July 17th, 2009
05:39 PM ET
11 years ago

Poll: Obama approval rating dips under 60 percent

 President Obama's approval rating has dropped under 60 percent according to a CNN Poll of Polls released Friday.

President Obama's approval rating has dropped under 60 percent according to a CNN Poll of Polls released Friday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - An average of five national polls conducted in July indicates that President Barack Obama's approval rating has slipped under 60 percent.

Fifty-seven percent of Americans surveyed approve of the job Obama's doing as president, according to a CNN Poll of Polls compiled and released Friday, with 36 percent disapproving. In early June, Obama's average approval rating was 62 percent. It dropped a point to 61 percent by mid-June and stayed at that level through the rest of the month.

"Recent polls indicate that Obama's lowest ratings - and biggest losses - come on the public's perception of how he is handling the economy," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "And the latest CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll shows a double-digit drop in the number of Americans who think that the President has a clear plan for solving the country's problems. The public may not be as willing to give Obama the benefit of the doubt after six months on the job as they did when he first took office."

So how does Obama compare to his most recent predecessors six months into office?

George W. Bush also drew a 57 percent approval rating six months into his presidency, in July of 2001. Bill Clinton stood at 48 percent in July 1993. Two-thirds of Americans polled approved of George H.W. Bush's job as president in July 1989, and six out of 10 gave Ronald Reagan the thumbs-up in July 1981.

"Reagan, like Obama, got approval ratings in the high 50s and low 60s during most of his first summer in office," Holland says. "But as unemployment remained high, Reagan's approval rating dropped below 50 percent for the first time in November of 1981, and it stayed under 50 percent for the next two years."

CNN's Poll of Polls consists of five national surveys with interviews conducted in July: The Gallup tracking poll (July 13-15); Ipsos/McClatchy (July 9-13); Diageo/Hotline (July 9-13); USA Today/Gallup (July 10-12) and CBS News (July 9-12). The Poll of Polls does not have a sampling error.

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soundoff (416 Responses)
  1. that is crazy

    i am amaze of how the approval rate is conducted. This column is bias; how can i say that? Who are the people, what kind of voters has taken this survey, what area was this taken from, how many males, how many females, what is the age grow and the question goes on..... Get real. The approval survey poll will never satisfy anyone. President Obama is doing great as a President. It is just so sadden that when a person at a steady pace helping us to get out of the mess we are in, and article such as this, does not have anything positive to write about. Society has shapen the thoughts of many to become so negative that even when this are looking better, you would refuse to look at the positive.

    July 17, 2009 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  2. Walter Allen

    No one ask me of my opinion..., so what is that says about the overall survey?

    July 17, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  3. GGG

    You think??? maybe it is because he is clueless about handling anything and now trying to shove a health care program down our throats ... when asked if he would use it the answer was a big fat NO!!!! He is a liar and a clueless leader!!!!

    July 17, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  4. nancy

    things are going as well as expected, it takes time to get out of a recession/depression, and if people think it's gonna happen over night, it won't. the down fall we all took was a hard hit, more so than any low in the past 50 years, and if people think it's a over night recovery, it just won't happen. give the man a chanse, he is working hard. more hard than the last one that put us in this condition.
    god bless you mr president.

    July 17, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  5. wow

    If its below 50 than worry otherwise this article is just hype.

    July 17, 2009 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  6. Sally

    When are they going to start posting the approval ratings of our Congress. I would like to see the numbers then maybe I would have a much easier time come election time.

    July 17, 2009 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  7. Deb n Texas

    Obama has always said, "he doesn't pay attention to polls." And you know what? Me either.

    July 17, 2009 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  8. Hayden

    Obama can't blame Bush for this one. His popularity is falling as more people see that he is a government addicted atrocious president.

    July 17, 2009 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  9. Midwest

    Finally people are hopefully seeing the real Obama. I'm just glad I can hold my head up and say ...."don't blame me" for him being in office. Our government is so far in debt that I doubt we will ever balance the budget. Obama wants a government controlled health care system, but our government can't even fix the mess we are currently in. I'm still waiting for the change that he promised everyone.

    July 17, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  10. Stan Goodman

    He seems to be doing about as well as his predecessors. But that, I think, is because most of the beef is about the econimic problems. Sooner or later, please God, the superficiality of his foreign policies will begin to be made known to Americans, most of whom don't really care about anything across the briny. And when (sic) Iran arrives at a oint of no nuclear return, unstoppable, he will be seen as the bloated balloon that he is - a "community organizer" with no experience whatever in foreign affairs, who spent his brief period on Capitol Hill voting "present" instead of doing anything constructive. The time is not far off when US voters are going to have to admit to themselves that they fell for snake oil, the emptiest campaign in history, that won an election by getting crowds to repeat an empty mantra in unison - "Yes, we can, yes, we can....". Right out of "1984". Wait.

    July 17, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  11. Bella from Florida

    I agree with Shirley from California. It is time for Obama to stop campaigning and to get down to business. If he did not like working and living in the White House he should have never taken the job.

    July 17, 2009 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  12. One Love

    Hang in there Mr. President.......God is with you!!!

    July 17, 2009 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  13. Jamie

    It is bizarre to judge President Obama for handling a situation he didn't create.

    And what could he possibly have done in six months to change the situation?

    When Bush was in office, the right blamed Clinton for everything. Now they are blaming Obama? It's bizarre.

    July 17, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  14. gc3333

    Everyone should remember what Hillary said during her campaign:
    Obama's only qualification as president is that he "gave a speech". Well... here we are 6 months into his term, and that's all he has shown he is capable of doing... giving speeches. Why is anyone surprised about his dismal performance in office, except for when he's on the stage?

    July 17, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  15. rafael

    he is a Black Man but the color of his body dosen;t mean that he is a
    Genius to fix in 6 months what the fool of Bush made in 8 years or maybe
    because he is black he has only six month as a try out?
    rafael peralta

    July 17, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  16. Susan

    The American people are finally waking up to the lies and hypocrisy of the Obama Administration.

    Looks like some major buyers remorse going on. Where is all that hope and change we were promised?

    July 17, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  17. davie guns

    Honestly, this should come as no surprise. Overtime, I firmly believe that we will see these numbers drop even further without any fruit being produced on his promises. The economy is tanking further and further and we get is more rhetoric and empty promises. There are solutions to put the economy back on track. Such as off shore drilling. Why are they so against domestic in our gas stations? How much money would we save without paying import costs and what not?
    Think for a moment, what it would be like to have .99 cent a gallon prices again. Wouldn't that give us monetary relief to spend and save more money? To me this is common sense. We have to do something and do it quick.

    July 17, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  18. The Light

    I would rather have a President with an approval below 60% whi is doing something than McCain and Palin.

    July 17, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  19. Alice NEWYORK

    where are you going for these numbers? when you want certain results thats where you go. Who are you kidding! Ge 8 years! 8 months! your kidding arn't you? People have to wake up and smell the coffee. W e all have to think before we spend, i know i do! give Pres. Obama a chance ! You dfidn't ask me, so where did you go?

    July 17, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  20. jimbo

    We dont know who you are polling but his ratings are lower than this. Just keep spreading those sugary stories on Obama and play down the truth...People are WAKING UP and realizing that this Kenyan born imposter has nl clue and neither does bumbling Biden. Unfit for office and unqualified too.

    July 17, 2009 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  21. Don

    you ain't seen nothing yet!!!

    July 17, 2009 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  22. Bella from Florida

    Obama only cares about his re-election . He needs to stop globe -trotting and he needs to start leading. His policies are horrible and way too radical and most americans are scared to death of what he is doing. He is growing governement like no other President has ever done before. Why so many Czars?.

    July 17, 2009 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  23. pelican

    I can't believe that the media is actually reporting Obama's slipping in the polls!!!!

    July 17, 2009 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  24. jack

    Reality is finally setting in. He really ISN'T the massiah. As a bumper sticker I just read said "SILLY LIBERAL, PAYCHECKS ARE FOR WORKERS".

    Spending more money and increasing "debt" is not the key to getting rid of debt. Otherwise, so many broke people in this country should be very rich by now if it worked that way.

    I could just increase my credit card debt to get even richer, right????


    July 17, 2009 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  25. Laura


    We're STILL waiting for him to do his job!

    July 17, 2009 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
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