July 20th, 2009
12:24 PM ET
3 years ago

Poll: Obama drops on health care

A new poll shows trouble for the president on health care.
A new poll shows trouble for the president on health care.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - As President Barack Obama begins a week full pushing for health care reform, a new national poll indicates the president is slipping on the issue.

Forty-nine percent of people questioned in an ABC News/Washington Post survey released Monday approve of the way Obama is handling health care. That's down four points from last month and down nine points from April. Forty-four percent disapprove, up five points from June and 15 points from April.

The ABC News/Washington Post poll is the third national survey to suggest that the president's approval rating on health care reform is under 50 percent, joining a CBS News poll and a Quinnipiac University survey.

The new poll indicates Obama still has a large advantage over Republicans on the issue. Fifty-four percent of those questioned say they trust Obama to do a better job handling health care than Republicans in Congress, with 34 percent putting more faith in Congressional Republicans than the president.

The ABC News/Washington Post poll was conducted July 15-18, with 1,001 adult Americans questioned by telephone. The survey's sampling error is plus or minus three percentage points.


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soundoff (315 Responses)
  1. FreeNLovIt - Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed (1SPMI) of the gospel, for it is (3SPAI) the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes (PAPMSD), to the Jew first & also to the Greek

    Obama, the Terminator, will survive. The deal is at least he's doing something.

    July 20, 2009 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  2. Susan

    With Hannity, Rove, Newt and their ilk out spreading worst case scenarios all weekend about the ruination of the US if we adopt ANY new health care policy, it is little wonder. People listen to these dweebs in their oh-so-serious tones and instead of looking up any information, just pass along their dire predictions. We need reform, and we need it now...the President has said that he will not sign on to something that will hurt the country, and I believe him. These Republicans are so terrified of an Obama success that they are resorting to fear-mongering,,,in other words, business as usual for Republicans. Go Obama! We support you!

    July 20, 2009 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  3. TangledThorns

    Four years from now after Obama has been elected out of office CNN will ask Obama what his greatest mistake was. He'll answer with, 'letting Pelosi call the shots.'

    July 20, 2009 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  4. CommonCents

    Of course, the the more people find out about his plans for your healthcare the less people like it.

    July 20, 2009 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  5. Larry

    President Obama is getting resistance from special interests (insurance and health care lobbyists) and the congressmen on the take from special interests.

    He's still fighting for us and I hope he doesn't give up.

    Give him a break and see through to the heart of the matter–bloated profit taking from insurance companies and health care providers. Premiums going up–coverage going down. The same greed that lead to the collapse of our financial system.

    July 20, 2009 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  6. Johnny DC

    Sooner or later, the deciding people (the 15% that are neither Republican nor Democrat) will come to realize that they voted for an empty suit, a loose cannon that has no idea what he's doing.

    I never dreamed it would happen before 2012, but it's looking more and more like President Huckabee or President Romney will come to fruition sooner than I though.

    Bravo to the Americans who have woken up already. For those open to the possibility, we'll welcome you soon enough. For those so close-minded and blind that they can't even comprehend what's right in front of their eyes... you will be as "irrelevant" as you claim Conservative politics are today soon enough.

    July 20, 2009 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  7. natale from mass.

    wow he has a large advantage over republicans who cares he doesnt have a large advantage over the american people most dont like it face it.you never rush something this large thats not a leader but a fool.

    July 20, 2009 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  8. Boots Tibbs

    The reason for the slip is that conservative nut jobs are canvassing the Internet with garbage e-mails to random people all over the US. Layoff the spam Limbaugh wanna be's...

    July 20, 2009 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  9. New Yorker

    If the president has his way on health care reform we will all suffer because of it.

    July 20, 2009 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  10. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Not everyone is going to agree with the way the President is handling this, but he's handling it. As Orzag said yesterday on State of the Union, this isn't easy. The fact that the President is tackling this is commendable in itself.

    July 20, 2009 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  11. Felicia Hutchinson

    He just got in office in January, why do people think he can do everything so fast? Give the man time. He's not god, he can't snap his fingers and everything is fine. He has 8 years of bs to fix. This is gonna take a long time. I personally think he is doing a pretty good job considering what he is up against.

    Obama/Biden 08&12!!

    July 20, 2009 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  12. Butch/Good News, MA

    These poll numbers will continue to drop. PLEASE do not let this be rushed through without being properly debated!!!! This is not a fiscally responsible plan and will hurt Americans for generatioons to come. There is NO NEED for this to be voted on before the August recess. The more people learn about it, the more they will agree that this is a BAD PLAN for the country. Wake Up!!!

    July 20, 2009 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  13. Edwin

    And his numbers will drop more because of this. Just because is important does not make it popular.

    July 20, 2009 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  14. Jeff in Atlanta

    Sooner or later the smoke and mirrors clear and people see you for what you really are.
    for obama, that's bad news since he is nothing but talk and poor ideas.

    July 20, 2009 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  15. Anny

    I don't believe your polls, I believe that Obama is on the right track and that the majority of this country supports him........we need health care for all, the way it is set up now only benifits the drup companies, the doctors and hospitals and to hell with the rest of us......they are going to continue on this path and drive even more out of their Health care plans because they are getting to expensive to keep.......

    July 20, 2009 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  16. Success

    These republicans in congress represent a massive setback to the progress of this nation in every issue. The truth is that they want the dems 2 lose support by playing d high cost cards using baised media such as fox 2 propagate thier agenda. Americans are wiser! Dems got d filibuster! & d health card reform bill be passed by the congress for the benefit of the ordinary american!!!

    July 20, 2009 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  17. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Is it any surprise? This is still working its way through Congress and is still a mess. I would be surprised it would stay. I think that it will go down to the 30s until it is all worked out and is signed into law.

    July 20, 2009 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  18. gl, From Pittsburgh

    Enough all ready with this polls. I have never been polled so I really don't care what they say. Still most American want public health care.

    July 20, 2009 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  19. brad

    I think in the end. The American society is afraid of "change", "reform" even if you voted for Obama. Status quo is safe or really its just buying time I think. Everybody's afraid of sacrifice. I am too. However, you are fooling yourself if you think any changes that need to be made in our society won't feel anything. We will. Like it or not. I am ready for this change. I hope America is too.

    July 20, 2009 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  20. Royster

    So...the poll is down four points from last month, yet the 'poll' has a three percent margin of error. So really, this could be a ONE POINT swing........

    Why is this then inflated into 'TROUBLE for Obama'?? Report it for what it is.....'Obama slips SLIGHTLY in Health Care poll'.

    It is hard enough to interpret the news without the news agency inflating its importance to have eye grabbing headlines.

    July 20, 2009 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  21. jeb bush

    see when the majority of white folks have medical health care. the rest of the folks really doesn't matter. and to do anything for the poor it is called socialism. 49% of the US are republicans and have had a magic carpet ride while cheney and bush were in office. now that obama is in the white house all of the repubs who you haven't heard a word from. even when paul bremmer got away w/ 9 billion dollars and made it disappear . where was lindasy graham, mcconell, stone in your shoe boehener, or juddy gregg. you never heard a peep out of these these theives because the money is backdoored back to their "consulting firm's". and it's gonna all fall down. life goes in a circle.

    July 20, 2009 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  22. Nuts

    How many were liberals out of that 1001?

    Nobody cares about polling data done by ABC News/Washington Post poll

    This is the poll you should be following:

    RASMUSSEN 2012 poll released at 10:30AM ET

    Obama 45% Romney 45%
    Obama 48% Palin 42%

    Palin 6 points out after being trashed for 10 months and resigning.

    The people are finally waking up to how the MSM put Obama in the WH.

    July 20, 2009 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  23. Proc

    Hopefully these poll numbers are the beginning of people recognizing what a huge snow job he has pulled on the country.

    July 20, 2009 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  24. Mike Dallas

    Ok, if 49% does wants health care and is below a majority, I say let it go President Obama, the Party of NO has won.

    You certainly do not need the headache, so drop it and let it totally collapse then maybe someone done the road will have to come up with an alternative.

    July 20, 2009 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  25. Success

    These republicans in congress represent a massive setback to the progress of this nation in every issue. The truth is that they want the dems 2 lose support by playing d high cost cards using baised media such as fox 2 propagate thier agenda. Americans are wiser! Dems got d filibuster! & d health card reform bill be passed by the congress for the benefit of the ordinary american!

    July 20, 2009 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
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