November 21st, 2013
05:00 PM ET
10 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. Jack

    So, what! He doesn't have to ran for re-election.

    November 21, 2013 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  2. iambicpentamaster

    "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."

    Al Gore: "Everything that should be up is down, and everything that should be down is up." ~ 1992

    November 21, 2013 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  3. TTommy

    "According to a CNN/ORC poll released Thursday, 41% of Americans approve of the job the President's doing in the White House" – That this says to me is 41% of Americans are complete idiots. Beyond hope and reason.

    November 21, 2013 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  4. Pplgetagrip!

    I love it the real thing they don't talk about is the minority vote...blacks,latinos and asians are not going to vote for the GOP. The news loves to make things seem close...Romney to win by a landslide,statistical tie,etc. You get it but it was never close ever math told us that and math is telling us that minorities are going to vote because they don't want us to so we will...2014 is going to be good. The one thing Obama did was make minorities want to vote. So we will at 2012 numbers see VA.

    November 21, 2013 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  5. MTB

    Where is Wolfe Blitzer and his 24/7 coverage of these pitiful poll numbers? I remember him drooling at the lips doing the 24/7 coverage of Bush's number....numbers orchestrated by the media whereas Obama's are self-inflicted with his blatant 3 year lies....

    November 21, 2013 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  6. joecollins

    "If you like your insurance plan, you can keep it. Period."

    November 21, 2013 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  7. smurka

    No mention that his stance on gun control is the real reason why his approval rating plummeted.

    November 21, 2013 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  8. arod52

    Barack has a ways to go to reach 19%....the prior Prez's low point

    November 21, 2013 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  9. Monomachos

    This is a rather high approval number for someone who is a proven liar, who asked voters to trust him on Obamacare and then demonstrated that trust to be misplaced.

    November 21, 2013 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  10. Cathy

    The President's approval rating is never going to go up until he starts telling the truth every time he opens his mouth and until he stops blaming everybody and anybody for every bad decision he has made. If people had known the whole truth right from the beginning regarding the ACA they might not be so disgusted now. Today's big move by the hypocrites in the Senate aren't going to help. Every time you try to stifle conversation you end up looking like a fool, especially when a few years ago you were saying just the opposite should happen.

    November 21, 2013 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  11. jason

    G W Boosh
    Irq war-unpaid for
    no bid contracts to Chenye
    killing thousands
    Medicare part dubya-unpaid for
    9/11
    60+ Benghazis
    21+ FTA's
    free reign for banksters
    700000 jobs lost per month
    Obama = 1000x better than boosh

    November 21, 2013 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  12. Maihoa

    I am just an independent and I remembered president Obama clearly stated that if I like my health insurance plan I got to keep it. Now I found out that my insurance will be cancelled at the beginning of next year, and after I tried numerous time to get on the website healthcare.gov I found out that a policy close to the policy I had would cost me 20% more for the premium and the deductible is double. Do you think I should be disappointed of president Obama's dishonesty? If the law is as good as he claimed it is why then he exempted unions, and federal employees from adhering to it? Why congress and white house are exempted from it? Obama kept blaming others for his failures but this time he is running out of excuses or anything or anyone to blame.

    November 21, 2013 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  13. Dave Long

    Left to their own devices, liberals would want little more than equality of opportunity for all citizens. Because Republicans so often stand in the way of most programs that could help provide even those most basic tools, Obama is practically forced to look like a dictator issuing executive orders, and doing other end runs around Congress.

    November 21, 2013 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  14. Hawaii Jeff

    Live by the lie, die by the truth.

    November 21, 2013 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  15. Matt

    Sen. Barack Obama (D – ILL) 4/25/05

    “This nuclear option is ultimately an example of the arrogance of power. It is a fundamental power grab.”

    “…I say to my friends on the Republican side, you may own the field right now, but you won’t own it forever. And I pray God when the Democrats take back control we don’t make the kind of naked power grab you are doing.”

    __________________

    November 22, 2013 12:01 am at 12:01 am |
  16. tom

    actually its 2015 election choosing

    November 22, 2013 12:01 am at 12:01 am |
  17. Diplomad

    His support basically comes from people on the dole.

    November 22, 2013 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  18. Sand

    The truth is that more and more people are realizing what I said before he got elected. Obama is just another career politician. He isn't a man of the people anymore than Clinton was and he isn't a patriot anymore than George W Bush was. He, like all the candidates from the Republican and Democratic parties, is a Fraud. He represents himself as the Democrats brand image but at the end of the day it's about paying back his campaign backers. Just like Bush, Just like Clinton, just like every lousy president we have had after Eisenhower.

    November 22, 2013 12:09 am at 12:09 am |
  19. joe

    This president thrives on hate. You and I hate each other now. For what reason? Only hatred and his goal of a one party system keeps him in office. His redistribution of wealth and limiting powers of the opposition guarantees power. I've seen this before...

    November 22, 2013 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
  20. gregor1971

    Gosh, this President had never been the leader of any organization before. People thought this would make a good Hollywood movie, where an inexperienced guy got to be President. This is what happens...

    November 22, 2013 12:20 am at 12:20 am |
  21. yougottobekiddingme

    What is the percentage breakdown of Democrats, Republicans and independents in the poll? I'll bet you they polled more Democrats to keep the number even that high. The liberal MSM will pull out any trick to help the blunderer-in-chief to save face.

    November 22, 2013 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  22. Victor Cuadra

    47% want Obama in charge....

    47% want a King?

    November 22, 2013 12:22 am at 12:22 am |
  23. TheFly

    This poll is ridiculous! It's much lower than that, they must have polled Federal workers.

    November 22, 2013 12:25 am at 12:25 am |
  24. 41% ????

    Too high. 14% is what I think all of us can agree on.....

    November 22, 2013 12:26 am at 12:26 am |
  25. paintpaintpaint

    I don't know who they're asking in this poll. Everyone I know that voted for President Obama STILL thinks he's doing a great job despite the obstructionist Congress. We're THRILLED that he has passed the ACA, and well, a website that big – attacked as well by right-wing crazies – so what? You can still pick up the phone. It's good for America. And Durka Durka…. NOBODY voted for Obama thinking their premiums would be lowered, dink. They want the ACA so ALL Americans can have health insurance. You don't get a new plan with LESS coverage. Read, please. You are not allowed to have CRAP plans that may be cheap but don't cover anything!!! Yikes. The stupidity of the right wing is really disheartening. And honey, Mitt was the original Obamacare guy. And people in MA like it.

    November 22, 2013 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
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