President's marks as manager take hit in new CNN/ORC poll
November 25th, 2013
06:00 AM ET
1 year 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. PaminIA

    Thanks to that darned "liberal media".

    November 25, 2013 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  2. Dan

    Allready knew Obama had no LEADERSHIP Skills in comparison to Romney. . . . yet Obama was elected and re-elected. . . . now we have a 125 TRILLION Dollar UNFUNDED Liabilities, and growing. . . . 17 TRILLION Dollars National DEBT, and growing. . .. 7 TRILLION Dollars TRADE DEFICIT, and growing. . . a DEBTOR nation BORROWING to pay INTEREST Payments. . . . 1 of 6 Americans on Food Stamps, and growing. . . . more part-time jobs created than full-time jobs. . . . a President without LEADERSHIP Skills. . . . a DYSFUNCTIONAL Congress. . . and it continues with Obama care cost that will most likely skyrocket. . . .more taxes will be needed. . . .

    November 25, 2013 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  3. dan

    The Obama Groupies on here freaking out made my morning. It seriously is border line a religion for them.

    November 25, 2013 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  4. butch

    So what’s wrong with a community organizer? After all, we elected a B grade actor for the job not all that long ago. President Obama followed 8 years of business men. Remember Bush and Cheney? How’d that work out for you?

    November 25, 2013 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  5. RS

    I totally understand, after all, he lied about WMD's and led 500+ US Servicemen to their deaths...for NO reason other than fattening the 1% pockets?

    Oh no wait, that was Bush.... Obama just tried to give people healthcare.

    The GOP are nothing more than domestic terrorists.

    November 25, 2013 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  6. sonny chapman

    "The Govt. lies to you for your own good."-Archie Bunker.

    November 25, 2013 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  7. Jonny

    In other news, there is a 50/50 chance I may not like you either.

    November 25, 2013 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  8. fedupwithamericanpolitics

    Obama is just like Bush. Save the Wealthy Wall Street Bankers and Major Insurance companies and abandon all the working people of the ex-middle class. Keep the Drone Strikes going and reward the Ceo's.

    November 25, 2013 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  9. Tom

    The link in the second paragraph points to a poll on the Iran nuclear agreement, not the subject of this article.

    November 25, 2013 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  10. Homey

    I think he has a goal for America, and it scares me stiff. He is more concerned with bringing down the rich than he is with bringing up the poor.

    November 25, 2013 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  11. Trajk Logik

    It's laughable to see the media and people who voted for him come to realize what others have been saying for years but were ignored and labeled "racists". And they call themselves "Progressives"? Go figure.

    When are we going to realize that the two-party system is polarizing this country? It's time to stop voting for Republicans and Democrats. Vote for REAL change. Vote for a 3rd Party.

    November 25, 2013 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  12. Salssis

    I never believed his empty hype. Did the CHANGE really help you??

    November 25, 2013 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  13. Jeff

    He just was not qualified to be President to begin with. We were all excited because he was our first black president, so we looked past the lack of qualifications.

    I wanted him to be successful, but his inexperience is definitely catching up with him.

    November 25, 2013 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  14. andrew

    Wait until the employer mandate kicks in and those policies get cancelled....The prez might have a negative rating by then....

    November 25, 2013 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  15. Red

    Anyone who trusts any politician in the first place is stupid anyway.

    November 25, 2013 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  16. kaneda

    40% never worked in their life.

    November 25, 2013 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  17. Veritas

    All I can say is..."Wow."

    Almost 60% of Americans think he's not competent. And about the same 60% think he is not trustworthy and not a person to be admired.

    That final, flushing-sound can't be far off.

    November 25, 2013 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  18. CharlesK#3

    There you all go pulling out old Bush poll records and slapping Obama’s name on it again. Just for headlines. Where is the record’s? Why aren’t they made public? They are so called the public’s opinion right? He was elected to the highest office in our Country twice but yet he is still the “worse” President ever. Oh how we forget history so fast. But I remember.

    November 25, 2013 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  19. Carol

    If you want mismanagement, obstruction, etc., look to the Republicans. They have wasted the last 5 years blocking things that need to be done. It is amazing that some people don't see this.

    November 25, 2013 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  20. John

    It's funny how the left considers polls useless only when it does not reflect in thier favor

    November 25, 2013 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  21. Graeme from Ottawa

    he is a good president, and you are lucky to have him

    November 25, 2013 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  22. morphy699

    NO experience at anything and only NOW are the low IQ Obama voters seeing the light? Five years and 7 TRILLION too late!

    November 25, 2013 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  23. Sumsanity

    He's a politician. At that level they all have to lie a little bit eventually. Obama started out lying and ratcheted it up from there. He's the biggest liar in the oval office I have ever seen.

    November 25, 2013 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  24. dcrb

    Obama is who the people wanted. Twice. Change! Transformation!! CNN fawned all over him, as did virtually all the news outlets. I hope they are all satisfied.

    November 25, 2013 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  25. judith

    Another article on this website reports the GOP playbook to sabotage the ACA and therefore Obama's Presidency. They have wanted to destroy the President from the moment he was sworn in. I predict he will rebound despite those nefarious efforts by the vile Republicans.

    November 25, 2013 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
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