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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soundoff (713 Responses)
  1. Juan

    Even lower toward 2014.

    November 21, 2013 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  2. cjb

    Surprise surprise. He has lied to the American people for 5 years. A few of the naive are finally waking up. This is a death spiral for the democratic party.

    November 21, 2013 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  3. joe

    who are these 41 % that approve.... they are the uninformed pinheads that voted for him. Once they lose their health care they might change their minds. They probably are not even aware about his lying about healthcare coverage, Benghazi, the IRS investigations,Solyendra etc etc etc

    November 21, 2013 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  4. Don DaMiddle

    Polls are NOT "Breaking News"... or even "News" at all.
    They are ALL "Manipulated Data for Propaganda".
    C'mon CNN...
    Have some Dignity & Respect for yourselves.
    Is your goal really to be FOX when you grow up?
    You're setting the bar of Integrity pretty low.

    November 21, 2013 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  5. Jim

    Tampa Tim, I got your teabag swinging, Pal.

    November 21, 2013 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  6. JC

    Not sure how, or if, he turns this around.....should be interesting....I hope the Reid strategy of changing the rules of the game is not the one the President will follow.

    November 21, 2013 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  7. Klatu

    CNN - you sure a little dyslexia didn't set in on that number???

    November 21, 2013 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  8. Hormoz Shariat

    Let's see...in the span of few weeks he has epically failed with the launch of Obamacare and started an arms race in the Middle East. I'm surprised 41% still approve of him.

    November 21, 2013 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  9. JC

    39% Ive jumped too

    November 21, 2013 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  10. Sue01

    Anonymous..what is it that you want? Oh, oh...no hate here and that is very difficult for a leftist progressive when that is the main emotion in the soul of you dems. There is a very large group of people who don't care about D or R...they are interested in keeping America a Republic, free speech and no spying, no lying, no deceit, no disgusting behavior like that awful slime POS Bashir on CNN's sister station MSNBC, not that CNN doesn't also have its share of hate mongers, but at least CNN's levels are slightly higher than that POS MSNBC!

    November 21, 2013 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  11. Zandigra

    Barry's approval ratings at this point in his term in office is almost identical to that of Geroge W. Bush. They really do have a lot in common.

    November 21, 2013 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  12. Sham

    Tampa Tim. Are you brain dead? You do know that the only person who has power to shut the government down is the President....right? Oh, you don't. So, in your logic, Obama should be impeached and tried for treason. I agree, he should be. Biggest liar in US Presidential history, destroying the country one day at a time. Tea Party and Ted Cruz are trying to do right by EVERYONE. Obama only cares about who will kiss his lying ass. Get off the meds TIM.

    November 21, 2013 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  13. Anonymous

    I saw 37% approval ratet by another poll

    November 21, 2013 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  14. Shabooty

    41% still approve. Amazing. A man with no accomplishments, persistent lies, and an incompetent administration he put in place. This is a major leading indicator how brain-dead our low information voters are. He should be at 10% right now if we were an intelligent country.

    November 21, 2013 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  15. footballislife1962

    Cut that 41% by 2/3 and that is approximately the number. Just the blacks.

    November 21, 2013 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  16. nick

    It's the lowest CNN poll. Wow, after all the Obama promoting they do, they're struggling to keep their own poll numbers high for him.

    November 21, 2013 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  17. Yo-Yo Ma

    I don't get these polls. One news media has a set of numbers and the other have way different numbers. I think these polls are all rigged to please the audience either the left or the right. The audience is so gullible that will believe anything they say.

    November 21, 2013 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  18. Sue01

    Don DaMiddle No....CNN can never be Fox...FoxNews has been number one for 15 years...and since Zuker at CNN won't make CNN a stricly news station, it will never be able to be true or just or decent...sorry!

    November 21, 2013 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  19. Ms. Sotoro

    Wow, apparently all the people who disapprove are "racists." Suddenly the majority of the country is racist.

    November 21, 2013 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  20. liberals love nukes now?

    It's going to go lower with this new Nuke Bomb Reid just did... can't obama control him?

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

    That's funny, I live in a city, and my approval rating for O has plummeted. So I guess it's not just suburbanites!

    November 21, 2013 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  22. Rick McDaniel

    All hail the dictator........he gains ever more power, in his quest to seize total control of America.

    November 21, 2013 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  23. JustAnotherVoter

    Kinda' like watching the limbo. How low can it go?

    November 21, 2013 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  24. Toes

    Yep, the sad truth is at least 20% of those that approve will approve regardless of what he does, WHY, well we all know why! So, reality is his approval rating from those that actually judge him on his job performance is maybe 20%.

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

    Take all free stuff the corrupt above the law dems will be finish

    November 21, 2013 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
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