CNN Poll: President gets no bounce from speech, but disapproval rating peaks
September 13th, 2011
05:02 PM ET
11 years ago

CNN Poll: President gets no bounce from speech, but disapproval rating peaks

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama didn't score any political points with his speech on jobs to a joint session of Congress last Thursday. According to a new CNN/ORC International poll released Tuesday, the president's approval rating stands at 43 percent, virtually unchanged from the 45 percent approval rating in the previous CNN poll.

Although this is not the lowest number of those who say they approve of how Obama is handling his job-he reached 42 percent one year ago-the number who disapprove of the president reached its highest during his presidency in the poll.

The survey reveals that 55 percent say they do not approve of how Obama is handling his duties in the White House and the number of Americans who think he is a strong leader has dropped to a new low.

"A familiar pattern in public opinion on Obama again asserts itself," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "Americans don't like Obama's track record on major issues while they continue to like him personally."

Less than one in ten think Obama's policies have made the economy better, although another four in ten credit them with preventing the economy from being even worse than it is today. Thirty-seven percent say that Obama has made economic conditions worse and 15 percent think his policies have had no effect.

The president is on the road this week touting a new policy–his $447 billion jobs proposal-that he's encouraged Congress to take up and pass. With stops in Richmond, Virginia last week, Columbus, Ohio Tuesday, and North Carolina on Wednesday, the road trip appears to be doubling as a swing through battleground states.

But with more than half the nation saying Obama cannot manage the government effectively in the poll and no bounce in public opinion following his speech, the president may have his work cut out for him selling his plan to the public.

There is some good news for Obama in the poll. Among Democrats, his standing has improved. Opinions among the Democratic base have turned the corner after a drop in the wake of the debt ceiling agreement. The number of Democrats who wanted the party to renominate Obama dropped to an all-time low of 70 percent in early August, but it's on the rise now-72 percent in our last poll and 76 percent in the current survey.

The poll was conducted for CNN by ORC International from September 9-11 among 1,038 adults by telephone. It has an overall sampling error of plus or minus three percentage points.

–CNN's Rebecca Stewart contributed to this report.

Filed under: 2012 • CNN/ORC International poll • Jobs • Polls • President Obama
soundoff (39 Responses)
  1. obama victim

    C ya Barry

    September 13, 2011 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  2. Atlanta Independent

    I think the polls are wrong president Obama is trying to get american working again. What the teabaggars/ republicans doing for american people nothing at all.

    I am going to support president Obama/ Biden 2012

    September 13, 2011 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  3. Melo-D

    Who still has a land line phone these days? Yet these are the people who decide what the political climate in the country is? Hey CNN, instead of wasting money paying someone to conduct polls, why not hire some real reporters, not twitter followers.

    September 13, 2011 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  4. Marie MD

    Americans have become really stupid people!!! No wonder china and even countrries like guatemala are making money at our expense.
    Who are they polling?

    September 13, 2011 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  5. Maggie

    There is no way Obama is going to be elected in 2012. HHis approval rating may get a little better with democrats but not with independents and republicans. He is a one-term president who has caused so much damage to our economy. He has to go before he bankrupts our country.

    September 13, 2011 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  6. Me

    As long as the GOPers remain stubborn, this President will always have a hard time. Cure for cancer–nope! Cheap, environmentally friendly, limitless source fuel - don't want to hear it.Al Qaeda defunct - he was just using Bush's plan.

    Not all Repbulicans are racist but all racists are Republican.

    September 13, 2011 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  7. WiredweirdinSF

    If the liberal media would ever report what this inept, incompetent, corrupt union toady is really doing, there would be no way he would be reelected or even think about running for a second term. The latest bunch of our hard earned money he is giving to the corrupt union bosses who are threatening to kill us and the corrupt drug addicts who are threatening to send us to hell is doomed to failure, and then the truly economic effects of Obozocare will kick in and bust us all. Of course the fat corrupt union bosses will be laughing at us as they turn whats left over to the democrat liberals to buy off more of the media.

    September 13, 2011 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |

    Who cares.....
    Obama 2012!!!!

    September 13, 2011 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  9. logic in LA

    Maybe if they worded these polls differently they would get different results. Like do you approve of the Presidents attempted programs – 60% yes- how about enactment- 40% yes. the problem, like with the original Healthcare polls is the right hated it because it was his and the left disapproved because it was so watered down. The generic sampling does not take that into consideration.

    September 13, 2011 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  10. Connie in Tn.

    It was hard to get excited when you know that the Republicians will not pass anything that Obama proposes. Even though the poverty rate has increased and the rich have gotten much richer, they will not let them pay any more on their taxes.

    September 13, 2011 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  11. Nelson Colorado Springs Co.

    President Obama laid thing on the line. It's long over due. President should have said get your asses to work that what you'er getting paid for. How in the sam well this poll can speak for america The poll was conducted for CNN by ORC International from September 9-11 among 1,038 adults by telephone. It has an overall sampling error of plus or minus three percentage points. It should out for 1,038 aduts by phone what ever city it was they disagreed with President. I got 3, 800 people on the job. So Rebecca Stewart you need a new job since you contributed to this report. President did outstanding job telling congress time to whit or get off the pot NEXT

    September 13, 2011 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  12. A True Centrist

    People...again, get a grip. The Dems had an extensive period where they had control of the House, the Senate and the Presidency. They blew it, similar to how the Republicans blew it under Bush. This Presidency has failed...I have outlined all the reasons before but again, highest number of Americans living in poverty, longest period of 9%+ unemployment since the Great Depression, estimated to increase the national debt by $6 trillion in one term, broken promises including bringing troops home, closing Guantanomo, displaying bills before votes etc. Disaster after disaster. I'm not sure if any of the Republican candidates are the answer but at least a few of them have to be better than Obama.

    September 13, 2011 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |

    Who are they polling? Apparently low intelligence voters.

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2012

    September 13, 2011 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  14. Gloria in NW

    President Obama's sliding poll numbers just prove how impatient we are and how short our memories are. The GOP caused the mess we are in, and people paying attention know it. Now let the yelling begin.

    September 13, 2011 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  15. CCMars

    Morbid curiosity: who are these people? How exactly to they provide their answers? Hell, WHERE are these people being polled?

    And for gods' sakes, people, QUIT CALLING THE PRESIDENT BARRY! One, he hasn't used that nickname for a long time now. Second, using a "normal" name to refer to someone with a "foreign" name that the person themselves never use has "racism" written all over it. If you don't want to be called a racist, stop doing racist things!

    September 13, 2011 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  16. California Conservative

    Been there, done that, YAWN. Any ORIGINAL ideas Mr. Prez???

    September 13, 2011 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  17. anthony78

    He still has my vote. Its STILL a better job then the Republicans can do. So what does that tell you about the state of politics.
    Why dont we all save the negative comments and bickering and finger pointing and just cast a vote come 2012. All of the words on this page mean nothing until then. Just a waste of time and energy. Just dividing the country even further.

    September 13, 2011 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  18. Alice D.

    The problem is NOT with the president and his policies. The problem is that every single thing he comes up with, everything he tries to get passed, the pigheaded GOP shoots down before it's even out of the gate. The only problem I see with Obama is that he cows down to these bigoted POS's way too easily, instead of using the power he has as our chief executive.

    September 13, 2011 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  19. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    wow I wonder what the same poll would say about the Republicans?

    September 13, 2011 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  20. al in memphis

    @ Maggie
    He is a one-term president who has caused so much damage to our economy. He has to go before he bankrupts our country.
    Do a little homework to see which of the last 10 president spent the mosttaxpayer money per GDP. Also, you might want to look at which administration oversaw the largest transfer of wealth via financial scandals and bailout. Hint, S&L crisis, Lehman Brothers, AIG, etc. I'm going to guess you did not benefit from the bank bailout (i.e walk away with hundreds of millions like some CEOs) or became a millionaire from contracts in Iraq or Afgan. And since we don't have any recollection of your comments when Bush and other were adding to the trillion dollar debt, or when Cheney was mouthing of the deficits don't matter,, I'll just assume the debt didn't matter to you until now– I wonder why.

    September 13, 2011 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  21. Name king

    These stupid stupid people. They've done every thing to discredit this president so that the repugs can have their way. Now we'll never have a jobs program or the jobs program will be watered down. I guest it will be a long wait for these people before the next election. Let's see what would happen then.

    September 13, 2011 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  22. Little Jimmy Truth

    Obama likes talkings and singings.

    September 13, 2011 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  23. once upon a horse

    see THIS is why you can not go by polls because there is too much of a disconnect. Polling has shown that a majority of Americans favor raising taxes on the wealthy, shared sacrifice as they like to call it, and ending the Bush tax cuts ALL things that the president has proposed. But now you want to say a majority disapprove. So what does this majority want? They also disapprove of the Republicans' plan of tax cuts for the wealthy and the Ryan plan. So basically why not just say as Americans we don't really know WHAT we want.

    September 13, 2011 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  24. DKincaid

    What questions are you asking; how are you wording these questions; what about those who don't own a phone/computer. Your bias is really showing. I say this – vote republican, vote tpartiers, elect these people and you will understand how they treat you. If you want to destroy this country – go ahead, you've let me know in many ways, you don't want me here in your country.

    September 13, 2011 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  25. mary

    I will vote for president in 2012!!!!!

    September 13, 2011 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
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