November 21st, 2013
05:00 PM ET
1 year 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. Dave

    He 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," he said.

    November 21, 2013 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  2. watash60

    We still have those brain dead wacko liberals out their who think they will be tagged as racist if they oppose obama

    November 21, 2013 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  3. margie

    So the poll was adults, not registered or likely voters?

    November 21, 2013 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  4. Terry

    Reverse the two numbers, that is the truth

    November 21, 2013 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  5. Tampa Tim

    The best thing that could happen to our country would be that Cruz and the baggers be tried for treason.

    November 21, 2013 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  6. Ruf783

    I take it back ;) it was breaking news. Good Job CNN!

    November 21, 2013 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  7. cV

    Anonymous, do you care more about Obama than your country? Looks like you do.

    November 21, 2013 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  8. Teri

    Even more than he deserves at this point..

    November 21, 2013 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  9. CLOWN

    It just dropped to 40% because i'm jumping ship also.

    November 21, 2013 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  10. WOT

    There should be a break down on polls by all the different races in the county not just bigots.

    November 21, 2013 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  11. Name

    Take another 20% off for ppl that would vote for him no matter what.

    November 21, 2013 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  12. metoo59

    Hillary warned us... the blind and uneducated led us! And... the action today of Reid shows us even more..... these folks are not fit to lead and not ready. Reid barely wins in NV !!! Shameful what we have done to this great country in 6 years!

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

    I am sorry,but this administration and both parties have just supported the final rape of the middle class.Insurances with large four figure deductibles and massive Dr copays and rx copays 5 times Canadians pay is just a scam.

    November 21, 2013 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  14. TMO

    How is it CNN is at 41% and all other polls are at 37%? Did CNN only poll Democrats?

    November 21, 2013 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  15. LibsRLiars

    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.
    _____________________________________________________________________-
    Once again... blah blah blah blah! Never fails that you guys always revert to Bush. LOL Always trying to point at someone else to excuse your behavior. My kid used to do that when he was 5.

    November 21, 2013 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  16. ora pike

    it is 37%-–but it makes no difference. socialized health care - "millions will be BUY obamacare when all is running smooth-i agree-"theIR policy is not up to grade so the government has to cancell their insurance. this is not a free market it is now a socialist market-NEXT WILL BE ENERGY AND EDUCATION--GONE WITH THE WIND IS OUR GREAT COUNTRY BECAUSE OF OBAMA AND COMPANY.

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

    On a real man can admit some policy's are actually bad for the country. Only a real leader will reverse poor decisions put thing back in place until a new solution is found. However if you have your head stuck in the sand and trying for force a poor plan your approval rating will fall. Be a real man and a real leader and prove to us you can see the problem is worse for Americans and stop the ACA now, force spending cuts and balance the budget and you will give the republican noting to say then.

    November 21, 2013 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  18. CARLH

    Hey Anonymous, CNN's numbers are more in favor of Obama than most, not to mention CNN's unbridled favoritism to Obama, and he's only 41% here! Check out Gallup, CBS, and others. The fact is, your boy is going down
    !

    November 21, 2013 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  19. WrittenDescription

    Obama's poll numbers are finally beginning to correlate with his absurd lack of executive experience and his poor temperament for the presidency. What's brought his numbers in line is the fact that his poor management and bad policies are becoming too evident for the media to gloss over or ignore.

    November 21, 2013 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  20. gc

    imagine what the 41% of the supporters must be like. pathetic. dependent. low IQ, low info losers.

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

    I refuse to believe that Obamas approval is that high. There is no way 41% of the voters approve
    of what he's doing.

    November 21, 2013 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  22. Atheist Forever

    Considering that CNN is known to greatly oversample Democrats in their polls, this number translates to about 36% approval rating.

    Still, it amazes me that more than 1/3 of Americans think that what we have a seen in the last few months is a "good job".

    November 21, 2013 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  23. Ricky

    Obama is not the true culprit for America's demise. It is Liberalism that will bring down the US and turn it into the greatest communist nation in world history. The Democrats are hell bent on succeeding with Communism where former USSR, China, Cuba and NK have failed with their fiats for redistribution of American wealth.

    November 21, 2013 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  24. Joe

    WOW! Another 4 points lower and Obama Approval rating will be the same as his IQ.

    November 21, 2013 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  25. DJ

    Wolf looks as if he's about to croak!!

    November 21, 2013 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
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