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. kaneda

    Hey looks Congress is lower! That doesn't make him any better! He is still got another 3 years to go lower! He is a liar and too stupid. Wake up libs!

    November 21, 2013 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  2. bspurloc

    funny stuff.... Obama ALL TIME low 41% haha... that is incredibly high for a 2nd term...
    there once was this dude GWB at 10%

    November 21, 2013 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  3. David

    Obama lies and well I'm just glad I'm not going to purchase Obamacare.

    Why spend $800/month on a worthless insurance that doesn't kick in until I have over $10,000 of medical bills.

    November 21, 2013 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  4. Eagle08432

    Who are the 41%? Recipients of public, union controlled education system.

    November 21, 2013 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  5. Dana Blasi

    you mean 1/3 rd of the nation is still brain dead?

    November 21, 2013 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  6. bob

    What a Loser this President is. Makes me long for W.

    November 21, 2013 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  7. rascal69

    Hard to imagine that over 40% of the public is that completely ignorant to have any thought Obama is worth supporting. I'm guessing CNN has inflated their numbers a wee bit much to make their own long term stupidity look better.

    November 21, 2013 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  8. putupjob

    Another 25 million insurance cancellations will drive his numbers into the gutter.
    these faked propped up 41 bull numbers will be seen as stratospheric for this miscreant loser goober of a president.

    November 21, 2013 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  9. Big Muskie

    The only ones who approve them are those who have no idea what's going on. Ask anyone why they approve him and you get "I dunno..."

    November 21, 2013 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  10. Madman2001

    It is amusing to see people blaming the Republicans for Obama's problems, even his Obamacare problems. There was not one Republican who voted for Obamacare.

    November 21, 2013 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  11. Maria Rivera-Carvalho

    President Obama should be feeling pretty good right now. If he is at 41% after the unpredecented, relentless, vicious attack the Republicans started the day he was elected, he must be doing something good. He should be elated that, after being under fire for so long, with so much money burned on destroying him and so mudh misinforamtion diseminated over all seven continents, he has shown that he is an extraordinary leader. Given, his adversaries are intellectual losers, yet their viciousnes make up for their lack of decency, respect for truth and sense of decorum. I say, "Cheers, Mr. President. Your one of a kind as a political survivor".

    November 21, 2013 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  12. Tom

    Where did they get the 41%? Does that mean 6% of the takers no longer support him?

    November 21, 2013 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  13. Biff

    @The REAL truth,

    Wow! That's quite a list! Surely a president with a list that many sterling achievements while in office wouldn't have an approval rating so low, right? What do you think 70% of us are missing?

    November 21, 2013 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  14. Wakeup

    41%??? Give me a break! Is CNN grading on a curve. Obama will be in the teens before long and hopefully below zero shortly thereafter.

    November 21, 2013 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  15. srcactus

    Obamas actions are reflected in the poll numbers. PERIOD. Incompetence is setting the pace, Obama incompetence. His every stated position when in the Senate has been verbally reversed by him and in public since becoming President. The commensurate political liar!

    November 21, 2013 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  16. McBob79

    Obama is a modern day Nixon. The most divisive president in memory.

    November 21, 2013 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  17. DBFCO

    The Pres is delusional just like all those that still support him. He paints the picture that it's all the GOP's fault since they won't bend to his every whim. He is the most divisive President in history as well as the most unqualified. Go ahead Dems, spout off all you want about how it's all the GOP's fault, like blaming them for the shutdown, get a brain, maybe you would go along with a guy who says give me what I want and then I'll sit down and discuss things with you. Finally the public and the media are starting to wise up! Benghazi, the IRS, the NSA and now your health care. Wait till 50 million lose their insurance next year. He tried to time his exemptions so they 'll be after the elections but didn't realize the notices will go out right before, hmmm. It's all over for him, and before some of you go Oprah, (how predictable) it has nothing to do with race either, it has to do with being a leader, and no matter what your party, if you're honest with yourself, you can't argue that!

    November 21, 2013 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  18. grendel007

    All this "new lows" stuff, even with clueless liberals supporting him no matter what, AND media like CNN still blowing their smoke.

    November 21, 2013 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  19. Angry American

    Its not surprising that his approval ratings are in the crapper. I think a lot of the thing he stands for are with good intentions but with a HORRIBLE delivery.

    As a registered republican voter that is somewhere in the middle politically, I find it EXTREMELY hard to trust anything out of his mouth at this point (BTW I voted for him the first term). I don't believe his presidency will EVER recover and if I had it to do all over again I would have voted for McCain and Palin (as bad as it pains me to say).

    I gotta ask, Is it 2016 yet?

    November 21, 2013 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  20. Angry American

    Oh yeah,almost forgot...

    My insurance cancelation letter came in the mail today. Thanks Pres. Its gonna be a jolly holiday season around my house this year.

    November 21, 2013 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  21. BriHudson

    The biggest lie of them all is that Obama is a Democrat – he's not. Rather, he's a complete and utter Socialist. He's such a smooth talker, he fooled legions of Democrat voters, including me.

    Democrat voters must decide if they want a Democrat in office, or a Socialist. They're not the same.

    November 21, 2013 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  22. Ant

    I'm so intrigued when I hear its the republicans fault? Please EXPLAIN this to me. If the republicans had any control we wouldn't be dealing with the horrific effects of obamacare. Whatever happend to a president who can talk to the opposite party and compromise? If you disagree with what he's doing than he will just change the rules so now there's no disagreeing its his way or the Chicago highway

    November 21, 2013 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  23. August

    I'm honestly surprised at the support shown by some of these folks for obummer. So many worn out old party lines from the dems and positive spin on some really old crud. There are things listed here that they want to take credit for...they would be so much better off not even mentioning. Amazing loss of sanity.

    November 21, 2013 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  24. Bytor

    Wow! The REAL Truth really straightened me out. Here I thought the president was a traitor guilty of numerous charges of treason, but seeing his caring, patriotic track record, spelled out like that, I must rethink this whole thing..... NOT!

    November 21, 2013 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  25. DJ

    The 'unbiased' poll had 35% more Democrats surveyed than Republicans. It the poll reflected the last election party affiliation dynamics, Obama's approval rating would have been down to 30%. CNN skews yet another poll to make Obama's numbers look better then they really are. Surprise, Surprise!!!

    November 21, 2013 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
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