President's marks as manager take hit in new CNN/ORC poll
November 25th, 2013
06:00 AM ET
9 years ago

President's marks as manager take hit in new CNN/ORC poll

Washington (CNN) - Only four out of 10 Americans believe President Barack Obama can manage the federal government effectively, according to a new national poll.

And a CNN/ORC International survey released Monday morning also indicates that 53% of Americans now believe that Obama is not honest and trustworthy, the first time that a clear majority in CNN polling has felt that way.

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According to the survey, conducted last Monday through Wednesday, 40% say the President can manage the government effectively. That 40% figure is down 12 percentage points from June and is the worst score Obama received among the nine personal characteristics tested in the new poll.

"A lot of attention has focused on the President's numbers on honesty in new polling the past three weeks, but it looks like the recent controversy over Obamacare has had a bigger impact on his status as an effective manager of the government, and that may be what is really driving the drop in Obama's approval rating this fall," CNN Polling Director Keating Holland said.

Does being an effective manager count more than honesty?

"Just ask Bill Clinton, whose overall approval ratings remained high during and after the Monica Lewinsky scandal because three-quarters of all Americans thought he could get things done, even though only about one in five said he was honest," Holland added.

Obama's woes are not limited to honesty and his managerial skills. Fifty-six percent say he is not a person they admire, and an equal number say he does not agree with them on important issues. Fifty-six percent also say he does not inspire confidence, and 53% don't view him as a strong and decisive leader. All of those figures are all-time records for Obama in CNN polling.

There is a silver lining in the poll for the President: He's still seen as someone who cares about ordinary Americans, six in 10 say he has a vision for the country's future, and seven in 10 say he is likable–his best attribute of the nine items tested in this poll. But the numbers are down for both admiration and likeability.

"It's clear that views of Obama as a person - once his strong suit - have taken a hit in October and throughout 2013," said Holland.

The poll was conducted November 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.

- CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.

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soundoff (676 Responses)
  1. Henryo

    Curious how I always read about these "poll" but have never heard of anybody I know, being "polled." More sensationalist news to stir up the peasants, oh, I mean conservatives.

    November 25, 2013 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  2. Now I see

    Why do you people talk so bad about President Obama?

    1. He promised transparency in the White House...wait, that didn't happen
    2. He promised to get us out of wars...wait, we are still in Iraq and Afghanistan
    3. He promised I could keep my health plan...wait, I lost it

    Now I see what you are saying,

    November 25, 2013 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  3. dhsjks

    Those who don't understand the validity of polling shouldn't be making comments. This poll is a true representative sampling of all, not just the CNN watchers. Wise up and educate yourselves on polling. What is unbelievable in this data is how roughly 40% could still have any confidence in this President. How can so many be so brainwashed that they don't see what is right in front of them? All they need to do is look at the facts, not the rhetoric.

    November 25, 2013 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  4. Roger

    Obama is going to go down as the one of Americans best president ever, he ended bush wars, he got this country back from a deep financial crisis, he killed Osama Bin laden, e passed health care for the uninsured etc... He has done all these in tough times. Be fair and give him the credit he deserves. Just don't judge him by just a nonfunctional healthcare website of which website will eventually work by-the way.

    November 25, 2013 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  5. kalzy what, he's the pres and romney...alas. Is not.

    November 25, 2013 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  6. SheepInWolfClothing

    Thank goodness the veil of "most transparent administration in all time" is being lifted. This guy has lied to the American public all of the time. He has put the economy in the toilet, wasted billions of dollars funneled to his friends all of now bankrupt companies, gave the fattest web page development contract to his wife's college friend, error after error after error. The pattern is now past incompetence and clearly malicious destruction of the American ways to force in socialism. WAKE UP AMERICA The great divider is only willing to negatiate with our terroirst nataionl threats like Iran, Syria, but will not even have a discussion with the political party that represent half of this great country. How about that America, our president would rather yield and collaborate with dictators of Muslim countries than work with the country that made him possible……hmmmm

    November 25, 2013 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  7. Gary

    This is just the start of the failures of the ACA. This is something that will go on for the rest of our lives. The country can recover from the mistakes that Bush made but not from Obama and the Democratic Party the pushed the ACA through as a law. Obama never was a leader that could be a good president, he was a rookie Senator at best. He does not know how. Everyone know the real reason he was elected. The Democratic Party are the one that have really messed up this country and the values we once had as American people. Obama has done nothing but bring America down.

    November 25, 2013 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  8. RangerDOS

    The saddest thing is that President Obama had such tremendous potential to bring the country together. It's really sad. Wanting a job and being capable of doing the job are two different things.

    November 25, 2013 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  9. Smellferd

    The only amazing thing here is that the president was able to hold a high approval rating as long as he has. I have a feeling that as opinions shift and more scrutiny is applied this situation will only worsen. Particularly as the impact of failures such as the aca and foreign policy begin to be felt by the general public. The legacy of this administration is sealed... The only question is how low it will sink before the end of his term.

    November 25, 2013 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  10. volks

    After so many lies and cover ups, it is no wonder people don't trust him. All talk (lies) no action. When he finally does take action it's the wrong kind. Such a looser.

    November 25, 2013 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  11. Tim

    Be wary friends. We are on the slow march to no longer having democracy in the United States. I am mostly independent having voted for both Republicans and Democrats, but I am concerned with the things the Democrats are currently doing. I do believe that the Democrats are currently trying to fundamentally change the structure of our government to one based on socialism and will eventually strip us of the rights guaranteed to us in the constitution. I do not know if they can succeed in this endeavor but having analyzed the situation, I believe they stand a strong chance.

    November 25, 2013 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  12. rufus floyd

    And you think people trusted that lying Bush?
    At least Obama is trying to keep us out of a war not in one. Trust who you like just look at the results.

    November 25, 2013 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  13. unretired05

    I would guess that he is still far ahead of Congress.

    November 25, 2013 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  14. giggy

    The most of who. I remember when the said Romney would when the election. One thing I know about polling is that you can cook the books and ask a question a certain way to achieve a desired response. This polling done over and over as though the President is running for office is a Koch Brothers shame. The only thing that really matters is people like me who voted for the President got his back. And the Democrats are stronger than ever. The President has saved this country economy and has down for the rich as well as the poor. So Republicans think about this this poll done from landlines. The youth and the working underemployed don't use this as a means of communicating so this is a flawed polling.

    November 25, 2013 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  15. MIKE

    90% don't have a clue as to what type of insurance to buy, of that 90% most that had theirs cancelled were cookie cutter policies not worth the paper that it's printed on, they bought it dirt cheap and only when they really need it do they find this out, the new policies will cover you from a cough to Cancer treatments...... The Fake outrage is nothing more than the rights ignorance shining through.......their overlords are playing you all as fools......keep up the great work!

    November 25, 2013 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  16. VoiceintheDesert

    It cracks me up to see so many comments saying, "It's only a website glitch – what's the big deal?" Can you people really have your head buried in the sand that far? Can you really be so blindly obedient to your party as to not see how unprepared Persident Obama has been for this job? Nice guy? Sure. Likeable? Absolutely. Prepared to lead the United States? Not a chance. He delegates – but doesn't follow up. He hems and haws and checks polls – but never makes a solid decision. Whenever anything happens, his only response is, "I didn't know." He's either completely out of the loop and incompetent, or he's lying. Or both.

    November 25, 2013 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  17. C.J.

    Some of you who write that he is the worst president in history, obviously haven't studied all the presidents. Lots of people don't like this president and never did but 843 people out of 313M kind of sounds not very good as an indicator. The pollsters didn't even note of they are polling on a scientific basis. What is worse, wanting everyone to have health care or fighting the phantom WMDs? What is more costly. Bush wasn't even the worst president despite the falsehood he presented to Congress.

    November 25, 2013 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  18. allenwoll

    That may be - After all, Mr O is a Pol ! ! - But I personally trust the GoPer/TPtyers astronomically far, FAR, F-A-R less ! !
    Then even beyond THAT colossal, virtually infinite mistrust, there is the abomination and active thievery of Corporations, BigMoney and AccumulatedWealth happily and busily stealing our nation right from under the Middle Class.
    Look up what T Jefferson and A Lincoln had to say about Corporations - THEN get back to me about trustworthiness ! ! ! YOU people are OUR - the Nations - worst enemies ! ! - Tell me that you are NOT into the pockets of the Corporations, go on, tell me YOUR lie ! !

    November 25, 2013 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  19. Harleigh

    With good reason.

    November 25, 2013 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  20. Anonymous

    The website is only the beginning of the healthcare fiasco. Of course it will be fixed ( it should have been working from day one anyway ) and the goverment will spend millions more of the taxpayer's money fixing the website. Then what ? the rest of the ACA system is broken too. The website is only the beginning. He is also planning on giving millions of illegals amnesty and citizenship and that is next big burden on the taxpayers. The democrats will get millions of future voters and the taxpayers will get the bill. Stop this madness before America as we know it is destroyed.

    November 25, 2013 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  21. g

    just think if they would have voted republican,you could have been at WAR right now -and the profits would be rolling in

    November 25, 2013 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  22. Cat soup

    Obama was simply not qualified to be president. Affirmative action at its best.

    November 25, 2013 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  23. Dave

    How could anyone trust him...he lies on a regular basis.
    The old saying "The check's in the mail" has forever been replaced with "You can keep you insurance"

    November 25, 2013 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  24. PM

    It is too bad he's getting such a bad rap. The Affordable Care act is a great idea, but all the attempts to sabotage it are dragging it down. The issue with existing insurance plans being canceled should hardly be surprising. Isn't it expected that the insurance companies would cancel / raise the rates on those plans eventually?

    November 25, 2013 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  25. J

    The Polls had MItt Romney Winning Too, ask Carl Rove

    November 25, 2013 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
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