President at 42% on Presidents Day
February 17th, 2014
08:59 AM ET
2 months ago

President at 42% on Presidents Day

Washington (CNN) - As President Barack Obama marks his sixth Presidents Day in office, his approval ratings remain near the lowest of his presidency.

According to a CNN Poll of Polls compiled Monday, which averages the most recent non-partisan, live operator national surveys, the President's approval rating stands at 42%, with 53% of Americans giving a thumbs down to Obama's performance in the White House.

While the President's approval rating has slightly edged up since November and early December when it was at or near all time lows in many national surveys, it's still far below where it stood a year ago. In February 2013, soon after his second inaugural and just two months removed from his 2012 re-election victory, Obama's approval rating stood at 52% in a CNN Poll of Polls.

The President's numbers tumbled after late spring and summer following controversies over the Edward Snowden intelligence leaks and congressional investigations into IRS targeting of conservative political groups. Then came October and the politically charged botched rollout of Obamacare, his signature domestic policy achievement.

Coupled with legislative setbacks, many pundits labeled 2013 the worst year of Obama's presidency. And for the first time since taking over at the White House in 2009, a majority of the public surveyed disapproved of his job performance.

The silver lining for the President in all these polls: While his numbers are anything but impressive, the approval ratings for Congress overall, and specifically for congressional Republicans and Democrats, are much lower.

The approval rating is considered one of the best gauges of a president's standing with Americans and of his clout with lawmakers here in Washington.

The CNN Poll of Polls is an average of the three non-partisan, live operator, national surveys of the president's approval rating conducted over the past two weeks: Gallup daily tracking poll (Feb. 13-15); Fox News (Feb. 9-11); and Marist-McClatchy (Feb. 4-9). Since it is an average of multiple surveys, the Poll of Polls does not have a sampling error.


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soundoff (63 Responses)
  1. hencheryjohn

    You mean that 42 people out of every 100 are still fooled by him?....That is sad.

    February 17, 2014 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  2. much thunder...little rain

    why so high 42%... i figured 24%

    February 17, 2014 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  3. Fed up with it all

    There are still 42% of Americans approving of this goon.

    This is what happens when you elect a ideologue not just once, but twice.

    Obamacare is his legacy, and now Democrats are in a precarious position. Only Congressional Democrats voted for it, and Americans forced to participate. So much for the party of choice!!!

    How do you run from the record?. Do you call the WH and tell the POTUS thanks, but no thanks? We can run our campaign without you making an appearance. I guess Claire McCaskill is employing this stategy.

    February 17, 2014 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  4. Fed up with it all

    Too all the Dems in Congress.

    Did you vote for Obamacare?

    All the adds are queuing up ya know...

    February 17, 2014 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  5. Warbo

    The only reason his numbers have been climbing at all is because he hasn't really done anything yet this year. Wait until he gets back to work, then they'll go down again.

    February 17, 2014 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  6. salty dog

    Remember Tommy, hector/ gundy, your god Limbaugh warned of a third term, that's what real dictators do. Keep restricting the minorities right to vote, an education, while trying desperately to convince them your the party of opportunity. That is admittedly a tough task, that's why your failing miserably, and I'm loving every minute of it. And I'm a middle aged white guy with a good job, you guys are oh so screwed this November. Want their vote, pass immigration reform, you won't do it, no matter what, and act surprised they won't vote for you, who's the idiot now. You think you can attack them for years, then six months til election, act like you all of a sudden care . Your going to get what you deserve, a reality check, enjoy!

    February 17, 2014 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  7. rs

    Paul

    I think Obama has done a very good job, considering the fact that republicans have said "no" to anything he is for. Republicans have set records (in the entire history of this country) for blocking, stalling, filibusters, etc. including shutting down the government. They only say what they are against, not what they are for.
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    Hear, hear. All the Republicans have is complaining. They have no record to run on in 2014 as they have done nothing for America in over 5 years.

    February 17, 2014 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  8. salty dog

    Just keep drinking boys, you'll be fine.

    February 17, 2014 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  9. bcrunner

    Unfortunately for the president this all has to do with the botched rollout of the ACA. However, on everything else, it takes two to tango. And, up till recently the Republicans have done NOTHING to help this country. Now that the elections are around the corner, LOOK!! we've had a budget and the debt ceiling has been raised. Some of us will not forget YOU Republicans who have stood in the way of getting things done. We know, however, that you will fool many....

    February 17, 2014 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  10. Bill from GA

    Happy President's Day, Barry!
    i'd give you an 80 or 85.
    i understand you on the other 15 or 20, just don't really agree.

    February 17, 2014 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  11. rs

    Fed up with it all

    Too all the Dems in Congress.

    Did you vote for Obamacare?

    All the adds are queuing up ya know...
    ________________________
    10 million enrolled in the ACA or state Medicare sites. Hate to tell you but the law is working. How will the GOP cover their behinds when it is clear that all those GOP governors who turned down the Medicare expansions are costing their states and their poor and their seniors more money?

    February 17, 2014 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  12. Rachel

    Worst president ever.

    February 17, 2014 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  13. sonny chapman

    35% of Americans, mostly in Red States, will ALWAYS Hate Obama. Even if they saw him kissing his daughters Good Night, they'd still find fault.

    February 17, 2014 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  14. Matt

    Perhaps if congressional republicans would do more than block, obstruct and manufacture crises, everyone's numbers would be higher.

    February 17, 2014 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  15. Mike

    The most clueless President in history!

    February 17, 2014 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  16. Jozette

    I am so sick of Republicans barking, let's give those guys some bones to suck on! They all seem to be racist, haters when they talk their devil ears seem to pop right out of their heads!! Such a sad state!

    February 17, 2014 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  17. Too Scruffy

    Santa Claus President has run out of gifts. The latest gift, "'BamaCare", is the gift that keeps on giving! Kind of like a venereal disease. When the employer mandate finally kicks in, his approval ratings will be 4.2%.
    Worst president ever, Carter & Nixon say thanks.

    February 17, 2014 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  18. Jim Phalen

    I understand why Congress has such a low approval rating; a third want the ball moved one way, another third the other way, and yet another third just say quit trying. Hence, no one is happy with Congress. How anyone can be happy with the President totally baffles me.

    February 17, 2014 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  19. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Want their vote, pass immigration reform, you won't do it, no matter what, and act surprised they won't vote for you, who's the idiot now. You think you can attack them for years, then six months til election, act like you all of a sudden care . Your going to get what you deserve, a reality check, enjoy
    ------------------------------------------------
    Exactly salty dog.
    I said it when they tried to ram Mittens down our throat, and I'll say it again for 2014: Latinos have long memories and we VOTE.
    We are NOT voting to elect or re-elect any Republican in 2014.
    They can throw all the Rubios and Cruces they want at us.
    We support those that support the man currently sitting in the Oval Office.
    Period end of conversation.

    February 17, 2014 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  20. Gurgyl

    @Rachel–that worst president is your Bush,then Reagan. Not Obama. Know we have now Healthcare in USA.

    February 17, 2014 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  21. Me

    rs

    Fed up with it all

    Too all the Dems in Congress.

    Did you vote for Obamacare?

    All the adds are queuing up ya know...
    ________________________
    10 million enrolled in the ACA or state Medicare sites. Hate to tell you but the law is working. How will the GOP cover their behinds when it is clear that all those GOP governors who turned down the Medicare expansions are costing their states and their poor and their seniors more money?
    ______________
    That 10 million number is completely BS, first 10 million have not even signed up, go fact check that number, there was even a story on CNN about how bogus that number is! Second, how many have PAID for the plan they signed up, NOWHERE near 10 million. Third, take into account the number of people that LOST their plans and the net is like 2 million or more likely even less then that!!! Why can't Dems admit any wrong, this is OBVIOUSLY a disaster, but you partisan hacks continue to blame everyone else but where it belongs!!! Even Dems that are looking to be re-elected are RUNNING AWAY as fast as they can from Obama and Obamacare cause they know they will lose if they don't! And for the record, I would be ok with true socialized healthcare but Obamacare is a disaster, all they needed to do was pass a law making it illegal to deny care due to pre-existing conditions and remove lifetime caps etc, should have been simple. When you don’t get a single vote, NOT EVEN ONE, from the other party (regardless if it is liberal or conservative legislation), you know it will be a failure, all branches and parties need to work TOGETHER to create legislation or it will fail! You lose credibility every time you post this bogus 10 milion number RS but that doesn't surprise me, you don't care about facts only about your party!!

    February 17, 2014 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  22. Me

    sonny chapman

    35% of Americans, mostly in Red States, will ALWAYS Hate Obama. Even if they saw him kissing his daughters Good Night, they'd still find fault.
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    42% of Americans, mostly in blue States, will ALWAYS love Obama. Even if they saw him killing a cold blood, they'd still find reason to love him.

    FIFY

    February 17, 2014 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  23. Thomas

    Hey , the GOP still believes the world is flat .

    It's not !

    February 17, 2014 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  24. Me

    Matt

    Perhaps if congressional republicans would do more than block, obstruct and manufacture crises, everyone's numbers would be higher.
    _____________________
    Guess what, dems in the senate have done just as much if not MORE obstruction then the GOP has in congress you are just too blinded by your party loyalty to see that!

    February 17, 2014 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  25. Tony

    Jozette, there is no need to feed the confirmation bias of Republicans. They are happy in their Fox-created world. Just let them be. They will find out the hard way from Fox News on Election Day, just like they did last time.

    February 17, 2014 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
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