CNN Poll of Polls: Obama approval at 52 percent
January 21st, 2011
12:05 PM ET
12 years ago

CNN Poll of Polls: Obama approval at 52 percent

Washington (CNN) - Four days before he gives his State of the Union address, an average of the most recent national surveys indicates that President Barack Obama's approval rating stands at 52 percent.

According to the CNN Poll of Polls average, compiled and released Friday, 42 percent of Americans say they disapprove of how Obama's handling his duties as president. The release of the survey comes one day after the second anniversary of Obama's inauguration as president.

The 52 percent approval rating is up five points from the last CNN Poll of Polls, which was conducted in mid November, after the midterm elections.

The presidential approval question asks respondents how they feel about how Obama is handling his job. It is used to measure the country's opinion of the president's performance as head of the nation.

The newest CNN Poll of Polls is an average of five national polls conducted in the past week: Gallup tracking (1/17-19), CBS/New York Times (1/15-19), CNN/Opinion Research (1/14-16), NBC/Wall Street Journal (1/13-17), and Washington Post/ABC News (1/13-16).

All polls were taken after Obama's address in Tucson, Arizona on January 12 and reflect the impact of that speech on the Arizona shootings, as well as the president's accomplishments in the lame duck session of Congress, which concluded in late December.

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  1. doug

    Bush's approval rating at this point in his presidency was over 80%. Sorry just the facts, I love how lib lib hates the facts so much! 🙂

    January 21, 2011 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  2. mom2boys

    He will still get my vote in 2012.

    January 21, 2011 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  3. gt

    this poll must of be taken in chicago... i not see any change about him here...

    January 21, 2011 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  4. AEJ

    Charlie Cook just reported that his approval is also up by Demovrats. 16% of Independents are supporting him. Overall the President's approval is 51-55%. Keep on doing what you are doing Mr. President.

    You were given the worst economy since the Great Depression by the former administration. The former administration added 5.3 Trillion Dollars to the debt. If the President did not have to spend so much time saving the economy from going in Depression, the economy would be way ahead.

    The next two years will be all ABOUT JOBS, JOBS AND MORE JOBS!!!! Can anybody tell us where the 100 Billion dollars saving in the Repubs. said they will save as they are sworn in???? SORE LOSERS!!!!

    January 21, 2011 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  5. Vet in TX

    The funny thing is this, those that don't like him, only listen to those who want to be him. When you only listen to Limbough, Palin, Hannity, O'Reily, Levine, etc. They tell you what you want to hear, then when you say "wait, that isn't what happened". they yell louder and bring up an apple to peanut comparison. The tea party has proven what they were and the only defenders are those who need their 20% because in the past 3 years they have completely lost the brown vote. It's only purpose was to recreate the GOP as that they are out of touch older people, low income rural racially motivated white people (and their children), and those that aren't as bright as some, but not as smart as others. The GOP is a falling ship for this decade as that they continue to pander to the extreme who think "this is their country" and whatever they beleive is true because their parents and grandparents watched Reagan B movies and bought his products, thus he has to be the god of republican gods. Now we find out he was nothing more than a corporate shill who sold out the country and now we've learned who had dementia for over 45% of his presidency. Thank God Palin isn't the VP becuase McCain is starting to show his dementia.

    January 21, 2011 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  6. The unsub

    It is destined that Obama be elected a second term. Period.

    January 21, 2011 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  7. diridi

    i was not asked....well, here is my vote for Pres. Obama....I already decided that I shall vote for him.....excellent president than white dudes in office.....I am not black....

    January 21, 2011 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  8. GonzoinHouston

    I think we need a million-dollar tax on every one of these trivial political polls. We'd either knock a dent in the deficit or get rid of these things, and either would be acceptable.

    January 21, 2011 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  9. Dave Harris

    Ever notice that whenever Republicans get elected, Obama's approval rating goes up? Maybe they should try to lose elections.

    January 21, 2011 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  10. GaryB

    Obama has always been a moderate, but it took the lame duck congress (where the Republicans held up healthcare relief for 911 first responders until the richest 4% got their special tax breaks) to show most Americans just how moderate he is compared to today's GOP.

    January 21, 2011 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  11. rs

    I have to say after the nonsense and antics of the Republican-run House the past two weeks, Palin's lunacy, Bachmann's Presidential aspirations, and all the other kooky stuff, Obama just keeps looking and sounding better and better.

    January 21, 2011 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
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