July 30th, 2009
07:25 PM ET
13 years ago

Poll of Polls: President's approval ratings slip

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/07/30/art.obama0730.gi.jpg caption="A CNN Poll of Polls out Thursday indicates that 54 percent of Americans approve of President Obama."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - It's late July, a time for hot and humid weather in the nation's capital. But when it comes to President Barack Obama's approval rating, an average of the most recent national surveys indicates a cooling trend.

According to a new CNN Poll of Polls, 54 percent of Americans approve of how Obama is handling his duties in the White House. That's down 7 points from late June, when the president's approval rating stood at 61 percent. The latest approval rating is the lowest for Obama in his young presidency. The CNN Poll of Polls, compiled and released Thursday, is an average of seven national surveys conducted over the past nine days.

It appears a drop in Obama's numbers on health care and the economy, the two issues that have dominated his domestic agenda since he took office in January, are contributing to the deterioration of his overall approval rating.

A CNN Poll of Polls of the five surveys that specifically asked about how Obama's handing the economy indicates that 48 percent approve and 45 percent disapprove.

Four of the seven surveys asked about how the president's handling health care reform. A CNN Poll of Polls average of those numbers puts Obama's approval rating on health care at 43 percent, with 45 percent giving him the thumbs down.

"In a mid-July poll of polls, more Americans approved of Obama's handling of health care than disapproved," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "The latest poll of polls shows disapproval is now higher than approval."

Obama gets better marks on foreign affairs than on domestic concerns. A CNN Poll of Polls of the four recent surveys that measured public views on Obama's foreign policy show him with an average approval rating of 54 percent. His disapproval rating on foreign policy averages to 31 percent among those four polls.

A slip in the president's overall approval doesn't necessarily mean a rise for Republicans.

"Most polls show that Obama's standing with the public is dropping, but that's not necessarily helping Republicans," says Holland. "There has been little to no change in the public's view of the GOP in the past month, and on most measures Republicans still lag behind Obama and the Democrats."

This latest edition of the CNN Poll of Polls consists of the seven surveys released since our last Poll of Polls: Fox News (July 21-22), NPR (July 22-26), NBC/Wall Street Journal (July 24-27), CBS/New York Times (July 24-28), Time magazine (July 27-28), Pew (July 26-29) and the Gallup tracking poll (July 26-28). The Poll of Polls does not have a sampling error.

UPDATE: "The president isn't fixated on the ups and downs of polling," said White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs at Thursday's briefing.

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soundoff (303 Responses)
  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    These polls never tell the whole story. The President is pushing his agenda and of course there are people out there who don't agree with everything he does. Me on the other hand, if I had to give him a grade, it will be a solid B.

    July 30, 2009 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  2. Doug, New Jersey

    Obama was recieved nothing but admiration and positve stories from the lib media, yet Americans are waking up and seeing the truth for themselves. It shows that liberals like Mayr who want to think Americans are stupid, are not fooled by the left.

    July 30, 2009 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  3. Limbaugh is a liberal

    Bush Jr. ended his first term with a net loss of jobs and republicans continued to tell us to be patient. Now Obama's stimulus bill has had less than half a year to work and the republicans are already crying foul. Hypocrisy alert!

    July 30, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  4. Chrissy, TX

    The American people gave this man a chance, but now realize he is nothing more of the same "old" Washington politics just with different old timers in new positions! It's like that saying "Where's the BEEF!"

    July 30, 2009 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  5. Peter E

    When the stimulus package was passed unemployment was already at 8%. Over half of the layoffs of this recession happened before that. And we are in the summer months when tradiationally the job market is bad. Jobs have always lagged the economy, or at least that's the argument the GOP used to justify the fact that after his first FOUR YEARS Dubya still couldn't create jobs! In turn democrats were criticizing Dubya within the first few months on the economy. It's funny how the parties completely switched sides and arguments.

    July 30, 2009 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  6. Ted

    How much of this so-called poll really is about Obama and how much is really about the general state of the economy? I know people love polls, but each poll generates more questions.

    July 30, 2009 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  7. Carole

    Charm charm Charm
    No experience, no credentials, no matter he got the job. Now we are stuck !
    The Irish arn't the only ones that have the gift of gab. aaaaaaaaaaa
    maybe a little beer will help smooth the way. Hope our foreign partners like beer. I hear it's being served in champagne glasses now. That ought to get everyone to the table. Keep smiling and shooting those hoops, the ball has to go in sometime (with a little help from my friends).

    July 30, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  8. In the fall

    Wait til September...

    July 30, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  9. RNC = DNC = politics as usual

    Reminder of the Obama supporter whine list:
    – the poll isn't fair
    – they didn't call me on my cell phone
    – it is Bush's fault
    – it is racism
    – it is space aliens fault
    – it is Bush's fault and racism
    – it is a conspiracy
    – the polls work differently than during the election

    July 30, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  10. RahmAxleRod SuperTroopers

    Duh, he ran as a moderate, acted as a liberal...

    July 30, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  11. Larry

    All these polls rate him only 6 months into his presidency.

    July 30, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  12. Scott L

    Gee, imagine that...and a faster decline than any other President in history to boot. Buyer's remorse?

    July 30, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  13. dominican mama 4 Obama

    Blah blah blah blah. He's going to be here for the next 3 and 1/2 years. And FOUR more years after that.

    Some of you might need to be medicated, lest you drop dead from a coronary trombosis.

    July 30, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  14. Jon

    No surprise here. It will continue to drop once the country sees what few realistic achievable ideas he really has.

    July 30, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  15. Andrew

    Interesting that the main webpage ticker item is "Dem miffed at Obama beer choice" (an entirely non-political and boring news piece) when the top item in the ticker refers to lagging support for President Obama and another to a doctor and Obama associate opposed to the White House healthcare reform plan. The bias of this media outlet is staggering. Had it been a top Republican, the main page would have proclaimed it loudly... however, when it's Obama, it's muffled. CNN, your willful and reckless editorial bias is a disgrace to your viewers.

    July 30, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  16. Parkett Lovelace

    His approval numbers are still way too high. Only dummies/robots cannot see through his Marxist schemes.

    July 30, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  17. patrick

    They are getting stuff done and they aren't rubber stamping everything. This is how government should work. Any you people that expect miracles... this economy is going to take time to rebuild. When you give a spoiled rich kid the house for that long expect a mess..... a big one. And a cleaning crew needs time. be patient and cnn, quite trying to make drama where there is none... people are happy with obama, he apologizes and listens.

    July 30, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  18. jeff texas

    It just goes to show you when a President opens his mouth about racism and does not know the facts, where his mind is at. Ladies and gentleman we now have racism in the whitehouse

    July 30, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  19. 30m-PA-Dem

    good news

    July 30, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  20. Republicans Suck

    The GOP is still screwed.

    July 30, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  21. Nic

    In other words, if the election were held today, Obama would still win!!

    I voted for him and I am disappointed in how he's handling healthcare reform as he's been too adamant about bipartisanship and thus risks diluting the real change in healthcare system that will produce desired results. Republicans and blue dogs are against a public option (or what they call "socialized medicine but don't touch my medicare!" option), which over 70% of Americans want and on which Obama campaigned, so why bother with bipartisanship. Get the dems on one page and move on. If the people don't like it after 2011, then we can vote on it...unless of course the GOP is still a leaderless obstructionist party.

    July 30, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  22. Obama: A change U can beleive In

    So what....he's still our preseident and we must support him and siff out all the bad stuff.

    July 30, 2009 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  23. Jill-IN

    The economy is starting to improve and unemployment always lags behind. The sun comes up everyday and we know things will get better. We need health care reform and quality care for all citizens of this country, not just those who are fortunate enough to have a good job with employer health insurance. In your working lifetime you will lose jobs and perhaps have up to 7 or more jobs. You need health care for those times in between, to have continuity of coverage without pre-existing condition exclusions, fair premium for the coverage, and access to doctors. Children need coverage too regardless of the circumstance of their parents. This country also needs efficient sustainable energy without dependence on any other nation. We are on the right track. Barack Obama is our President and I support him and pray for him every day.

    July 30, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  24. annie s

    The President's polls are slipping because of two reasons – the Republicans have hammered the nation with their fear tactics, and the Democrats have been unable or unwilling to stand firm with him. I'm not too worried about polls this early into his presidency because I remain convinced that Barack Obama's policies will lift the United States and make us a better nation.

    July 30, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  25. Dave

    Maybe that is a direct result of increasing our budget deficit and national debt by four fold in only 5 months. Or maybe it is a result of criticizing the prior administration's foreign policy and then maintaining the same course. Or maybe it is a result of the failure to let Americans and Congressional representatives read laws for 5 days before they are passed. Or maybe it is because we have bailed out auto manufactures and they went bankrupt anyway. Or maybe it is because a health care plan is being pushed with no details whatsoever. Or maybe it is because our President pals around with terrorists and dictators. Or maybe it is because he is limiting our freedoms with ridiculous laws. Or maybe . . . you get the point.

    July 30, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
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