November 21st, 2013
05:00 PM ET
9 years ago

Obama approval rating sinks to new low in CNN poll

Washington (CNN) - As President Barack Obama's approval rating hits another all-time low, a new national survey also indicates that Americans say the President has less power than congressional Republicans when it comes to shaping events over the next year.

According to a CNN/ORC poll released Thursday, 41% of Americans approve of the job the President's doing in the White House, the lowest level for that crucial indicator in CNN polling. Fifty-six percent questioned say they disapprove of Obama's performance, an all-time high in CNN surveys.

The President's approval rating has now reached new lows or tied his all-time lows in polls released over the past three weeks from CNN/ORC, CBS News, ABC News/Washington Post, Quinnipiac University, National Journal Heartland Monitor, and NBC News/Wall Street Journal. And the CNN survey is the fourth non-partisan live operator national poll released this week to put Obama's approval rating between 40% and 42%. A CBS News survey released Wednesday showed the President's approval rating at 37%.

Geography appears to play a role in the President's falling numbers.

"The drop in Obama's approval rating comes entirely among suburbanites," said CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "Compared to the October CNN poll, positive views of Obama held steady among people who live in big cities and rural areas. But in the suburbs, his approval rating was 45% a month ago but has dropped to just 37% now."

The President's overall job approval rating is down three points since mid-October after being stuck in the mid-40s for several months in CNN polling. But it's worth noting that Obama's woes did not begin with the disastrous launch of the website in October, Holland pointed out.

"The real damage came in June, when reports about NSA spying and IRS treatment of conservative groups caused an eight-point drop in his approval rating - a far more significant change than what the numbers from October suggest," he said.

Who should shape Washington?

Fifty percent believe that congressional Republicans will have more influence over the direction the nation takes in the next year while only 42% saying the President will have more influence, according to the poll. That's a change from November 2012, when more six in ten said Obama would have more influence in the year to come.

Who should have more influence is a different story.

The poll shows 47% want Obama to be in charge while 45% say the GOP should have more influence over the country.

"There is a hint of good news for the President - but only a hint - in those numbers, since that means that the number of Americans who support Obama in his struggles with the GOP is a bit higher than the 41% approval rating would suggest. But that number is also a step down in Obama's support, representing a four-point decline since the last time the question was asked just after Obama won re-election last year," Holland said.

The poll was conducted Nov. 18-20 for CNN by ORC International, with 843 adult Americans questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

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soundoff (712 Responses)
  1. John Gillis

    What? 41% AGAIN? Come on, Gallup and CBS are giving him much lower. The reporting of his approval in CNN is highly suspect.

    November 21, 2013 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  2. Don DaMiddle

    FOX isn't even registered with the FCC as "News".
    They have registered as "entertainment"...
    to be liberated from the burden of facts.

    November 21, 2013 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  3. Joe Smith

    Try to do those polls outside the Blue state cities. You might get some accuracy.
    When Obama gets a Mussolini set of shoe laces a cheer will rise across the land!

    November 21, 2013 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  4. Cmaxi

    A tree can produce a million matchsticks. A single matchstick can burn a million trees.
    There is hope. Karma takes time.

    November 21, 2013 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  5. The REAL Truth...

    @Sue01 – no disgusting behavior like that awful slime POS Bashir on CNN's sister station MSNBC,
    wow.. just dumb founding!!!! DId you even watch the intervierw?? Cruz had no response to ACA other than his usual myopic kill it! NO alternatives, NO suggestions, and NO defense for his actions. It's called investigative journalism, and if any behavior was disgusting it was the denigrating replies that Cruz gave to Bashir.
    But it's OK when it's Obama on the other end, right?
    Talk about the pot calling the kettle black!

    November 21, 2013 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  6. Sally

    Tampa Tim, did you know that the 'baggers' [as you call them] have a higher IQ than you and most of your Dem buddies? True story. Maybe you all should start listening to the people [yes, people...all races, all political affiliations...a fact largely ignored by liberal progressives] call 'baggers' because they know better than you!!!!

    November 21, 2013 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  7. ankenyman

    Who are these 41 percent that approve of what he has done? How could anybody approve of his continual scandals, deceptions and policy disasters?

    November 21, 2013 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  8. LibsRLiars


    amazing that since reagan right wing policies.......
    josh, you're ovbiously a young low-information voter so I'm going to help you out a little here. Go back and look at how many states Reagan carried in both of his elections. Go back and look at how many countries attended or sent their condolences for his funeral. Reagan was respected and loved by way more people than the skinny, big eared, empty suit that currently occupies the WH. 9 million repubs stayed home this last election in 2012. Had the motivation been there for them, we'd be talking about a one term bozo. Instead elections have consequences and your party has severely damaged the healthcare for ALL americans to try to provide the feeling of euphoria for you guys. The day of reckoning is October 2014 when the employer mandates kick in. There will be no safe place for you guys to hide.

    November 21, 2013 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  9. Roy

    why does he really care he will leave office in three years with a mega bucks pension and a blockbuster presidential benefits package for life with Washington in his rear view mirror wishing the best for the next sucker who gets elected.

    November 21, 2013 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  10. John

    Obama had historically high ratings for the majority of his terms, and now that things aren't going so well for him it is natural for the ratings to fall. What doesn't make sense is Oprah suggesting he is a victim of racism. Really???? He was elected to the highest office in the land for consecutive terms, and now that he has a couple of blunders and tries to lie his way out of them the rest of the country is racist. I hope she never recovers from that comment.

    November 21, 2013 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  11. Ray

    This guy will go down as the worst president EVER. He is an absolute EMBARASSMENT and I hope he gets impeached.

    November 21, 2013 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  12. Melvin Kelmer

    If you click on the link to the actual poll raw data, it is obvious, again, that CNN is cooking the numbers to help Obama not look as bad as he really does. There were 31% Democrats but only 23% Republicans! They did not weigh the final results to account for this discrepancy. If you look at the skew of results in support of the president by Democrats, it shows that statistically there would be a huge shift in the numbers reported against the president. So, CNN is misreporting their poll results to make the president look less bad. They would do the opposite for a republican, which they do. That's why they don't put these numbers up front, you have to dig for them.But, do ANY of their reporters report on this??? NO!!!

    November 21, 2013 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  13. Steve

    Does this mean more people are going to get knocked out in the streets?

    November 21, 2013 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  14. shorething

    This poll was never on CNN ever! They hired an independent firm to make some phone calls and claim it theirs.

    November 21, 2013 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  15. Shelly

    Who are these people you're polling? These polls are full of crap!!

    November 21, 2013 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  16. newscale62

    I'm critical of the Tea Party for not finding a suitable nut job candidate yet for 2016. There's still time.

    November 21, 2013 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  17. Anonymous

    Against the most hateful and obstructionist (and POWERFUL) minority party in the history of this country, Obama has barely been able to do anything, and yet somehow everything is his fault? No mentally healthy person actually believes that. Too bad that most Americans are not mentally healthy.

    November 21, 2013 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  18. newscale62

    I'm critical of the Tea Party for not finding a nut job candidate yet for 2016. There's still time.

    November 21, 2013 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  19. Jay

    Revolution 2014 2016 !!

    November 21, 2013 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  20. The REAL Truth...

    @Rick – 69% disapprove of his job in office. NOT GOOD.
    LOL.. more of that fuzzy Republican math I see.. Bobby Jindal was right. Please explain how 41% approval leaves 69% disapproval?? Must have got ur primary education in one of those red states where the GOP continues to cut educational funding. LOL

    November 21, 2013 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  21. Jonathon Powelly

    Campaigner in Chief pretty good, Commander in Chief not so much.

    November 21, 2013 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |

    The Repukes had it coming for a looooong time!!
    Go-Bama !!!!!!!

    November 21, 2013 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  23. Mike Jones

    CNN, an hour late and a dollar short.

    I am sure they fluffed the numbers a little for their messiah.

    CNN, you are so well known as a disreputable liberal gag - not even a true news source.

    November 21, 2013 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  24. KC

    Well now that Reid grew a pair, perhaps President Obama can get some stuff done.

    November 21, 2013 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  25. Jlove

    Not saying Obamas the best president, but by far not the worst! So sick of these polls. Who are they asking? What does it matter anyway? He's already been elected and re elected. Politics are ridiculous, media is too. It's all a lie. I respect Obama because he is our president. It's a shame his country doesn't. Just shows weakness to other countries that we don't support our own. There will never be a perfect president.. None of the greats were without err. Look it up.

    November 21, 2013 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
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