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

    He is just not a good manager.

    Probably a good man. Good father and husband. But he needs to grow some claws and pull up his britches.

    November 25, 2013 07:53 am at 7:53 am |
  2. destroyerofeconomies

    Only the extremely ignorant still believe in obama.

    November 25, 2013 07:54 am at 7:54 am |
  3. johnp40

    Obama: "Liar in Chief"

    November 25, 2013 07:56 am at 7:56 am |
  4. Morgan

    CNN better get this article down, or they are gonna get in trouble; The white house does not tolerate articles like this.

    November 25, 2013 07:57 am at 7:57 am |
  5. Terrance in LA

    Many of us voted for Obama because of his color and they were fed up with Bush. Next time we vote in a black man we will be sure that he is capable to do the job.

    November 25, 2013 07:58 am at 7:58 am |
  6. Namem

    No black s asked

    November 25, 2013 07:58 am at 7:58 am |
  7. Dan

    First!

    November 25, 2013 07:58 am at 7:58 am |
  8. mookie1972

    Shazaaaam, Batman....who'da thunk it?

    November 25, 2013 07:58 am at 7:58 am |
  9. tradingdaze

    That's Barry "Pants on Fire" Obama.

    November 25, 2013 07:58 am at 7:58 am |
  10. Dan

    Obama very clearly said during the 2008 campaign that he would change the way things are done in DC. His very first act was to try to get Tom Daschel in as head of HHS but it came out that Daschel saw paying taxes as being optional and he was rejected for HHS. And how did Obama react? He snuck Daschel in the back door of the WH and quietly made him healthcare czar
    He has gone downhill from there with constant lies and partisanship (which he pledged not to do). Now the chickens are coming home to roost

    November 25, 2013 07:59 am at 7:59 am |
  11. Don

    Not only is he deceitful, but he is incompetent also. I do not trust him in any situation to make the correct decision. He either thinks he is the greatest or he has a bunch of buffoons giving him bad advice or both. He is by far the worst President we ever had including Carter and Nixon. He should either resign or be impeached for all his monkey business and ruining the name of USA.

    November 25, 2013 07:59 am at 7:59 am |
  12. Brian in DC

    "Not honest" = Liar, "untrustworthy" = scam artist.

    November 25, 2013 07:59 am at 7:59 am |
  13. James

    Get a poll about what American think about CNN.

    November 25, 2013 07:59 am at 7:59 am |
  14. nelbert

    A number of us have thought him untrustworthy for a long time. Better late than never.

    November 25, 2013 07:59 am at 7:59 am |
  15. Fair is Fair

    Someone tell Obama his community needs some organizing.

    November 25, 2013 08:00 am at 8:00 am |
  16. William Teach

    Can we see the details of the survey, such as the breakdown of the poll respondents? A link to the actual poll would be nice.

    November 25, 2013 08:00 am at 8:00 am |
  17. Tom Legare

    I keep telling you people Obama is not running for re-election. As a matter of fact if you had every right wing politician and billionaire nut group calling you a liar and scandrol for the last 5 years your poll numbers would not look good either!!

    What's the point AND why is this man not trustworthy?? I have seen NO evidence that he is either untrustworthy or dishonest!!

    November 25, 2013 08:00 am at 8:00 am |
  18. Kate

    What! You mean CNN's apologist "All Presidents Lie" article didn't change the mind of the sheeple? Better luck next time CNN. In the meantime, who are the other 47% who apparently do believe the President is trustworthy?

    November 25, 2013 08:01 am at 8:01 am |
  19. Silly is as silly does

    "53% of Americans now believe that Obama is not honest" Only 53%? There's the story.

    November 25, 2013 08:02 am at 8:02 am |
  20. captcaps

    CNN should just shut up they are almost as bad as the Bloomberg and his cast of Democrat Bashers ... Charles Bowen Solomon Stone

    November 25, 2013 08:03 am at 8:03 am |
  21. Christian Grey

    SoundOFF has no responses because it is worthless It will stop taking posts when 47 are posted if the posts do not fall in what the democrats believe

    November 25, 2013 08:04 am at 8:04 am |
  22. carlos

    Only cause he's a lying, cheating, pompus windbag, like most politicians, other than that, we like him fine.

    November 25, 2013 08:04 am at 8:04 am |
  23. clambert506

    53% believe Obama is not honest or trustworthy. So that leaves, what, let's see, 100 minus 53 comes to... oh, 47%. Hmm, where have I heard that number before?

    November 25, 2013 08:04 am at 8:04 am |
  24. Tony Bartlett

    Surprise. You hire an Executive with no management experience and he fails. The 40% who think he is a good manager most likely have never managed or supervised anything or anyone either.

    November 25, 2013 08:04 am at 8:04 am |
  25. clambert506

    53% believe Obama is not honest or trustworthy. So that leaves, what... 100 minus 53 comes to... oh, 47%. Hmm, where have I heard that number before?

    November 25, 2013 08:07 am at 8:07 am |
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