Obama at 42% approval in new average of latest polls
December 10th, 2013
06:10 PM ET
4 months ago

Obama at 42% approval in new average of latest polls

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama's approval rating stands at 42% in a new CNN Poll of Polls that averages four new national surveys, with 53% saying they disapprove of the job the President's doing in the White House.

The Poll of Polls averages the four non-partisan, live operator national surveys conducted over the past week that measure Obama's approval rating: Gallup daily tracking poll (Dec. 7-9); Quinnipiac University (Dec.3-9); Pew Research (Dec.3-8) and Marist/McClatchy (Dec. 3-5). Since it is an average of multiple surveys, the Poll of Polls does not have a sampling error.

The Quinnipiac survey, released Tuesday afternoon, indicated the President's approval rating at 38%, with 57% of Americans giving him a thumbs down. The Pew poll, which released one hour later, put Obama's approval rating at 45%, with 49% saying they disapprove of his performance in office. Gallup's daily tracking poll, released earlier Tuesday, had Obama at 40%-51% approval/disapproval, while the Marist-McClatchy survey, which was released Monday, put the President at 43%-53%.

The 38% approval in the Quinnipiac survey is a new low for the President in their polling, and down a point since last month. The 45% approval rating for Obama in the Pew survey is a rise of four percentage points from late October.

In November, the President's approval rating reached new lows or tied his all-time lows in six national polls, including CNN-ORC International.

The President's approval ratings ranged from the upper 40's to the low 50's from the beginning of the year through May in most national polling, but steadily declined in the following months, as Obama dealt with one controversy after another, from NSA surveillance and IRS targeting of conservative groups to the extremely flawed rollout of the new federal health care law.


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soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. Sniffit

    "the Poll of Polls does not have a sampling error."

    When you average several things that DO have a sampling error, there is still inherent error in your result. Your statement is extremely misleading even though it is technically accurate.

    December 10, 2013 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  2. Rudy NYC

    Jeez! 42 percent is a little high, don't you think? Switch the 4 and the 2 around and that's about what his approval rating should be.

    December 10, 2013 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  3. Gurgyl

    These polls are farce.

    December 10, 2013 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  4. Peppy

    Face it we have the wrong guy in office. What an embarrassment.

    December 10, 2013 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  5. truth hurts but reality bites

    With all of the really bad news yet to come about Obamacare (yes, it gets MUCH worse, because that is how they planned this, delay all the worse to the end or after elections) Obama's decline in the polls will reach deep into the 30's. That is what happens when you lie to the American people repeatedly and then screw up the entire healthcare system.

    2014 will NOT be a good year for Democrats. All of their Obamacare lies are on tape and are already rolling out. Oh well, you did it to yourselves. That's what you get for blindly following liars like Obama, Reid and Pelosi.

    December 10, 2013 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  6. FidyCents

    Things are wonderful right now. 42% rating? Why I just don't believe it....lol.

    December 10, 2013 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  7. monster Zero

    Anyone that could still support this idiot is beyond help.
    IRS, Benghazi, 17 Trillion debt, Fast and Furious, Solyndra, Chrysler, 18 billion Chase settlement...
    America is waking up and 2014 should hopefully bring an Impeachment and Indictment!

    December 10, 2013 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    The same polls that showed Romney winning right.

    December 10, 2013 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  9. king

    aahhh, i wonder how the repubs are polling right now. atleast the president drop seems to bottom out.

    December 10, 2013 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  10. ladies first

    well it is what it is Cant stop snowball from rolling down the hill its been rolling too long the polls are wrong more around 37

    December 10, 2013 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  11. Peppy

    Hard to believe that anyone on the planet thinks bammy is doing anything to help the country.

    December 10, 2013 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  12. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Considering the GOP play book has been to destroy this man at every level, including the press, I'm surprised his popularity isn't close to zero. Maybe Americans are smarter than we think?

    December 10, 2013 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  13. ladies first

    37% quit altering the truth

    December 10, 2013 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  14. Woman In California

    And when he runs for his 3rd (invisible) term, he'll still easily win against any of the clowns on the GOP side including the heavyweight champion of the east.

    December 10, 2013 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  15. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Polls are nice...aren't they?
    Romney in a landslide.
    Anywhoo...
    Meanwhile, under THIS President unemployment is at 7%, my 401k is recuperating very nicely, we finally have Affordable Care Act as the law of the land even though many attempted and failed or bailed, and a President that is intelligent, compassionate and respected the world over.
    Three years, some months, and some days left of this blessed presidency.

    December 11, 2013 07:56 am at 7:56 am |