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. Mary right to vote

    That depends on who you ask.

    November 25, 2013 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  2. Bobbie Jo Justice

    it's easy to raise his mark

    1. get rid of the cia
    2. eliminate the unpatriot act
    3. eliminate the tsa
    4. eliminate the nsa
    5. eliminate the department of homeland stupidity
    6. throw bank ceos in jail for treason and stealing billions from americans
    7. eliminate ndaa

    we can start with those, that result in an instant increase to his numbers.

    November 25, 2013 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  3. mike

    yep, and he wont get the trust back either.

    November 25, 2013 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  4. GARY

    Obama is a joke of a leader! If his lips are moving he is lying! Democrat party has left this country in a downward spiral from healtcare to now a Nuke IRAN? How can the voters of once a great nation be so blinded by a slaes force as the Democratic party. 2016 this country had better change course and in a big way period.

    November 25, 2013 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  5. Churn O'bill

    If only President Obama had just a little more experience running the Olympics he would be up for the job.

    November 25, 2013 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  6. Max

    Unfortunately it's too late,,, Obama is the worst president ever with no backbone, he has damaged the US credibility around the world, a phony person, just talking no action,

    November 25, 2013 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  7. Name

    Once the american people accepted "weapons of mass destruction" as a pretext for going to war all political lies are acceptable as far as I am concerned. It isn't the lie that upsets americans, it's who is lying.

    November 25, 2013 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  8. Robert

    Worst President ever period.

    November 25, 2013 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  9. Marlana

    Well, of course his approval rating has fallen. All everyone has been focusing on in the news is the ACA website...wooo a website has glitches....scary!

    November 25, 2013 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  10. Richard

    It's not so much that I don't trust Obama as much as it is that I don't trust our system anymore. It's been bought and paid for by some of the largest and most profitable companies in the world and no longer serves the people, but instead serves the new owners.

    November 25, 2013 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  11. nuclear mike

    Wonder why???

    November 25, 2013 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  12. FrustratedLib

    I kind of get why it's hard to shut down GITMO but Obama promised to be out of Afghanistan by the end of 2014, why are we negotiating an agreement to stay there a another decade or more? Even I am starting to see that he is all talk.

    November 25, 2013 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  13. byron allen

    Obama has shown himself to be a liar ob every subject he addresses. His ego prevents him from being honest about anything and he views Americans as stupid people to be duped into doing what he feels is "right". It is time to show this egomaniac that he is the one short on brain cells. After the election next year, he will be finished as a president because the Senate and house will join forces to stop him.

    November 25, 2013 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  14. rla

    The man is from Chicago and a radical socialist background and people are astounded that lies flow like honey hrom his lips?

    November 25, 2013 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  15. Maypo

    Do the supporters of Da Prez still think that "The Obamas" TV show is better entertainment value than "Good Times"?

    November 25, 2013 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  16. Johnjon

    I'd take Obama over Bush any day of the week.

    November 25, 2013 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  17. David

    It's not Obama I don't trust, it's the Republican Congress.

    November 25, 2013 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  18. kasia

    Worst President EVER!!!

    November 25, 2013 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  19. steve-o

    It actually took a poll to figure this out?

    November 25, 2013 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  20. WiscBadger

    People finally realizing that you can't trust this guy?

    November 25, 2013 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  21. Anonymous

    Mark of a seaoned con man. Likeable and Dishonest. Noone would trust their fortunes to one they disliked.

    November 25, 2013 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  22. kf

    News Flash: Most People Mistrust All Politicians

    November 25, 2013 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  23. Jobu

    Come to think of it, President Bush is remembered fondly. Just remember Americans have a six second attention span.
    It'll be okay.

    November 25, 2013 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  24. GOP cry babies hate change!

    It's ONLU A POLL!!

    WHO CARES ABOUT POLLS?!

    Oh yeah,,the GOP tea kooks that have NOTHING left but polls to look at.

    That's all they have to look forward to in their day.

    Any ideads on how to control DEBT DEBT DEBT DEBT??!!,,,nah, let's focus on POLLS!
    Yeah! That's the ticket! POLLS BABY POLLS! WOOOO HOOOO! MORE POLLS!

    November 25, 2013 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  25. ash

    It is the same old Obama, I think Obamacare is a decent law with a few flaws. And he is way better than McCain.

    Having said that, it so happens that it is no more cool for Media to make Obama cool, that news does not sell anymore, so they are changing the message and now the same media that built Mr Obama to what he is, now are going to do this to him, and Obama had better known this.

    November 25, 2013 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
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