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. Patrick Campbell

    Why do you guys come out with these polling.
    Who are you talking to.
    The press is a total distraction of what needs to be done
    in this country. A lot of this polling is a meant to be a distraction
    of what the President is trying to do.

    July 20, 2009 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  2. lila

    It's hard to sell things that rely on far sightedness. Spending goes up for health care (for 8-10 years) before it levels and then starts to give the USA a surplus of 6 billion a year.
    It's hard to sell... things get worse before they get better.
    GW had a hard time with that in terms of the war.

    July 20, 2009 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  3. David

    Americans are just spoiled with instant gratification. And the media's constant negative stories on a daily/hourly basis quoting ever burp from any elected official, only makes the situation worse. Than a poll based on the response of the media's influence is meaningless.

    The over 75% of the American population, along with the over 50 Million people now without healthcare or who will loose healthcare this year, have not changed their desire for healthcare reform.

    How about a poll about the media's coverage of healthcare reform?

    July 20, 2009 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  4. Expat American

    How long has the USG been spending sleepless nights, countless Christmas days in the office, working and breaking their backs to pass healthcare reform? 25-30 years? Plenty of money for wars and weapons though.

    Do you think that it will be passed in 6 months?

    Do you think that lawmakers and their families aren’t covered while the average everyman (and woman) waits?

    Those opposed to President Obama are disillusioned to the fact that a President McCain wouldn't have passed health care reform at this juncture either. In fact, he probably wouldn't have passed a single thing.

    Wake up and smell the café au lait!

    July 20, 2009 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  5. Lance

    How can Obama expect people to accept his health care plan when we simply cannot afford it, when it covers people who are illegally in this country, and when Obama his cabinet and members of Congress are expempt from those provisions which he wishes to impose on the rest of us.

    July 20, 2009 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  6. Paula

    Obama has the vision of a better Health Care System..however it is pretty darm difficult to win a game when half of your team mates forget the rules of the game. Where are the Dem's whole hearted support for the man they so desperately wanted to lead them?? Shame on them.. Go Barack go..never, ever give up! HEALTH CARE IS MUCH TO IMPORTANT.

    July 20, 2009 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  7. ge

    my wife had two kidney transplants 1990 and 2008 no bill in the mail did not have to sell my house or spend life savings the corperate tv adds iagainst canadian health care is b.s

    July 20, 2009 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  8. just joe

    ...look, folks....you can't pull in a guy whose background is solely as a community organizer....can't count his congressional experience as he was too busy laying out his presidential campaign during those years...and expect that he has the savvy to run one of the largest businesses in the world...the United States of America...Increasingly he shows a sorry lacking in business acumen.......and attempting to run a government with a bunch of academicians doesn't help, does it? ,,,just take a peek at what goes for "economic stimulus" in your hometown and/or state and it will become increasingly clear that this Mr. Teleprompter doesn't have it.....hold your breath for this ride, folks....we are almost broke and have another 3 years of this fellow.

    July 20, 2009 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  9. Roger

    Obama trouble in polls. YOU THINK??? Now that is a revelation!!!! He is President of the USA. They always have trouble in the polls its a demanding job!!!!! Baby Bush, Clinton, Daddy Bush,Dutch, gipper whatever he went by, Carter, Ford, Nixon, Johnson.......so on & so on....THEY ALL HAD TROUBLE IN THE POLLS...before being elected & after being elected. Great news reporting CNN.

    July 20, 2009 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  10. gl, From Pittsburgh

    Forty-four percent disapprove, up five points from June and 15 points from April.

    These are the same fools that voted Bush in for 2 terms and now they want the President Obama to fix this mess within 6 months. You fools are just too stupid for me. I quest you 49 that disapprove would rather the President did nothing?

    July 20, 2009 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  11. Denise P Quinton

    As an emergency trauma admitting clerk I have witnesses our healthcare system first hand. It appals me that illegals and prominent Arab immigrants with access to high priced vehicles have Medical cards and access to E R care for simple colds and sore toes.
    Obama does not understand healthcare in our country and I would prefer that a board of physicians, who truly understand the system create a healthcare initiative for all people, not taxing employees who are barely able to survive, or retirement age people who are at witts end as to why they will not have entitlement to Medicare benefits after having worked for 40 years to achieve it. What is the rush to pass healthcare by August? Wake up Democrats, you are nothing but puppets in his wish list and I am sick of you not standing up for the people who represent, will you take on the same healthcare benefits proposed for normal Americans? Or will you continue to have the best benefits afforded any employee in this country!

    July 20, 2009 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  12. 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 care reform bill be passed by the congress for the benefit of the ordinary american!

    July 20, 2009 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  13. davie guns

    As this comes as a surprise to some, it is nice that people are coming around to see his marxist views on policies, such as health care. One thing that I can say, is that I'm greatful that people still have "We the people" ingrained into their minds.
    "We the people" will come around and see through the shroud of lies eventually. Does Philadelphia ring any bells?
    "Change" yourself Obama and then maybe you can bring this "change" in the aspect the people expect. And by the way, please grow a pair.

    July 20, 2009 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  14. kd

    Media, please be honest when reporting on health care reform and frame Obama's plan in context. No one making less than $350,000 a year will have a tax increase for health and those that do make more will see small incremental increases as their salaries going up. The biggest hit is by those making over $5 million, with an increase of $400,000, or 12.5%. Again, this is for people making over FIVE MILLION DOLLARS A YEAR! Obama wants Bush's tax cuts for the rich to expire. And, after all of this, Obama's tax increase does not even approach the taxes implemented under Reagan, the saint of all tax lies.

    July 20, 2009 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  15. smokey

    what is wrong with these republicans ? Now they say they want more time..This is just another one of their lame stall tactics, and they think the Amercian people don;t see this..And on top of all that they claim they were not given a chance to give their input..What do they think Pres Obama has been doingthe past 6 months by having all these meeting with them ? Playing chess ? And now they claim they have an idea..Well to bad, its to late for that..That all more then their chance to participate, but what did they do ? The usual complaining and criticizing..People don;t forget these are the same folks who didnt think twice or ask on e quesiton when it came to giving Bush a blank check for the war which by the way is one of the real reason we are in the mess we are in today..that so called war cost us 1billion a month for the past 7 years..No lets see the GOP add that up !!!! Pres Obama, stick to your guns, and believe me the People are behind you 100% !

    July 20, 2009 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  16. osaycanuthink

    if the administration would quit fudging the numbers of uninsured by including illegals, those who chose not to buy , and temporarily without , they would have more credibility on the issue.

    July 20, 2009 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  17. Alice Newman

    Of course ... with all the mis-information and fear being spread around – and the millions and millions of dollars the health industry is spending on lobbyists ... I'm not surprised .... change is hard and if solving the health care problem was easy – even the republicans would have done it!

    July 20, 2009 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  18. TCM

    As it should!

    People in this country are notoriously famous for buying what they cannot afford...this is no different. Instead of being smart "shoppers," the dems want to forge ahead with reckless spending all in the name of socialism and obtaining future votes. This health plan is nothing short of an economical disaster for our country; the same as the mortgage meltdown caused by the liberals in the their quest to ensure that everyone has a house...Obama's "greenness," is for the environment, it's about his inexperience and incompetence. This plan should die a quick death, and we should move to spurn on private industry through tax breaks, true tax breaks, and incentives. The American people are historically ones that abhore being told what to do; however, they are inticed by incentives...We simply cannot afford any more of this reckless and ill-conceived administration. It's pure corruption.

    July 20, 2009 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  19. LongDong Silver

    Robbing from Peter (the rich) to subsidize Paul (blacks and other so-called poor's health insurance) is not going to make for a popular president among the white middle class. End of Story. It never worked this way in this country in the past, and will NOT do it now!

    July 20, 2009 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  20. Jo

    If people would see the health care issues as a plus they would disagree on what Obama is doing.

    1. Working class people spend more money on health care premium to offset the cost of people who don't have insurance.
    2. When a person goes to the hospital who don't have insurance, quest what the American Citizen who works a full thime or part time job pick up the tab on their health care cost.
    3. Also, did anyone think about how do Medicaid and Medicare take care of the people who don't work or people on assistance program? Well it may surprise you to the fact that many people who work, whether it is a low paying or high paying job, you pick up most of that cost. Now the weathy picks up their share but they can afford to write it off during tax season but most of us who are not weathy or rich still sucks up the cost.
    4. I figure if the cost can be shared among everyone then that would be a fair game, instead of just the working class paying for some people who refuse to work or chose welfare to beat the system, while most others tax payers are footing the bill.
    5. My advice to everyone is to really think about whether you favor paying more for your health care or let someone else help take the load off you?

    July 20, 2009 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  21. Lilli

    The health plan is ill conceived (no pun intended) – it will not achieve it's goal, the cost is absurd – it will ultimately devastate the health care system, which is already struggling – this plan should not proceed.

    July 20, 2009 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  22. tess

    o'bama is slowly being exposed to the light that wil show who he really is – unfortunately too many democrats were fooled into voting for this fake and will suffer with the rest of us who saw him for exactly who he is(a socialist) if the media begin to see that he also made fools of them then maybe they will report truthfully – however, if past is the blueprint that will never happen – too bad!

    July 20, 2009 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  23. Jerry American

    Holy cow you mean to say that American tax payers now realize the plan stinks or you just decided to publish what any sane person already knew.

    July 20, 2009 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  24. Kelby In Houston, TX

    I don't know if I can tell you how much this poll doesn't matter. But, I'm going to try anyway.
    First of all, your poll means nothing. Its insignificance can only be rivaled by the pure apathy that I feel towards it. This poll is so worthless, it demeans the value of future polls.
    I don't care about how people feel Obama is doing in his attempt at achieving this goal. I care only about him achieving this goal. The healthcare industry is crippling and killing the middle class. This is necessary part of economic recovery. We need universal healthcare.
    We don't need another poll.
    And let me end this by by posing a question I always ask in these "poll articles", Have any of you ever participated in one of these polls? I have never been polled? They didn't ask me? Did they ask you?

    July 20, 2009 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  25. Mike Raquertz

    Here's the thing: Obama's agenda is perceived as more and more hard left. He is an eloquent speaker, a great salesman (so to speak) and those are viewed very favorably. But in the extensive, somewhat radical, changes he and his cronies are proposing, the American public is being turned off by it. And when he wants to ram the healthcare legislation down our throats at mind-boggling speeds, you can guarantee that yet again the bill won't be read (like the bailouts). So the buck doesn't stop at Obama, his agenda polls are just an indicator of what the American sentiment truly is at such leftist rule.

    July 20, 2009 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
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