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. mbo

    Barry Soetoro has got people thinking to themselves... "hey this guy really never did anything in his life worth a hill of beans, so why did I vote for him???"

    November 21, 2013 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  2. Edgar

    The more Americans learn of this amateur the media never properly vetted, the less they approve of the job he is doing.

    November 21, 2013 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  3. jasmine

    Im rural and I havent found a soul who approves of him around here.

    November 21, 2013 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  4. William

    Why doesn't CNN reveal breakdown of participant pool; Dem, Rep and Ind, or Cons or Lib?

    November 21, 2013 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  5. The REAL Truth...

    @ankenyman – Who are these 41 percent that approve of what he has done? How could anybody approve of his continual scandals, deceptions and policy disasters?
    ----------------------------–
    depends on ones perspective...
    1. Affordable Care Act
    2. $789B economic stimulus package
    3. U.S. auto industry bail out (GM and Chrysler)
    4. Cash for clunkers
    5. Incentives for buyers of hybrid automobiles
    6. Housing rescue plan and incentives for first time home buyers
    7. Credits for purchasers of energy efficient appliances
    8. Equal pay for women
    9. $716B MEDICARE savings over next 10 years to keep program solvent
    10. Lower drug costs for seniors and elimination of donut hole
    11. Ended policy forbidding Medicare from negotiating for cheaper drugs.
    12. Limited lobbyist’s access to the White House
    13. Ended the war in Iraq
    14. Closed secret detention facilities in Eastern Europe and ended renditions
    15. Removed restrictions on embryonic stem-cell and biomedical research
    16. Increased infrastructure spending (roads, bridges, power plants) after years of neglect
    17. Funded high-speed, broadband Internet access to K-12 schools
    18. Expanded the SCHIP program to cover health care for 4 million more children
    19. Expanded Pell grant program and implemented easier loan repayment policy
    20. Phased out the expensive F-22 war plane and other outdated weapons systems
    21. The Guantanamo prison camp is being phased out
    22. Torture banned. U.S. now in compliance with the Geneva Convention
    23. Better body armor provided to our troops
    24. Restarted the nuclear nonproliferation and nuclear inspection talks
    25. Increased pay and benefits for military personnel
    26. Improved housing for military personnel and veterans benefits
    27. Proposed a Veterans Jobs Act (filibustered by the GOP 3 weeks ago)
    28. Ended no-bid defense contract policy
    29. Closed offshore tax havens (sorry Mitt)
    30. Negotiated deal with Swiss banks to allow US government access to records of tax evaders and criminals
    31. Ended tax benefits to corporations that outsource American jobs
    32. Championed credit card consumer protection legislation
    33. Expanded loans and tax credits to small businesses
    34. Appointed the first Latina to the Supreme Court
    35. Limited salaries of senior White House aides to $100,000
    36. Renewed loan guarantees for Israel
    Ordered the raid that killed Osama bin Laden and authorized drone strikes against Al Qaeda targets in Pakistan,

    November 21, 2013 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  6. Tiredofthisnonsense

    I am so sick of hearing about how bad the President is doing when it is clearly the GOPs fault for all of this. The GOP were the ones that put thousands of people out of work with the Gov shutdown, The GOP are the ones always blocking the President at every turn, Wake up and smell the coffee! I am sure the GOPs rating is much lower than the Presidents. Repubs are nothing but hateful people that will sacrifice American workers for their selfish gain and to undermine Barack Obama just for the sake of it.

    November 21, 2013 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  7. Hillary 2016

    ......But it's without mention that the Republican-Controlled Congress's approval rating is even much lower at.... drumroll....... 9%!

    November 21, 2013 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  8. Dan

    Every time someone says "Fox lies", I say "give me some examples".

    Then they get hysterical, start giggling like little girls,, – but they never give any examples.

    These are typical liberals – emotionally unstable puppets, that are too lazy to do their own research, preferring to spout bumper sticker phrases they saw on the comedy channel..

    November 21, 2013 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  9. Jimbo

    Really, thats surprising it's so high. I assumed it would be in the twenties.

    November 21, 2013 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  10. Me

    Tampa Tim

    Republicans, The Kochs, and Fox News have been dragging our president down, and want him to join them in the sewer.
    _____________
    Got to love it, constant it is not his fault liberals....LMFAO! Get a clue and start thinking for yourself Tim, COME BACK TO THE REAL WORLD!!!!

    November 21, 2013 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  11. works4me

    It's funny how things like these polls and the record setting Dow are on the same list of "headlines". What the Republican party want is for him to fail, but it's all by the BS they feed. Very little facts, just feed. If our President fails, connected to whatever party, our country fails too! What ever happened to the UNITED States of America?

    November 21, 2013 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  12. chris

    I'm surprised there's still that high a percentage of Obama worshipers around.

    November 21, 2013 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  13. Tampa Tim

    How could anyone approve of the Dow going over 16,000, the death of bin Laden, 4 years of job growth, saved auto industry, housing rebound, health care, and end of unnecessary wars, etc? I think failure to acknowledge the president's successes shows the mentality of baggers.

    November 21, 2013 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  14. Ivan Libya

    41%, seems rather high.

    November 21, 2013 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  15. thelastbesthope

    As with any CNN poll on their boss, subtract 5% off Approval. That puts it at 36% Approve, about where CBS has it.

    It's gonna get worse for the Democrats. The 5 million who had their insurance cancelled thus far, will turn into 50 million or more in Oct. 2014 when the employer mandate kicks in....right before the elections.

    Harry Reid moves to the small office on 1.20.2015

    November 21, 2013 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  16. WrenchMan

    Amazing how a corrupt media can keep a large percentage of people in the dark & uninformed. If the truth regarding this fraud of a president were reported, he'd be at 20% approval

    November 21, 2013 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  17. SerfCityHereWeCome

    Ok, now poll OUTSIDE of Chicago...

    November 21, 2013 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  18. omalley

    41%? Basically – journalists and people on the dole.

    November 21, 2013 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  19. Durka Durka

    Not at all surprised. People voted for this guy for re-election on the promise that Obamacare would work, their premiums would be lowered, and they could keep their current plans and doctors, only to realize all of that was a lie. I'd be pretty mad too if I knew my coverage I had was cancelled and I was forced by the federal government to buy a product I didn't necessarily want that was more expensive than my previous product and provided much less coverage. Obama's sinking to Bush numbers now and most outlets are saying if the 2012 election were held today, Romney would have won. Sadly, we have another three long years to drudge through this disaster.

    November 21, 2013 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  20. Joe

    If you're quiet you can actually hear America falling apart.

    November 21, 2013 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  21. Tenface

    Don DaMiddle

    That information came from a satire new site and was never the slightest bit true. Oh to be liberated from the burden of facts. Well at least everyone here now knows to take everything you say with a grain of salt because you can't tell the difference between satire and news.

    November 21, 2013 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  22. pla1946

    The "president" and "congress" have literally destroyed our country.. A country that was founded on freedom is now ruled by "dictators". My father fought in World War II and my husband was in Korea and Vietnam , and now it's so sad to see a proud country that holds it's head in shame

    November 21, 2013 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  23. john swanson

    Those in the city approve of him and the suburbs didn't? Wasn't that the same during the election? Why don't they just say,,,minorities, and people effected with smog, like him?

    November 21, 2013 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  24. Refuse2giveup

    How timely. The Democrats have also sunk to a new low.

    November 21, 2013 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  25. mike

    Wow, after all he's done to completely destroy the fabric of this country, 47% of the people in this poll are still stupid enough to believe he can do a good job. This is absolutely crazy. I knew liberals were pretty dumb but...OMG get real people!

    November 21, 2013 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
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