Obama at 45% on economy in two new polls
July 24th, 2013
09:41 AM ET
9 years ago

Obama at 45% on economy in two new polls

Washington (CNN) - As President Barack Obama kicks off a series of speeches hoping to shift the spotlight back to the economy, two new polls indicate that 45% of Americans approve of the job the president's doing handling the economy.

And according to an average of the latest surveys, Americans are divided on the overall job Obama's doing in the White House.

Forty-five percent of the public approves of the job the president's doing on the economy, with 51% saying they disapprove, in an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll conducted July 17-21. And Obama stands at 45%-49% approval/disapproval on the economy in an ABC News/Washington Post survey conducted July 18-21. National surveys indicate that the economy remains the top issue on the minds of Americans.

As for the president's overall rating, the public appears divided.

A new CNN Poll of Polls compiled Wednesday morning puts Obama's approval at 45% and his disapproval at 47%. The poll is an average of the four non-partisan, live operator, national surveys conducted over the past week. Besides the NBC News/Wall Street Journal and ABC News/Washington Post surveys, the CNN Poll of Polls also include a McClatchy-Marist survey conducted July 15-18 and the most recent Gallup Daily Tracking Poll, which was conducted July 20-22.

Wednesday the president kicks off a series of speeches with an event at Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois, where eight years ago then-Sen. Obama delivered his first major address of his national political career.

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  1. rs

    Given that the President has actively tried to fix the economy and turns up with a 46-49% approval on the economy, what would the GOP get as a rating?
    After all, they have worked to undermine the economy with their Sequester, austerity proposals (and attacks against the poor and unemployed), their anti-labor laws (no minimum wage increase, no wage equality) and their tax cuts for the rich (which, historically we know does nothing).

    July 24, 2013 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  2. Dixie

    Why would we approve of the comprehinsive idea? Look at the "wonderful" health care system he wants so much. The poorer low encome people can't find a job to support themselves because the jobs are now part time and wadges are minimum wadges while the cost of living gets bigher.

    July 24, 2013 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  3. Rudy NYC

    45% approve. I would love to ask the 51% that disapprove what do think should be done. Republicans filibustered the American Jobs Act in 2011. House Republicans don't want to spend a dime on infrastructure repairs. Cutting taxes is a proven failure when it comes to stimulating the economy because the right wing "job creator" narrative is a twisted myth.

    People don't say to themselves, "Thanks for the tax cut. I think I'll hire a couple more people." Statistics have shown that tax cuts create the lowest return on the dollar for generating federal revenue, coming in at around $0.45 on the dollar. Almost every form of spending generates close to a dollar, if not more. Infrastructure spending generates the most, around $1.60 for every dollar spent.

    July 24, 2013 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  4. Data Driven

    Mission Accomplished for the Right Wing Consortium and their stooges in the Media: a month or so of breathless scandal reportage took a toll. Natch, there was much less reportage about the FACT that each one of these scandals was ginned up by right-wing hacks. The quite literally fantastical reportage on Benghazi comes promptly to mind.

    The fact is, the economy is slowly improving by every measure, including the most important: monthly hires. But low-info voters, on the rare occasions when they see the news, have been seeing stuff about "Obama scandals", and thus they start thinking he's doing a bad job, even on the economy, despite all the clearly demonstrable evidence to the contrary.

    July 24, 2013 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  5. Name jk. Sfl. GOP conservatives,the garbage of America.

    If the GOP, the losers of the election in 2012 , had not been working against our president sence the first day in office in 2009, the economy would be so much better. The GOP being the party of stupid, seem to think the American people don't see what their doing obstructing our government and trying to starve all programs they don't want with budget cuts. The GOP will lose the house and senate in 2014 and forget about the White House , even your own brain dead supporters won't vote for you when they get no results for five years, why would anybody vote for the GOP losers????

    July 24, 2013 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  6. Tom

    Appalling! Except for the fact that Obama's approval is still 30 points higher than Congress. All these numbers prove is people continue to be disappointed by the gridlock and bickering in Washington. If you want to publish a balanced story (which would be a pleasant change for CNN) show the Congressional approval numbers as well.

    July 24, 2013 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  7. A Kickin' Donkey

    Do 51% disapprove of majority T-Party CongrASSes single minded opposition to ANYTHING the President has put forth on the topic of jobs? We at least have them off that "tax Cuts for Job Creators" schtick with the evidence of the GOPs FAULED 10-Year experiment of the Bush Tax cuts. We should never repeat that failure although it won't be long before the NEXT Mitt Romney tries to float that past Americans again.
    Access to the American marketplace [330 million] consumers ias the prize. We need a bit of "socialism" from our politiciNs. Let's see policies in place that encourage [read:REQUIRE] firms that want to sell in America to make [and I mean build detailed sub-assemblies] in America to have an opportunitiy to SELL to Americans. China did/ does this to American industry [as do many other countries]. Its called OFFSETS and if we want to keep crowing about China eatinf our lunch, maybe we should adoptr & modify some of their tactics. Can a true Republican leader dispute the soundness of this approach, no. Will a Republican leader have the courage to advocate for this Pro-America, marketplace-based tactic to bolster jobs HERE, I doubt it.

    July 24, 2013 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  8. Tony in Maine


    Polls provide work for the otherwise unemployable including breathless bobbleheads.

    July 24, 2013 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  9. sonny chapman

    "Supply Side, Trickle Down Economics is Voodoo Economics"- George H.W. Bush

    July 24, 2013 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  10. Rick McDaniel

    The poll I saw, said 37%.

    CNN deceives yet again.

    July 24, 2013 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  11. PaulCat

    You hear that republicans, Obama's approval on the economy is at 45%. The (blank) with the American people, let's make sure his approval go down even further.

    July 24, 2013 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  12. rs

    Perhaps if the GOP actually did something on the economy, instead of focusing their efforts on what people do in their bedrooms; taking away voter's rights and trying endlessly to vote down the ACA (at $1.2 million per vote), the economy might be better.

    As things stand, we have almost 4 years of job growth, incomes are up, deficits are down, the stock market is up, housing and housing values are up. Just imagine where we might be if the GOP did their job. The longer they go on obstructing things (and being anti-American), the more we learn about how little we need them.

    July 24, 2013 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  13. Anonymous

    I guess the GOP strategy of opposing everything is working.

    July 24, 2013 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  14. Jopa

    Nearly 1.2 million mortgage modifications have been completed since the Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP) was first launched four years ago. Yet more than 306,000 borrowers have re-defaulted on their loans and more than 88,000 are at risk of following suit, the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (SIGTARP) found in its quarterly report to Congress.

    In addition, the watchdog found that the longer a homeowner stays in the HAMP modification program, the more likely they are to default. Those who have been in the program since 2009, are re-defaulting at a rate of 46%, the inspector general found.

    July 24, 2013 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  15. Joi Gibson

    More pole dancing. I trust President Obama more than I do Congress. All we get out of Congress, especially the dysfunctional House, is the sky is falling, the world as we know it is coming to an end, it is all President Obama's fault, he spends too much money; money, by the way, is approved by Congress for spending. It is one thing to have serious differences of opinion, but the only way to work them out is to discuss them. Certain members of the House do not even want to have discussions. Contrary to popular opinion, the President is not a dictator. And now some are even threatening a shutdown over the ACA. How childish. If they do not want to govern then be gone.

    Let us not have a repeat of 2010. Vote in the mid-terms.

    July 24, 2013 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  16. Larry in Houston

    Hate to be a bearer of bad tidings, but we'll see where or what the ratings will be, around December of 2016 – I guess by that time, it's not going to make any difference. My Opinion ? when dec 2016 rolls around I suspect he will "pardon" people that you will never believe. (O.J. is an example) If he's still living. Just saying . . .

    July 24, 2013 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  17. Jon

    If the press covered the economy truthfully it wouldn't be that high. The press generated unhappiness with sub 6 % unemployment during the Bush administration and now they are generating acceptance of nearly 8% rate. If the press treated Obama like they did Bush, Obama's approval would be more like 10%.

    July 24, 2013 11:19 am at 11:19 am |