who still credit his apparent belief that he can feed the masses– notably themselves– with one loaf of bread, one dead fish and a bottle of wine.
    3) Those who didn't understand the question.

    Please write to your agents in Washington and the folks in the Pentagon and ask them to do whatever they can to minimize the next three years of Obama damage.

    November 21, 2013 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  9. SDCinNS

    Interesting point – "The drop in Obama's approval rating comes entirely among suburbanites". These are all the people losing their insurance?

    November 21, 2013 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  10. Delta 2 Niner

    Make that 40% or lower just asked all my co workers here in Ca. They cant stand him either. Mostly because he constantly blames others for his own mistakes. Other reasons are how he takes credit if something good happens but deflects blame with the help of the media to others. I personally cant stand him because because the policy of my two girks is going up 3020.00 a year! Thanks pinochio! And thanks for destroying the 220 year old debating process started by Thomas Jefferson called a fillybuster, just to stack the courts in your favor with judges who toe the line with your agenda. Btw no high ranking Obana nominee has been blocked only debated. This is going to be bad very bad and only going to get worse!

    November 21, 2013 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  11. wxqz

    But 3 times better than that of congress. And still the one and only President of the United States of America

    November 21, 2013 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  12. Bill Smells

    After the crap the Senate pulled with his endorsement, I fully expect Obama to drop to new lows.

    Worst president evar!!!

    November 21, 2013 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  13. Patrick

    Oh nothing to get upset over to his cult followers. Obama has called another closed door private meeting of the liberal press to lay out the talking points he requires to be highlighted in the 'media' from here on. Very soon all this brouhaha will settle down and we will once again be told how wonderful life is each day under The Great leader.

    November 21, 2013 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  14. hotstuffpdx

    Wadda gonna do? Haters be hatin.

    November 21, 2013 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  15. NameFRS

    Obama is. In a steady slide down. IRS, NSA, Benghazi, Afghanistan, Iran ObamaCare and now the nuke option in senate is about Americans can take. Add in his failed economic policy and O=zero. He can count on nothing because even the MSM cannot afford to attach themselves to a loser and expect to survive.

    November 21, 2013 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  16. tompatzelt

    @ Dan

    The reason liberals laugh at you when you ask them to give examples of how 'Fox lies' is not because of the question itself, it's them laughing at how stupid you are. Get it now?

    November 21, 2013 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  17. Farrok

    I like and respect the President; however, he has been going down the wrong path and needs to change directions. He needs to stop his vicious attach on American Liberties. America is beginning to be split into fragments which is a prescription for serious trouble.

    November 21, 2013 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  18. Anonymous

    He is approaching congressional approval !!!!!!

    November 21, 2013 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  19. Cary Grant

    I didn't realize 41% of the population were freeloaders. That is distressing.

    November 21, 2013 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  20. Esteban cortes

    How a lazy ignorant arrogant lair man can be a tenant in the white house
    Only people just like him still think HE's THE MAN !

    November 21, 2013 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  21. David

    The worst President in history and a liar to boot!

    November 21, 2013 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  22. Frederick Lowe

    Who does CNN Survey? A bunch of old, racist Republicans. I am really tired of hearing the media put down our president. He has done a great job in a very difficult situation. I feel strongly the Affordable Care Act will work if the corporate- owned media gave it a chance.

    November 21, 2013 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  23. George

    Not enought. Lower. America must sink this fraud to 20s in order to save itself.

    November 21, 2013 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  24. Patrick

    The real truth is that everything listed from 1-36 is highly debatable on its impact on our country. Of that list I will give you the killing of Bin Laden, the rest is pie in the sky wishful thinking. I wish I had time to refute each one item by item, however I just don't have the time.

    November 21, 2013 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  25. Namebreng

    Who are they polling? Not one person in my area has every been asked to give an opinion. Are they polling more than the people working in the studio? I often wondered the break down of those people who are (not) speaking for me are.

    November 21, 2013 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
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