Obama approval higher than Bush, but lower than Clinton, Reagan
November 28th, 2013
06:00 AM ET
8 months ago

Obama approval higher than Bush, but lower than Clinton, Reagan

Washington (CNN) - Forty-one percent.

That's where President Barack Obama's approval rating stands this Thanksgiving, according to a new CNN Poll of Polls that averages the latest national surveys asking Americans to assess the job he is doing.

Fifty-five percent say they disapprove of his performance, according to the average.

The latest CNN Poll of Polls was released Thursday and is an average of five non-partisan, live operator, national surveys of the President's approval rating conducted over the past two weeks.

They include Gallup's daily tracking poll (Nov. 24-26); CNN/ORC International (Nov. 18-20); American Research Group (Nov. 17-20); CBS News (Nov. 15-18) and ABC News/Washington Post (Nov. 14-17). Since it is an average of multiple surveys, the CNN Poll of Polls does not have a sampling error.

The President's approval rating reached new lows or tied his all-time low in national surveys released over the past month from CNN/ORC (41%), CBS News (37%), ABC News/Washington Post (42%), Quinnipiac University (39%), National Journal Heartland Monitor (38%), and NBC News/Wall Street Journal (42%).

So how does his approval ratings compare to his most immediate two-term predecessors?

"Obama gets significant worse numbers than Bill Clinton and Ronald Reagan did at this time in their second terms," said CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "Clinton's approval rating was 59% in November 1997, and Reagan's figure was 65% in November 1985. But Obama is slightly outpacing George W. Bush, whose rating had fallen to 37% in November of 2005."

The approval rating is generally considered the best polling gauge of a President's standing among the public and of his political clout in the nation's capital.

soundoff (201 Responses)
  1. kamarasune

    I'm convinced that the media and poll numbers are rigged. Nothing has happened that would make such a dramatic change in the opinions of Americans. The economy is still bleak and we've been in the same gridlock since the man took office.

    November 28, 2013 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  2. EllenM

    This president is an incompetent, habitual liar, and anyone who gets suckered further is just a sucker.

    November 28, 2013 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  3. tbone

    He's the best President we've ever had. People are listening to the constant attacks and unfounded criticism.

    November 28, 2013 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  4. KaPueo

    What amazes me is that anyone at all approves of the job he hasn't been doing.

    November 28, 2013 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  5. HowCanYouBelieveAWordHeSaysAnymore

    CNN must be polling in Iran, Russia, or Bashar Assad's staff. Here in the US, pretty much everybody finds him divisive, deceitful, destructive, arrogant, and incompetent. Are you sure the poll didn't ask if anybody has faith in our government anymore and found 41% that said they have some hope of regaining faith?

    November 28, 2013 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  6. Gurgyl

    @tbone, god bless you, Happy thanksgiving. USA, knows, so does this world. We are more aware now than Reagan era.

    November 28, 2013 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  7. rla

    The people get this president is a Chicago thug and will say anything! The America people just got out of worshiping mode and are looking for leaders- something Obama is NOT!

    November 28, 2013 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  8. min20

    The level of incompetence from this administration is staggering. The polls are reflecting this incompetence. From Bengazi to the IRS to Obamacare. Not to mention his inability to bring the parties together as a Leader. Please people tell me that I am wrong and that he is competent.

    November 28, 2013 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  9. aukarm

    this proves that 41% of Americans are either stupid or they love their handouts.

    November 28, 2013 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  10. CapeCod

    The best president we've ever had?

    48 million on food stamps
    $17 trillion in debt
    Record deficits
    Over 7% unemployment for years and years and years and years...
    IRS
    NSA
    Benghazi
    He never closed Gitmo
    He never ended the Patriot Act
    Quietly he wants to leave troops in Afgan for 10 more years....
    He did a complete 180% on gay marriage...
    He lied to hundreds of thousands of people about health care...

    The criticism is founded in my opinion....

    November 28, 2013 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  11. MIchael

    I think they reversed the numbers and its supposed to be 14%

    November 28, 2013 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  12. Tony

    Are122, Obama enacted a Republican health care plan in 2010 when he had a Democratic Senate and House. Just ask Romney what he thought of the individual mandate in 2009. Romney touted his Massachusetts health care plan with the individual mandate as a model for the nation in a 2009 USA Today op-ed. If a Democrat enacted a Republican plan, what more do you want?

    November 28, 2013 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  13. JT

    Pretty bad when a victory is being better than Bush.

    November 28, 2013 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  14. blakenaustin

    The 41% are frightening. What are they thinking? Oh right, they aren't. Obama is a dangerous loser top to bottom.

    November 28, 2013 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  15. Anonymous

    Obama lied to me period.

    November 28, 2013 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  16. JT

    These numbers seemed about as rigged as the U.S. census job numbers before the election.

    November 28, 2013 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  17. Michael Logan

    While the operators are -"non-paritsan"...What about the questions? And the demographics of WHERE they are calling? It would be nice to know these things before assessing the results of the poll.

    November 28, 2013 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  18. tarura

    He is the best bIack president we've ever had !

    November 28, 2013 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  19. Still higher than W's lowest number

    He got to the low thirties or high twenties, didn't he?

    November 28, 2013 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  20. tampamike

    Enough already of all of these daly polls, I don't care what you are tracking! how about the media just stop with all of this and report real news. Polls mean nothing and we all know it, they all change from day to day and which part of the country you poll. How about talking about hunger in this country, how about talking about the stomping on women's rights by the republican party, how about talking about how reporters allow anyone to say anthing and just nob their heads like bobble heads instead of putting them on the spot for lies etc. How about real news for a change. The media in this country are useless and a disgrace to real journalism.

    November 28, 2013 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  21. PSYmuffin

    The BO supporters (CNN) are showing their desperation when expressing joy for exceeding GW Bush's polling numbers......may I remind you .....Bush is viewed as one of the ten worse Presidents in US history.

    November 28, 2013 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  22. bergus

    obama can only pay-off 41% of the country to lie now?

    November 28, 2013 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  23. tarura

    It's a shame how ungrateful some 6% of folks are,
    out of 47% freeloaders, to give him the approval of only 41%

    November 28, 2013 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  24. Kenman

    It is really sad and disturbing that anyone can find 41% of any poll that stubbornly refuses to see this Presidency for what it is, and that disturbing fact will remain long after this disastrous President has gone and might just compound the blind fascination with Hillary, the Czar in a pantsuit, and complete the push over the edge and farther still away from the great vision of this country that the Founders had, buoyed by their faith in God to make it so!

    November 28, 2013 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  25. Chris Asking Question

    "The latest CNN Poll of Polls was released Thursday and is an average of five non-partisan, live operator, national surveys of the President's approval rating conducted over the past two weeks."

    Non-partisan surveys? Do they actually exist?

    November 28, 2013 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
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