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. Realist

    Nearly five years ago, he got on CNN and said it would be irresponsible for him to run for president since he had absolutely ZERO experience. Then he ran for President. Later he agreed to follow the rules for financing his campaign. Then it was no longer convenient for him to do so. Yet again he lied. How about taking a pole on his deception. That would basically put an end to this waste of time you media spend obsessing over someone who should never have become President in the first place.

    July 30, 2009 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  2. Matt

    The presidents ratings slip and sure enough Eric Holder promptly goes out and says the "Homegrown Terrorism Threat" is increasing. Change you can believe in... yeah right. The difference between the American Revolution and the French one. The Guillotine.

    July 30, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  3. AJ

    Trillion dollar Stimlus package that dosen't stimulate anything but the deficit .
    Trillion dollar bail-out packagesfor housing , auto industry , banking industry that hasn't bailed-out anything.
    Complete embarassing foreign policy by bowing to Arabsand kissing peoples asses from Europe to China.
    10% un-employment.
    One and half Trillion dollar health care package that destoys the best health care sysytem in the world to give people a Government controlled system that will bankrupt the Country.
    Carbon Tax system that will bankrupt anyone who uses gasoline , natural or coal.
    I'm surprised he has any rating at all !!!

    July 30, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  4. June

    Not to worry, the economy is on the rise. President Obama poll numbers will sky rocket.

    July 30, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  5. dimes1


    People are finally seeing beyond the fluff!

    Obama is a talented speaker and gives really cute family photo opportunities. When it comes to the job of the presidency he is inept at best.

    It will be one and done for Obama, it is "time for a change"

    July 30, 2009 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  6. J.C.

    It is hard to fight against the big private insurers as their profits are on the brink of disappearing. But President Obama will succeed if he remembers his mother's pain in illness and understands what pain may Americans are going through. I believe he will win fighting powerful corporations that own our Congress for the most part.

    July 30, 2009 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  7. DVL

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

    July 30, 2009 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  8. Just saying...

    Is there a recurring contest within CNN to see which reporter can be the biggest ass of the week?

    In your ridiculous efforts to diguise yourselves as the "middle road" between Fox News and MSNBC, you clowns at CNN are invariably inaccurate or uninformed, and too often you are BOTH!

    Hopefully, the majority of you at CNN will seek very early retirement!

    July 30, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  9. sophiek

    GOOD!!!!!!! can't wait for them to slip so low, that maybe he'll just disappear.......go back to chicago and team back up with wright and ayers and the other thugs.

    July 30, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  10. Vic of New York

    This guy is the smartest and best President this nation has had in generations.

    Of course you have all those wing-nuts and Republican brain-dead zombies who will follow the lead of morons like Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity and those Republican clowns in congress.

    But science has proven over and over that in any population, half are going to fall on the stupid-side of the bell curve and half are going to fall on the smart-side of the bell curve - so what's so surprising about these polls?

    July 30, 2009 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  11. Bedtime for Obonzo

    Great picture! The Beloved Leader demonstrating by gesticulation how his approval rating is shrinking.

    July 30, 2009 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  12. Bill in Calif

    AFTER THE CHILD IN THE CROWD pointed out the nakedness of the EMPEROR in his fancy, new, invisible robes, the people turned away from him wondering to themselves, HOW COULD THEY HAVE BEEN SO BLIND. All he could do was smile.

    July 30, 2009 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  13. fubarnomo

    I say if those of us that are tired of big business ripping us off by buying a seat at the discussion table and continuing to be major contributors to the health reform package. And those that want a single-payer option included.

    Then in my neck of the woods in good old (FLA) Kendrick Meeks and his blue dogs can do without or votes this time around. They want our votes but want to cozy up with the money slinging health care industry.

    We can all name a few people who thought the money they were paying into health insurance would cover them until they needed it. To be told we will pay for various billed services. Kind of like paying for homeowners insurance for years until a hurricane hits and you’re left with a blue tarp for a roof for over a year while the insurance company denies your claims repeatedly. Get the fox out of the hen house!!!

    July 30, 2009 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  14. krejaton

    Oh gee like I didn't see this coming given how "stupidly" he has handled most everything that crosses his desk and too many things that don't.

    Obama's incessant need to be the center of attention and inject himself into EVERYTHING and give interviews ad infinitum will continue to over saturate himself to the populace. Between this supersaturation and his growing realization that he doesn't have the competence for the job will continue to drag him and the Democrats down.

    July 30, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  15. Don

    It looks like buyers remorse is starting to take its' toll on the "Anointed One".

    The American "sheeple" are finally waking up and finding out what a fraud Chairman Obama is.

    All Obama wants is more control of our lives through centralized government control, he is not interested in actually making health care better, more Government intervention cannot do that.

    July 30, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  16. mattd

    they will just get more koolaid for the public to drink

    July 30, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  17. Wake Up

    Anyone who is paying attention, disapproves of Obama. Why would any voter approve of a President who shoved a garbage stimulus down on throats that has done nothing but raise the debt...while unemployment has gone up...and so much waste is in it. Why would anyone approve of a president who wants to dictate your health options. Why would anyone approve a cocky, president with such hubris, that he gets involved in issues he doesn't know anything about. What a disappointment

    July 30, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  18. Torch

    His approval ratings will slip as long as he favors govt. versus market remedies to the economy. He seems very stubborn at this point and has not let go of his idealogy in spite of the fact that it's been previously proven not to work. (see healthcare '94).

    He's doomed unless he can move to the center like Bill Clinton did. I don't know if he's capable of that though. We are a center – right country and he's so far removed from anything center.

    July 30, 2009 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  19. Trade Freedom for Security, Lose Both

    Wonder if Obama will cry in his beer at this news. But hey, his approval rating is still more than twice Pelosi's and way higher than Congress'.

    July 30, 2009 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  20. Change in America

    Who by Polls nobody ask me to do a survey...Do not go by polls

    The media is awful

    July 30, 2009 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  21. gl, From Pittsburgh

    I am not fixated on them either since I never have been polled. CNN is queen of poll news.

    July 30, 2009 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  22. nardofree va.

    who cares!

    July 30, 2009 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  23. Carlos

    Each and every day there will be more of the obots coming out of the trance they have been in for the last year. This fraud will have the worst approval rating of any president in history when this is over.

    July 30, 2009 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  24. john from Kansas City

    When you think of the Republican alternative, his approval rating should be100%.

    July 30, 2009 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  25. Julia

    Nice to see the rest of America is starting to wake up!

    July 30, 2009 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
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