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. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    H.L Mencken was right, the American people are indeed stupid! This is the best president we have had in 50 years!

    September 21, 2010 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  2. Yusef

    Polls ... so what? Bush had high ratings and look at the damage he did to our country and Iraq.

    September 21, 2010 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  3. Who's boneheaded the most?

    Obama's not in the mid-forties...he was born in 1961 and is 49.

    September 21, 2010 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  4. Bill

    Boehner poll # did not register. When they prounanced it Boner it went up 10 points.

    September 21, 2010 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  5. jim

    Obama has done nothing as president to justify the 46% approval that he gets in this poll.Just like him winning the nobel peace prize and then sending another 60,000 troops to Afghanistan and turning a war effort led by th Europeans into one led by the US.

    September 21, 2010 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  6. HorkusMac

    And – as with everything else gone wrong – these unfavorable poll numbers are all the fault of George W. Bush.

    September 21, 2010 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  7. Average American

    I don't believe this poll, it is way to HIGH. There can't be that many stupid people in the US. If so, America is in for a world of hurt.

    September 21, 2010 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  8. mj

    If he would just stop being so arrogant, listen to the American people, quit blaming Bush, stop campaigning and concentrate on the real problems – Jobs & Economy, then, perhaps, he might portray a different image..

    September 21, 2010 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  9. CATom

    46% seems kind of high. They must have done the poll in Berkeley, CA. If you do a poll in my area hus approval rating will be maybe 20%. Personally, I give him a 0% and I give bush a 5%

    September 21, 2010 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  10. Desmond in Canada

    Us polls only show me how fickle and craving for instant-gratification the Us population is. This prevents them from recognizing what an amazingly knowledgeable, insightful/intelligent and effective Prez they have. If it was not for Obama, the USA would be in the absolute pits today. He is a "pearl of reat price", unfortunately "cast before swine". I am not "American", not black, not white, not Republican , not Democrat – just a guy trying to be objective.

    September 21, 2010 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  11. Mark in Atlanta

    Translated: 46 percent of us are grateful we have an adult in the Whitehouse. 49 percent of us think "leadership" means being dogmatic, simplistic, rigid, and immune to learning.

    September 21, 2010 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  12. Bert

    So much for the promises made before hand...

    September 21, 2010 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  13. msdreams

    i know that he is doing the best that he can.and will continue to as well.i live in az and just found out that my sons therapy will be cut from once a week to one time a month.due to my state being broke. what a shame he was gonna be able to walk after 13 years.and now.that will be slowed. thanks a lot bush.

    September 21, 2010 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  14. Taj Johnson

    I belive hes not getting help from both sides obama in my eyes is trying his best to change the economy but republicans are not really trying to help they keep saying no to everything obama trys to propose to make the change he promised us two years ago.

    September 21, 2010 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  15. ABM

    Here is my approval ranking.

    President Obama – I approve of the job he is doing 110% and I applaud him for his open forum yesterday. His is very intelligent and knows what is going pon shame there are some people who have a warped sense of reality and pretty much do not care about this country....hint .... hint Mrs. Post-it or Mr. Tan. How about you step up to the mic and answer some questions (not pre-screened) from common people like me?

    Republicans – I DO NOT APPROVE

    [BTW – I am a registered Republican and I support this President]

    September 21, 2010 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  16. Howard

    Day by day, Obama continues to push policies and ideologies which run against our consiittution, our economy, our national defense, and all of America's proud traditions. I think America is finally waking up to the deceptive bill of goods we were promised in the 2008 elections. I think Obama will continue to decline in the polls, and the democrats will loose big time in the November elections.

    September 21, 2010 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  17. Jerry - Florida

    Lets get rid of this bozo before he is able to damage our country even further. The Campaigner-in-Chief and the Bully-in-Chief deserves what he is getting in the polls, possibly even LOWER!!!

    September 21, 2010 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  18. Tired of the Dems lies

    CNNis bias and doesnt report the actuals so why should we listen to you, CNN also never prints anything that is against SLOBAMA the wanna be, because everyone is tired of the welfare prez and his spendy wife, they are jokes and the worst of the worst, heck carter was better than slobama

    September 21, 2010 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  19. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    We have the absolute BEST President that we've had in a looong time. His wife DID NOT kill anyone, and he is acting in the best interest of the middle class.

    Polls are nice but......doing the RIGHT THING sometimes comes at the sacrifice of popularity. Those of us keeping a close watch know two things: it is going to take time to right the terrible wrong that was done to US by US; and it takes tremendous character, which this President has aplenty, to stand up to the incredible forces of the STATUS QUO which are seeing this one man take them on for ALL OUR SAKES.

    I'm PROUD of my President and my country.

    Obama 2012

    September 21, 2010 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  20. jeb b

    its sad because if the president thinks that them republicans will work with him then he is sadly mistaken. i've watched TV when they interviewer asked mitch mcconnell if he would work w/ pres. obama after taking the house and recapturing the senate, you should of seen that smirk it was a klanish snear that ive seen all them republicans glare when they mention obama's name. the klan is back in control looks like. maybe?

    September 21, 2010 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  21. James B.

    It seems every story put forward by CNN of late is reinforcing a message that this election is a foregone conclusion - that is, the republicans will win big. I am not buying it. The American people will control this election and not the media. For those sitting on the sidelines, now is the time to get up and get involved. The stakes are high and lack of involvement will produce the kind of result that lead us to eight years of disastrous policy. Today, Republicans have not put forward one idea to improve this country. They spend every waking moment pulling the wool over our collective eyes. It's time America. Stand up and be counted.

    September 21, 2010 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  22. GOP Scorched Earth Politics

    Are you serious? You're really going to cite polls from just 1 month after the President took office? He is basically 50/50...with only a 3 point difference which is within the margin of error.

    You might as well skip the results of the FOX "News" poll. FOX is the official cheerleader of the GOP and just gave them $1 million. As if they are credible.

    September 21, 2010 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  23. southern cousin

    And going lower every day. I think it is so great that those of us that are working are getting our health insurance premium renewals during the campaign season. Now what was that about not one more dime. Was that another Obama lie, because mine sure went up much more than a dime. Lying Obama, impeach him.

    September 21, 2010 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |

    I've never been polled.......I have supported and continue to support this President.....
    I pray to God that he is in the WhiteHouse until 2016.

    September 21, 2010 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  25. Proud Worlverine

    I'm stunned that it is even in the 40's – Barry is a stiff, and the whole world now knows it. Biggest mistake the democrats ever made – we won't see another democratic President for 20 years – and we won't see another black President for 40 years.

    September 21, 2010 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
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