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. russell

    I'm just curious of gives these survey's and what people are question on these survey's , because I have never know anyone that was asked about thses survey's , and I think that the number's are completely false , and besides , Obama is doing a great job considering some of the racist obstructionist that try to derail every effort to get things done !!!

    July 30, 2009 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  2. Eileen

    Good, this country is finally waking up to this liar and fraud. Lets hope this trend continues and he is voted out.

    July 30, 2009 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  3. Vicky from Milwaukee

    People, people..please get your facts from the actual news. You know read things if you want to know what's really going on. Listening to talk radio and watching FOX Noise is not going to help anybody. Give the guy a chance and remember CNN etal are just trying to fill air time.

    July 30, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  4. Lois

    This is the most arrogant man to ever enter the White House. He is not capable of running our great country. I can't believe his polls are high as you are reporting. It is about time CNN started reporting more facts about this "president". He has been hiding behind this biased press for two years now........you all bear alot of the responsiblity for this country going down the tubes.

    July 30, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  5. The Independent

    I was hoping that following the primary, and general presidential elections, we would get a little break from running polls. I guess not. Would it make sense to let the president work for about a year before polling his performance ?

    July 30, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  6. Richard Puente

    Obama ratings may be slippping but his dedication and concerns for the American people are in the right place. The Nonsense will work it's way through and at the end he will always be a true president of the people..

    July 30, 2009 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  7. Liberal in Boulder

    With the Republican, corporate, and medical interests waging war against the President, American people, and the Planet, one would expect President Obama's rating to take a dip now and then.

    I dearly love the man, but I have my own gripe: What is it with Michael Taylor, Mr. President?!?

    July 30, 2009 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  8. Obama's polls are bad because his policies are bad....

    The economy continues to sink, foreclosures are rising, and unemployment is a big problem.....

    Iran continues to laugh at Obama...

    N. Korea mocks him.......

    Israel ignores him....

    and the American people do not want socialized medicine.......nor do they want socialism at all.

    Obama is ONE and DONE.

    July 30, 2009 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  9. NVa Native

    Polls are just a snap shot of the whim of the easily swayed sheep.
    Be like the Dubya (only so far as polls go) and stick your nose up at them Mr President, you are on the right path.
    Take it from this middle aged white guy – keep on truckin'.

    July 30, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  10. danel

    Why the media keeps harping about the polls? No one in their right mind expecting the president's approval rating to be up in the rafters all the time. He is trying to pass the healthcare reform. If his approval ratings suffers because of this so be it. To me he is working hard, seldom takes vacation and that's enough for me. His rating will go up. He's done more than enough already in seven months. Thanks to that.

    July 30, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  11. BJNJ

    Ah ha....our rock star is losing his fake frontage. No executive experience and lack of the ability to function as commander-in-chief cannot be overcome by smiles and the "good old boy" behavior. His flip flopping and unfullfilled commitments can't be ovecome by a beer on the south lawn. Ombama is a phony. A poser. He should have stared in "Wild Hogs".


    July 30, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  12. Jerry

    I don't think people sitting around, UNEMPLOYED, give a rat's rear end about "health care." What they will need is "foodcare."

    July 30, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  13. Kwaku D

    It seems that this is what some in the media has been waiting for all along. What's the obsession with polls? I thought polls were snapshots of a point in time and have no or limited real use. Thank God the president doesn't fixated on them.

    July 30, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  14. AJ

    I guess Obama's water walking act has sunk. It's time people started looking at Obama as a typical politician with the same motives and ambitions. Stop expecting so much and you won't be disappointed. "Change you can believe in", yeah, right.
    The only good thing I can say about the Obama presidency is that it has to be better than McCain.

    July 30, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  15. bill b. from Stratford,Ct

    So what, what's the big deal. With all the negative crap the media and the Republicans are saying about him and the health care scare they're telling the American people, what more do you expect.

    July 30, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  16. willowood

    Let's see, when you have fear mongers calling the President racist, hateful, wanting to kill all the seniors....I have a feeling this country is in for a shock when they finally realize they elected a human being with good points and bad points, but at least a person of intelligence who is TRYING to address the nation's problems.
    Glenn Beck, Lou Dobbs, Rush, Michael S. and Ann C., Sarah P.,and this entourage of hate mongers could try another more reasonable approach. ...real conversation, presenting real ideas with the long range goal of solving difficult problems rather than destroying the fiber that is being shred so thinly daily. It breaks my heart to hear this day after day. Name calling is so childish and devisive. Are we really grown -ups or just big kids with mean hearts and minds? Can't we all tone down the rhetoric and give a hand? Why NOT?

    July 30, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |

    cnn...do you have to poll on Prez Obama every week?

    July 30, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  18. BJ

    Americans are spoiled and want things RIGHT NOW. We have a tendancy to think we are entitled to whatever we want. We want the government to fix our problems, but we don't want our government to interefere in our lives. We are not loyal to the workings of our own democracy. When our own citizens do not show respect for our president, no matter who it is, why should the rest of the world. We'll be our own downfall yet – and yes, it will be with the help of the media because they aren't respectful. they no longer just report news – they often become judge and jury without knowing it. CNN – fewer polls please. I'm sick to death of polls.

    July 30, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  19. w

    his the best and better than BUSH so dont cry

    July 30, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  20. CJA/Independent voter

    What a tough year it has been for this new president. Whether you agree with his policies or not, the facts show this to be one of the most difficult, historically speaking, for a new administration to take over. I hope Obama and Congress can keep working on those issues most closely tied to our economic recovery and not be sidelined by irresponsible, time-wasting birth certificate discussions, debate over what kind of beer should be served at the "Suds Summit" ; the goal would be to concentrate on what best serves our nation and not on a poll that seems to be effected by whatever passes for journalism these days.

    July 30, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  21. David

    This was going to happen. The koolaid drinkers would eventually get a dose of reality. The two-party system is a scam. A puppet show brought to you by Murdoch, Soros, Kissinger, Rockefeller, etc.

    July 30, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  22. Alexis

    I can understand why President Obama approval rating is going down. We have to remember the American people are not use to the President to be doing his job, I mean we just spent the last 8 years with a President who wasn't doing Nothing to fix the Economy, who wasn't doing Nothing for Health Care Reform, who wasn't doing Nothing with our foreign Policies, who wasn't doing nothing to help the average American Families. So Looking at President Obama working so hard for the Country and the American people it's kind of unusual, I think we are still in a default mode. A Default Mode where our President don't do NOTHING to fix the problem this country is going thru. So President Obama stop working so hard for the country and us the American people, we are not use to that.

    July 30, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  23. Whatever

    It's about time people realized how worthles this guy is. I knew this country was screwed when he won the election. Sure enough he's done nothing but make things worse plus has added to the racism in this country (has fueled the fire so to speak). Do we have to wait 4 years? Let's get him out now!

    July 30, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  24. Dramafied

    Easy answer to this. Americans are not going to get a quick fix to 8 years of scandal and no regards for the US economy from the Bush Administration. In this case, patience is going to have to be virtue. I will continue to back our President. Woe to those who don't.

    July 30, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  25. Randy, San Francisco

    Not a surprise the poll numbers are down considering the difficulties in fixing the economy and health care. The job is made more difficult because of politics as usual in Congress, both parties are guilty.

    July 30, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
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