President's marks as manager take hit in new CNN/ORC poll
November 25th, 2013
06:00 AM ET
10 months ago

President's marks as manager take hit in new CNN/ORC poll

Washington (CNN) - Only four out of 10 Americans believe President Barack Obama can manage the federal government effectively, according to a new national poll.

And a CNN/ORC International survey released Monday morning also indicates that 53% of Americans now believe that Obama is not honest and trustworthy, the first time that a clear majority in CNN polling has felt that way.

According to the survey, conducted last Monday through Wednesday, 40% say the President can manage the government effectively. That 40% figure is down 12 percentage points from June and is the worst score Obama received among the nine personal characteristics tested in the new poll.

"A lot of attention has focused on the President's numbers on honesty in new polling the past three weeks, but it looks like the recent controversy over Obamacare has had a bigger impact on his status as an effective manager of the government, and that may be what is really driving the drop in Obama's approval rating this fall," CNN Polling Director Keating Holland said.

Does being an effective manager count more than honesty?

"Just ask Bill Clinton, whose overall approval ratings remained high during and after the Monica Lewinsky scandal because three-quarters of all Americans thought he could get things done, even though only about one in five said he was honest," Holland added.

Obama's woes are not limited to honesty and his managerial skills. Fifty-six percent say he is not a person they admire, and an equal number say he does not agree with them on important issues. Fifty-six percent also say he does not inspire confidence, and 53% don't view him as a strong and decisive leader. All of those figures are all-time records for Obama in CNN polling.

There is a silver lining in the poll for the President: He's still seen as someone who cares about ordinary Americans, six in 10 say he has a vision for the country's future, and seven in 10 say he is likable–his best attribute of the nine items tested in this poll. But the numbers are down for both admiration and likeability.

"It's clear that views of Obama as a person - once his strong suit - have taken a hit in October and throughout 2013," said Holland.

The poll was conducted November 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.

– CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.


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soundoff (676 Responses)
  1. Kat

    About 47%believe he IS honest and trustworthy? Unbelivable.

    November 25, 2013 06:10 am at 6:10 am |
  2. john brown

    47% ...such a famous number already. And now it represents another group of Americans....those who will believe anything.

    November 25, 2013 06:10 am at 6:10 am |
  3. A True Conservative

    What scares me is that 47% believe that he is honest! What will it take to wake you people up? Wait....47% pay no federal income tax....53+47=100%.....now it makes sense.....see.....you can buy friends.....we are doomed as a nation......

    November 25, 2013 06:11 am at 6:11 am |
  4. Marie MD

    As compared to the 9% teaklans get for shutting down the government and the sequester and filibustering every bill and nominee and no food stamps for seniors, the poor and veterans and trying to keep Americans from receiving the same health insurance they get from our tax payer money?
    I'll stick with our President.

    November 25, 2013 06:12 am at 6:12 am |
  5. carewhatuvote4

    It seems only CNN and democrats are surprised by this

    November 25, 2013 06:13 am at 6:13 am |
  6. Oh boy

    Hope & Change

    November 25, 2013 06:15 am at 6:15 am |
  7. GoodVAGuy

    No current-generation US politicians is trustworty. This is disappointing but certainly not news.

    November 25, 2013 06:15 am at 6:15 am |
  8. JoeMama

    Only 53%? People need their heads examined.

    November 25, 2013 06:16 am at 6:16 am |
  9. Dave Green

    Wait just a cotton picking moment here! I thought CNN NEVER posted anything negative about Obama. Ya know, the whole liberal conspiracy and all? What is this world coming to when the bad guys wont stick to the program!

    November 25, 2013 06:16 am at 6:16 am |
  10. steve coster

    ...and those are just from his supporters....

    November 25, 2013 06:16 am at 6:16 am |
  11. croaton999

    President Obama is now an irrefutable, undeniable, pathological Liar, and is no longer trusted by anyone, period.

    November 25, 2013 06:19 am at 6:19 am |
  12. andrew

    Polls are really ridiculous..depends on who, when, where, how, too many variables. Once ACA starts to succeed and Oil prices drop, watch his numbers go right back up...

    November 25, 2013 06:21 am at 6:21 am |
  13. Pat

    I must say, it's quite a laugh the crap President Obama takes when compared to what his abomination of a predecessor did to our country.

    November 25, 2013 06:21 am at 6:21 am |
  14. Haakonas

    I would love to know how they know this? I was not called nor has anyone on my entire Block have been called to ask if we felt this way. The Sugar Honey Iced Tea that goes on around here just as books not being printed for the New Bull Sugar Library in Texas bright idea on changing the way America thinks and learns. As they say America has it's ways of making it's own made up history to suit itself.

    November 25, 2013 06:21 am at 6:21 am |
  15. CraigPflaum

    Like Romney said, there is always the 47% who don't think he's dishonest and untrustworthy.

    November 25, 2013 06:22 am at 6:22 am |
  16. Helen Troy

    He really did not have experience running a government.. we should not have expected anything different that what has happened....

    November 25, 2013 06:22 am at 6:22 am |
  17. Troublerunt

    And this is despite the mainstream news media doing everything they could to prop up "their guy" the last 5 years.

    November 25, 2013 06:24 am at 6:24 am |
  18. Suckered

    Makes what Madoff did look like child's play

    November 25, 2013 06:24 am at 6:24 am |
  19. dnokc

    If like most CNN polls their is a very strong democrat bias...the numbers are even less!

    November 25, 2013 06:25 am at 6:25 am |
  20. may40

    Finally, American's are beginning to wake up.

    November 25, 2013 06:27 am at 6:27 am |
  21. Thomas Nichols

    Captain's Log, Stardate 11/25/2013: I've never trusted Klingons, and I never will

    November 25, 2013 06:28 am at 6:28 am |
  22. sumguydan

    This is news only to CNN.

    November 25, 2013 06:28 am at 6:28 am |
  23. Legal Permit to Carry

    Only 53% of the population believes that Obama is a liar? Wow! According to the new Senate rules that should be enough to start impeachment proceedings. ha!

    November 25, 2013 06:28 am at 6:28 am |
  24. Tim

    Can't believe 47% of the country is still so foolish to still trust him.

    November 25, 2013 06:30 am at 6:30 am |
  25. Thomas Nichols

    According to the survey, conducted last Monday through Wednesday, 40% say the President can manage the government effectively.

    His goal is ZERO percent.

    November 25, 2013 06:30 am at 6:30 am |
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