CNN poll:  Obama ranks low among recent incumbents
November 15th, 2011
03:31 PM ET

CNN poll: Obama ranks low among recent incumbents

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama's overall approval rating remains in the mid-40s, where it has been since July, and he continues to receive much higher marks for foreign policy than for domestic issues, according to a new national survey out one year before he is up for re-election.

A CNN/ORC International Poll released Tuesday indicates that 52% of all Americans approve of how the president is handling the situation in Iraq, an indication that Americans tend to favor Obama's decision to withdraw all U.S. troops from that country by year's end. Forty-eight percent of those questioned approve of how he is handling the war in Afghanistan. By contrast, only 35% have a positive view of his economic track record, and just 38% approve of how he is handling health care policy.

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It all adds up to an overall 46% approval rating for the president, with 52% saying they disapprove of how Obama is handling his job in the White House.

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soundoff (28 Responses)
  1. jerry

    people are now understanding who he really is and acting appropriately. A political activist in the White House...this shows in the domestic economy and foreign affairs..both a horrible mess.

    November 15, 2011 at 4:11 pm |
    • Howard

      obama's current trip is another slippery obama attempt to run away, and temporarily take the heat off himself, for massive screw ups, like Solyndra, and Fast n' Furious. Claiming that his trip will open foreign markets, and thus create more American jobs is a joke. Thanks to obama, unions are already over paying American workers to a level that makes them uncompetative with their Asia Pacific counterparts ... and, makes the propects of under paid Asian workers buying over priced American goods a pipe dream ... not to mention adding in the cost of freight to get the American made goods thousands of miles away, to their Asian sales outlets. But, like with most of obama's sweeping promises and platitudes, obama hopes that enough suckers will once again buy into his B.S., in order to get himself relected ... because a BILLION dollars, may not be enough to buy the Presidency this time.

      November 16, 2011 at 1:37 pm |
  2. Kevin Reynolds

    All you liberals and supports of President Obama seem to forget that he controlled the White House and Congress for two years. He could not get anything passed then including a budget. Stop blaming the republicans and start looking at the democrats. You talk about filerbusters when he can't even get his own party to vote with him on some of the bills.

    November 15, 2011 at 4:11 pm |
  3. CanadaOne

    Support Obama – get rid of the gop or they will take you down...

    Look at Canada
    1. Higher taxes for the rich
    2. Better economy than the USA – best in the world – no debt
    3. Universal helath care
    4. Universal child care and early learning
    5. less unemployment
    6. more going to universities – the best in the world
    7. higher take home income for those working than the USA worker
    8. we live longer than Amercicans by an average of 7 yeras
    9. we take care of our seniors
    10. most importantly we don't have the gop – they are a threat to your country


    love Canada – a true friend!

    November 15, 2011 at 4:17 pm |
    • Chris

      They only have 40M people you idiot. Not the 400M in the USA.

      November 17, 2011 at 1:22 pm |
  4. Debbie

    Question: Why did CNN use ORC International for a USA poll? You know the USA is no longer a British colony right?

    November 15, 2011 at 4:21 pm |
  5. tee66

    I am so glad CNN have the worst rating of all the stations on cable. Because all they do is try and pick on Obama what they need to do is tell the truth. The reason we are in this mess is because jim demint and mitch mcconnell. Demint laid out the ground work for mcconnell, And as we know mcconnell went on TV in front of the nation to say in number one gold is to make Obama a one term at any cost even if it ment taking down the country. looks like to me CNN don`t have the guts to take on Demint and mcconnell on this issue and it`s a fact.

    November 15, 2011 at 4:42 pm |
  6. steveo

    There is only one poll that really means anything! It is a poll of the folks that put him into office and they are the independants! That is the poll to look to! With us being a year out everything else is mush!

    November 15, 2011 at 4:42 pm |
  7. TRY


    November 15, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
    • notafag41230

      What do you expect he was in Hawaii and thought he was in Asia what a dumb A#@. and you are f%#king ignorant

      November 15, 2011 at 8:05 pm |
    • Jharris

      Why is this poll necessary? There is a full year until the 2012 Election when people vote. They are going vote based on the direction of the country. They are going to vote on how they feel the economy is. Obama is struggling with white independents and blue collar workers. When or if that unemployment rate starts dropping below 9%, his poll numbers will get gradually better. Things are kind of looking up economically, but who the heck knows. I try not to be partisan, but if unemployment gets to say 8.5% by July of 2012, Obama and his supporters should be feeling good. I believe if the Supreme Court strikes down "Obamacare" in the summer of 2012 and the unemployment rate drops, I believe Obama will win against the GOP nominee. Reason I say that is because the Democratic base will be energized to prevent a GOP White House and Congress from emerging in 2012.

      November 15, 2011 at 10:45 pm |
    • BuddhasBar

      Sorry, but he was just as black when he got elected, so don't make stupid comments.

      November 16, 2011 at 1:21 pm |
    • BuddhasBar

      Sorry, but he was just as black when he got elected, so your comment makes literally no sense at all.

      November 16, 2011 at 1:21 pm |
  8. elle

    The Republicans under Bush let the economy go to hell, especially with two wars costing a billion a month each, their big pork barrel schemes, and with their desire to tear out Wall Street Regulations. Now they want to remove consumer protection, environental protection, weaken health car and maybe start a war with Iran. The 2010 House take over also led to Republican attempts to stop stimulus and which impinges on economic growth, but their PR is wonderful, especially thanks to Fox and so middle cass people will vote against their own interest and future for kids if they buy it and blame Obama. He has done a pretty good job, saving our car manufacturing industry, getting rid of bin laden, calming down the internaional sitautio, but the Republicans want to take over the country ans most people don't read so, their plan to do that by refusing to accept any responsibiity for probelms they case, including high debt level foolishly enough lead to their denouncing Obama...are the citizens of this country really blind? I think so and it is depressing

    November 15, 2011 at 5:39 pm |
  9. Mike

    He's the first black president.His citizenship has been questioned. Its a black thing being ID'd all the time. The tea party was born the day after Obama took office and vowed to take back America. Take it back to what?, to the good old Bush days or pre-civil war. Its simple how do you spell racist G.O.P/ Tea Party

    November 15, 2011 at 5:55 pm |
    • BuddhasBar

      Racism is not the problem, after all America has elected a black man to almost every public office. The problem is just that he has proven himself incapable of leading a country, straight up.

      November 16, 2011 at 1:23 pm |
  10. Dontbow

    It should be obvious to people now that obamya is a bad president. He came in with very little experience and has failed. Forcing obamacare on people is just wrong and everyone knows it. Stimulous was another very bad idea and we can now see why.

    November 15, 2011 at 6:31 pm |
  11. Smalltowner

    The polls don't look that great for him now but come election time I think voters will take a real good look at their choices and he will overcome his poll ratings.....Just my opinion.

    November 15, 2011 at 11:13 pm |
  12. Eric

    Again my ? is where in the hell do you get these #s? Im 57 yrs old and have never been polled. Nor do I know of any freinds or family who have been polled about this.!!!! I can asure you that I know plenty,plenty of folk who will be voting for President Barack Obama in the next election! does this increase those poll #s now!!!!!!!

    November 16, 2011 at 4:06 am |
  13. Roger

    Lets elect a Republican President and let them keep the House. This will surely will seal the fate of our middle class. Kings and Serfs. Just what crud like the Koch Bros. want.

    November 16, 2011 at 8:11 am |
  14. Donny

    Obama is today's generation Carter, one and done.

    November 16, 2011 at 8:32 am |
  15. Don

    At at time when congress polls only an 8% approval rating and states are going to recall elections (i.e. Wilsconsin), President Obama's 46% approval rating is pretty good. When you compare him and his accomplishments to the GOP dabate circus, it quickly becomes clear that our President will win his second term.

    November 16, 2011 at 11:32 am |
  16. BuddhasBar

    CNN sucks so bad its funny. YOu liberal jackasses are so scared to allow comments from opposing views, typical leftists trying to suppress ideas and conversation. Doesn't matter, the ratings tell the story. NO one is listening to libs at CNN

    November 16, 2011 at 1:24 pm |
  17. MrBlk

    Obama is doing the best job he can, given that the racist Tea Party and Idiot Republican Congress have done all they can to make him fail. However, Obama will prevail in the end. This is the kinda crap they did in the last election. It was supposed to have been so close. The polls were supposedly a statistical dead heat.

    Well I'm LMAO because My president (Mr. Obama) won in one of the largest landslide ever!

    This will be "Act II"!

    November 16, 2011 at 2:23 pm |
  18. frespech

    Obama ranks low among recent incumbents(Headline) then fails to provide any data to compare him to other incumbents. Am I missing something?

    November 16, 2011 at 2:38 pm |
  19. H. Nelson

    New bumper sticker-


    November 16, 2011 at 3:46 pm |
  20. JayPA

    "an indication that Americans tend to favor Obama's decision to withdraw all U.S. troops from that country by year's end."

    Nice, but it wasn't Obama's decision. The December troop withdrawal was negotiated by Bush back in 2008.

    November 16, 2011 at 4:03 pm |
  21. Liz Carter in Georgia

    @BuddhasBar; You're right! There've been a number of blacks who have been elected and sometimes 'hand-picked selected' to many of Americas' political and public offices. So what are you saying? Do you really think that racism and biggotry don't exist simply because of that 'action'? Have you ever heard of 'affirmative action'? Which I do believe was a necessary 'government mandate' to insure that many of those positions WERE filled by blacks. Had it not been for that, do you think that would have happened?

    November 16, 2011 at 5:13 pm |