New CNN Poll: 65% give Obama thumbs down on economy
September 1st, 2011
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New CNN Poll: 65% give Obama thumbs down on economy

Washington (CNN) - Only a third of all Americans approve of how President Barack Obama is handling the economy, according to a new national survey.

And with a CNN/ORC International Poll also indicating that more than three-quarters of the public say the country is in bad shape right now, there's little wonder why the president is getting such low marks.

According to the poll, released Wednesday morning, 28 percent of people questioned say things are going well in the country today.

"That may be a slight uptick from early August but it still represents a double-digit drop from earlier this year," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "And it's clear that economic jitters are a drag on President Obama's standing with the voting public."

Obama gets good marks for his handling of international issues. Six in ten approve of his handling of terrorism and roughly half like his track record on foreign affairs in general and Libya in particular.
And 53 percent say they trust Obama as the nation's commander-in-chief.

But only 34 percent approve of how the president is handling economic issues, with 65 percent saying they disapprove of how he’s handling the economy. Thirty-three percent give him a thumbs up on the budget deficit and 37 percent approving of how he's dealing with unemployment.

"Two-thirds of Democrats continue to approve of Obama's economic record, but seven out of ten independents disapprove. Not surprisingly, more than nine out of ten Republicans also disapprove of how Obama is handling the economy,” adds Holland.

According to CNN poll numbers released last week, the president's overall approval rating stands at 45 percent.

The CNN/ORC International Poll was conducted August 24-25, with 1,017 adult Americans questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus three percentage points.

–CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.

Filed under: CNN/ORC International poll • Economy • Polls • President Obama
soundoff (342 Responses)
  1. TXJim


    Comments like that only make you look everything from stupid to racist. Saying that blacks or latinos only vote for President Obama because of his skin color says to us that we don't have the knowledge or "good sense" to make well informed intelligent decisions..

    You talk about recent history in the Clinton administration as if you know what the heck you are talking about.. but you dont.. if you actually knew American history, then you would know that blacks and latinos have voted Democratic in huge majorities since 1960.. and will continue to do so as long as the GOP puts candidates out who offer no benefit to us as minorities for voting for them.

    Quit listening to Glenn beck and Rush Limbaugh and think for yourself for once.. We know how to do this already, but your ignorant comments prove that many white people like you dont..

    September 1, 2011 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  2. one voice

    Give me a break!!! We were losing 750,000 jobs per month, Millions were losing their homes and the stock market nearly crashed before Obama even took officeYou want to blame it on Obama? The GOP blocked 240 bills in the senate, several were job bills. These polls are RIDICULOUS

    September 1, 2011 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  3. The Real American patriot

    That says more about the stupidity of Americans than President Obama. I must be one of the 35% who knows that
    the Republicans have us in this shape, duped the people into voting them in 2010 by lying about jobs(where are they Boehner?), plan on cutting social security and medicare, and ruining the country. But don't let the measly 35% of smart voters
    stop you from voting the republicans back in to finish you all off.

    September 1, 2011 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  4. Rick

    So all that "please the independents while mocking your own base" strategy not working? I am saying this as a progressive. Tea party thugs got him exactly where they want him. Rush Limbaugh told that very clearly at the very beginning. How dumb Obama is not to understand what it means? They scared him into focusing on fiscal discipline and budget cuts while their actual intention was sabotage the economic recovery under Obama's presidency. Just like an idiot, he fell for it. End of the day, nobody is going to give a damn if we have 13 or 15 trillion deficit when people are loosing jobs. I wish he stood up to these GOP thugs and focused on the economy & jobs.

    September 1, 2011 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  5. acura2010

    Ronald Reagan was the worst President and George Bush right behind him. President Obama biggest mistake was looking to former Clinton economic advisors who helped contributed to some of this mess. Say Larry Summers and list goes on. Supporters need not see the chumps who participated in this bad seed they sown. President Obama 2012, the conservative extremists candidates don't have any solutions.

    September 1, 2011 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  6. GOP Reality Check


    "2006-2011 Democrats have been in charge of Congress, now who you gonna blame."

    And how many (RECORD number of) times were they filibustered by fake Dems + Repubs who worked together to block their legislation?

    Got the answer? Based on that, I think I'll blame repubs for not only causing the problems but also for preventing anybody else from fixing them when many of them were shown the door for rubber stamping whatever Dubya asked for.

    Do you have any other questions for us (based on bogus GOP talking points) that I can simultaneously tear down and answer at the same time? I can do this all day!

    September 1, 2011 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  7. NVa Native

    Darryl you said it all. These GOP/tea-baggers are cowards. And worse they are following the fascists while our country is being gutted for corporate profit.

    September 1, 2011 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  8. anthony1768

    Republican = Obama Fail
    Obama Fail = Country Fail
    CountryFail = You and I Fail

    Republican = You and I Fail

    You can get caught up in the details all you want, and go back in forth with talking points and arguments.
    Who did what, and why, and who's fault it is.
    But when it boils down to it.. this is what the situation comes down to.
    Why do Republicans HATE us?

    September 1, 2011 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  9. BENJI

    What do you expect when the teabaggers do all they can to thwart him? I blame the GOP and their teabagging buddies. When I vote for President Obama AGAIN in 2012 it will be a vote against the GOP!

    September 1, 2011 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  10. kyle

    It's the House GOP goal to destroy the economy and the President for political reasons, but it won't work!

    September 1, 2011 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  11. African American

    During 2008 presidential election, we were crazy with Obama since he was a kind of our prophet. Unfortunately, it took us long time to realize that Mr. Obama has been a disgrace to our black community as well as to the greatest nation America. As we voted him in office in 2008, we are now ready to vote him out of office. He absolutely lacks experience and leadership. He is just a loser.
    Mr. Obama should step down in 2012!!!!

    September 1, 2011 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  12. Cheeseburger

    The third that approve are the ones neck-deep in handouts and with great hostility, want those "evil rich" people to pay even more. Gonna be a mess when we run out of money for that third! Actually we already have.

    September 1, 2011 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |

    I will be SO relieved when this one-term-losers time is done. He is absolutely the WORST President in my lifetime......even worse than George W. and I thought there was no such thing.

    September 1, 2011 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |

    Hmmm...lets see....I will be voting for the Columbia & Harvard graduate. The Teabagdouchery nonsense is just that. That's all folks. πŸ™‚

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2012

    September 1, 2011 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  15. ThinkAgain

    @African American: Yeah, right ... like I believe for a second you're Black ... and if you are, then you are incredibly stupid and the disgrace in this scenario.

    September 1, 2011 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  16. ThinkAgain

    @GOP Reality Check: "Do you have any other questions for us (based on bogus GOP talking points) that I can simultaneously tear down and answer at the same time? I can do this all day!"

    Bless you and keep up the good work!

    September 1, 2011 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  17. Rajhaile

    The people who should be blamed are the ignorant assholes that voted Devil Bush a 2nd term when clearly he (f) up the first term. You the voters that voted Bush a second term allowed his ignorant ass to mess up the country even more when you should've voted his ass out. Get mad at yourselves. If you can do the job so well, why don't YOU yourselves run. Answer? You can't. You wouldn't know the first thing to do or how to get started.

    September 1, 2011 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  18. ThinkAgain

    I just got back from vacation in Northern California, where I visited two national parks. Saw several signs, indicating that Stimulus Bill money was being used to add/upgrade/repair infrastructure at the parks and nearby towns.

    I think it's a great thing to invest in our nation's infrastructure, and bringing more people to our national parks (which taxpayers also support) is a wonderful thing.

    To anyone out there who thinks we should keep coddling the rich at the expense of our great nation, I say go live in a country without the kind of infrastructure we have – and never come back.

    September 1, 2011 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  19. dinak

    Is Blitzer going to make this his main headline news for hour upon hour the way he did when GW's approval ratings were at a low percentage?

    September 1, 2011 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  20. logic in LA

    When I read these posts, it becomes obvious who the 65% are – the uninformed. There is not a single negative on here based on facts! Obama does not spend money- congress does. Not one of Obama's proposals has gone through as he requested it due to both sides of Congress. The same people that scream for lower taxes are the same people who say FEMA didn't respond quick enough to a disaster. When the Gulf Oil spill hit all those Louisiana fishermen complained about their losses and wanted to get compensation yet many of them don;t even have a social security card and have never paid taxes. the problem with our economy is the people of the U.S. who want but don;t want to pay. Who think that a tax rate that is the second lowest in our history is still too high yet wonder how they can have all of their services.
    Wake up. Get an education and learn something about how a government works and economics before opening your traps.

    September 1, 2011 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  21. bobden

    The 65% are not paying attention. If they were, they would not get their news from FOX and the other repub, t-bagers who lie about their part in preventing any helpful, constructive actions by the President.

    September 1, 2011 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  22. Kip Noxzema

    My, how the Libs' memories so conveniently forget their Regime controlled the House and Senate for 3 years.

    Even during the last "Stimulus" bill, that was supposed to give us "2.2 million shovel ready jobs".

    What happened to those jobs, Libs? I'm sure you forgot about that, too, didn't you?

    We'll hear the same, old speech next week; spending trillions to get jobs, which doesn't work. It never worked. It's all a big slush-fund for the Dems.

    So do all your blame-game and finger pointing, while the rest of the country, the consciousness known as the Tea Party, heads to the polls in 2012.

    We know who has wrecked this country. And there are no excuses.

    September 1, 2011 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  23. ric

    Please, he could barely get anything accomplished when he had Congress on his side. Most incompetent and divisive President of our generation....period.

    September 1, 2011 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  24. Deephaven

    Interesting that people feel President Obama can singlehandedly fix everything even as Republicans oppose him at every turn (no matter how much it hurts the country). Also, it's interesting to see how people think that the government is responsible for fixing all of our problems. We've been living WAY beyond our means for FAR too long, and the bills have come due. There is no instant way out of this situation. We need to consume less and produce more. We need to learn to lead quality lives without using up all the earth's resources at an alarming level. Less consumption, smaller vehicles, smaller houses, simpler diets – in short, more like the 1950's when homes were modest, and middle class families with only one car were common. Our extravagant lifestyles of the past few decades cannot be maintained, especially with most of our factories and decent middle class jobs having been exported to China. Now is the time to roll up our sleeves, dig in, and rebuild on a more sensible, sustainable level. Don't fall for idiots like Bachmann promising $2 a gallon gas, or Perry promising instant jobs. They will not deliver. Obama has been doing a good job. By maintaining good foreign relations, he's kept us out of some very costly wars. He definitely deserves reelection.

    September 1, 2011 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  25. MikeD

    Yes, Congress is partially to blame - the Democratic Congress & Senate sat there for 2 yrs gushing over Obami and passed spending bills that got us into this horrific mess. The concept of "you have to spend to earn" has regrettably taken on a new meaning, thanks to our great Prez. He now wants to spend another $ 50 Billion to renovate schools !!! He sure as hell was good as a Community Organizer, he fooled over 50% of us into voting for him ... let's not let that happen again.

    September 1, 2011 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
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