CNN/ORC Poll: Majority say Obama's policies will fail
February 3rd, 2014
05:07 PM ET
6 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. rs

    Real politic at work. Until the party of obstruction is out of office, nothing will happen in Congress. It is simple logic.

    February 3, 2014 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  2. yolanda

    "Three groups tie for the lowest rating for Obama in the latest poll- rural Americans, senior citizens, and whites.....Republicans, so who cares, right Rudy?

    February 3, 2014 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  3. jinx9to88

    This article is irrelevant!! How about ask they question "If the congress helps out, do you think the president policies will succeed"? It's hard to succeed at anything when you have to rely on someone one of the branch of government that does not want to help and says "no" to everything.

    February 3, 2014 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  4. Pete

    Boy I hope people don't take these polls seriously or Pres.Obama be in trouble but than again he doesn't care about polls either..When will they get their heads out of their lower extremities and see the republicans,teabaggers are the problem for much of these messes nation wide and again if you don't get your head out than what's the difference because obviously you're comfortable in there and you definitly aren't missed...Highest Wall Street recorded,home sales up,taxes lowest in 50 years,unemployement down and against all republicans a healthcare plan that'll be mentioned one day with the likes of Democrates created SocialSecurity and Medicare.And remember republicans it took Bush 2 years to get Medicare Part D off the ground and that was a much smaller plan policy wise...

    February 3, 2014 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  5. Jonathan Heimer

    Please explain how a international survey accurately reflects what Americans think.
    "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."

    February 3, 2014 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  6. smith

    Its Bush`s fault or maybe FOX news or maybe its racism or aliens. Maybe some are just bad policies.

    February 3, 2014 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  7. Rick McDaniel

    Obama has already failed.......most already view him as a lame duck, long before mid term elections.

    February 3, 2014 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  8. Sniffit

    "This article is irrelevant!! How about ask they question "If the congress helps out, do you think the president policies will succeed"?"

    Bingo. They stop short of asking anything that might reveal the underlying explanation because they don't want it. They want the numbers that get clicks and that's all they want. Explanations...and bad ones based almost entirely on surmise and supposition at that...they leave to their parade of vapid bobbleheaded pundit morons.

    February 3, 2014 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  9. steve

    Since his policies will never be tried its a moot point. Gawd people in this country are stupid!!

    February 3, 2014 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  10. Gurgyl

    Let me ask, are bush, Reagan policies any profitable–which broke this nation totally. What did republican congress after being elected with "JOBS BILL". –a mere slogan in the ears of American uneducated, senile, old coots. Be glad, at least he passed ACA Law while senate/congress democratic. People foolishly voted for republican congress–now they are repenting to the "MOST HORRIBLE CONGRESS" in generations. Stop whining.

    February 3, 2014 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  11. tom l

    @rs
    "Real politic at work. Until the party of obstruction is out of office, nothing will happen in Congress. It is simple logic."
    ======

    Does Obama have any responsibility for what you call "obstruction"? Will you acknowledge that Bush had just as difficult a task when the dems took over with Pelosi and Reid? Pelosi referred to him as a total failure and Reid called him a loser and a liar. Every administration has opposition. This is no different. I can't wait for Rudy and Sniffit to come here and give some justification or false narrative to excuse the inept ability of Obama to bring people together. Obama fueled it. He didn't make it easier.

    But since I am opposed to his policies I'm just a bigot and I can't stand seeing a black man as president so I guess I don't count.

    February 3, 2014 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  12. Abbey

    No need for a poll to tell me that. Maybe those un-informed voters who can't think should be held accountable for this.

    February 3, 2014 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  13. Tampa Tim

    Baggers, bigots, and billionaires do not represent most Americans. Will they ever realize that Fox viewers make up less than 10% of voters.

    February 3, 2014 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  14. RWB1956

    Smith: you got two out of four right.

    February 3, 2014 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  15. BADGUY

    All the ideas I've heard, from the Republicans....to REPLACE Obamacare...such as allowing insurance companies to offer policies, across state lines....and.....implementing a personal medical savings account...can be implemented WITH Obamacare in place. So...if those ideas enhance our health system...let's go ahead and implement them....WITHOUT destroying Obamacare...and starting all over again!

    February 3, 2014 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  16. rla

    Obama should pull a Nixon and resign- Opps obama does not have Nixon's level of class.

    February 3, 2014 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  17. cuisinemanager

    I am not sure why this headline reads the way is does, we have had five years with Obama's policies in place and we know that his policies are failing. The economy has never really gotten better, at best it has stalled. We are being asked to accept 7-8% unemployment as the new normal and our bank account are all but spent. The CBO tells us that between 20-30 million Americans will remain uninsured when Obamacare is fully implement. Our premiums healthcare deductibles have gone thru the roof so less money to spend on the economy so the spiral continues. We are no safer today then we were under George Bush...............the wars still going on, gitmo still open, no immigration reform, no tax reform, no transparency.

    February 3, 2014 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  18. len

    Smith,

    Your first sentence is totally correct!

    February 3, 2014 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  19. The REAL TRUTH...

    @smith – Its Bush`s fault or maybe FOX news or maybe its racism or aliens. Maybe some are just bad policies.
    -------------------------
    What policies?? You guys constantly complain about his not doing anything (no budget, blah, blah, blah) then turn right around and blame his policies.. which is it?

    February 3, 2014 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  20. Liz the First

    If Obama can't do what we elected him to do, we need to remember why. the Party of NO has sabotaged every effort on his part to do what is good for the country. how dumb do people have to be to not see this? not enough of us pay attention to what is going on. this poll is proof of that. people need to wake up and rid the congress of the repuglikkklan infestation and then maybe Obama can actually accomplish what we sent him to the White House to do.

    February 3, 2014 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  21. Wake up People!

    You know this country is in trouble when you have a percentage of Americans HOPING the POTUS fails.

    I never liked the previous occupant of the WH, but I never hoped he failed because I understood, his failure was all of our failure.

    It's a sad day in America.....

    February 3, 2014 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  22. Simplefaith

    The President has more than two years and I believe he will be successful. He is a better president then some of the others in the past. He has had so much Obstruction from the Republicans how was he able to proceed. When he took office our country was about to go into free fall. President Obama is cool head and no matter what was thrown at him, he remained calm and collected. Republicans are still searching for their candidate for 2016. Can't find one honest hard working decent individual. Pretty bad. It is hard because they had spent six years trashing President Obama's polices and had no solutions. Not one Republican stands out of the crowd. Christi was their on choice, but America thinks he is guilty to the allegations made. I liked Christi, but since he was mean to his high school friend, forget it.

    February 3, 2014 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  23. GI Joe

    I like his policies more than the republican's policies.

    He believes every citizen should have a job, be paid enough to live if they work 40 hrs. a week, wants infrastructure improvements, and all people are equal.

    Republicans have said NO to all of the above for 5 years.

    February 3, 2014 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  24. Name rose54

    How can anyone believe a word Obama says? He is a liar. What a failure and a disappointment.

    February 3, 2014 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  25. Daddycool

    "Three groups tie for the lowest rating for Obama in the current poll – rural Americans, senior citizens, and whites.
    ***************************************************************
    Ha ha!
    The 3 groups that no longer matter.
    AKA: republicans.

    February 3, 2014 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
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