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. Kevin

    41% is low? Wasn't that Bush's all-time high?

    November 21, 2013 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  2. JJ

    The incompetent hack and his minions............................

    November 21, 2013 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  3. Peter

    Anonymous: "CNN has him at 41%? BS! Leave it to the lib media. His approval rating is at least 10 points less"

    OK, then why is he at 40% in the new Fox poll?

    Maybe Fox is a "lib" organization, too, eh? :)

    November 21, 2013 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  4. Tampa Tim

    The baggers are looking back to those good old days when the Dow was below 7000, we were losing 8 million jobs a year. Yep republican Utopia under W.

    November 21, 2013 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  5. Vicki

    President Obama is doing just fine in my opinion and in the opinion of most Americans who want good health benefits in their health insurance policies. I thank God every night that President Obama is in office and that the right wing wackos did not win the election to continue to do everything for the one percent and only the one percent. They are also the ones who will start a war if they can. They will end Social Security and Medicare and privatize everything else in sight. So just as long as President Obama is doing his job I am happy.

    November 21, 2013 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  6. kebcarerra

    The republicans are to blame , they have no plan except to stop Obama . Their plan is working but soon it will backfire big time in their face . ACA will gain traction and the American People will win again. Just remember what happened when these clowns were in power last time , compare what is going on now to that . I'll take Obama anyway.

    November 21, 2013 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  7. icu

    guess he will not be running for a third term

    November 21, 2013 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  8. andrew

    No one asked for my vote...Here it is: I approve 100% of what President is doing in office. I dissaprove 100% of what the Republiklans have and are doing in Congress. Nuff said.

    November 21, 2013 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  9. John

    Yeah, 95% called in the poll were liberals

    November 21, 2013 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  10. freeman

    Republicans don't need to do anything. Just give him enough rope and he'll hang himself and the democratic party.

    November 21, 2013 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  11. icu

    affordable care act awesome

    November 21, 2013 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  12. no he di ent

    Poll real Americans who love the country and what it`s founders set forth and you can put a minus in front of that bogus 41%.

    November 21, 2013 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  13. cedar rapids

    'Sally
    Maybe you all should start listening to the people [yes, people...all races, all political affiliations...a fact largely ignored by liberal progressives]...you call 'baggers' because they know better than you!!!!'

    Interesting claim sally, but dont you lot keep moaning about the government supposedly claiming they know what best for us, and now you say the we should listen to the TP because 'they know better than you'?

    November 21, 2013 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  14. nvmature

    Once the healthcare website mess is straightened out, his ratings will go back up. The Repugs attack him 27-7 for the last 6 years; it was bound to have an effect sooner or later. When he attacks back, that is when his ratings go up. The nuclear option will help him; not hurt him.

    November 21, 2013 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  15. Peter

    Sally wrote: "Tampa Tim, did you know that the 'baggers' [as you call them] have a higher IQ than you and most of your Dem buddies? "

    Really?

    Google "misspelled Tea Party signs" in Google Images and get back to us, OK?

    November 21, 2013 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  16. frank

    How did he get 41%? That's awfully high.

    November 21, 2013 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  17. LibsRLiars

    The REAL Truth...

    @Sue01 – no disgusting behavior like that awful slime POS Bashir on CNN's sister station MSNBC,
    ----------
    wow.. just dumb founding!!!! DId you even watch the intervierw?? Cruz had no response to ACA other than his usual myopic kill it! NO alternatives, NO suggestions, and NO defense for his actions. It's called investigative journalism, and if any behavior was disgusting it was the denigrating replies that Cruz gave to Bashir.
    ________________________________________________________________________________
    I did watch the ENTIRE interview and at the end Cruz did provide examples of how to have healthcare reform. You see, you morons on the left go completely deaf as soon as people start talking about individual responsibility and the free market. If it doesn't have the words government run in it, then it's not an option for you. The ideas that Cruz talked about where brought up in the House when this current disaster was taking shape. The problem was the true obstructionists (Pelosi, Reid) would not let any of the repub proposals make it to the house floor and Reid wasn't going to bring them to the floor on the senate even if they did pass the house. Their proposals were published on the GOP.gov site, yet you mindless libs won't acknowledge it because the ideas don't include government handouts.

    November 21, 2013 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  18. Heartlandman

    I truly feel sorry for the hapless souls here that still believe in Obama. He is our first hard-core Marxist leader and he has done considerable damage to us and our allies- the former ones, not the current ones like Iran and the Muslim Brotherhood. If you haven't yet witnessed enough of his misdeeds to cast doubt your way, just wait. The walls of intimidation are beginning to crack and breach. I predict that very soon there will be an onslaught of whistle blowers who this guy has thrown under the bus and patriots who have been intimidated into quiet who will come forth and further expose this fraud. His former secret service agent and people over at census are just the beginning. The presses will be cranking tell-alls on overtime before he leaves office.

    November 21, 2013 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  19. John

    Funny how CNN is moderating my posts. I guess they hate it when other report the news instead of create it

    November 21, 2013 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  20. cedar rapids

    'Joe Smith
    When Obama gets a Mussolini set of shoe laces a cheer will rise across the land!'

    excuse me?

    November 21, 2013 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  21. Sally

    Fester, Fester, Fester...my goodness...yes, some people, maybe 2 % wanted him to fail...the other 98% accepted that he won [fair or not] the election and HOPED he was up to the job. THEN came so many things that have literally changed their minds about how they view this prez...Fast & Furious, Solyndra, Benghazi, ACA...all of these issues are covered in lies and cover-ups...and they think the American public doesn't see that...well, think again...this is WHY you're disapproval rating is nearly 60%. Time for some real hope and change. IMPEACH him NOW!!!

    November 21, 2013 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  22. Tampa Tim

    Sally, I think those of you who tune into Fox are the most misinformed, mislead group of domestic terrorists we have ever dealt with.

    November 21, 2013 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  23. Sarah S.

    Obama wanted it, he demanded it, HE DID NOT READ IT, nor did he understand the implications of this egregious bill. HE NOW OWNS IT!!!!

    November 21, 2013 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  24. Mark

    The fact Democrats are still punishing AND blaming Republicans for problems in this country is sickening. The only reason Republicans choose to steer clear of Democrat policies and processes is because of their failure rate. The direction that the Obama administration has steered this nation over the past 5-6 years has been "change" of the worst kind. He should be removed from office ASAP.

    November 21, 2013 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  25. Sally

    ***NEWS FLASH*** TYPO CORRECTION: 14% NOT 41%!! Sorry for the confusion!!!

    November 21, 2013 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
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