President at 42% on Presidents Day
February 17th, 2014
08:59 AM ET
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President at 42% on Presidents Day

Washington (CNN) - As President Barack Obama marks his sixth Presidents Day in office, his approval ratings remain near the lowest of his presidency.

According to a CNN Poll of Polls compiled Monday, which averages the most recent non-partisan, live operator national surveys, the President's approval rating stands at 42%, with 53% of Americans giving a thumbs down to Obama's performance in the White House.

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While the President's approval rating has slightly edged up since November and early December when it was at or near all time lows in many national surveys, it's still far below where it stood a year ago. In February 2013, soon after his second inaugural and just two months removed from his 2012 re-election victory, Obama's approval rating stood at 52% in a CNN Poll of Polls.

The President's numbers tumbled after late spring and summer following controversies over the Edward Snowden intelligence leaks and congressional investigations into IRS targeting of conservative political groups. Then came October and the politically charged botched rollout of Obamacare, his signature domestic policy achievement.

Coupled with legislative setbacks, many pundits labeled 2013 the worst year of Obama's presidency. And for the first time since taking over at the White House in 2009, a majority of the public surveyed disapproved of his job performance.

The silver lining for the President in all these polls: While his numbers are anything but impressive, the approval ratings for Congress overall, and specifically for congressional Republicans and Democrats, are much lower.

The approval rating is considered one of the best gauges of a president's standing with Americans and of his clout with lawmakers here in Washington.

The CNN Poll of Polls is an average of the three non-partisan, live operator, national surveys of the president's approval rating conducted over the past two weeks: Gallup daily tracking poll (Feb. 13-15); Fox News (Feb. 9-11); and Marist-McClatchy (Feb. 4-9). Since it is an average of multiple surveys, the Poll of Polls does not have a sampling error.

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  1. Me


    I am so sick of Republicans barking, let's give those guys some bones to suck on! They all seem to be racist, haters when they talk their devil ears seem to pop right out of their heads!! Such a sad state!
    I am so sick of Republicans AND Democrats barking, let's give those guys some bones to suck on! They all seem to be racist, haters when they talk their devil ears seem to pop right out of their heads!! Such a sad state!


    February 17, 2014 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  2. The Real Tom Paine



    Fed up with it all

    Too all the Dems in Congress.

    Did you vote for Obamacare?

    All the adds are queuing up ya know...
    10 million enrolled in the ACA or state Medicare sites. Hate to tell you but the law is working. How will the GOP cover their behinds when it is clear that all those GOP governors who turned down the Medicare expansions are costing their states and their poor and their seniors more money?
    That 10 million number is completely BS, first 10 million have not even signed up, go fact check that number, there was even a story on CNN about how bogus that number is! Second, how many have PAID for the plan they signed up, NOWHERE near 10 million. Third, take into account the number of people that LOST their plans and the net is like 2 million or more likely even less then that!!! Why can't Dems admit any wrong, this is OBVIOUSLY a disaster, but you partisan hacks continue to blame everyone else but where it belongs!!! Even Dems that are looking to be re-elected are RUNNING AWAY as fast as they can from Obama and Obamacare cause they know they will lose if they don't! And for the record, I would be ok with true socialized healthcare but Obamacare is a disaster, all they needed to do was pass a law making it illegal to deny care due to pre-existing conditions and remove lifetime caps etc, should have been simple. When you don’t get a single vote, NOT EVEN ONE, from the other party (regardless if it is liberal or conservative legislation), you know it will be a failure, all branches and parties need to work TOGETHER to create legislation or it will fail! You lose credibility every time you post this bogus 10 milion number RS but that doesn't surprise me, you don't care about facts only about your party!!
    So sayeth the man with the most ego-centric name on here. Its really telling when all you can do is repeatedly yammer about how much you hate somoen else for stating something you don't want to hear.

    February 17, 2014 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  3. salty dog

    Right me, they block attempts to give more wealth to the top 1%, how are we going to fix inequality if we don't give them more tax breaks? You sound like you had some tea for lunch, keep listening to fox, you'll be fine.

    February 17, 2014 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  4. Bagocheese

    Who are the 42% and what's wrong with them?

    February 17, 2014 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  5. Lynda/Minnesota

    "The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Monday shows that 48% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Obama's job performance" 2/17/2014

    Oops. I'm not sure why Rasmussen is only tracking "likely voters", but hey, who really cares one way or another?

    February 17, 2014 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  6. Malory Archer



    Perhaps if congressional republicans would do more than block, obstruct and manufacture crises, everyone's numbers would be higher.
    Guess what, dems in the senate have done just as much if not MORE obstruction then the GOP has in congress you are just too blinded by your party loyalty to see that!


    Examples please.

    February 17, 2014 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  7. tom l

    So sayeth the man with the most ego-centric name on here. Its really telling when all you can do is repeatedly yammer about how much you hate somoen else for stating something you don't want to hear.

    The first part of your comment is pretty irrelevant (and, please realize I'm joking, but you have taken on the moniker and represent yourself to be one of the most important people in our nation's history! ;)) Anywho, that being said, the numbers are quite bogus. It's not even close to 10 million and the point of his comment was to challenge that fake, exaggerated number that the administration is peddling to us. How many of that 10 million is re-ups for Medicaid? How many are 25 years olds that have stayed on their parent's insurance (which I don't know how that is billed as a success), how many were kicked off of their old plans and were mandated to sign up through the ACA? That number is as bogus as could possibly be.

    February 17, 2014 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  8. Thomas

    I sure miss GW Bush and the way he talked like a regular guy who understands whats important to Americans and there pets .

    I miss Barney

    February 17, 2014 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  9. Son of Samo

    Lies, Killer Robots that Fly, Spies and Funerals... just business as Usual. R.I.P. Miriam Carey (I will never forget)

    February 17, 2014 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  10. Vence

    42% Obama.
    9% Congress.
    23% Republican party.
    43% Democratic Party.

    February 17, 2014 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |

    mal arc @ The poll says 58 percent says 0bama stinks at doing his job ! More news !

    February 17, 2014 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  12. Dean

    I blame G. W. Bush for Obama being the worst president ever.

    February 17, 2014 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  13. Harold Read

    "You can keep your policy. Period."

    February 17, 2014 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
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