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. Busted

    @D – please learn how our political system works

    September 1, 2011 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  2. Descarado

    Even the boob tube bobble heads are beginning to admit that Obama is an Affirmative Action empty suit who got a free pass his entire adult life because of the color of his skin.

    September 1, 2011 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  3. FactCheck

    Given the wingnuts that are being propped up by the GOP as their candidate, these numbers won't affect him at all. A simple search at Real Clear Politics shows him with a lead against all of the loonies and in a tie with Romney and Paul.

    September 1, 2011 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  4. FactCheck

    If this guy is reelected we will prove our collective stupidity.

    And electing PerryBachmannRomney would prove your collective insanity.

    September 1, 2011 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  5. David

    To those Obamabots who are on the "how can we get anything done with GOP control of the House?" rationalization train, at least TRY to realize that for the first two years of his administration, both the House AND Senate were under Democrat control, and they STILL didn't get anything done. This is a capability issue, NOT a GOP issue. Obama is simply not that effective as a leader, and only the most biased Obamabots don't see that simple fact. And by the way, part of being an effective President IS getting things done even in the face of adversity. He's just not that good.

    September 1, 2011 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  6. lottafun

    Barry – "This is the worst US president in recent history"? Um, hello! Did you forget about George W. Bush, his predecessor? He was the worst ever.

    September 1, 2011 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  7. FactCheck

    And after spending Billions on stimulus and Trillions on healthcare
    Seriously, would you Tea Partiers even know a "fact" if it came up and bit you? Or do you just prefer to keep doling out the Fox News talking points??

    September 1, 2011 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  8. REG in AZ

    To fully blame Obama for our economic woes is ridiculous and to think the Republicans / Tea Party could, or more importantly "would" do better, is self delusional. If the voters don't come to really understand that, then we could be returned to "more of the same", Bush-Cheney style, that literally got us here and that would be a catastrophe.

    September 1, 2011 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  9. cecilia

    if I had it in my power I would lock up every republican and put the tea party bags under the jail and just let the democrats and independents run this country – the others are either stupid – ignorant – hateful and I am sick of each and everyone one

    September 1, 2011 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  10. Eric

    Is it 2012 yet?
    America can fix it's mistake.

    September 1, 2011 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  11. Ex-GOP Con

    We're not in another Great Depression. That is good enough for me considering the mess that this current administration was left with. They should focus on reminding people that. The road to recovery is not lined with gold but rather blood sweat and tears.

    September 1, 2011 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  12. michael

    I laugh when I think of the idiots up against obama. not one gop candidate has the brains or mainstream support to get elected. perry,palin, bachman, etc. just a bunch of clowns

    September 1, 2011 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  13. Jim

    And the GOP's response? "Good, it's working."

    September 1, 2011 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  14. San Jose, CA

    Why wont you publish my comment?

    We elected a firewall in Nobember to protect us from Nancy Pelosi's San Francisco politics.

    Indeed the GOP is telling The president NO!

    September 1, 2011 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  15. TJ

    In other news....35% of the American people are idiots.

    September 1, 2011 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  16. angrysmell

    how is it that back when GWB was in, if the dems did anything to hold up the GOP, they got pounded by the public and GWBs numbers stayed reasonably strong, yet the GOP has now done the exact same thing throughout Obamas presidency and they get applauded, while everyone blames him? is the average american so blind, angry and confused over our economic woes?

    September 1, 2011 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  17. The Other Michael in Houston

    No end in sight said: "Those claiming to be Obama/Biden in 2012 are simply saying that they dont work for a living, don't care about rising taxes and don't care about their children or grandchildren". Oh really? I'd bet one of my 7 figure bank accounts that i have alot more money than you, a higher level education than you do, and I work harder in my practice than you do at your fast food job. I am for Obama/Biden 2012! And all of you tea nuts that keep spewing the Faux News line about how much we pay in interest, blame your own party for that. We are paying interest on money that is already spent, you know such things as 2 unfunded wars that were kept off the books untill 2009, an unfunded mulit trillon dollor Medicare Modernization Act that was unfunded and kept of the books until 2009, you know little things like that. Oh and I have over 200 employee's who are proud to be President Obama's supportors. CNN didn't ask any of us what we thought, as usual

    September 1, 2011 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  18. DIANA

    I fully support our President and know he was left with a big mess that's going to take a long time to fix and he has done great things. But, if we wanted to do it the Republican way, we would have elected a Republican President. He needs to show that he's on our side and not cowtow to the Republican. I still say....
    OBAMA 2012!

    September 1, 2011 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  19. Douglas Sherwin

    If President Obama has a plan to help the economy why can't he divulge it tonight on TV? Why does he need a joint session of Congress to unveil it? I believe he still has no idea of what to do.

    September 1, 2011 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  20. Sandra, Atl

    This is exactly what the Republican party wants to happen and big business (particularly the Chamber of Commerce) is in cahoots with them. That group cares NOTHING about the American people. I'm not sure when people will wise up to this fact. The President is not blameless but this bunch of Republican vultures take obstructionism to a new level. It is all about power and politics. The American people are just downright dumb.

    September 1, 2011 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  21. Ed

    You want to blame Congress the Dems had control the first two years and thanks to them spending went out of control.

    What happened to the spending bill that would create all the new jobs just went into their pet projects and the Health Care Bill was passed by the Dems that added more debt and the bill isn't worth the paper it was printed on.

    You can blame the party of yes for the problems we have now I am glad to be in the party of no enough spending already get a person who can lead and it's not Obama and his party.

    Someone asked why the banks would loan money to a person who couldn't afford to pay look at the Dems giving everyone the American Dream on the tax payers expense other wise the party of yes vote them all out in 2012.

    Keep the Government out of business they can't even keep their own house in order.

    Thank you party of no we can't take anymore debt and over spending from the party of yes.

    September 1, 2011 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  22. doug

    I remember when you could at least entertain the thought that the Democrat's views were based on some kind of core beliefs like being against the war in Iraq. Now we see that it is only ideology with everyone of 'dem. They will fully support any and every war as long as the guy in the White House has a d next to his name. They also wish harm to every American who in an individual and not a demo-robot to a hateful ideology that seems to not have changed one bit from when they started wearing their bedsheets over their heads and went around burning crosses.

    September 1, 2011 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  23. BeverlyNC

    If they factored in all the Republican obstructionism to EVERY single piece of legislation on JOBS and Economic recovery – maybe these polls would show a President who has worked hard for the American People and accomplished quite a lot even when he has faced constant unintelligent, economically clueless, and extremist Republicans haters, racists, and do-nothing who promised JOBS but have not delivered ANYTHING to help the American People on ANY issue facing us. All their plans are destructive and give everything to the corporations who buy them.

    I stand with my President who works hard, is not constantly on vacation like the House Republicans (off 1 week for every 2 they work – a Boehner idea), is a good and decent man with REAL family values, REAL Christian values, who is educated, intelligent, is constantly producing solutions Republicans block, and still gets up every morning and keeps going for the PEOPLE of this nation. He is a great leader and a good man. There is not a single Republican who has half the character or human decency of our President.

    September 1, 2011 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  24. Eiolgj

    I have to agree that blaming Obama when the same or worse is happening all over the world makes no sense. I suppose that some blame him for Irene or give him credit for those towns that didn't have problems. Sheese. So many polls makes no sense at all. If you polled me about how I'm feeling about my husband, there would be days....., well, you know, he'd be up in the numbers except about once every 8 weeks.

    September 1, 2011 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  25. Dee

    I don't understand how people can support a party who, fight to cut funding for education, want to dismantle social security/medicare, don't care if children are hungry, are adament that all Americans don't have healthcare, are against a decent minimum wage, put tax cuts for the richest among us above extending unemployment benefits, want to do away with FEMA/EPA. Oh yeah, now I understand, this party is pro guns, anti abortion, anti gay marriage. Enough said!!!

    September 1, 2011 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
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