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. Randy, San Francisco

    Previous recessions ended because of a pick up in consumer spending. In hind sight, the stimulus package wasn't big enough. The blame falls on the GOP/Tea Party who opposed the stimulus package in favor of tax cuts for the wealthy, big business, and Wall Street.

    September 1, 2011 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  2. Mark

    I will bet he doesn't know there is a difference between wealth creation and wealth redistribution. Who would vote for a community organizer to lead the largest economy on the planet? LOL

    September 1, 2011 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  3. Luke Brown

    Americans are a nation of whiners. Obama's mistake was not doing enough to let people know just how close the global economy was to collapsing. We Americans just want to live on easy street, borrowing ourselves into oblivion. His stimulus package kept most communities from completely imploding. Small businesses like mine took a nosedive but we are still in business.

    September 1, 2011 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  4. Mark


    I see the paid Tea Party shills are out in full force today.

    September 1, 2011 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |

    Good argument, nothing like shooting the messenger. Clue up.

    September 1, 2011 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  5. Dan J

    "Obama can only do so much without Congress."
    People point to how much George Bush was able to ruin, yet they ignore the ENTIRE legislative branch was run by democrats During his last term. How was Bush able to manage that, yet during the Obama administration, when the republicans only control the House of representatives? The republicans have a slight majority in 1/6 of the government. They are slightly over 50% of half of a branch in government.

    September 1, 2011 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |

    Like Dominican Mama for Obama wrote:

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2012

    And all the neo-cons pretending to be former backers of Obama: he clearly stated that change was not going to happen overnight, that it was going to take a lot of hard work and sacrifice. He stated all this at Grant park in Chi-town. You people are like children: whine, whine, whine, I want it now, dammit now. Grow up.

    September 1, 2011 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  7. Ed

    Rember the Dems controled Congress for two years after Obama was elected and rammed everything down our throats so blaming the party of no thank you for not giving in to the Dem's spend and spend without the funds to do so.

    The Dem's are the one to blame not Bush or the Repubs come out from under the rock you are hiding under and see what's really going on in the world.

    September 1, 2011 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  8. Stan

    He has aged a lot since winning presidency. It really is sad that a "better" Black person could not have won the first black presidency. It will be a long time before another Black or a woman becomes president. USA hates angry white males but they are always voted as president except for this O' Bummer disaster.

    September 1, 2011 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  9. FIELD1stSGT

    Republican who supports President Obama – What's wrong with you? Aren't you proud of being an African American? and a Obama supporter? Face up, man-up, realize your man does not have it. He has no answer than the objective he has. And that is to destroy the U.S. maybe it is hard for you to accept. But open your eyes. Everything he has done is to destroy this nation. If this is what his people want? then we neeed to realize it and be prepared to stop him in any manner possible. Peacefully, hopefully first, by voting him out. If not, then alternatives need to be realized. Courts and impeachment proceedings. This country can not take four more years of a moron in the Oval Office. Of course to him he is not a moron, he is a dedicated, smart, fraud. He's fooled Americans and the ones who would jump off cliffs for him. What about his CZARS? All gangsters? What about6 Soros? The Jew killer and country destroyer. So many question so little answers coming from this fake. He and Michele have openly showed their hatred for America. He shows it every time he grabs his crotch instead of saluting the National Antheum. In most case this is grounds for a firing squad. Unitil America again makes it illegal to disgrace the flag, deny God, we will continue to have to fight the ignorant.

    September 1, 2011 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  10. Chris

    And whats your alternative, voting a Republican president back into office? Because we saw how great that worked out under George W....give your head a shake if you thinks thats the best course of action. Obama might not be great, but he's a step up from the GOP candidates right now. The US political system is a joke

    September 1, 2011 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  11. Palin Power

    Obozo is a 1 term EPIC FAIL and he will lose to Sarah Palin in the biggest electoral landslide in history. We will have 8 years of President Sarah Palin. Only she has the power from God herself to completely fix this economy and she will do it with Palinomics.

    September 1, 2011 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  12. GOP Reality Check

    Dear phoenix86 ...

    "The democrats in the House and the Senate had the numbers to override any filibuster at will. They chose not to, preferring to play politics instead. Get a grip"

    The Dems getting filibustered by repubs and Blue Dogs (Repubs in Dem clothing) automatically means the Dems DIDN'T HAVE THE VOTES TO PASS LEGISLATION or OVERRIDE THE FILIBUSTER.

    Simple math: Repubs + Fake Dem Blue Dogs = Filbuster

    Get a copy of the constitution. And read it.

    September 1, 2011 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  13. FIELD1stSGT

    @John in PA – 2006-2011 Democrats have been in charge of Congress, now who you gonna blame.

    September 1, 2011 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  14. NANCY

    I am a hard working nurse who pays my bills. My husband has had a stroke and can't work but does not qualify for any assistance. We don't have insurance on him because we simply can't afford it. I resent anyone saying that just because I support Obama then I must be a deadbeat.

    September 1, 2011 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  15. TXJim

    "Early last year, I directed the Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare to prepare a new and improved plan for comprehensive health insurance. That plan, as I indicated in my State of the Union message, has been developed and I am presenting it to the Congress today. I urge its enactment as soon as possible.

    The plan is organized around seven principles:

    First, it offers every American an opportunity to obtain a balanced, comprehensive range of health insurance benefits;

    Second, it will cost no American more than he can afford to pay;
    Third, it builds on the strength and diversity of our existing public and private systems of health financing and harmonizes them into an overall system;

    Fourth, it uses public funds only where needed and requires no new Federal taxes;

    Fifth, it would maintain freedom of choice by patients and ensure that doctors work for their patient, not for the Federal Government.

    Sixth, it encourages more effective use of our health care resources;

    And finally, it is organized so that all parties would have a direct stake in making the system work–consumer, provider, insurer, State governments and the Federal Government. "

    Richard Nixon 1974

    who says the GOP doesn't support health care reform? Don't be mad because President Obama finally followed through on a GOP initiative which helps all of us..

    September 1, 2011 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  16. The Other Michael in Houston

    I have read throigh some of these entries and I amazed that most woth common sense are pointing out the fact that this economic crisis we are in started about 30 years ago under Reagan, actually it started under Carter then to Reagan with his "trickle down" economics that don't work (trust me I know for a fact, I get tax breaks that go right into funding my toys), then to President Bush who kept with the same ideology but some of you are forgot about Clinton, although we had on of the most prosperous decades under Clinton, he did set into motion one of the problems that we face today "DEREGULATION", yes people no matter how much you bow to the Clintons he did sign the bill into law because at the time "Monopolies were bad" which he shouldn't have but he was too busy trying to save face from the "Blue Dress" scandal. The of course Bush Jr, destroyed the economy, and very cleverly I might add, keep the borrowed 6 trillion for wars off the books, keep the multi trillion dollors borrowed for the Medicare Modernization Act of the books, give people like me a Trillion plus dollors in Tax breaks, even though we were doing fine without them, the come Obama, great idealist but too busy trying to please everyone and not make enemies continues the spending and tax cut legacy. And all though he is at least trying to clean this mess up, it going to take more than 3 years to do it. The Republicans know that, the Tea party know that. So why do they think he is the worst President ever????? Well they thought that on 01/20/2009 even before did anything, probably their hatred has more to do with the color of his skin, than the character of the man.

    I am going to enjoy reading these post when President Obama wins again.

    September 1, 2011 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  17. Latesha Bo

    Democrats owned the Presidency, Senate and House for 2 years, so they have NO ONE to BLAME BUT THEMSELVES for the FAILED Policies.

    September 1, 2011 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  18. Lila

    @ Dominican mama 4 Obama
    Please hon, the only reason you're voting for Obama again, despite his many failures, is because he is black! Gimme a freakin' break. Can't you just for once, see things beyond his and your skin color?! I wanted this president to succeed. I wanted him to take something, anything, from the Clinton playbook and work with the Republican Congress to get this economy going. I believe this president means well like all the other presidents before him and he wants what's best for this country. But, most of his economic policies have failed so far. And comes election itme, the economy is what matters the most to voters.

    September 1, 2011 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  19. jackal & jester

    What is with all the hate here. We should be working to solve this problem. I so have seen no solutions presented here. So here is an idea. We spent a lot of money to begin remaking the entire infastructure of the US. We will use only us products in this and this could provide jobs for the next 20 years at the very least. If you ask where we get the money from let's just do what we did for our two wars and just keep it off the books.

    September 1, 2011 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  20. MrManhattan

    Obama needs to put the childish republicans in their place. You're their President, not their friend!

    September 1, 2011 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  21. Descarado

    Is there ONE rational soul who actually believes that a speech Obama recites from his teleprompters is somehow going to put 10 million Americans back on the job?

    September 1, 2011 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  22. Boo Hoo Baynor

    Obama 2012!!

    September 1, 2011 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  23. Robert

    This country has its priorities backwards, the economy obviously needs jobs for an economic recovery but as the same time we as a country grew and expanded and became a super power too quickly, over a matter of a couple hundred years while others that are far more steady have been around far longer. The whole speech timing is insane, since when does the government care about sports, and we as Americans throwing a fit over the speech coinciding with a game should not be a factor the government should worry about. Americans need to get their priorities straight that jobs, careers and our future is far more important than a game.

    September 1, 2011 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  24. Ossy

    why do Americans whine because the president spends money trying to dig them out of the hole they all got themselves into? You are all responsible for your mess. The entire region is in a mess, not only America and the only way to get things going is investing in promising future. You don't make investments today and start getting dividends today. Get a head, people. You can attack your president but do it responsibly and don't give up hopes on him. The man is there to do the job and he has never had a single moment of peace since he took leadership because from day 1 everyone has expected things to turn around just because the name of the commander in Chief has changed from Bush to Obama. He needs your support to get things going. Even if he is not re elected for a second term, at least support him to be able to leave a better state of the union for the next better president, not a worst one. But right now, he still has a lot of work to do. So do all Americans. If they continue blocking all his agenda and don't let him do the job, the next president would have to have more jobs to do and the whining will not end there.

    September 1, 2011 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  25. G D

    Anemic business growth, housing in the toilet, loans unavailable to normal people, jobless rate at 9.1%, and all our retirement dollars taking hits in the volatile markets and with social security for many of us uncertain. Yeah, I'd say Obama has been at the helm of a sinking ship. He didn't start the crisis, but neither he or congress has lead us out of it. There is no double dip, we're still in the pile of poo we've been in since 2008.

    September 1, 2011 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
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