June 8th, 2011
12:05 PM ET
WASHINGTON (CNN) – President Barack Obama's overall approval rating has dropped below 50 percent as a growing number of Americans worry that the U.S. is likely to slip into another Great Depression within the next 12 months, according to a new national poll. (read more here)
May 31st, 2011
02:27 PM ET
The CNN Political Unit reports a majority of Americans want Congress to invoke the War Powers Act, believing that President Obama should not have the have the final authority for deciding whether the U.S. should continue its military mission in Libya. The findings come in a new CNN/Opinion Research Poll.
CNN Polling Director Keating Holland breaks it down:
May 31st, 2011
09:53 AM ET
The CNN Political Unit reports President Obama's performance on national security and international affairs and his image as a strong leader appear to be behind his rising approval rating, according to a new national poll conducted while the president was on his week-long trip to Europe.
A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Monday indicates that Obama's approval rating among Americans stands at 54 percent, with 45 percent saying they disapprove of the job he's doing as president.
April 23rd, 2011
04:41 PM ET
By CNN Political Coverage Manager Steve Brusk
WASHINGTON (CNN) – President Barack Obama confronted two political realities this week:
– Rising gas prices are bad for a politician's poll numbers.
– There is almost nothing a politician can do about it, at least in the short run.
The national average for gas rose another eight-tenths of a cent in the last 24 hours, to $3.856 a gallon, according to AAA. That's the 32nd consecutive day with an increase. Prices have risen nearly 31 cents a gallon during that streak, or nearly 9 percent.
And during that same period, Obama has seen his approval ratings slide and an increase in Americans who say the country is heading in the wrong direction. The latest CNN Poll of Polls out Friday put the president's approval rating at 45 percent, with his disapproval number up to 52 percent. That's his lowest approval rating of 2011. (In contrast, 52 percent of Americans approved of the job he was doing in mid-January).
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