November 21st, 2013
05:00 PM ET
11 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. JoeV

    Hey folks, regarding Obama. Nothing from nothing equals NOTHING; and that is what we have!!

    November 22, 2013 05:31 am at 5:31 am |
  2. Hooyah!!

    Pretty Sad if his ratings fall below the False Flag president!

    November 22, 2013 05:48 am at 5:48 am |
  3. Harry

    I feel so sorry ... for CNN. All these years, shilling for the wrong horse. And look where it's gotten you. You've lost your standing with so many of the American people. Was it worth brown nosing for the likes of Fearless Leader,when you could have simply done your job as a member of the 4th Estate and grilled Fearless Leader as you would have grilled Sarah Palin? Or was it your fear that Fearless Leader wasn't smart enough to weather such "brutality?"

    November 22, 2013 05:48 am at 5:48 am |
  4. Name jk. Sfl. GOP CRUZ lee&rubio 24billion dallar LOSS of your tax money conservatives,the garbage of America.

    He's still better then anybody the incompetent obstructionist GOP has to offer!!!!!

    November 22, 2013 06:01 am at 6:01 am |
  5. Dina

    His poll numbers should be a lot lower than that. That man has screwed up this country so bad. This shows me the American population are lacking morals and intelligence.

    November 22, 2013 06:17 am at 6:17 am |
  6. guy

    the man is clueless all he knows how to do is bop on stage with that smug look.he knows he is destroying this country along with that other winner harry reid who should retire back to the mines.

    November 22, 2013 06:20 am at 6:20 am |
  7. johnnyeger

    Obama sucks. Because the media is so in the tank for this stooge and in the key states of OH, PA, VA & FL, there are over 200 pending court cases against him

    November 22, 2013 06:25 am at 6:25 am |
  8. Art Granda

    Who should have more influence? The people should have the most influence in a -representative- form of government. It's leaders aren't chosen to impose their individual will on the people, but rather to represent, or underwrite the will of the majority in their district EVEN if they personally disagree with it.

    November 22, 2013 06:26 am at 6:26 am |
  9. Name jk. Sfl. GOP CRUZ lee&rubio 24billion dallar LOSS of your tax money conservatives,the garbage of America.

    It's not at 9% like the GOP house, and they will all be replaced next nov. GOP, be very afraid , and where's are 24 billion dallars??????

    November 22, 2013 06:40 am at 6:40 am |
  10. Truck

    It should be lower than a snakes belly in a wagon wheel rut....

    November 22, 2013 06:52 am at 6:52 am |
  11. Ruth

    Why is it the republicans that shut down the gov? Obama is the one who refused to negociate. But dems say" republican shutdown" and idiots buy that. Just shows they can't think for selves.

    November 22, 2013 06:55 am at 6:55 am |
  12. Sunflower52

    Any politician that gives a hoot about polls is too busy watching the polls and trying to keep that cushy job with the bill paycheck they have. Polls meant nothing. Let's focus on jobs. This is the law...period. Washington wants to beat this to death but do nothing to put people back to work. They're all sorry. It's the pot calling the kettle black when they talk about "takers and moochers". For both parties...where are the jobs?!?

    November 22, 2013 07:01 am at 7:01 am |
  13. Chris

    Demoocrats this.... Republicans that....and we get the same old thing. No more Rino's and Socialist Democrats...we need to get the country back on track. We have lost so much in the past ten years. This country is looking more and more like the country Oceania in George Orwell's 1984.

    November 22, 2013 07:02 am at 7:02 am |
  14. H. Johnson

    CNN is at 41% while everyone else is at 37%. No surprise here.

    November 22, 2013 07:11 am at 7:11 am |
  15. Stephen Lee

    Who are the 41% that approve of this incompetent President's performance? What caves are they living in?

    November 22, 2013 07:12 am at 7:12 am |
  16. Bob

    I'm not sure who is the bigger idiot.....Obama or the morons that voted him into office. When will these morons learn that decisions have consequences?

    November 22, 2013 07:17 am at 7:17 am |
  17. SteveB

    I was wondering if @ankenyman's list of 36 items represents success or failure. Mostly they're failure. In the end it is all moot anyway. I don't care if Mr. Obama came up with a cure for cancer. He cheated and lied to get elected then re-elected, he exercises power that isn't his to exercise, he divides instead of unites Americans, he can't even bring himself to say the name of God, even when quoting historical text. His only success is pushing the agenda of the hard left.

    November 22, 2013 07:21 am at 7:21 am |
  18. Logictox

    Worst president ever. Zero credibility, zero honesty and zero transparency. We have moved to the most partisan government ever under this president.

    November 22, 2013 07:43 am at 7:43 am |
  19. Bozo prez

    obama is the most corrupt president in US History. If obama had an achievement, it would look like obamacare.

    November 22, 2013 07:45 am at 7:45 am |
  20. bill

    FAILURE...His administration is the worst in American History....Cant wait for these liars, thieves, socialists, con men to be voted out and we can prosecute them for their treasonous actions against America

    November 22, 2013 07:47 am at 7:47 am |
  21. soozeanne

    As with all other third world countries.. when their leaders are given enough time.. they become just that.. Third World..and we are fast on our way to that status.. Take Note of their leaders. who they are and what Agenda they follow...

    November 22, 2013 07:48 am at 7:48 am |
  22. bill

    Bunch of hypocrites on here trying to say they didn't want GWB to fail, and we need to rally around this loser as president...One word KARMA

    November 22, 2013 07:50 am at 7:50 am |
  23. Graeme from Ottawa

    Obama is smarter than all of you, put up or shut up. What have any of you done that even remotely compares?

    November 22, 2013 07:52 am at 7:52 am |
  24. Brad

    41% of Americans approve of Obama...

    That 41% ... How do they even feed and themselves and tie their own shoes?

    November 22, 2013 07:54 am at 7:54 am |
  25. Anonymous

    Sadly the ones that approve of Obama will never admit they were duped because it make them look stupid and uninformed, which of course they would have to be to have voted for him in the first place.

    November 22, 2013 07:56 am at 7:56 am |
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