September 21st, 2010
05:36 PM ET
12 years ago

Poll of Polls: Obama in mid-forties

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caption="New Poll of Polls: President Obama at 46 percent."] (CNN) - Six weeks before the November 2010 mid-term elections, an average of the most recent national surveys indicates that President Barack Obama's approval rating stands in the mid-forties.

According to a new CNN Poll of Polls compiled and released Tuesday, 46 percent of Americans approve of how Obama is handling his White House responsibilities, with 49 percent saying they disapprove.

Since early June the president's approval rating in CNN Poll of Polls has hovered around 46 percent.

President Obama's approval level stood at 67 percent in early February 2009, soon after he took over in the White House. In late July 2010, it fell to 43 percent, the lowest of his administration, while 50 percent of Americans disapproved of his job performance at that time.

The latest CNN Poll of Polls is an average of four national surveys conducted in the past 13 days: AP-Gfk (September 8-13), CBS News/New York Times (September 10-14), Gallup tracking (September 17-19), and Fox News/Opinion Dynamics Poll (September 14-16).

The Poll of Polls does not have a sampling error.

Filed under: 2010 • Poll of polls • President Obama
soundoff (62 Responses)
  1. cg

    still higher than Bush, many wnat to sweep those figures under the rug!

    September 21, 2010 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  2. Frank

    Obama is doing just fine and will in our lifetimes go down as one of the best Presidents in US history. Health Care, saving the economy via the stimulus funding (saving hundreds of thousands of jobs for teachers, police firemen etc) , small business relief, a rational removal of combat troops from Iraq and Afganistan are just a few accomplishments in less than two years. Most of his other major reforms have been blocked by the 60-vote Senate requirement imposed by the GOP martinets. Those who say he has a majority in Congress have not been paying attention to the GOP behavior in the Senate.

    September 21, 2010 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  3. S in California

    I STILL approve and I am STILL happy with the hope and change.

    September 21, 2010 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  4. It should be 0%

    A mid forty approval rating is too generous - I would prefer we use a Pass – Fail grade - then there is no ambiguity – Obama would fail.

    To sum up his almost first two years in office - "Obama acted stupidly"

    September 21, 2010 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  5. phoenix86

    Sad that 46% of America still choose to ignore the facts.

    September 21, 2010 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  6. LacrosseMom(the real one)

    Yeah........ so? Here is a history lesson:

    From 1981 & 1982 we had the Twin Recessions, and in 1983, if things weren't bad enough, the U.S. unemployment rate was..........10%.

    Reagan was in the beginning of his first term in office, blamed Carter in every speech and his poll numbers............. 41%.

    Don't worry, President Obama will recover.

    September 21, 2010 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  7. Take America Back: from Texas

    Hey CNN.....stroke those polls.....try to make Obambi look better than he really does.....but still doesn't change the fact that his approval is "NOW" at the lowest it has ever been.......and going lower! Isn't it amazing that every other poll has Obambi rated in the low 40's and lower???
    It is an absolute shame and fraud the way the "main stream media" panders to the Obambi political circus w/their version of hope & change! The media hopes that the majority of Americans will change their minds and vote Democrat!
    Goodbye Liberal Left!

    September 21, 2010 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  8. onlysanetexanleft

    Considering the card he was dealt, I think 46% is not that bad. It took Bush 8 years to get the country in this shape..the problem is that many people, led by the media, thinks that President Obama should've only taken 8 months to fix everything. Unfair expectations if you ask me.

    September 21, 2010 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    May I vote on approval of Polls and my fellow citizens.
    I disapprove of polls based ont he wording of the questions asked. the choices quite often don;t reflect the true feeling of the respondent.
    That said – let me ask- Have American done what they could to help America come out of the Recession? No
    What grade you You give them? D
    Based on what? ( the question never asked by pollsters!) Based on the fact that we have allowed misinformation to guide our support of the bills proposed since 2008.
    Based on the radical rights over th top rhetoric that has given way to the press building themin to some they are not- the voice of average americans. And for the rest of us, for allowing any of this to happen.
    We voted for Democrats based on their campaign promises and then turned our backs on them when they tried to do what they promised.
    How can we expect results when our support lasts less than 6 month? It takes almost a year before abill can even come up for a vote. Patience and support for what you asked for.

    September 21, 2010 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  10. Karen

    No one has call me to ask how the president is going. You must be calling angry white people who still can't stand that a black man is president. Get over it

    September 21, 2010 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  11. johnsonj3

    Where are these polls done? I have never been polled. So the people who are asked about how the President is doing is the people who don't like him or what?

    September 21, 2010 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  12. AIB

    Your obsession to the polls is disgraceful. CNN is now the agent of tea party along with Foxnews. Stop making stuffs up. None trust you anymore.

    September 21, 2010 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  13. Four and The Door

    Let's see how his approval ratings with liberals fares in November 2011 after he has been forced to abandon the entitlement give-away bonanza to get anything passed through a Republican House and Senate.

    September 21, 2010 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  14. Bob in PA

    the key phrase in this poll is "handling his White House responsibilities". Don't ask about the economy, the auto bailouts, or health insurance cause then he goes flat.

    September 21, 2010 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  15. Patrick from Minnesota

    Still better than Bush in 2009 with an average of 20%. And still better than Reagan at the same time period with 41%.

    September 21, 2010 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  16. David

    And Bush was in the low 20's – lets just see what the election brings – many of the folks that say they do not approve are dems' that feel that the President should be much more liberal.

    September 21, 2010 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  17. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    President Obama is one of the greatest leaders with insight for the future of America despite those who wish to take our country backwards.

    September 21, 2010 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  18. oracle

    Obama is so dumb he just stated (in defense of illegals, natch) that America was formed not only with those of countries that actually existed at the time, but also of MEXICANS! Note to O'Dumbo: Mexico didn't exist yet at the time of our founding!!! What a dunce in the White House.

    September 21, 2010 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  19. Tom

    Are these polls taken daily? And what are the questions?
    The real story of the year is the Landslide Victory of the Republicans this fall. All news and polls are being geared to that. If it doesn't happen, will that be even more newsworthy, or just another excuse to blame the establishment and the incumbents?

    September 21, 2010 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  20. Andrew Messenger

    I approve of his hair cut. It looks really good. Other than that, I would have to stand in the mid-fifties group.

    September 21, 2010 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  21. Nadeem

    If you look at gallup tracking he has be steadily improving. The fox poll is an anomily in the mix.

    September 21, 2010 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  22. Chris

    I cannot imagine that a president who does what is necessary to dig this country out of the hole it is in could possibly be a popular president. Please, sir, proceed. Popularity is highly overrated.

    September 21, 2010 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  23. BobWhoLikesBeef

    Obama's rating have gone up due to the fact that some of the Americans are seeing his policies are prevailing, though slow.

    September 21, 2010 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  24. Mark

    Obama and Pelosi destroyed the democrat party.

    September 21, 2010 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  25. Hunter of the lib hunter

    Even Reagan, the straight man for the star in bedtime for bonze, had a low midterm approval rating. His unemployment rate was 13% when they only counted half of the unemployed. Yet, he was reelected and was able to drive the national debt to twice what he inherited.

    September 21, 2010 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
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