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CNN Poll: Another New Low for Obama's Approval Rating

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Thursday, 21 Nov 2013 08:44 PM

By Cathy Burke

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There was yet more dismal polling news Thursday for embattled President Barack Obama.

CNN reported the president's approval rating hit another all-time low at the same time the new national survey indicated Americans think Obama has less power than congresssional Republicans when it comes to affecting events in the coming year.

A CNN/ORC International poll showed 41 percent of Americans like the job the president's doing in the White House, the lowest level in CNN polling, with 56 percent saying they disapprove, an all-time high in CNN surveys.

The string of similar dismal polling results have poured in over the past three weeks showing Obama's approval rating has reached new lows or tied his all-time lows — CBS News, ABC News/Washington Post, Quinnipiac, National Journal Heartland Monitor, and NBC News/Wall Street Journal.

The CNN survey is the fourth released this week to put Obama's approval rating between 40 and 42 percent. The CBS News survey released Wednesday put Obama's approval rating at 37 percent.

"The drop in Obama's approval rating comes entirely among suburbanites," said CNN's polling director Keating Holland.

"Compared to the October CNN poll, positive views of Obama held steady among people who live in big cities and rural areas. But in the suburbs, his approval rating was 45 percent a month ago but has dropped to just 37 percent now."

Obama's woes didn't start with the dysfunctional launch of the HealthCare.gov website in October, he added.

"The real damage came in June, when reports about NSA spying and IRS treatment of conservative groups caused an eight-point drop in his approval rating —a far more significant change than what the numbers from October suggest," Holland said.

The sky is falling on a second front as well, the CNN poll showed: 50 percent of those polled think congressional Republicans will have more influence over the direction the nation takes in the next year; only 42 percent say Obama will have more influence.

Last year at this time, 6 in 10 said Obama would have more influence in the year to come, CNN reported.

Still, many of those surveyed wished it wasn't so: 47 percent want Obama to be in charge while 45 percent say the GOP should have more influence over the country.

"There is a hint of good news for the President - but only a hint - in those numbers, since that means that the number of Americans who support Obama in his struggles with the GOP is a bit higher than the 41 percent approval rating would suggest," Holland said, noting, however, the number is still a 4-point decline since Obama won re-election.

The poll was conducted Nov. 18-20 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

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