CNN/ORC Poll: Majority say Obama's policies will fail
February 3rd, 2014
05:07 PM ET
7 months ago

CNN/ORC Poll: Majority say Obama's policies will fail

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama's approval rating has edged up a bit since the end of last year, according to a new national poll.

But a CNN/ORC International survey also indicates the number of Americans who hope that his policies will succeed has dropped 12 points since last year and a majority now predicts that his policies will fail.

According to the survey, which was released Monday, 45% of the public gives Obama a thumbs-up on the job he's doing as President.

That's up from 41% in November and December, when the President was at or near all-time lows in polls from CNN and other organizations. The President's disapproval rating now stands at 50%, down from 56% at the end of last year.

"Leaving aside partisan demographics, Obama gets his biggest support from people who live in big cities, who give him a 56% approval rating," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland.  "Three groups tie for the lowest rating for Obama in the current poll - rural Americans, senior citizens, and whites. The President scores only a 36% rating among each of those groups."

The President's 45% approval rating is consistent with several other national polls released just before last week's State of the Union address.

The speech might have been a mild net plus for Obama, with 44% of all Americans saying they had a generally positive view of the speech, compared to 38% with a negative view. But 16% had no opinion of the State of the Union and over half of all Americans didn't see the speech at all.

According to the poll, 58% say they hope Obama's policies will succeed.

"That's a solid majority but nowhere near the 70% last January who wanted Obama's presidency to be a success.  One-third of all Americans, and three-quarters of all Republicans we questioned, say they hope Obama's policies will fail," added Holland.

Will Obama's policies succeed?

Last January, 54% felt that way, but now only a third forecast success for the President. More than half say it's more likely that his policies will fail. Just over four in 10 say that Obama's too liberal, down a bit from the past few years.  Another 14% say he is not liberal enough, and four in 10 think his policies are about right.

The CNN poll was conducted by ORC International January 31-February 2, with 1,010 adults nationwide questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus three percentage points.

CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.

soundoff (37 Responses)
  1. Thomas

    Maybe if we start another war this time closer to home are economy will get better , then we can make all illegals refuges then make them citizens.

    The republicans will go along with that .

    February 3, 2014 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  2. TinMan

    How can his policies fail if the enabling legislation can't get passed?

    February 3, 2014 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  3. American Worker

    Now we have to endure nearly another three years of failure.

    Unless in 2014, we can get a consensus between the House and Senate that will perform its duty of Executive and Judicial oversight and overrule Presidential vetoes and executive fiat.

    February 3, 2014 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  4. Jonathon Powelly

    Well duh, the GOP does everything to block everything.

    February 3, 2014 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  5. J.V.Hodgson

    Gosh I have never seen such poorly worded or more correctly questions designed to get a negative response to various matter for response.
    The results are reflected in you margins of error, they are too wide too often you poll is meaningless.
    CNN/ ORC need some serious training on how to frame questions for a meaningful poll, and to achieve your desired answer to a topic of poling.
    Regards,
    Hodgson

    February 4, 2014 01:57 am at 1:57 am |
  6. J.V.Hodgson

    Last part should say and NOT to achieve.
    Hodgson

    February 4, 2014 01:58 am at 1:58 am |
  7. Iamnotfooled

    It is the same third that has hated him from DAY ONE! Wake up people and vote them out. Or NOTHING will get done.

    February 4, 2014 03:30 am at 3:30 am |
  8. Michael MN

    When congress does everything within it's power to make those policys fail – they will

    February 4, 2014 05:51 am at 5:51 am |
  9. Toltec1

    No matter what our politics happen to be it is confusing that one third of Americans hope the Presidents policies will fail? To me, hoping our policies will fail is the same as hoping our country will fail. I don't understand how one can claim to be a patriot and at the same time hope our country fails. Peace

    February 4, 2014 07:20 am at 7:20 am |
  10. jjjscott

    You don't need to speculate. Just watch Obamacare crash.

    February 4, 2014 07:35 am at 7:35 am |
  11. Rogers

    You guys love these negative surveys, I think you are always looking out for anything that can make the president look bad. We are tired of this negative news only. Couldn't you just say that 45% think the president's polices will succeed as the headline instead of majority of people think the president's will fail?

    February 4, 2014 07:43 am at 7:43 am |
  12. lejack

    What a dumb poll by CNN/ORC; the policies that the president got through were put into place way before before December 2010; since January 2011, the Congress haven't done anything but gone from crisis to another since January 2011 to this day of 2014. So the president congressional passed policies (laws) are working. His excutive orders are getting things done as well. Since January of 2011, the congress half controls by the house; who are conservatives; and you know the meaning of conservative means little or no change. And the U.S. Congress legislatively has done nothing in trying to hepl this president and the America people. The
    Majority of the house just don't care about America and its standings as long the President is Obama. The first African American President; and the haters of Obama; you know what side of the civil war they were on.

    February 4, 2014 07:54 am at 7:54 am |
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