July 20th, 2009
12:24 PM ET
2 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. texxas boy

    Maybe people are finally understanding that he is a socialist Chicago hack! Before long the polls will show people are starting to understand. will be begging for the Republicans to take over in next election. Get back to out roots and keep government out of our lives.

    July 20, 2009 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  2. Freida, NYC

    I completely disapprove his health care reform proposal. I say NO socialized medicine in the USA.

    July 20, 2009 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  3. AJ

    Doe's his plan have any new ideas? I don't think so. This is the same old stuff recycled. We're going to need to think outside the box to achieve healthcare reform, and Obama doesnt seem to be capable of doing it. Is this the "change" we were promised? What a disappointment.

    July 20, 2009 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  4. Kevin B

    Anything worth having involves sacrifice, if Mr Obama poll numbers drop in order to get health care done so be it. At least we have a president that working his heart out for the Amercian people instead of corporate interest this time around.

    And it is a welcome change from the past.

    July 20, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  5. buckwheat

    I think if the House and Senate comes up with health care changes that change this system they will be pressured to change their free gravy train to the same system. People are in the know now who use to not realize the free rides these crooks have been getting in their health care and retirements benefits. Would you not like a full retirement at 20 years of service?Why do you think they do lie like hell to get in office and then tax us to death? Obama is a good example of this if he gets what he wants. People who have jobs pay taxes. Those who don't work and have not since 1964 will still get most of the benefits. He is already favoring the states who elected him with the stimulus money and they are the worst of all the welfare states. Poor government is the problem and spend crazy Democrats.

    July 20, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  6. Sam

    We need to keep this incompetent administration from pushing through a Nationalized Health Care bill.

    This is quite possibly the worst president in the history of this great country!

    July 20, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  7. Unbiased

    Having just been laid off my job, and understanding how Obama has extended my unemployment benefits and provided a subsidy for Cobra so that my healthcare payments are not unreasonably high...I appreciate everything Obama is trying to do with healthcare. Maybe the pollers should ask the people who are responding if they are employed or unemployed. I'm sure the answers will differ.

    July 20, 2009 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  8. paksa

    Most Congress members cannot clearly define the proposed plans and the American people are feeling taken in by yet another 'hurry-up' piece of legislation of monumental importance. Inferences being made that 'hard choices' must be made regarding treatment of the chronically ill and elderly have been made on more than one occasion by this administration and this is very scary! A country can be judged by it's treatment of the most vulnerable – and this is becoming the trademark of this administration – disregard for the most vulnerable!! This is not the American way and politicians pushing this type of so-called 'health-care reform should be shamed!
    These proposals have more regard for non-citizens and people who do not want to ante up for insurance premuims than it does for hard-working. taxpaying American people.

    July 20, 2009 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  9. MG

    Who did they poll? People that dont have health insurance?
    Obama is making people dependant on gov.
    Easier to get his socialist agenda in.

    July 20, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  10. John

    The health care plan that he is cramming down our throats needs to looked at more carefully. The American public is starting to realize this health care plan is not a good thing for us. I'm all for everyone to be covered but not the way he wants it done.

    July 20, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  11. scott

    President Obama is the only chance that we have for universal health care period. His insistence of the public option shows that he is one of the only people in washington who cares one iota about the american people. All the republicans can do is lead us into the total disaster that we are currently in. Obama is our only hope against the corporations. I gave the republicans and their party a 0% approval rating, much lower than 50%!

    July 20, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  12. Steve

    This is so simple to see through out its not funny!!

    +10 to Obama for listening to the wants of the American people.
    -100 to the GOP and other dems for ignoring the American people.
    Final score GOP loses! That's it. Stop making it a big deal, THE American people make the final decisions not our elected politicians!!!

    July 20, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  13. FedUp

    Dems are presenting health care as a CRISIS. An overwhelming majority of American are SATISFIED with health care as we have it. If you want to reform something first give UNLIMITED doctor's office visits under medicare and medicade. Give unlimited visits to after hours urgent care clinics. Cut the nuimber of authorized ER visits per individual in half with waivers available for truly emergency situations (broken bones as opposed to coughs and sniffles). Doing this will make routine health care more accessible and will both save money on ER's visits which are much more costly than office visits and it will free up the log jams in our ER's. And..oh..have congressional hearings on why it costs $10.00 for an aspirin while you are in the hospital.

    July 20, 2009 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  14. Cliff

    Wow. It seems a number of Obama's Kool-Aid-Aholics are beginning to wake up. I hope it isn't too late.
    Suddenly all that "hype" be blew in Denver is starting to become a reality and many LIBS are saying, "I can't believe I fell for his lies!"

    July 20, 2009 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  15. Ryan

    Quit having polls, there's people who need healthcare who don't have the luxury to complain

    July 20, 2009 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  16. No one famous

    I believe the poll demonstrates that Americans do not want health care reform to come at a lightening fast pace and cost a trillion dollars. I beleive if the issues are debated then a much better bill will come out of congress.

    With that said, I think the cost of health care reform is something we CANNOT afford at this time!

    July 20, 2009 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  17. certainly an issue when a poll does not matter

    1000 while possibly qualifying as statistically significant does not pass the commensense test

    Obama needs to get the health care system reformed because it needs to be reformed

    what ever a pollster wants to pass off as important results from their poll is noise

    We should not be paying $26,000 to one of six consultants to have a baby (five more bills to come)

    July 20, 2009 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  18. Penguinn

    The health care and pharmaceutical industries are spending about $1.5 million a day on PR and lobbyists to ensure that nothing will happen to endanger their bottom line. That Obama has as much support as he does is remarkable, given the circumstances.

    July 20, 2009 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  19. Zion

    I love how all these polls are suddenly dropping with 2010 looming. Look folks DON'T DRINK THE FALSE WARNING SIGNS. Many Democrats are jumping ship so that they can make the claim that they did not vote 90% of the time with their president. Step back in 2010 and whether you are Republican or Democrat look at how the people in Congress have not served your interests. Can you say that since these people have been in office your quality of life has improved? Now, Democrats have sang the mantra of universal healthcare FOREVER. Right, everyone knows the speech. Now they have their opportunity, and they are reneging. I am not necessarily for this policy, but we (Americans) need to realize that this is more than being about Pres. Obama, it is about the other 43 jokers and their Congressional people who have made Americans into a joke. Be blessed. Watch CNN will not post this because I am not endorsing either Republicans or Democrats.

    July 20, 2009 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  20. Mississippi Mike

    Imagine that, people don't want to pay higher rates for inferior service. First of all, we are already running a huge deficit during a recession, the last thing we need is a massive wave of new government spending. Second, if we suddenly add 50 million new people to health insurance coverage who is going to serve them? We need more doctors before we can start serving 50 million more people. If we are going to serve 20% more people using the facilities and personnel we currently have, some people who are currently uninsured are going to lose out. Apparently that doesn't matter.

    July 20, 2009 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  21. Anne E.

    At least he's trying to do something about it.

    July 20, 2009 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  22. Teknarik

    How low can he go?

    July 20, 2009 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  23. Neil

    Obama's 800 plus Billion dollar plan will economically drive us into a worse situation than the Great Depression. This plan is disaster for this country. I am uninsured. It's okay...grow up people and get private insurance, stop wanting to be a bunch of leeches expecting the government to do everything.

    July 20, 2009 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  24. Florida Boy

    This is my President and I support the desire for affordable health care for all Americans. I do believe, however, that he doesn't need to rush this important piece of legislation. Take time and look @ all the options and determine what is BEST for America. You're doing fine, Mr. President – just take a breath and you'll do what's best. Don't listen to polls...you inherited a mess and in six months you've worked very heard to get America going again. I'll be patient – if you will be as well.

    July 20, 2009 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  25. Brett

    About time!

    July 20, 2009 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
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