New polling low for Obama in crucial state
December 18th, 2013
10:00 AM ET
8 months ago

New polling low for Obama in crucial state

(CNN) - President Barack Obama's hitting a new low in the state that propelled him toward the White House.

The President's approval rating stands at 38% and his disapproval rating at 59% in a new Quinnipiac University poll of Iowa voters. The 39% figure is Obama's lowest approval rating in Quinnipiac polling in the Hawkeye State.

Obama's victory in the January 2008 Iowa caucuses rocketed the then-junior Senator from Illinois towards the Democratic presidential nomination and eventually the White House. Obama also won Iowa, which is considered a battleground state, in both the 2008 and 2012 presidential elections.

The new poll, which was released Wednesday morning, indicates that the President's approval rating stands at 45% among women but just 30% among men. The survey also shows a wide partisan divide, with 82% of Democrats but just 31% of independents and only 7% of Republicans in Iowa giving Obama a thumbs up on how he's performing in office.

"President Barack Obama twice carried Iowa and it was the Iowa Caucuses which began his march to the presidency, but if he were on the ballot here today he would be toast," said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

The president's numbers could have an impact on next year's race for a Democratic-held open U.S. Senate seat in Iowa. Twenty-nine percent of those questioned said they see their vote in the 2014 Senate contest as a vote against the President, while just 14% say it's a vote in favor of Obama, with 54% saying the President's not much of a factor.

The Iowa poll's release comes one day after a new survey in New Hampshire found the President tying an all-time low. Obama stands at 31% approval among Granite State residents, according to a American Research Group poll. And the President's 60% disapproval rating is an all-time high in ARG polling. Obama won New Hampshire, which like Iowa is a swing state, in both the 2008 and 2012 elections.
The President's approval ratings started declining in most national surveys starting in June, as Obama dealt with one controversy after another.

There were leaks about National Security Agency surveillance as well as revelations about IRS targeting conservative groups. This all was followed by the disastrous roll out of Obamacare and controversy over Obama's promises that Americans could keep their current insurance coverage under the new health law if they chose. Many cannot.


Filed under: 2008 Election • 2012 • 2014 • Iowa • President Obama
soundoff (63 Responses)
  1. Rudy NYC

    ChrisM

    Do you really think the President cares about his rating. He is NOT running again. However the republicans are running and the Majority of American dislike the republicans even more
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    Tell that to all of the play actors around here, acting out their own "Game of Drones". It won't help, though. They're tone deaf.

    December 18, 2013 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  2. Get used to IT tea potty! 3 more yrs to spew ur hate @Obama

    Oh, cry me a river...obama is the president!!

    go suck on lemon gop tea potty and hug this stupid poll as your pillow to make u feel good!!!

    December 18, 2013 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  3. The Real Tom Paine

    -A True Conservative

    @Name jk+gibberish – not at all sexist, are you? I look at the data and say that Republicans and Independents are much smarter than Democrats. Obama is flying the plane straight into the ground and yet Democrats continue to cheer him on.
    @ST – you are correct, however, many Americans WILL vote on a single issue such as abortion or how much "free" stuff they are being promised or the race of the individual running for office. If Americans don't wake up, begin to educate themselves about the candidates and make informed choices based on what is best for future Americans there will be no future Americans.....at least none that we would ever be able to recognize.....
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    This coming from the man who claimed he ran climate data in his spare time and – suprise, surprise, he concluded that all those people with a lifetime of experience in atmospheric chemistry and climate science were incorrect while he, a mere engineer, discovered the truth? Please. Your statement about " Republicans and independents are much smarter than Democrats" is about on the level of a middle school debate. As far as single-issue voters are concerned, they are as old as the Republic. I do agree with you that people need to be better informed, but people will cleave to those sources they feel the most confortable with, so all we are really doing at this stage is supplying people with more talking points. What people are crying for are solutions, but they are looking for solutions with low risk and low complxity: in a country of over 300 million, how simple can solutions really be in order to be effective? That is the challenge we and our children face: low risk and low information vs steady application and potential high risk. What we need to really do, is talk: not lecture, not scream, but talk, listen, and collaborate. Fix what is out there, make it work better, but don't ignore the problem.

    December 18, 2013 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  4. Thomas

    @A True Conservative
    I look at the data and say that Republicans and Independents are much smarter than Democrats.

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    So your datadrivin , where do you get your data , Fox Soap Opera Digest ?

    Next you will tell me Rick Perry and GW Bush are both intellectual Savant's

    Who pay's you to post such profoundly inaccurate data ?

    December 18, 2013 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  5. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Oh woe is me!
    His THIRD term is in imminent danger of not coming to pass.
    I certainly hope his numbers got up before the primary, or all might be lost.
    Yawn.

    December 18, 2013 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  6. Fair is Fair

    The Real Tom Paine

    -Fair is Fair

    Ooooooooooooo... "the gang" isn't going to like this....
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    You do realize he's not running, or are you planning to tell President Romney that?
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    Yes, Tom, I realize he's not running. As the defacto head of the democrat party, a lot of that negativity is going to rub off. Look no further than to the '06 and '08 elections to see what happens to an entire party when an unpopular president from their ranks is in power.

    December 18, 2013 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  7. California

    Democrats only pay attention to polls when they're in their favor.

    December 18, 2013 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  8. Sniffit

    "My father is from Des Moines"

    Anecdotes =/= data. Iowa threw its Supreme Court justices out the door because they ruled in favor gay marriage and the constitutional right of equal protection under the law. They elected a governor and state legislature that are overall rabid about keeping the LGBT community oppressed. That tells me all I need to know about the general tenor of Iowa's population's "tolerance." The exception does not prove the rule to be the opposite of what it is.

    "Sniffit's assessment is not only offensive, but makes no sense considering they voted for Obama."

    What made it remarkable is the fact that they voted against what everyone already expected of them based on their behavior elsewise. Again, an exception to the rule.

    December 18, 2013 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  9. Sniffit

    "Democrats only pay attention to polls when they're in their favor."

    President Romney approves this message.

    December 18, 2013 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  10. smith

    @Tom P & ST- When the employer mandate kicks in is when people will be outraged more than they already are over the ACA. The elections to come will be all about the ACA.

    December 18, 2013 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  11. foxghostwriter

    Obama's ratings were horrible last year as well. except when put against Generic Republican Candidate. It went even higher when put up against the republican candidates. And still higher when that candidate wound up being Romney.

    Democrats can run on" Hey, at least we aren't THEM" and probably win seats.

    December 18, 2013 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  12. destroyerofeconomies

    Goodbye liberal democrats.period

    December 18, 2013 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  13. The Real Tom Paine

    -Fair is Fair

    The Real Tom Paine

    -Fair is Fair

    Ooooooooooooo... "the gang" isn't going to like this....
    *************
    You do realize he's not running, or are you planning to tell President Romney that?
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    Yes, Tom, I realize he's not running. As the defacto head of the democrat party, a lot of that negativity is going to rub off. Look no further than to the '06 and '08 elections to see what happens to an entire party when an unpopular president from their ranks is in power.
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    I agree, but thats due as much to the fact that the party is changing leaders as much as its due to low poll numbers from Obama. Unlike the GOP, which has no one of any real stature at the national level, the Democrats at least have Hillary, with all the negatives that come with that. Obama is not hurting her in Iowa, certainly, and people have already made their minds up about her, for the most part. Sorry, but Christie will not go over well in the Midwest ( I don't think the GW bridge issue will hurt him much, but if there is a steady stream of problems from NJ ( like the horrible job creation numbers), that may turn people off of him.

    December 18, 2013 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  14. The Real Tom Paine

    -smith

    @Tom P & ST- When the employer mandate kicks in is when people will be outraged more than they already are over the ACA. The elections to come will be all about the ACA.
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    The way they were supposed to be about Benghazi? Fast and Furious? You're already fighting the last election, and given the utter lack of solutions, ideas and leadership coming from the GOP, a default victory for them would be the worst thing that could happen to the country. They have done nothing to demonstrate they are ready to lead. Besides, there is plenty of time for the GOP to destroy themselves and their chances, or do you still whistfully gaze at your fading Romney bumper sticker on your rusted-out Buick?

    December 18, 2013 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  15. Tampa Tim

    Only the brain dead ignore that it was the republicans under Hoover and the republicans under Bush who have destroyed the economy. It is hard for Obama to fix it when he is up to his neck in bagger pythons,with their stopping all plans to help Americans.

    December 18, 2013 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  16. Dan

    His numbers will only drop further next year. This only matters in that it causes the nervous dems to abandon him. I expect to see some openly begin this next year too.

    December 18, 2013 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  17. Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair observed:

    Yes, Tom, I realize he's not running. As the defacto head of the democrat party, a lot of that negativity is going to rub off. Look no further than to the '06 and '08 elections to see what happens to an entire party when an unpopular president from their ranks is in power.
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    You're right. Who's the defacto head of the Republican Party today? I've got news for you. It's the same guy who's been the defacto head for the past decade. Limbaugh's his name, comedian Rush Limbaugh. Now take another look at the those elections of yours, and 2010, and 2012. The Grand Limbaugh has had the biggest impact on conservative voters. Unfortunately, most of his influence has been anger driven, which makes the Republicans seem like berserkers.

    BTW, it's Democratic Party, not democrat party. Do you have any idea how saying that makes conservatives sound? Ignorant.

    December 18, 2013 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  18. anotherGDlefty

    Oh no there go his chances at re-election...damn.
    Wait a minute, he was re-elected and who gives a crap what Iowans hate.
    In Arizona an Iowa plate means Idiot Out Wandering Around.

    December 18, 2013 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  19. B

    Well it didn't take too long to have a president more unpopular than bush and now Obama is approaching Nixon status

    December 18, 2013 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  20. Woman In California

    Since CNN likes taking insignificant polls, why not thrown in John F. Kennedy, Ronald Reagan and Harry Truman? Maybe if the public polls high enough – we have a race.

    December 18, 2013 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  21. Woman In California

    Excuse me typo: I meant: why not throw in.

    December 18, 2013 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  22. CryBabies

    If you don't pay attention to detail this is what you get. Campaigning constantly, spending $600+ million of federal money for advertising the advantages of Obamacare( if its so wonderful...why advertise? Because it was drafted and implemented so very poorly by the democrats.) The NSA, Fast and Furious, blatant lies about Obamacare, Benghazi ( of course, "what difference does it make?") just to name a few. Really, what did anyone expect, including the left?

    December 18, 2013 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  23. CryBabies

    Tampa Tim....Its Bushes fault. That dog is tired...don't ya think?

    December 18, 2013 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  24. Rudy NYC

    smith

    @Tom P & ST- When the employer mandate kicks in is when people will be outraged more than they already are over the ACA.
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    Why would people be outraged? The only reason that I can think of is because the right wing has been telling them to be angry. Speaking of which, angry at who or what? No doubt, most people who use employer-based health insurance have had their plans cancelled, or otherwise significantly revised, by their employers before. And those changes had nothing to do with the ACA or Pres. Obama.

    Why are insurers running ads that encourage people to come to them for health care insurance, while many conservatives are running ads discouraging people from purchasing health insurance? Why are Republicans running from the fact that GOTP governors in red states are denying health care coverage to nearly 5 million people? One million are being denied in the State of Texas alone.

    December 18, 2013 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  25. tom l

    @Sniffit
    "Anecdotes =/= data. Iowa threw its Supreme Court justices out the door because they ruled in favor gay marriage and the constitutional right of equal protection under the law. They elected a governor and state legislature that are overall rabid about keeping the LGBT community oppressed. That tells me all I need to know about the general tenor of Iowa's population's "tolerance." The exception does not prove the rule to be the opposite of what it is."

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    They voted for Obama in 2008. The governor was against the impeachment of the judges. I like how you conveniently talk about "the exception to the rule" when it fits your narrative. Facts are facts. Iowa voted for an African American to be president...TWICE. You have zero proof behind your statement other than anecdotal evidence. Like you said anecdotal =/= data. The data supports my position rather than your blanket assessment of an entire population.

    December 18, 2013 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
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