October 29th, 2010
02:03 PM ET
12 years ago

CNN Poll of Polls: Obama's approval rating on the rise?

Washington (CNN) –Forty-eight percent of Americans approve of how President Barack Obama is handling his job as president, while 45 percent disapprove of his job performance, according to a CNN Poll of Polls compiled and released on Friday. This Poll of Polls suggests that for the first time this election season, more Americans approve of how Obama is managing his duties in the White House.

This newest edition of the CNN Poll of Polls is an average of four national polls conducted from mid-to-late October: Gallup tracking (10/25-27), Newsweek (10/20-21), CBS/New York Times (10/22-26), and McClatchy-Marist (10/22-25). A new Bloomberg survey did not release a presidential approval rating. The Poll of Polls does not have a sampling error.

The presidential approval question asks respondents if they approve of how the president is handling his job. It is an indicator of Americans' opinion of Obama's job performance and reflects what voters may be considering as they make decisions on Election Day.

Two polls in this Poll of Polls indicate that more Americans approve of Obama's job performance, while two polls suggest that more Americans disapprove of how he is handling his duties. Newsweek and McClatchy-Marist polls reflect that more Americans approve of Obama's job performance than disapprove, compared with a CBS/New York Times survey and the most recent Gallup daily tracking poll, which both indicate that more Americans disapprove of how Obama is handling his White House duties than approve.

The Newsweek poll reports that 54 percent of Americans approve of Obama's job performance while 40 percent disapprove. According to a CBS/New York Times survey, 45 percent approve and 47 percent disapprove of how Obama is handling his job. McClatchy-Marist poll states that 48 percent of Americans approve of the president's performance while 43 percent disapprove, compared with the most recent Gallup daily tracking poll, which indicates that 44 percent of Americans approve and 49 percent disapprove.

The president has been actively campaigning for Democratic candidates running in the midterm elections, but Obama has not been universally embraced by Democratic candidates, some of whom are trying to distance themselves from his agenda, especially regarding the economy. Whether this positive approval rating translates into Democratic wins will be determined in four days, on Election Day.

For more information and links to each of the polls included in the newest CNN Poll of Polls, visit the CNN Polling Center.

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soundoff (36 Responses)
  1. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Polls are nice..yadda, yadda.
    Get out there and vote Democrats on November 2nd.
    The voice of reason (Obama's democratic agenda for the country) is being threatened by the voice of treason (tbagging GObPers and their lunatic candidates).

    If we're to believe this latest spin cycle (poll), it is good to see people waking up to the fact that the Prez has been working on behalf of the middle class. Big Business Undercover (GObP) that is trying their best to derail any hope of saving it.

    October 29, 2010 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  2. Alex

    I think the President is doing an outstanding job! All econimic indicators point to recover. Of course, it's not fast enough, but we have stopped digging, and that's extrememly important.

    He's remained level-headed and focused on the problems – while all the teabaggers can do is rage about Muslims, Mexicans, and having to "tip toe" around racism. Oh yeah, and how they hate having to help the poor and heal the sick.

    VOTE DEMOCRAT – I already did!!!

    October 29, 2010 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  3. mlr

    a cnn poll? ha ha ha ha... go to real clear politics and look at the compilation of polls... he dropped again this week.

    October 29, 2010 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  4. ddt

    Hey, CNN I'm likely to fly to London tomorrow. Does that make you feel better? Likely voters nonsense when are you gonna poll registered voters? Basturds

    October 29, 2010 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  5. T'SAH from Virginia

    It was ALWAYS there CNN but his numbers had to MATCH your stories and the "ENTHUSIAM" coming from the FAR-RIGHT!! Your NEXT>> POST – CNN Boiling Point documentary... boils on Saturday and Sunday – TELLS IT ALL!! It’s about the TEA PARTY again – as if we did not have enough of it!!! Hmm, maybe this is the reason why President Obama's approval rating has CHANGED???

    VOTERS BEWARE – it's not only Halloween that's going to SCARE YOU – it's the far-RIGHT and MEDIA trying to SCARE your VOTE away!!! IGNORE THEM!!!

    Stay FOCUSED and VOTE – we cannot let the FAR-RIGHT win this battle!!! Democrats UNITE – especially in AK – Elect Scott McAdams!!!

    This is T'SAH from Virginia and I approve this message!!!

    October 29, 2010 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  6. Monster Zero

    Sorry, I watched the Daily Show and it was readily apparent that he is completely clueless...

    October 29, 2010 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  7. masgap

    I think he could have done more if there was more of a majority. Yes because ever hear of the filibuster? The party of no
    should go but America will end up giving the GOP more power for their special interest groups. (Big business and the rich)

    Please vote out the party of no so we can do things which include the deficit by ending that terrible war among other things. Obama had no choice but to spend or the economy would be ever worst. Most economists agree to this

    October 29, 2010 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  8. Carmine

    what else would you expect from a CNN poll. I wonder if they've ever reported on a negative Liberal Story. This so-called news station is a joke. Fox isn't much better but at least they give you some substance and tell you to research for yourself. I guess when your audience is sheep you feed them garbage, they'll eat anything you leave out for them.

    October 29, 2010 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  9. Lori says that Repubs can NEVER claim 'moral superiority' over 'liberals' if they vote prostitute-loving David Vitter in

    That's exactly what I've been saying for the past 2 years. President Obama is not nearly as unpopular as the 'Tea Party' covering media would like us to believe. On a daily basis, I meet people who believe the Republicans and the Tea Party have set out to wrongly define this President, and they believe that it takes time for the President to fix the economic mess left by Republicans They're realistic. They approve of and respect the President, and want President Obama to succeed!! Keep on taking care of business, Mr. President! I may not agree with 100% of what he does, but he sure is a heck of a lot better than the other team!!!

    October 29, 2010 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  10. Grangerman

    Come next Wednesday morning, we will see which poll is correct. Should be interesting.

    October 29, 2010 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  11. Ben A.

    It's not over till the fat lady sings!

    October 29, 2010 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
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