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. nuke bombs are good now?

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

    November 21, 2013 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  2. Mac

    Barry needs to go, along with the ACA. It's too late for those who are just now realizing how bad Barry is since Reid pushed the nuclear option. Game over – Hard working honest Americans have lost.

    November 21, 2013 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  3. redruffansore

    That O blows, everyone knows, what we aren't see'in is how CNN is feelin....surprised. Your plastic dashboard baby bajeebus was a failure from the get go. He had a resume the size of a postage stamp, political baggage that made Samsonite look like greenhorn beginners.

    Remember libtards, if you can't laugh at yourself, at least let others. I know I did. Hard.

    November 21, 2013 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  4. Peter

    Misty1CA wrote: "We have a true communist in the WH. He and his minions will try to destroy our freedoms so they can control our lives. Please wake up CNN and start reporting the truth."

    Gawd......silly diatribe right out of 1952.

    You wouldn't know an actual Communist if you tripped over one.

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

    Why does CNN say 41% approve ? Actually it should be the majority 59% that disapproves.

    November 21, 2013 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  6. polls show!

    Bicker all ya want! Polls show a majority of Americans dont like Obama or what he forced down our throats. Impeach the man before he and the Demoncrat Senate destroys whats left of Our great nation.

    November 21, 2013 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  7. Fester

    None of this is about one man, one President or one party. What Obama said today is actually true: That republicans set out to undermine anything that this President planned to do, despite the fact that the majority of the voting public wanted him to have a chance to accomplish things, whether they turned out good or bad. But the political machine is so much bigger and darker than anyone really wanted to admit and what we have all seen is a hideous dysfunctional mess of misdirection and divisiveness. Forget about political parties – the disapproval numbers are not about a President, they are about our country and we are to blame for not doing something about it.

    November 21, 2013 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  8. asdf

    ^^ LOL, someone is still a brainwashed idiot...drinking the O juice. The ONLY reason people are dumbocrats is because they get free money and obamaphones.

    November 21, 2013 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  9. ankenyman

    How in the world do that many people approve of what Obama has done? I'm amazed it's not much lower. Obama hasn't done anything right and has deceived the American people..

    November 21, 2013 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  10. Wardo22

    Bush's rating were lower but Bush did not enjoy a lap dog media the way that Obama does. Let me quote Chris Mathews shortly after the election in 2008 "I will do everything in my power to ensure that this president succeeds".

    November 21, 2013 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  11. Rick

    69% disapprove of his job in office. NOT GOOD.

    November 21, 2013 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  12. ConsultNot

    If it wasn't for Ted Cruz and the Tea Party holding this guy in check, Obamacare would be the very least of our troubles.

    November 21, 2013 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  13. Phillip J Hubbell

    The low Congressional poll numbers aren't really valid as I don't like Congress because of Democrats and Democrats don't like Congress because of Republicans....so they get bad numbers from everyone. Obama stands alone with his drop. He gets bad numbers from people with their eyes open and good numbers from morons.

    November 21, 2013 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  14. Conrad

    IRAN will be testing their nuclear warheads long before Barry's cast of unqualified clowns can miracle a fix to this disaster called Owebamacare

    November 21, 2013 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  15. Rick

    Sorry, 59%.

    November 21, 2013 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  16. bluesjordan

    The president is totally out of step with the American public. However, Bill, Hill & Oprah like him a lot and they've all got shiny new medals to prove it.

    November 21, 2013 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  17. Jack 2

    I just saw a poll thr other day ind his approval rated is 37%. CNN will bend for Obama for they are extremely biased towards him

    November 21, 2013 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  18. redruffansore

    Choom weasel hits new low.....never saw this coming.

    November 21, 2013 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  19. Robert

    I think there must be math errors – surely the approval rating can't be that high!!

    November 21, 2013 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  20. Sham

    Yea, Polls are as reliable as our elections. Over-run with fraud and deceit. Especially with Chicago mobster tactics used by Obama and his minions. Although, this poll is probably somewhat accurate. But I bet more people are frustrated and tired of what's happening than the most recent polls show.

    November 21, 2013 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  21. usmcbeatdwn

    with only a little over 800 people polled by phone call, i would not make much of this poll. Specially if CNN polled it off people who are loyal fans of CNN. Lets get some real numbers from an independent poll system and let's see if those numbers look the same.

    November 21, 2013 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  22. vonrik

    As I said over and over and over again...Americans being that we know little about goverment, think we know a whole lot about ourselves, but in the end we want our goverment to work. So...the president..this man...who has made yes some bad calls, is still a man that we call the president. Plus my point of view is doing he best to make this country the best it can be....

    November 21, 2013 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  23. wayne1

    Since about 98% of blacks support Obama out of racial solidarity, that means his approval amongst white, hispanic, and asian Americans must be extraordinarily low.

    November 21, 2013 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  24. chicago style

    Do we need simple Majority to impeach

    November 21, 2013 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  25. Anastasia Beaverhausen

    Polls change....ALL the time.

    November 21, 2013 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
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