CNN: Obama approval drops to 47/50

posted at 2:01 pm on March 19, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

The latest CNN poll has bad news, more bad news, and then even more bad news for Barack Obama.  The first set of bad news come on his approval rating, which has dramatically reversed in just two months.  Obama has gone from 55/43 in January in the aftermath of his win on tax hikes to 47/50 today — a drop in the gap of 15 points, +12 to -3. It’s the first negative approval rating in this poll since January 2012, when Obama’s approval stood at 47/51.  Among independents, his approval rating is only 41/53.

His standing on the issues is even shakier.  Overall, 54% of respondents disagree with Obama on “issues that matter most to you,” with only 44% agreeing.  On specific issues, it’s even worse.  Obama just spent weeks insisting that the sequester would be a disaster and that Americans wanted a “balanced approach” to budgeting rather than spending cuts.  Only 31% agree with him on federal budgeting after that campaign, with 67% disapproving (although Republicans do even worse at 19/79).  Obama only edges House Republicans on the issue by a single point, 47/46, a dissipation of the bully pulpit advantage.  Respondents also rebuke him for not engaging enough with Republicans, with 56% saying he should be doing more.

Even worse for Obama, the poll shows support ebbing for gun-control laws:

A new national poll suggests that support for major restrictions on guns may be fading, three months after the horrific shootings at an elementary school in Connecticut.

Although a majority of Americans favored major restrictions on guns or an outright ban in the wake of the shootings in Newtown, Connecticut, when a heavily armed gunman killed 20 young students and six adults, a new CNN/ORC International survey indicates that support has tumbled to just 43%, as more time has passed since that December tragedy.

“Support for stricter gun control has fallen dramatically among two groups – older Americans and people who live in rural areas,” says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. “In the immediate aftermath of the shootings in Connecticut, the number of rural Americans who supported major gun restrictions rose to 49% but now that support has dropped 22 points. Support for stricter gun laws dropped 16 points among Americans over 50 years old in that same time.”

In contrast, another world leader is enjoying a much better week:

“Pope Francis is starting off with a huge reservoir of goodwill in the U.S. Eighty-eight percent of American Catholics questioned in our survey approve of his selection as pope,” says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland.

By contrast, an ABC News/Washington Post poll in April, 2005, found only 60% of Americans Catholics approved of the selection of Pope Benedict, the predecessor to Francis.

Perhaps American Catholics aren’t used to seeing demonstrations of humility from leaders these days.


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Well, with his approval ratings sliding, we should take advantage of the situation. We should pass amnesty to really stick it to Democrats.

El_Terrible on March 19, 2013 at 2:03 PM

Good!

Scrumpy on March 19, 2013 at 2:04 PM

I would just love bho to have the approval rating that he gets in Israel of 10%!

One can hope can’t one?
L

letget on March 19, 2013 at 2:05 PM

As if he gives a shit.

He just got re-elected.

OhEssYouCowboys on March 19, 2013 at 2:05 PM

A day late and a disapproval short.

forest on March 19, 2013 at 2:05 PM

Better late than never…

Hope it keeps sliding down.

Scrumpy on March 19, 2013 at 2:08 PM

I’m sure that this person wasn’t polled. And this thing represents the Utopian in Utopia:

Keep Obama In President

OhEssYouCowboys on March 19, 2013 at 2:08 PM

This is huge. It means he may not be reelected in 2016.

/

Doughboy on March 19, 2013 at 2:08 PM

At this point, what difference does it make?

Lily on March 19, 2013 at 2:09 PM

He’ll find it hard to get re-elected with numbers like that.

Foxhound on March 19, 2013 at 2:09 PM

I hope he is having a hissy fit in the Oval Office…

Scrumpy on March 19, 2013 at 2:09 PM

Yeah, he got another four years to screw us. Who cares?

AllahsNippleHair on March 19, 2013 at 2:11 PM

A new national poll suggests that support for major restrictions on guns may be fading, three months after the horrific shootings at an elementary school in Connecticut.

“Quick,” the Left’s collective subconscious is screaming, “another massacre. We need another dozen or so innocents to take one for the team.”

rrpjr on March 19, 2013 at 2:11 PM

Only 31% agree with him on federal budgeting after that campaign, with 67% disapproving (although Republicans do even worse at 19/79).

This!

The GOP has to become more effective at messaging!!

This looks very bad for the GOP…

One day at a time… Le Sigh

Scrumpy on March 19, 2013 at 2:12 PM

We still have 4 more years of this crapola….

cmsinaz on March 19, 2013 at 2:12 PM

These polls are gonna make him miss a sip of champagne, or a bit of an hors d’oeuvre, at his next soiree, with Beyonce.

Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown.

OhEssYouCowboys on March 19, 2013 at 2:14 PM

We still have 4 more years of this crapola….

cmsinaz on March 19, 2013 at 2:12 PM

Nah, “only” 3 years, 10 months, and 1 day.

Doughboy on March 19, 2013 at 2:14 PM

How soon until Moochie comes out and says again that she and her hubby are ‘unappreciated’? If Matthews says anything about this, I’m sure it’ll be with his usual spittle and red-faced indignation about ‘how racists Americans really are’.

I hope this slide is a start of a chronic situation, and that Obama’s popularity decrease drags the rest of his Party down with him.

Liam on March 19, 2013 at 2:14 PM

I think he is seeing the effect of wearing a hoodie on The History Channel…

hillsoftx on March 19, 2013 at 2:15 PM

Encouraging that he seems to be sinking faster than George W. Bush after his reelection. But I’m not gonna get too excited, yet. When ALL the polls show him sinking like a stone, I will be happy.

Jack_Burton on March 19, 2013 at 2:15 PM

Too late and totally irrelevant…

mnjg on March 19, 2013 at 2:16 PM

CNN: Obama approval drops to 47/50

America is just downright mean.

- The First 1%er

OhEssYouCowboys on March 19, 2013 at 2:16 PM

His approval rating remains at 100% with NBC,CBS,ABC,CNN,MSNBC,NPR,all movies and TV shows, all teachers unions, all minorities, and the 100 million daily viewers of The View.

We are doomed.

DeweyWins on March 19, 2013 at 2:17 PM

“Support for stricter gun control has fallen dramatically among two groups – older Americans and people who live in rural areas,” says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. “In the immediate aftermath of the shootings in Connecticut, the number of rural Americans who supported major gun restrictions rose to 49% but now that support has dropped 22 points. Support for stricter gun laws dropped 16 points among Americans over 50 years old in that same time.”

Either the previous polls on this issue were conducted with extreme bias or that reason will eventually win over emotions…

mnjg on March 19, 2013 at 2:19 PM

I think he is seeing the effect of wearing a hoodie on The History Channel…

hillsoftx on March 19, 2013 at 2:15 PM

You’d be surprised. When half the population are dumbed down to plant level, ridicule goes a nautical mile farther than math and logic. Just look at Sarah Palin. That’s why I want more barbs like that under the First Black Skin.

Archivarix on March 19, 2013 at 2:19 PM

Er, OK. How is this good news?

I can’t take any comfort in the fact 47% still support the the guy dismantling American exceptionalism.

sauldalinsky on March 19, 2013 at 2:19 PM

Obama just spent weeks insisting that the sequester would be a disaster and that Americans wanted a “balanced approach” to budgeting rather than spending cuts.

I think this is true with many people (as much as I would like to see a decidedly unbalanced approach of huge spending cuts). And, for once, Boehner had a good line about just doing tax increases, and the issue is done. How long ‘done’ lasts remains to be seen, but I think it made an impression with the public and helped them hold the line on the sequester.

Fenris on March 19, 2013 at 2:21 PM

I’m hoping that he gets panned for his trip to Israel. He’s an arrogant Jew-hating intellectual lightweight. What could possibly go wrong on a trip to mend fences with the country he wants to essentially kill by a return to the 1968 borders?

Happy Nomad on March 19, 2013 at 2:21 PM

In other news, CNN delighted to find they could assist Obama in keeping his approval ratings treading water until election season was over.

mintycrys on March 19, 2013 at 2:22 PM

Conservatives & liberty advocates are still in exile.

22044 on March 19, 2013 at 2:23 PM

The King Almighty Obama cares not of the polls.

LoganSix on March 19, 2013 at 2:23 PM

He’s an arrogant Jew-hating intellectual lightweight. What could possibly go wrong on a trip to mend fences with the country he wants to essentially kill by a return to the 1968 borders?

Happy Nomad on March 19, 2013 at 2:21 PM

That about sums it up.

rrpjr on March 19, 2013 at 2:23 PM

Encouraging that he seems to be sinking faster than George W. Bush after his reelection. But I’m not gonna get too excited, yet. When ALL the polls show him sinking like a stone, I will be happy.

Jack_Burton on March 19, 2013 at 2:15 PM

The parallels are striking. Bush thought he had a mandate on an issue he didn’t really run on(Social Security reform). So did Obama(gun control, amnesty). Bush did a p-ss poor job selling his proposal. Obama did a p-ss poor job selling his fearmongering over the sequester.

Now what really did Bush in was Katrina in the late summer of his fifth year in office. It’ll be interesting to see if Obama has a similar crisis drag him down. If not, there’s always Obamacare’s ugly head looming just around the corner.

Doughboy on March 19, 2013 at 2:24 PM

Is that the devil?

slickwillie2001 on March 19, 2013 at 2:25 PM

Maybe 47% is really 27.5% polled twice. We’re talking CNN here.

LetsBfrank on March 19, 2013 at 2:26 PM

the only poll that matters was the one last November 6th. We’ve got 4 more years of his crapola.

RedInMD on March 19, 2013 at 2:27 PM

The parallels are striking. Bush thought he had a mandate on an issue he didn’t really run on(Social Security reform). So did Obama(gun control, amnesty). Bush did a p-ss poor job selling his proposal. Obama did a p-ss poor job selling his fearmongering over the sequester.

Doughboy on March 19, 2013 at 2:24 PM

The Democrats weren’t going to bend over for Bush though. GOP seems hell bent on bending over for Obama.

El_Terrible on March 19, 2013 at 2:27 PM

Maybe Mitt Romney was right about the 47%.

LetsBfrank on March 19, 2013 at 2:29 PM

Ah, but this is CNN!

So is this news………..or opinion?

pilamaye on March 19, 2013 at 2:29 PM

Makes no difference. He won. He has “flexibility”.

RDH on March 19, 2013 at 2:30 PM

When it gets in the Mid-30s then it is news.

albill on March 19, 2013 at 2:32 PM

At this point, what difference does it make?

We’ve got at least 4 more years of TFG.

Washington Nearsider on March 19, 2013 at 2:32 PM

Done

Schadenfreude on March 19, 2013 at 2:33 PM

I think people are just getting tired of seeing him everywhere. His cameo on the History Channel’s new show on the Bible was about the final straw.

Lily on March 19, 2013 at 2:33 PM

Maybe Mitt Romney was right about the 47%.

LetsBfrank on March 19, 2013 at 2:29 PM

Beat me to it.

Bitter Clinger on March 19, 2013 at 2:34 PM

Maybe Mitt Romney was right about the 47%.

LetsBfrank on March 19, 2013 at 2:29 PM

Beat me to it.

Bitter Clinger on March 19, 2013 at 2:34 PM

Now, I’m on board.

OhEssYouCowboys on March 19, 2013 at 2:35 PM

My bad doughboy :)

cmsinaz on March 19, 2013 at 2:36 PM

His cameo on the History Channel’s new show on the Bible was about the final straw.

Lily on March 19, 2013 at 2:33 PM

Just wait until Mooch look-alike shows up in the part of the series dealing with Revelations and declares “just move” to all the tormented souls in whatever level of hell is reserved for socialists.

Happy Nomad on March 19, 2013 at 2:36 PM

America has gone nuts and weak. Muslim ‘cats’ get to roam at Fr. Hood…yet something like this closes a school, evacuates…nuts.

Schadenfreude on March 19, 2013 at 2:37 PM

If not, there’s always Obamacare’s ugly head looming just around the corner.

Doughboy on March 19, 2013 at 2:24 PM

I think that will be enough to do him in personally. The more they try to implement the thing the worse it turns out.

Gatsu on March 19, 2013 at 2:37 PM

CNN: Obama approval drops to 47/50

America is just downright mean.racist
- The First 1%er

OhEssYouCowboys on March 19, 2013 at 2:16 PM

corrected

acyl72 on March 19, 2013 at 2:37 PM

The Democrats weren’t going to bend over for Bush though. GOP seems hell bent on bending over for Obama.

El_Terrible on March 19, 2013 at 2:27 PM

You’d think they’d learn something from recent history. What was the one time in the last few months that they won a national debate against Obama? The sequester. And why were they successful? They simply held their ground, refused to cave, and allowed Obama to overreach and look like a blowhard. They’ve done this to a lesser extent on gun control and have had similar success. Why they can’t apply to this to other issues is beyond me.

Doughboy on March 19, 2013 at 2:37 PM

Get Obama and the re-distribution commie cult down to the 35% or under they in fact are.

Seems Mr. F.O.I.A. of the Al Gore / Michael Mann / Climate Change /Global Warming / CO2 fraud has released the password so that 25,000 East Anglia University e-mails by the fraud team can be read. Thing is he wants / wanted the private chit chat on who is screwing who redacted and the private contacts left out.

He handed the pass word over to only 12 web sites of the non belivers in the cutl.

Now comes EAU and the lawyers letter,, to a climate talk site in England. “If you release the e-mails we sue.

Seems some help to help a Russian hack site is needed to move the things along on to the wide web of spiders on global community of blog talk.

http://www.wattsupwiththat.com

from there the other sites are known and some Russian hacker can take it from there.

knowledge is freedoms food

APACHEWHOKNOWS on March 19, 2013 at 2:38 PM

oops

25,000 e-mails

APACHEWHOKNOWS on March 19, 2013 at 2:42 PM

GUN CONTROL TARNISHING… NEED NEW SHINY OBJECT! STAT!!!

Marcola on March 19, 2013 at 2:42 PM

250,000

APACHEWHOKNOWS on March 19, 2013 at 2:42 PM

Done

Schadenfreude on March 19, 2013 at 2:33 PM

good news indeed. Reading between the lines, doesn’t sound good for the union, also good news.

RedInMD on March 19, 2013 at 2:44 PM

As if he gives a shit.

He just got re-elected.

OhEssYouCowboys on March 19, 2013 at 2:05 PM

He cares…narcissists have a need to be adored.

Bevan on March 19, 2013 at 2:48 PM

Just wait until Mooch look-alike shows up in the part of the series dealing with Revelations and declares “just move” to all the tormented souls in whatever level of hell is reserved for socialists.

Happy Nomad on March 19, 2013 at 2:36 PM

Are they going up to Revelations?? Shouldn’t the History Channel include just history??

Illinidiva on March 19, 2013 at 2:48 PM

I knew there were some out there; didn’t know 47% of Americans were Satan-worshippers!

Midas on March 19, 2013 at 2:52 PM

But Hot Air, Obama supports gay marriage– this can’t be right. Shouldn’t his approval rating at least be in the 80 percentile range or something..

melle1228 on March 19, 2013 at 2:53 PM

Flexibility…

d1carter on March 19, 2013 at 2:56 PM

47% just keep coming up..?

d1carter on March 19, 2013 at 2:56 PM

This!

The GOP has to become more effective at messaging!!

This looks very bad for the GOP…

One day at a time… Le Sigh …

Scrumpy on March 19, 2013 at 2:12 PM

Of course we do. You know it, I know it, but apparently the smart ones running thing don’t. The Repubs can raise all the riches taxes, they can hand out free birth control to all the Flukes they want, they can sanction every gay marriage in the universe, they can give amnesty to every illegal alien and they will still be intolerant because that is what the media says they are. Until the Repubs deal with the narrative and learn to fight back– inclusiveness doesn’t amount to anything. The product ain’t the problem; it’s the sales pitch..

melle1228 on March 19, 2013 at 2:57 PM

As if he gives a shit.

He just got re-elected.

OhEssYouCowboys on March 19, 2013 at 2:05 PM

Yes, he got re-elected.

But sucky polls in a second term means the President’s party is likely to have a tough time in the midterms, and also means his party is unlikely to retain the WH after he departs.

C.f. 2006, 2008

and for the most part 1998, 2000 (GOP didn’t pick up expected seats in 1998 but Clinton’s second term was not exactly a cakewalk)

and of course 1974, 1976

Second terms for most Presidents are a b*tch.

Missy on March 19, 2013 at 2:59 PM

He cares…narcissists have a need to be adored.

Bevan on March 19, 2013 at 2:48 PM

I understand what you’re saying, from a psychiatric standpoint.

But, that wasn’t what I was talking about.

From a political standpoint, his only concern is keeping his foot on our necks. And, he got re-elected to do just that.

Note – I said “our” necks.

OhEssYouCowboys on March 19, 2013 at 3:00 PM

Missy on March 19, 2013 at 2:59 PM

I have to disagree with you.

The new Americans will elect another Socialist, in 2016. They are the majority, and they need to be taken care of.

And this is who they are:

Keep Obama In President

OhEssYouCowboys on March 19, 2013 at 3:04 PM

OhEssYouCowboys on March 19, 2013 at 3:04 PM

I get discouraged by things like this, too.

But if there are so many Dem voters that a 2016 Dem victory is inevitable, why isn’t the gun ban sailing through the Senate? Why are his poll numbers down in the first place?

Missy on March 19, 2013 at 3:15 PM

Maybe Mitt Romney was right about the 47%.

LetsBfrank on March 19, 2013 at 2:29 PM

Ain’ no maybe about it.

Every month there’s a new post showing his approval ratings sliding to 47%, 48%, 46%.

Why is this even worth talking about? It never goes below 44%

Lanceman on March 19, 2013 at 3:21 PM

Missy on March 19, 2013 at 3:15 PM

The New Americans elected a Communist, in 2008, and then re-elected him, in 2012. The GOP lost seats in both the House and the Senate, in 2012.

This is a new day, and the New Americans rule it.

If the New Americans were able to vote for or against a gun ban – our guns would be banned.

In 2016, the New Americans will, once again, prove nature correct:

There are far more ticks, fleas, mosquitos and leeches, than there are worker bees.

The worker bees are outnumbered, and it will get even worse – with every passing day of New Americans becoming dependent on the State.

OhEssYouCowboys on March 19, 2013 at 3:32 PM

Missy on March 19, 2013 at 3:15 PM

P.S.

And, when the pathway to citizenship paves the way for former illegals to vote – there will be millions more New Americans.

OhEssYouCowboys on March 19, 2013 at 3:40 PM

gee, talk about wedge issues. Imagine if Romney2012 had bashed obama as a gun grabber.

joeindc44 on March 19, 2013 at 3:41 PM

A friend of mine who is a president of a gun club in CT met with CT legislators many times in the last couple of weeks and was told the rumor is that Gov. Malloy was promised a cabinet position by the Obama administration if he can pass ass-reaming gun control legislation that can be used throughout the Country. So he’s trying really hard to get the findings from the groups he set up to study the issue so he can pass something ASAP.

jaimo on March 19, 2013 at 3:47 PM

And yet the Dems hold a 5% edge pver Republicans on the the Rasmussen’s Congressional Generic Ballot this week. That’s the real story and Obama wants to run the table in 2014 and take back the House. His approval ratings mean nothing.

conservativemusician on March 19, 2013 at 3:49 PM

If the New Americans were able to vote for or against a gun ban – our guns would be banned.

They were able to vote for or against the representatives who would help pass a gun ban. And yet the House remains Republican.

I agree that amnesty is a huge problem.

Missy on March 19, 2013 at 3:53 PM

Done

Schadenfreude on March 19, 2013 at 2:33 PM

good news indeed. Reading between the lines, doesn’t sound good for the union, also good news.

RedInMD on March 19, 2013 at 2:44 PM

Here’s the bad news…He also said that comedians Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis are at the top of his “wish list” for potential pitchmen. But he doesn’t plan on formally approaching anyone about marketing deals until after the sale closes in coming weeks.
Metropoulos, which owns Pabst beer, has already used Ferrell in its ads. Apollo’s investments include the fast-food chains Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr., which is known for indulgent burgers and splashy ads starring scantily clad women.

Flange on March 19, 2013 at 4:08 PM

They were able to vote for or against the representatives who would help pass a gun ban. And yet the House remains Republican.

I agree that amnesty is a huge problem.

Missy on March 19, 2013 at 3:53 PM

I can only refer to my previous post about that Representative government, that you speak of.

It doesn’t represent me. It does represent, once again, the majority of voters – the New Americans.

That’s why the Communists have targeted our public schools and Universities, for decades now – to indoctrinate the New Americans into trusting and believing in the benevolence and goodness of the State.

That’s why they’ve sought the destruction of the family – so that the State could have another injection of New Americans – those who are dependent on the State, because they have no family structure.

And no gun ban will happen, overnight. It’ll be incremental, slow and insidious. It’ll happen when the tots have been duly indoctrinated into the evils of gun possession and the Second Amendment. And when they outnumber us.

They’ll be indoctrinated, also, about the evils of the Fourth Amendment, which – for now – prohibits illegal searches and seizures by the State.

The State has many visions for Utopia … and it needs New Americans to make it happen, and it needs time.

OhEssYouCowboys on March 19, 2013 at 4:09 PM

And yet the Dems hold a 5% edge pver Republicans on the the Rasmussen’s Congressional Generic Ballot this week. That’s the real story and Obama wants to run the table in 2014 and take back the House. His approval ratings mean nothing.

conservativemusician on March 19, 2013 at 3:49 PM

And that ballot thing also means nothing. Only individual districts matter.

Illinidiva on March 19, 2013 at 4:46 PM

Tune in next week for yet another false flag incident to turn the tide back in favor of Teh Won.

Perhaps some dead Marines caused by sequestration? Oh, wait….

Dingy Harry.

Polish Rifle on March 19, 2013 at 4:54 PM

Perhaps American Catholics aren’t used to seeing demonstrations of humility from leaders these days.

Does this mean that Axelrod insists that Barry cancels the Martha’s Vineyard trip and Michelle’s birthday party with Adele? Because it would be great to save the money. Although the gesture has to be authentic to actually improve Obama’s image.

Illinidiva on March 19, 2013 at 5:01 PM

In a sane world, his approval rating would have been 21/79 last fall and he wouldn’t have been re-elected.
Conservatives need more influence on schools and the media.

hopeful on March 19, 2013 at 5:20 PM

I am less concerned of the approval of one individual and more concerned of the individuals approving of the one individual. At this point where do you begin to change the mind set of people who actually believe that Government always knows best and the bigger the better?

DDay on March 19, 2013 at 5:41 PM

So what. An approval rating two months after his re-inauguration doesn’t mean a thing. Are we supposed to be cheered by this? His approval rating was much lower for much of 2011. Where did that get us?

Right Mover on March 19, 2013 at 5:56 PM

It don
‘t matter.

CW on March 19, 2013 at 6:01 PM

47% just keep coming up..?

d1carter on March 19, 2013 at 2:56 PM

…plus 5% fraud…and you get elected!…the only time they are good at math!

KOOLAID2 on March 19, 2013 at 9:46 PM

A new national poll suggests that support for major restrictions on guns may be fading, three months after the horrific shootings at an elementary school in Connecticut.

The media biased in any way? Nah, not at all. That background paragraph was completely content neutral, just stating the facts. Nope, no emotionalism nor slant there; uh-uh.

/I hate the media with a burning passion.

AZfederalist on March 19, 2013 at 10:06 PM

Who gives a shyte? The Devil got reelected. Don’t waste space with this crap, Ed.

RedNewEnglander on March 19, 2013 at 10:46 PM