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

    End the Tea Party – End the gridlock in DC.

    November 25, 2013 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  2. Aaron Poscovsky

    The saddest part is, out of all the great black leaders this county has, the people elected someone with little background in running, a business, a state, a city or his home.

    The only think President Obama is good at, is running his mouth.

    November 25, 2013 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  3. Truth

    Why such poll is made when Obama cannot be elected president de third time? It is too late, American history proves the Americans vote for whoever lies better and who represents majority: those who lie too and are resembling the future president.

    November 25, 2013 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  4. Jtom

    Joi Gibson: Five Republican comprehesive health care bills have been filed since 2007, some befor Obama took office, all before Obamacare was enacted

    November 25, 2013 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  5. BradS

    what would anyone trust a President in the first place?

    November 25, 2013 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  6. Hal

    It's not that the ACA (ObamaCare) that people dislike him. It's how it lies about it. When the truth came out, he still try to spin it rather than fixing it. That's why people disappointed in him. If he just honest and admit it from the beginning then, it wouldn't be this bad. The numbers don't lies!

    November 25, 2013 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  7. Uncle Sam

    He's a politician, why would any of them be believed.

    November 25, 2013 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  8. budshot

    Never trust polls, no matter how happy or angry you may be with the 'results'.

    This one only serves to please the racists, haters and other ignorati of the right wing.

    November 25, 2013 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  9. mcwreiole

    JC, what you have so eloquently described is a complete lack of leadership ability. Wow, what's left? Trust-worthiness? Able and willing to take responsibility for what he sets in motion? Negotiating skills? Compromising abilities? The emperor has no clothes, never did, and now that the media shine has fallen off of him, he looks vulnerable and incompetent.

    November 25, 2013 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  10. dan

    Now if Americans can stop being fooled by these idiotic ads about "wars on women" we will have a truly informed public.

    November 25, 2013 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  11. Qaos

    It's hilarious to read the polling naysayers. They love the polls when they say something good. The CNN and ABC polls were the most accurate ever when they reported good numbers for Obama. Now that they've dropped dramaticaly, they are scewed and people say "who cares what the polls say", or we're all happy, nobody asked me."

    November 25, 2013 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  12. Tim

    It is good to see American finally recognizing Obama for the fraud that he is.

    November 25, 2013 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  13. KaPueo

    Incompetent, dishonest and hell-bent on turning the U.S. into a ghetto.

    November 25, 2013 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  14. budshot

    Ah yes – another poll that pleases the racists, haters and ignorati of the right wing.

    Never trust polls. Never. They're all fixed. They're marketing tricks.

    Here's a poll question for all the mouth-breathing right wingers out there... 'If a Republican president reduced massive job losses in the midst of the worst recession in nearly a century by more than 50% in his first 4 months in office; presided over 44 consecutive months of private-sector job growth creating nearly 8 million jobs; killed Osama bin Ladin; saw stock markets reach all-time highs; saved the American auto industry; increased domestic oil production to highs not seen since the late-90′s and championed the largest year-to-year deficit reductions since World War II, would your party not be calling him a hero and a legend? '

    November 25, 2013 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  15. godoflunaticscreation

    News flash! Most Americans don't trust their entire government! I would say that is a good thing that nay finally bring the change needed, but Im sure we will have another Republican or Democrat as our next president, to ensure the destruction of this nation.

    November 25, 2013 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  16. Kenman

    This poll actually reflects more on us than Obama! That we have so disconnected virtue from "likeability" is troubling, and to think that some of those same people that don't think he is trustworthy, honest, or admirable, still think he is "likeable" shows that we are still willingly duped by a choreographed smile, or the old baby-kissing image! How shallow have we become?

    And, for anyone, including THIS NETWORK, to offer that to give cover to the person so many think is not serving the country well in its highest office, shows that they play on that shallowness!

    AND, who are the 40%!? Who are those that are so stubborn, and apparently purposefully uninformed, that they would stubbornly defend this person, a failure as a leader, and the nation be damned?

    November 25, 2013 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  17. Patines

    Honesty is such a lonely word...you didn't have to be too smart to see that coming. He'll be remembered, how? We don't know yet.

    November 25, 2013 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  18. geckopelli

    Anyone who didn't see this coming is politically blind.
    The Rich and the Poor have learned that they can vote to take money from the middle class anytime they need it.
    And the shrinking middle class is too busy working and paying to do anything about it.
    R.I.P. The United States of America
    you worked for awhile, but not anymore

    November 25, 2013 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  19. Tisha

    The difference with Obama is that he KNEW he was telling LIES intentionally.

    November 25, 2013 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  20. elgin123

    Can a simple majority impeach?

    November 25, 2013 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  21. Danram

    I don't support Barack Obama for two main reasons, neither one of which have anything to do with his political philosophy:

    a) He's incompetent.

    b) He's dishonest.

    November 25, 2013 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  22. iski

    This guy is the furtherest one can get from any managing or leadership skills. What he is good at is spending, campaigning, and dog and pony shows. What is distressing to many was 45% did no homework on him prior to electing him not once but twice.

    Personally we have a very lazy and uneducated population voting. The founding fathers are rolling in their graves as we give up freedom for so called security. Ben franklin stated those that would give up freedom for security deserve neither.

    This 17 trillion in the hole has not even been addressed by him or his loyal aristocrats and followers. They act as if we ignore it, the problem will go away. Got news you obamites when this bill becomes due there will be no ignoring it. The consequences are going to make the last economic down turn small in comparison and these new utopian programs will dry up, regardless of the keynes theory of spending to success.

    Americans just keep voting as if in high school with promises of a new pop machine in the lunch room. Vote in political activists with agendas and ignore the foot steps in the sand then suffer the results but there is always someone to blame.

    November 25, 2013 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  23. Hector

    joi Gibson,

    "he's trying to make healthcare affordable"

    This is unfortunately where his lies have snowed people like yourself. There's no real intention to provide affordable healthcare to the supposed 30Million, there's no intention to lower costs, there's no intention to give you more say with your doctor over your healthcare, there's no intention to let you keep your insurance. There is one intention and that is to control the healthcare system and therefore control you. The next line they will be selling you is that this all needs to be single payer. You need to start waking up and figuring out the lies. If you continue to be snowed by every lying snake oil salesman and race hustler, our country, well it will look a lot like this....

    November 25, 2013 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  24. John Tater

    About 25 percentage points of that distrust would be due to people SAYING they don't trust him, even though they do, because he's a Democrat or a terrorist or whatever. I agree he is not a good manager and is not doing a good job, even cutting him slack for the shameless Republican obstructionism. But we can comfort ourselves that the alternative would have been horrendous–an incipient oligarchy. We picked the right man.

    November 25, 2013 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  25. Rob

    budshot–Try as you may, but Obama is not a hero

    November 25, 2013 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
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