August 6th, 2009
09:53 PM ET
13 years ago

CNN Poll: Obama receives a C+

WASHINGTON (CNN) - A new national poll indicates that Americans think Barack Obama's performance as president deserves a grade of C +.

The CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey, released Thursday as the president approaches 200 days in the White House, asked respondents to use a grading scale of A, B, C, D, and F, where A is excellent and F is very poor.

Twenty-two percent of those questioned gave Obama an A, 32 percent a B, 20 percent a C, 14 percent a D and 14 percent an F. The president's grade averaged out to a C+.

The president received a grade of B minus in a CNN poll taken earlier this year as he approached 100 days in office.

The CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll was conducted July 31-August 3, with 1,136 adult Americans questioned by telephone. The survey's sampling error is plus or minus 3 percentage points.

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soundoff (130 Responses)
  1. Deanna Berry

    Um...those numbers don't exactly add up. I think the F's should read 34%...not 14%.

    I assume these are different than your "report card" since the media recieved a solid D on that yet you list it here as a C.

    August 7, 2009 12:27 am at 12:27 am |
  2. Sam

    Gee, I wonder why – could it be your constant skewed reporting making everything he does sound like a failure despite the fact that you cherry pick polls, quotes and information. Maybe if you tried to be more objective, this country wouldn't be in the shape it's in.

    August 7, 2009 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
  3. jt

    Can anyone tell me how much did Bush scored when he was invading Iraq, torturing prisoners in Gitmo, what a lame article by CNN, the trusted news network.

    August 7, 2009 12:30 am at 12:30 am |
  4. Mike

    Who's to say that this "poll" hasn't been skewed due to internet nuts, on BOTH sides of the crazy political circle here in the US. Statistics depend on who is doing the analysis. Playing with the numbers to give a spin is the usual MO for political operatives who care only about winning and not a wit for the country they actually live in.

    August 7, 2009 12:31 am at 12:31 am |
  5. David

    It's simply amazing that many people out there expect Obama to have solved all of America's ills after less than 7 months in office. The fact is that we have experience a severe economic downturn and it will take years to fully recover. No politician has a magic bullet. If you look back to the last recession which ended in November 2001, it took a full 18 months before we started to see job growth. And that was with George W. Bush's massive tax cuts for the rich. And that downturn was not near as severe as this one. Gimme a break from these naive voters!

    August 7, 2009 12:31 am at 12:31 am |
  6. Larry

    I believe that President Obama has done a very good job. He came into office with alot of issues that needed to be addressed and all need to be resolved. The Republicans need to work with the President and not against him. The former administration chose not to resolve the issues the past 8 years and look where we are. So the Republicans need to wake up and smell the coffee Move this country forward not backwards as in the past.

    August 7, 2009 12:38 am at 12:38 am |
  7. Cliff

    Just think what the grade would actually be if they asked these questions of non-Obama voters?
    This guy is sad and is destroying America with his greed, ego, racism and desire for power.
    Hope you Obamites enjoy the "CHANGE" you voted for.
    I SURE DON'T!!!!!

    August 7, 2009 12:38 am at 12:38 am |
  8. PU Girl

    CNN: How can you say in your news headline that Obama's grade has plummeted? It is gone done 1/2 a letter grade...considering the mess he inherited and all the initiatives he is trying to work through, I don't think that is a cause for concern...or that 1/2 grade is a plummet!

    August 7, 2009 12:42 am at 12:42 am |
  9. Max

    In a perfect world, die-hard democrats wouldn't put A+, and die-hard Republicans wouldn't put F. Republicans will be more enclined to put the lowest grade without being rational, contrarly to moderate democrats. Vice-versa if the current president was John McCain

    The overall is expected as some people don't understand economy is not something you can put back to the top in just 7 months, hence diminushing their overall result.

    August 7, 2009 12:42 am at 12:42 am |
  10. Mark from atlanta

    How is going from a B- to a C+ a "plummet"? The two scores may be separated by one percentage point which is the sampling error. So statistically there is no difference. Come on CNN – are you jumping on the anti-Obama grand narrative in the media too?

    August 7, 2009 12:43 am at 12:43 am |
  11. Amanda

    Hmmm...if I use the grading scale that I use for my med school anatomy students (A=100, B=80, C=70, D=65, F=60), the president's score comes out to 79.1%, which is a pretty solid B-, and would likely round up to a B. Has "plummeted" taken on an entirely new meaning?

    August 7, 2009 12:43 am at 12:43 am |
  12. republicans hate america

    whatever you will see america vote for him in 2012 me included.

    August 7, 2009 12:48 am at 12:48 am |
  13. Brian

    Uh... isn't this just statistical probability? You're asking people to give someone a grade based on no specific criteria, so do you really think you're going to have a majority of respondents at either extreme? Look at the results...

    22% A
    32% B
    20% C
    14% D
    14% F

    It's a bell curve, peaking just about in the middle... exactly what you'd expect from a vague and suspect poll basically asking a broad cross section of people to "pick a letter."

    Lame CNN... real lame.

    August 7, 2009 12:50 am at 12:50 am |
  14. Peter

    These polls are ridiculous and an embarrassment. What's the point?

    August 7, 2009 12:53 am at 12:53 am |
  15. Grrr-awful-o

    If Obama doesn't get a whole lot better that's going to be a D+ at 300 days and an F a year from now.

    August 7, 2009 12:55 am at 12:55 am |
  16. Jeremiah

    Yes we can.....continue to raise the unemployment rate.

    August 7, 2009 12:57 am at 12:57 am |
  17. brenda

    really? I am ever hopeful that people , at least half the nation, are starting to awken to the nightmare.

    August 7, 2009 01:00 am at 1:00 am |
  18. t. middleton


    August 7, 2009 01:05 am at 1:05 am |
  19. DRB

    Bet this won't be published!

    I watched the numbers of that poll in my state – and they bounced around so much that it made it quite unbelievable that the numbers were not tampered with. Sorry, just not buying it that within a few hours on the last question that the grade on Obama went from an F to C+ in the state of Texas. Just like the liberal media to "fix" the outcome when they see it is not going their way or is more of an upset then they thought. Just like calling us normal rational citizens who are opposed to the current healthcare reform bill a "crazy mob." We have the right to exercising free speech, meet with those who are suppose to be working for us and voice our opposition. THIS IS A DEMOCRACY. I am not a subject, a slave nor living in a socialist country and I have rights to assemble and be heard especially since the government takes way more of my money than God does.

    August 7, 2009 01:07 am at 1:07 am |
  20. cara

    Looks like Jesus Christ himself wouldn't even rank more than a B- with the way this poll shakes out. Does anyone even remember the MONKEY we had 9 months ago??

    August 7, 2009 01:07 am at 1:07 am |
  21. Eric in Cali

    People don't like it now, but he is what he said he is. He didn't lie to us. He promised extreme liberal and socialistic change and we're getting it. This is buyer's remorse at its worst! Just blame yourselves, all you liberals–you got what you want. And just blame yourselves, all you weak-spined conservatives–you sold out your values for "change, real change".

    August 7, 2009 01:07 am at 1:07 am |
  22. John

    I think we should give Obama at least a year as president before we criticize his efforts. We need to consider the state of the economy and how unrealistic a quick and easy solution is. Obama may have to raise taxes, even though he previously stated he wouldn't. If he does it will help speed up the recovery of the recession we are in if the money is spent wisely.

    He was voted in because the majority of people in the country believed that he was a genuine person who cared about making change happen; I believe that he will do just that.


    August 7, 2009 01:13 am at 1:13 am |
  23. Jeff

    Not surprising that alot of the crazy rebugs were hard at work again on this unscientific poll I graded him A- only because he has been pulled down by repugs ever since day 1 and still has managed to stop the bleeding in the econocmy it has only been 6mo's and as far as healthcare is concerned its amazing that most people complaining about healthcare reform seem to be angry old white people stuck in their ways 90% recieve medicare anyway but they dont see that as socialism though because they benefit from it lets see how they would feel if we just cut that off and let all seniors fend for themselves and as far as the angry white men who think their happy with the insurance they have now wait until the public option is passed "And it will pass" will just have to suck it up keep your plan which rates will prob skyrocket at 1st or get on the waogn or not who really cares

    August 7, 2009 01:13 am at 1:13 am |
  24. Anonymous

    F to congress!

    August 7, 2009 01:13 am at 1:13 am |
  25. allen

    Okay....let's try doing some math here. 52% give the President either an A or a B, but that averages out to a C+. Exactly what measure of central tendency were you using? Maybe you need a refresher course in Basic Statistics.......

    August 7, 2009 01:16 am at 1:16 am |
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