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. C Miller

    Why aren't media outlets factchecking the Republicans' rhetoric on Healthcare Reform? During the Presidential Election everyone's words were factchecked. The Republicans seem to have too much liberty in lying about the facts of the Healthcare Reform Bill.

    The recent poll numbers on Healthcare reflects an ignorant public more so than anything else. The media has a job (that it is failing to do) in this debate and it's to educate (not entertain) the public.

    July 30, 2009 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  2. sean

    It's so sad people really thinks he's superman give him time to work he's can't get things done over night.

    July 30, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  3. Shawn

    Of course Obama's approval ratings wouldn't stay sky-high forever. He's a real leader which means not everything he does will be extremely popular. Still, very few presidents have enjoyed the level of popularity Obama enjoys now at this this time in their presidencies and I support him. He's by far the most well-liked and respected politician in America.

    President Obama is doing a great job! He has stabilized the housing, financial, banking and auto industries, is beginning to bring our troops home from Iraq, has revived science and our standing in the world and is on track to deliver on healthcare reform.

    BEST vote I ever cast!

    July 30, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  4. Jefe

    I am an Obama supporter, and one who can see the facts of the stimulus > The free-fall has stopped. We're now losing 400k jobs in a month instead of 700k. Housing prices have stabilized, etc. Some people think it has failed because they didn't magically get $100k/yr jobs without trying.

    That being said, my opinion sank a bit when the president immediately backed the crybaby professor. People like Gates Jr are as damaging to race relations as Republicans.

    July 30, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  5. Mich

    Of course it's low he is putting us in a hole deeper then what George Bush did. Who ever heard of spending more money to get you out of debt. It doesn't work for me and wouldn't work for the goverment. This man is changeing our goverment every day. And he breaks the constitution very day. (10th amendment the balance of power,and state's rights:Czars). Obama idea of govement is different then what most people know. Thank God for the Poll maybe just maybe the dum down american public is finally wakeing up.

    July 30, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  6. John

    It is difficult to see the big picture for many, President Obama made it clear that things would get worse before they got better. As a peolple we need to see the whole, that is, how we are viewed in the world, how we work together for change. We Americans tend to want quick fixes, instant relief, we need to recall the length of time it took to get us into the situation we are in, not just sit back and expect that someone can wave a wand and it is repaired...stay tuned!

    July 30, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  7. Wise AZ

    Of course his approval ratings are slipping. The independents that voted for the "change" he promised, are now realizing how much it's going to cost them. It's their fault – they put this empty suit in office. Health care reform, cap and trade, just a few ways he's happy to help spread the wealth!

    July 30, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  8. Dave

    His drop in approval is not surprising. His policies and tactics for forcing legislation through without giving time for congress to read them is showing in the polls. Americans are finally starting to wake up and will not stand idly by while Pelosi, with Obama's blessing, cram through their liberal agendas.

    July 30, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  9. LacrosseMom

    His approval has slipped from 60%....... which was amazing......... to 54%!

    That's 4%...... not bad. Considering the mess he has inherited!


    **** 21% OF AMERICANS APPROVE OF THE GOP***********

    Think Obama's okay!

    July 30, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  10. Parlan

    The Obama mirage is evaporating as reality hits.

    July 30, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  11. Jen

    Good. I hope it shoots down to 40 %. Then maybe he'll end all this bi partisan bs that does nothing for progressive causes. Maybe he'll stop trying to make everyone happy and start making the people who busted their butts off and spent money they didn't have to get him elected for the purpose of REAL change happy. So far I've seen little change.

    July 30, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  12. katiec

    Unfortulately, some people actually believe all the lies, hypocrasy, scare tactics and swift boating that has been put out by the party
    of NO. Their goal is to destroy anything they can regardless of the
    Health Care Reform and the public option are crucial to us all.
    Anything less will be a farce and, once again, the raping of the
    American people.

    July 30, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  13. carlos only smarter

    .......and the repugnants numbers: 21% approval, 79% don't even want to be polled.....that would be more accurate and indicative of their ignorance

    July 30, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  14. Teresa Pumphrey

    Well that's not surprising!! This I expect will happen as President Obama moves on to address head on some of the challenging and difficult issues. Analogy: A mother is never popular when she's spooning out castor oil or any other medicine for that matter. Do you get that!!!! Only when cure comes into play, will accolades be given.

    July 30, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  15. alpha_nu_916

    as the dow jones surges to the highest levels in 8 months, new home sales increase significantly, and unemployment shows strong signs of going down, the president's approval ratings are slipping?
    we, the public, sure are an informed group. of course, at one time 80 some-odd percent of america also thought iraq was involved in the september 11th attacks.

    July 30, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  16. jaye

    WHO are you polling? Republicans????
    There is no way his approval ratings are slipping. No way.
    You people are just trying to stir up a controversary.

    July 30, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  17. Matt

    He is simply going nowhere....his lack of experience is showing.

    July 30, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  18. Sam Sixpack

    Well, at least he's closing down Guantanamo and pulling all the troops out of Iraq and Afghanistan. Obahahahaha...

    This latest poll suggests 54 percent of Americans are Stockholm-syndrome groupies.

    July 30, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  19. Seattle

    Its not Obamas approval rating that has slipped its the so called journalists that spend their time on lowlife no news because they cant see the Forest For The Trees on Fox aka Cnn .

    July 30, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  20. jim

    cant believe it has taken this long i guess the kool aid is wearing off

    July 30, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  21. Hugo

    Obama's actions as President are slowly revealing his true feelings toward our Nation to the public. When Obama spoke of Change, I for one thought he meant an end to the corruption within our political system, an end of lobbyists controlling our legislative branch of government. Looks like I was way wrong and instead of these being the basis of Change they are the way of Change to make way for a Chicago style thug takeover of America.

    July 30, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  22. Jeff Brown

    The poll numbers are only "slipping" among the less informed people who are buying into the insurance lobby lies and propaganda. Obama is the best president we have had in 40 years!!!!!

    July 30, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  23. Alicia

    No way!? Get out!? Could it be that big business spends over $1,000,000 a day on ads to block healthy care? Then the $100 bills that Backus, Landrieu, the Blue Dawgs and Republicans are wiping their eyes and other body parts of their body that big business and health care insurance gives them?

    Then, lest we forget the cop lied on his report? WHEN is CNN gonna make a story out of that. I find it offensive that he is on equal footing after he made a false report.

    July 30, 2009 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  24. Tick...tick...tick

    Keep hooking your wagon to a failing health care system BO. Please, please, please.

    July 30, 2009 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  25. Anthony

    Americans expect instant gratification, and when they dont get, they disapprove. Grow up, children.

    Seriously.. Obama has been in office a whopping 7 months. Quit expecting MIRACULOUS results, and be a bit more realistic with your expectations. He comes into office trying to fix health and economy and has faced nothing but obstacles from the right.

    All the while, he still has to clean up Bush's war, which is like trying to fix a gaping whole at the bottom of a boat, while simultaneously trying to bucket the water out....

    If polls meant anything, lets keep in mind that at one point, they had McCain and Palin as front runners for the WH.... (scary).

    July 30, 2009 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
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