Have Obama's falling numbers stabilized?
December 11th, 2013
02:31 PM ET
4 months ago

Have Obama's falling numbers stabilized?

Washington (CNN) - Forty-two percent.

That's where President Barack Obama's approval ratings stands in a new CNN Poll of Polls that averages the seven national surveys released over the past 48 hours (with six of the seven coming in the past day).

While the number is nothing to brag about, especially compared to where the President stood in public opinion the first half of this year, the figure suggests that Obama, at least for now, has stemmed the downward slide of his poll numbers that started in the late spring and was accentuated by the extremely flawed roll out of the new federal health care law the past two months.

"What you see in these new polls is evidence the President's approval numbers have stabilized, and ticked back up a bit from the worst of the roll out damage. So he is in a slightly better place," CNN Chief National Correspondent John King said. "But the foundation beneath him is weaker - people still have doubts about Obamacare, about his management abilities, about his trustworthiness. That weaker foundation makes a bigger rally in his standing harder to pull off."

The President's disapproval rating stands at 53% in the Poll of Polls, which was compiled on Wednesday and is an average of seven non-partisan, live operator, national surveys of the president's approval rating conducted over the past eight days.

In November, Obama stood at 40% and 41% in three different CNN Poll of Poll compilations. The President's approval rating reached new lows or tied his all-time lows in six individual national surveys last month, including CNN-ORC International. While Obama's at 38% in the new Quinnipiac poll, down a point from last month and an all-time low for him in their surveys, he's up five points from last month to 42% in the new CBS News/New York Times survey, up four points from November to 45% in the new Pew Research Center/USA Today poll, and he's edged up a point since last month to 43% in the new NBC News/Wall Street Journal survey.

The President's approval ratings ranged from the upper 40s to the low 50s 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 disastrous startup of HealthCare.gov and the controversy over millions of Americans being told they would lose their current insurance plans because they didn't meet stands mandated by the new health care law.

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

"President 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.  "But Obama is slightly outpacing George W. Bush, whose rating had dropped to the upper 30's by the end 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.

The surveys sampled in the CNN Poll of Polls were: Gallup daily tracking poll (December 8-10); Bloomberg National Poll (December 6-9); Quinnipiac University (December 3-9); CBS News/New York Times (December 5-8); NBC News/Wall Street Journal (December 4-8); Pew Research/USA Today (December 3-8) and Marist/McClatchy (December 3-5). Since it is an average of multiple surveys, the Poll of Polls does not have a sampling error.

soundoff (28 Responses)
  1. smith

    @Rudy-CNN is owned by Ted Turner who was married to Jane Fonda(big time liberal). MSNBC`s biggest stockholder is GE who ar good buddies with Obama. The BBC, Huffington post, NPR, the ist goes on and on.

    December 11, 2013 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  2. truth hurts but reality bites

    Rudy NYC
    Rick McDaniel wrote:
    The media are one of the reasons this country is in real trouble........they do not report the truth, because MOST of the media are owned by Democratic Party controlled companies. Corporate America has become partisan.
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    Want to know how you can tell that Rick is lying, and that most of the media is owned by conservatives? Simple. If liberals owned so many medai outlets like AM radio stations, do you think that they would broadcast Limbaugh, Hannity, Beck, and so many other right wing comedians? Nope. Rick's lying. Conservatives own 90% of the media in this country.
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    90% of the reporters, editors, journalists of most MSM are liberal. The owners are not the ones writing the material. The liberals are. MSNBC, NBC, CBS, ABC, New York Times, LA Times, Washington Post, AP, Time magazine, CNN (though they are starting to get better). Conservatives only have Fox News (but they do have liberals on as well), AM talk radio and the WSJ.

    So please, enough with the lies. The liberal controlled media is why Obama got elected, re-elected and why he got a free ride until recently, when he had to be caught in blatant lies in order for them to start reporting objectively.

    December 11, 2013 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  3. Malory Archer

    I don't care what his numbers are. I'll back him as long as he gives me free stuff. It is all about what I can get that is paid for by others. I'm only concerned with MY best interests.

    December 11, 2013 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
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