November 21st, 2013
05:00 PM ET
1 year 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. nofreelunch

    Obama has told at least one lie in every speech he has given the last 5 years. Obama is a sociopath. Anyone that trust a liar is gullible and easily duped.

    November 21, 2013 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  2. Kent

    How did CNN get 41% approval when other polls are around 37%? Oh yeah, just over-sample Democrats by about 20%. Truth is really about maybe one-third of Americans still actually approve of this guy. His performance has always been abysmal – but with the healthcare debacle, blatant dishonesty regarding unemployment numbers before the 2012 election, Benghazi, the IRS scandal, NSA spying on average citizens, on and on, even the low-information general public is waking up – in spite of the fawning lapdog MSM.

    November 21, 2013 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  3. jackbenimble

    He was never going to lose the support in the inner cities and he never had that much support out where the bitter clingers live in the rural areas. Losing the suburbs will cost the Democrats in Congress big in November 2014. It is fun to watch them run scared.

    The polls in Colorado a day or two were interesting. Obama carried that State in 2008 and 2012. In head to head matchups Hillary is losing to three Republicans (Christie, Ryan and Walker) and is only tied with Ted Cruz.

    November 21, 2013 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  4. Sally

    And, TIM, what is your issue with people who think they're taxed enough already??? You really don't get it, do you? That's rhetorical. You and your ilk is why this country is in the state that it is. How do you sleep at night?? We're the laughing stock of the world. Wakey-wakey!!!!

    November 21, 2013 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  5. sly

    It will be at an all-time high once Americans digest this weeks news:

    -Federal debt down $400 BILLION (50%) this year
    -Health insurance premiums at a 50 year low
    -Hundreds of thousands of military veterans and cancer victims have already signed up for the health care the Republicans denied them

    November 21, 2013 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  6. JustRichard

    Let's call it a New High Of Disapproval.

    November 21, 2013 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  7. SA

    Ever notice how the Obamabots place blame on everybody but the one responsible? Sounds familiar... It's a sign/symptom of a sociopath. That, and chronic lying.

    November 21, 2013 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  8. Iamnotfooled

    Obama 41% Republicans 9% I am not worried.

    November 21, 2013 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  9. Lardeau

    His job is the most difficult in all the world. See if you could do any better. YOU COULD NOT !!!!!!!! The G O P is the representative of the monied class and it is THEY who really run the Country. Can you say BANKERS ????

    November 21, 2013 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  10. mikhail

    All Osama Bin' Obama has to do is give away a few free things and all will be forgotten...

    November 21, 2013 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  11. ms c

    And the Republican controlled congress is ...drum roll please 9% lol

    November 21, 2013 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  12. Mary Ann

    I can't believe CNN reporting these dismal numbers on Obama.....

    November 21, 2013 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  13. Don DaMiddle

    Gotta love the GOP.
    They're like a lifeguard standing on the head of a drowning child...
    complaining that HIS feet are wet because the "child can't swim".

    November 21, 2013 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  14. Mike Jones

    I never will understand how my fellow Americans, can be liberals and Americans at the same time. Just seems the two concepts are so diametrically polar.

    Oh yea, Obama = EPIC failure.

    November 21, 2013 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  15. Grichard

    Why are you leading with 41% approve, and theN follow with fifty six percent blah blah bla disapprove. Trying to hide the number that matters?

    56% DISAPPROVE!

    November 21, 2013 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  16. Silence DoGood

    @The REAL Truth...
    Thanks for that great list.

    Save and re-post anytime. Like Krytonite to Superman.

    You are cruel though, to expose the tea-party-tin-foil hat folks to THAT much truth all at once. You know what will happen though. They will start mumbling B-B-Benghazi and curl up in a corner. And there entire Grand Plan was just to see him fail.

    Keep up the good work Mr. President.

    November 21, 2013 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  17. Sally

    Dow over 16,000 is a good thing? Wait till the ball drops. Job growth for the last 4 years? What are you smoking?? See? This is the problem, you know not what you're saying!...and you believe what you're saying! Scary as all hell!!!!

    November 21, 2013 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  18. MrScott

    Let's make Obama's poll numbers drop even further because of his praise of Reaid's actions. Congress is already at a record low approval rating for their very poor job. Reaid's actions just makes the problem worse and not fixing the core problem!

    November 21, 2013 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  19. Just trollin

    It's all George Bush's fault, obviously!

    November 21, 2013 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  20. JCS

    Oh Noooos.....Obama might not get re-elected???

    November 21, 2013 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  21. Craig

    Holding steady in the city and rural areas...What kind of vacuous statement is that? Why would the two most recalcitrant places ever change much? The biggest change is almost always going to happen in suburbia no matter who is being polled unless they turn their back on places they are popular. Obama's close to losing to a generic ballot of republicans? That's a bad sign for democrats. So much for government shutdown supposedly destroying the Tea Party and republican chances in 2014 as was once widely reported/talked about on CNN.

    November 21, 2013 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  22. sailordude

    Obama the dictator has less power then the GOP House which is constantly demonized by places like CNN? Why would CNN even ask that question? Proof that Americans are being manipulated by leftist propaganda here at CNN.

    November 21, 2013 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  23. Matt

    Its unfortunate that the fact that Obama's approval rating is so low and still republicans can't look good.

    November 21, 2013 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  24. DEMO KRAT

    Obama will recover...its the media's 24 hour obsession over the botched Obamacare roll out that has his numbers suppressed...this is no Katrina...there are no dead bodies floating down the streets . Just give it a little time and Repubs will shoot themselves in the foot and over play the Obamacare card

    November 21, 2013 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  25. ChuckChucklesAgain

    All self inflicted wounds!! I love it when the DNC commits political suicide.

    It will take 30 years to recover from ObamaCare.

    November 21, 2013 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
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