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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  1. Jack 2

    Other polls has his approval rate at 37%. CNN protects this president

    November 22, 2013 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  2. lmc3

    Call the fire department! There's a whole bunch of pants on fire in DC

    November 22, 2013 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  3. ru serious

    What exactly did the voters think they were getting.....this admin's core competency is winning elections, NOT running the country. Political hack out of Chicago. Let's try to do better next time, vote for someone who has actual experience running something and someone with actual leadership skills.

    November 22, 2013 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  4. David L Laidig

    Got aways to go before Mr Obama gets to 21% as Mr Bush did.....

    November 22, 2013 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  5. Chase

    I think it is very reasonable up be upset at Obama after the recent failures in the healthcare IT department.

    November 22, 2013 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  6. Fair is Fair

    November 22, 2013 11:29 am at 11:29 am |

    David L Laidig

    Got aways to go before Mr Obama gets to 21% as Mr Bush did.....
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    Setting the bar high, democrat-style.

    November 22, 2013 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  7. luke,az

    The people of America are behind you Mr. President. I have never been called for one of these polls. You are doing an outstanding job fighting for the middle class and the poor. There is more support across this country than the media is reporting. Keep moving forward. God Bless you, your family and your staff.

    November 22, 2013 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  8. Vince

    Way better approval number than the GOP controlled House.

    November 22, 2013 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  9. mindy

    The filibuster has ONLY been misused in Obamas term? Times have changed? I'm sure times had changed in the Bush administration and there were more filibusters than ever before. I'm more than annoyed at Dems blind support for this and justifying lack of integrity. It's just the way of this party now and this is the legacy of BO.

    November 22, 2013 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  10. Fact

    Freetakers and rich health insurance companies love Obama, but not others. There goes his approval rating.

    November 22, 2013 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  11. John Illinois

    How anyone can support the liar in the White House and his fellow liberals is beyond stupidty! They have continuously lied to the American people over and over and over again, just did a disgusting power grab (which Obama and his liberals all screamed and cried about in 2005 saying how wrong it was....and were right), people are losing their insurance, seeing their premiums and out of pocket costs soar and seeing hospitals not included! What is wrong with you people that suport this garbage?!?!?

    November 22, 2013 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  12. theseconddavid

    Obama has lost the middle class.

    November 22, 2013 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  13. David L Laidig

    "How anyone can support the liar in the White House and his fellow liberals is beyond stupidity! They have continuously lied to the American people over and over and over again, just did a disgusting power grab (which Obama and his liberals all screamed and cried about in 2005 saying how wrong it was....and were right), people are losing their insurance, seeing their premiums and out of pocket costs soar and seeing hospitals not included! What is wrong with you people that support this garbage?!?!?"

    Nice diatribe! Always love to hear from a 10 dollar an hour supporter! How is poverty working out for you? Your repubklijerks still have some more surprises for you if you are foolish enough to continue to support them.

    November 22, 2013 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  14. K.J.Welder

    Being from Canada the people of the great U.S.A will never be able to afford this medical plan. We have the same kind of plan up here and it is driving our country into the hole!! The USA cannot afford to go down that road until it starts to pay off its debt, this so called President of your has hood winked you people into thinking it will work! With the help of the Left Wing media, you will become sadly the next Grease or Spain and bring down North America into the depth of despair. Please wake up before its to late.

    November 22, 2013 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  15. RettasVegas

    Wow, 45% say the GOP should have more control, that's just down right SCAREY!
    Obama may have not gotten ths ACA site off well, but to say the GOP could do any better is crazy, they had NO plan, and they continue to block Obama on everything, keeping him from doing the best he feels he can for American's.
    No one is 100% right, and he was man enough to say he knows he's not perfect, but the EXTREME GOP is down right dangerous for our nation,.
    THEY SHUT DOWN THE GOVT. for Gods sake, hurting our economy AND millions of people!

    And they threaten to do it again!

    They will keep trying to discredit Obama on EVERYTHING and don't care that each time they do they cut the throats of the MAJORITY of Amrtican's, they are a very sick, and destructive party, they need moderate's in their party to man up, and try to get something done that benifit's ALL American's not just pander to the EXTREME'S in the GOP, American's want them to get to work for ALL American's! PERIOD!
    X Republican (23yrs.)
    Independent voter (4 yrs.)

    November 22, 2013 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  16. A.O.

    Don't gloat yet, the computer sign up for Obama will work. We will see if the Democrats want obstructionist stance of the GOP. With the vote to end those wrenching and nonsensical filibursters rule, we shall see where both sides will end up. President Obama needs to stop his efforts to get along with GOPs which only produced gridlock. Will he and other Democrats ever put the gloves on and fight these sponsors of filibursters?

    November 22, 2013 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  17. Holly

    So Obama made a mistake in not following his assignee's every move on setting up the American's Health Care Account. Of course he was busy with taking care of national business. It will all work out and will take a little time. So far his mistake has not cost any lives, horribly wounded Vets, made this already bankrupted country any worse. By next year I am certain that all the bugs will be worked through and American will have health coverage for it's citizens as all other civilized nations do. He gets a plus from me for at least trying and I did not even vote for him.

    November 22, 2013 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  18. bluesjordan

    The government never gives anything it hasn't already taken. Personal heath care decisions belong to the people, not the government.

    November 22, 2013 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  19. KaPueo

    The real question is why is he still so popular?

    November 22, 2013 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  20. Notime Forbs

    David L Laidig: PLEASE refrain from further Koolaid consumption. "Your" president is the most hated individual on an INTERNATIONAL plane. The Obamee train left the station long ago.....time to jump off while you still can.

    November 22, 2013 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  21. southerngent

    By giving all people of America health care you have taken away a fundamental reason to work. Those who have no moral compass and already abuse the system will not think twice about abusing the health care system, hence increase cost. Can anyone please explain how FORCED distribution of wealth is not socialism, or Marxism in a free market society?

    November 22, 2013 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  22. Fish

    Funny, when Obama campaigned in 2008 he never mentioned selling out to Wall Street, which is the only think he has managed to accomplish!!! Can we get a refund???

    November 22, 2013 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  23. John Illinois

    Hey Laidig, I have a great job and have never been on the dole in my life, unlike your obvious freeloading self! Only a fool can support these jerks lying through their teeth and ruining our country! Looks like you are both a fool and a freeloader!

    November 22, 2013 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  24. Crampon

    It will sink everyday.

    November 22, 2013 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  25. MTATL67

    If we'd listened to polls it'd be President Romney

    November 22, 2013 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
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