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

    Still, too many believers...people have no brains or don't give a darn...just blind love...oh well, maybe we do need another leftie say Mrs. Clinton for two terms MAYBE THEN people will wake up?...also I'd love to see old darts to leave US congress on BOTH sides...we NEED TERM LIMITS, stop this POLITBURO crap....the lawmakers should not turn it into their PREFERRED PROFESSION....alas, we're sleeping sheep

    November 25, 2013 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  2. keet

    Your telling me a guy who never held a job is not qualified to run the free world, WOW what a revelation.

    November 25, 2013 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  3. Name

    At first Obama seemed like he was the right guy for the job as President, but now as us Americans can see Obama was a mistake!!! Would have Romney been the right person to get us out of this mess who knows!! But now we have to live with the huge mistake of obamacare hopefully it will get appealed

    November 25, 2013 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  4. ricke1949

    When you start with lies, it is hard to finish in honesty.

    November 25, 2013 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  5. badnews333

    Accusations that people don't like Obama because he's an African American are absurd. This guy has no business being president. He's a great speaker and that is it. There plenty of other black Americans who would have done the country proud by holding that position.

    November 25, 2013 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  6. kaneda

    Obama said he didn't lies to American people. His telepromters did and he fired them last week..

    Thank you. Thank you. I will be here all week to troll

    November 25, 2013 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  7. CGDoc

    Yet still, more than Three Years Left Of This Stuff! Get it, "Left".

    November 25, 2013 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  8. sofork

    Obama has been proven to be a liar, and a deceiver. Can't trust a thing the guy says or does. Plus, he has done absolutely nothing for this country in the last 5 years, other than to drive up the debt by many trillions.

    November 25, 2013 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  9. Vic

    Inexperience hardly qualifies one to hold the highest office in the land. No management experience in business and politics should have been the tip offs for a first term. Not leveling with the American people came to life in his second. It's surprising that anyone trusts him now.

    November 25, 2013 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  10. dmpartners

    Most don't trust CNN. Obama is the best we have ever had. Stock market through the roof No Wars Gas coming down unemployment way down, I would vote for him again.

    November 25, 2013 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  11. NancyBee

    The only reason this uniquely UNqualified person was elected President was that all the blacks wanted him in, qualifications or no, and many Liberal whites felt the same way. As someone here said earlier, "affirmative action at its best." He is in over his head and we, the American people, are suffering for it.

    November 25, 2013 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  12. Malory Archer

    Oh dear – it appears I've attempted to post on the wrong thread. This must be the "we hate Obama" thread. Silly me – perhaps I should rearrange my talking points to "Obama baaaaaaaaaaaaddddd", "Dems are toooooooast" and throw in a few venomous insults directed at dems in general. That'll surely pass the mods' muster!

    November 25, 2013 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  13. Wolfgang Halbig

    When you have a President who says that my life is an open book then open your College Applications and Grades and all of your publications so we can reaqlly see who our President is. Yopu should not be afraid of showing our younger generation that a president has nothing to hide. Do you?

    November 25, 2013 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  14. bob

    even though romney's 47% comment was taken completely out of context, WOW! did he nail it!?!

    November 25, 2013 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  15. jeff

    community organizing at it's best

    November 25, 2013 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  16. llmoss

    I don't trust him as far as I could throw him. And that would be over a cliff.

    November 25, 2013 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  17. Deb Ed

    What took them so long to realize this????

    November 25, 2013 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  18. Don DaMiddle

    Lame Poll.
    Only 4 in 10 Americans believe ANY President can manage this Government effectively.
    70% of the GOP has signed "PAC Pledges" (in exchange for bribes) NOT TO NEGOTIATE
    Bi-Partisan Budgets or Legislation. They have "Pledged" to serve Lobbyists BEFORE their Country.
    How can ANY president manage a corrupt congress?

    November 25, 2013 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  19. Carlos

    He sure has plenty of time for golf and fundraising.

    November 25, 2013 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  20. lejaune

    Most people (including those voted against him) were willing to trust him in the first few years, but after a series of empty promises, they see him as another politician hungry for power and money.

    November 25, 2013 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  21. Anonymous

    The real puzzle is why his numbers are still that high. He's lied, bribed, schemed his way thus far and totally dissed the US in the global view.

    November 25, 2013 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  22. jeezlouise

    Your first clue would have been- A FAKE NAME! Then there is the HIDDEN PAST! Duh

    November 25, 2013 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  23. DrDanno

    Obama was elected twice, in my opinion, because as Americans we were desperate for something more populist than the Bush Neo-con agenda. Obama spoke to those things, I think, with honesty in his heart, if not all the naivete that goes along with his lack of experience. He certainly had more convincing bona fides that Ronald Reagan, but his support staff has not served him well. On the other hand, who in this country, no, who in the world, could prevail under the relentless onslaught of Republican obstructionism that he has faced. That is NOT a defense, but rather a highlighting of the obvious fact that whereas in the '60s we assasinated our political foes physically, in the newmillenium we assasinate them politically. Yes, both methods are affective in neutralizing ideologies we disagree with. What's disingenous in Obama's case, is to assign all blame to Obama for the failures without acknowledging that there have been many who have done everything in their power to see him fail. It would be like blaming Kennedy for policies he advocated but never enacted, because he was dead.

    November 25, 2013 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  24. Tim Morris

    If this poll didn't ask the question to 330,000 people in the states where there is actually a population that is is educated, then it is meaningless.

    November 25, 2013 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  25. Fred Flintstone

    Wilma and I are really surprised the numbers are that high that support him. We were thinking in the teens at best. Mr Slate says that he works for secret societies known as the new world order and not the people so, he doesn't care if people like him or not because he get's a huge reward for his bad deeds.

    November 25, 2013 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
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