September 18th, 2009
12:08 PM ET
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CNN Poll of Polls: Obama approval holding steady

Barack Obama's approval as president is holding steady in the mid-50's, according to new CNN Poll of Polls.

Barack Obama's approval as president is holding steady in the mid-50's, according to new CNN Poll of Polls.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Barack Obama's approval rating is holding steady in the mid-50's, according to a new CNN Poll of Polls.

Fifty-five percent of Americans approve of how Obama's handling his duties in the White House, according to the CNN Poll of Polls, which averaged the six national surveys taken since the president addressed a joint session of Congress on September 9. Thirty-nine percent, on average, disapprove.

The 55 percent approval rating is almost identical to the 54 percent mark that Obama had in August, according to an average of national surveys conducted last month. "The early part of the summer was a bad time for Obama, whose average approval dropped 7 points during that period. But since then, his average approval rating has stabilized in the mid 50s," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland.

Protests at health care town halls held by members of Congress in their home states and districts received a lot of attention in the news media in August and early September. Many of those demonstrations were directed against the President and his proposals on health care reform.

"It looks like the town hall protests in August didn't drive his ratings down, but it also looks like his nationally televised speech didn't do much to push his ratings up," Holland says.

So how does Obama's 55 percent approval rating stack up to his predecessors in the September of their first year in office?

That mark puts him substantially ahead of Bill Clinton and right in the same ballpark as Ronald Reagan, Jimmy Carter, and Richard Nixon, says Holland. "Obama is well behind both Bushes, but bear in mind that George W. Bush's mid-September ratings for 2001 were affected by 9/11," he says. "It's impossible to say what his approval rating would have been if 9/11 had not occurred, but the best guess is that Bush would have probably been in the mid-to-low 50s."

This latest CNN "Poll of Polls" consists of the six surveys conducted since Obama's speech to Congress on September 9: Fox News (Sept. 15-16), Pew (September 10-15), Bloomberg (September 10-14), CNN/Opinion Research (Sept. 11-13), USA Today/Gallup (Sept. 11-13) and ABC/Washington Post (Sept. 10-12). The Poll of Polls does not have a sampling error.

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soundoff (298 Responses)
  1. No need for you to lie too

    President Obama is a joke.

    September 18, 2009 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  2. DJ

    We have your back Mr President and the MAJORITY support you 100%. Don't believe all the cynics and rightwing-nuts that only care about their own selfish $ interests.

    September 18, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  3. papanii

    As far as I'm concern CNN is fast becoming a right-wing cable channel (that is if you are not already). You even have a policy to always address this President as Mr Obama instead of President Obama. Your hate for this President is so obvious.

    September 18, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  4. askanda

    All the rants at town hall meetings like 'we want our country back, Communist , socialist and the czars and the anger and the protests are all nothing other than what Nostradamus predicted in his prophecy in quartrain 243 which reads
    ' The great empire will be torn from limb, The all-powerful one for more than four hundred years: Great power given to the dark one from slaves come, The Aryana will not be satisfied thereby".

    surely the tea baggers and the protesters are the Aryana. no doubt about that.

    September 18, 2009 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  5. James

    I am from one of African countries,US has got a best,smart,intelligent president ever,I wish he could be my president,My advice to all american people is that,YOU BETTER SUPPORT HIM

    September 18, 2009 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  6. teddyo

    Great job Mr. President !

    September 18, 2009 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  7. georgie

    thatsa a cnn poll. why dont you start the headline with the other polls or don't you want the readers to know about them. I am no a supporter of obama's nor was i a supporter of bushes, but i still like to read the truth. is that to much to ask frim out media. I thought your job was to be honest and bring us the whole truth. what ever happened to that? It is getting to the piont where I can barely watch you anymore, and yet, out local paper is worse. Just give us the truth, the whole story, not one that leans this way or that. I think that is a simple request.

    September 18, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  8. Philip

    I think President Obama is doing a good job, but I wish he would start talking about unemployment and stop ignoring it.

    September 18, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  9. Unrepentant Liberal

    Is that all you got republicans? I mean, you've been pulling issues out of your backsides and throwing them at the wall to see if something, anything would stick and all you've managed to do is to make your party look sick, mean and deranged.

    You used to be somebody, but not now.

    September 18, 2009 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  10. j1234

    Wait, they didnt call my cell phone. The poll cant possibly be accurate. Isnt that the argument when the poll isnt in his favor, so why is this one accurate?

    September 18, 2009 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  11. Stephen

    Have any of you read "How to Lie With Statistics", by Darrell Huff? If not, how about any of the bills on the table? Yes, I have. The more educated all people become on the proposals of the current regime, the more distasteful they will find it. Read! Learn! Yes, you can!

    September 18, 2009 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  12. Anonymous

    You mean another one of those CNN polls where the majority of those polled were Democrats? If the comments I hear from people around me...and no, I don't just mean family and friends....your poll may be a tad unreliable.

    September 18, 2009 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  13. Jay

    Obama is the worst president we have ever had.
    He has quadrupled the deficit and is trying to socialize America.
    Thank God that there are a few smart democrats who won't vote for this democracy killing bill. Too many people just follow Obama and bow down. Have any of you supporting Obama actually read his original health care proposal??? SOCIALIST

    September 18, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  14. sue

    He's doing just fine.

    September 18, 2009 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  15. j

    Don`t forget how we got in this economic mess----– We had 8 years while we were focused on the war while the Republican administration allowed unpresidented graft, corruption and incompetance to run unchecked. -----– I blame Bush, Cheney and the gagle of thieves in his administration. After all, they were running the show, not Democrats.

    September 18, 2009 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  16. vic nashville , Tn

    I think Tea party or Town halls meeting didn’t affect

    September 18, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  17. melody, Snohomish, wa

    Me and my husband are very happy with the job President Obama is doing. He is truly trying to help the American people. The attacks from the crazy people on the right are unfounded.

    Please people do not listen to the out of control nut jobs on the right!
    They are out of touch with reality!

    September 18, 2009 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  18. Ryan Indy

    I will believe Real Clear politics which has him at 52%. All day over the CNN poll which polls dems 2 to 1 in their polls. The media can only cover for this loser for so long. I know CNN wont print this because they are scaried of the truth getting out.

    September 18, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  19. Josh in TN

    I give him an 80%. He really needs to have his people start fighting hard against the great lie lovers and masters of deceit.

    September 18, 2009 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  20. A Democrat of 51 years who has finally got smart to their follishness.

    WHo gets polled. I've never been asked. Must be only African Americans on the polling machines. 55% of them is pretty bad.

    September 18, 2009 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  21. Mike

    The man is guessing at his next move. He simply blames the right when he is losing ground and his "legions' call everyone racist when the "real folks " DARE to see his lack of clothes. CNN is in so tight with Obama, it could split the Atom.
    Rasmussen polls show much different information, like the 1 million plus peaceful demonstrators who went to Washington on the 12th.

    There will not be a public option, unless forcefully rammed down the throats of the people!!

    September 18, 2009 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  22. Karen - Missouri

    Is that all you at CNN care about? Polls? But I totally, 100% back Obama's efforts!!!! Republicans don't do any real work anyway...just whine and cry and no solutions.

    September 18, 2009 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  23. MHC

    The DEM-ise of Obama is in full swing. Thank Pelosi, Frank, Reid and the rest of the partisan, off based, ignorant Democrats for Obama's only term.

    September 18, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  24. Josh

    Obama has done absolutley nothing. Except propose more dumb taxes...lets tax soda now.....why? FORCE people to eat better? That is not America, that is not being free to do what you want. Healthcare I agree with, we need that to change, but hasn't said anything of substance. Other than that he is using McCain's

    September 18, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  25. mendossa ferary delly

    Obama doing good please republicain we need peace thanks

    September 18, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
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