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. judyann

    so ridiculous...the 24 hours news is really just making up stores...why don't y'all give them a chance to actually work on something vs. just critiquing for the sake of critiquing....Obama is doing just fine...the economy is not going to be fixed overnight , in six months, in 1 year..needs adequate time to turn itself around..foks just have to wait...jobs are going to be available immediately...folks need to give time, impossible minds...and health care needs to be done now...no reason to wait....all those folks who are always preaching morals..are the firs tto deny other people health care...there is no choice..health care now!!! easy to say wait on health care when you have insurance, selfish...we all need to pay into it!

    July 20, 2009 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  2. Don

    Depends on who you are polling. But what else do you expect from a news media that loves to keep stuff sturred up?

    July 20, 2009 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  3. Limbaugh is a liberal

    And exactly what is the republican 'alternate plan?' It is a 3-page outline, with no cost estimates whatsoever, and 80% of its points were stolen verbatim from the Obama plan. Perhaps when republicans start actually doing the job we are paying them for somebody might listen to them. Until then they deserve to be ignored.

    July 20, 2009 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  4. gary davis Harbor Oregon

    Americans need to stop and listen before rejecting the presidents
    health care ideas .. it is hard to sell something when big business and the republicans tell lies . you will hear stuff that will make you think .it will be bad. WRONG ... profit should not be gained on the backs of illness . the cost is all that should be charged for any kind of medical proccedure.insurance companies should not recieve great profits to give to stock holders and share holders . find something else to screw people out of their income each month
    lets help the new administration pass a BILL that will start the change in health care. stop listening to the lies of how GOVERNMENT WILL MESS IT UP
    it is time to take back our nation from the giants of industry and republican ney sayers

    CHANGE IS HERE

    July 20, 2009 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  5. Dana

    Who are you polling? I think majority of the Conservatives are not with Obama period. You have some Democrats that is skeptical about this Plan because they really don't know but his poll numbers have not dropped among the Democrats.

    We do need some type of reform to this medical program and I dont see the Conservatives coming up with a decent plan to do so!! We have to do something.

    July 20, 2009 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  6. The black spider

    Their are more stupid people in this country and that is the reason why Sarah palin is popular and that is why republicans always come back on power to screw them more.
    How can anybody with intelligence shoot himself in the foot buying this crap the Insurance companies and special interest are selling them on ads on TV trying to scare them to go against their interest?
    How many republican presidents after 1900 has done anything good for progress in this country. The last time I check they've all screwed the country.
    Nixon = Watergate
    Reagan = deregulation leading in 2009 to recession
    Bush 1 = Catastrophy
    Bush 2 = Disaster
    Democrats are not perfect and I hate Their out of control spending but Given the the 2 evils I will take democrats anytime over a republican.

    July 20, 2009 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  7. James M. Holmes

    Count me as one who disapproves his handling of the health care issue... It's not that I don't like the ideas proposed... It's that I don't think Obama is being aggressive enough pushing it through and putting the heat on Congress...

    I don't want a bi-partisan bill, the Republicans will just water it down for their insurance masters... I want the "real deal"... and judging by this polls numbers, most people feel that way since only 34% trust Republicans on this issuse...

    July 20, 2009 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  8. Sue

    If his proposed Health Plan is so good, why doesn't the Congress and Senate adopt the free plan for themselves? Paul Ryan (R) Congressman from Wisconsin proposed that to the Congress and all but one (1) Democratic Congressman voted his proposal down. Why, it is so good for the American People? Vote these bums out. It is obvious they do not have our best interests at heart, only their greedy personal adjendas. They say those who are currently happy with their health insurers can keep them. But, what they don't tell you is that these insurers will be phased out by the cheaper ones and employers will opt for the cheap ones because it will save them money. In other words, the American people will be screwed while Congress will enjoy their Federal Health Options.

    July 20, 2009 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  9. Hub S

    There is no denying that the health care system in this country needs reform. But why is the president trying to ram his version of reform in in just the first eight months of his administration? It hasn't worked in the past. This country can't afford this kind of reform. Slow down and do it right. The problem is, Obama won't have the support for his bill the longer he waits. That's why he's pushing so hard.

    July 20, 2009 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  10. Mark in Miami

    Of course his poll numbers are slipping, he can only fool us for so long.

    July 20, 2009 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  11. Angus McDugan

    If Obama takes over health care then what country will we go to for the best health care? Hint: it won't be the U.S. anymore.

    July 20, 2009 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  12. Peter E

    Well, well, the republican scare tactics (paid for by insurance corporations) are actually working. I guess some people like to burry their head in the sand and rather pay ever increasing taxes to private health insurance company BUREAUCRATS that keep DENYING them needed services. Oh, but because it's private industry it's okay then? If you say so, but then you get what you pay for. Actually, you DON'T get what you paid for because the insurance companies denied you your needed care.
    But who am I to argue against the near $3 trillion PER YEAR health care industry. They have more money to buy politicians than I.

    July 20, 2009 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  13. gary davis Harbor Oregon

    THIS POLL STUFF IS A BUNCH OF CRAP THE NEWS MEDIA IS OWNED BY BIG BUSINESS
    so who are you going to believe ?
    republicans will do anything to stop progress and change
    lies and threats lies and threats
    don't listen .do you like to pay for big business to take exspensive trips buy million dollar houses on your health care money

    or pay into a program that holds accountable the money needed for health care and not let most of the money be used for dividens stock and deep pockets ,CEO"S ?

    July 20, 2009 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  14. Gabriel

    I can't believe it is that high. Trust is something that has to be earned and Obama's economic decisions thus far has eroded any faith I had in his decisions. Typical liberal thinking to in that the CBO came out and said the costs are still going to go up and they could care less. If he tries to ram this through before the August recess there will be massive resistence. The American public is not going to stand for any more unread spending that is just a payoff for special interests.

    July 20, 2009 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  15. Limbaugh is a liberal

    34% put faith in republicans? Is that the same 34% who also thought Dubya was a great president?

    July 20, 2009 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  16. JGB

    I trust NO politician to efficiently handle Health care or anything of importance. Politicians are totally incompetent and out of touch with reality! The Health care proposal they are pushing is horrible and does NOTHING to control costs. Medicare is a disaster, what makes anyone think the government could handle all health care? Wake up America, we DON"T want this over priced package that will destroy health care AND jobs. Obama is screaming the sky is falling again..................don't listen, the last time he did that they passed the pork filled stimulus bill that did nothing.

    July 20, 2009 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  17. LongDong Silver

    Obama has bitten off a whole lot more than he can chew as president. It would behove him to step down and let Colin Powell be president if just for the sake of having a black individual to fill the job. Experience is needed at this crucial time in US history and we do not need to be talking going to the moon on Obama's watch just to match a whited dude's (Nixon) as being white and prez. when this occurred in 1969. If Colin Powell is given the presidency and once again this period is not amaeur's night out, positive things just might happen with respect to the US economy, healthcare, and putting Iraq and Iran behind us. Obama is not the ANSWER!

    July 20, 2009 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  18. JJ in NY

    The smoke is lifting and the mirrors are getting cloudy. People are beginning to take off their "rose-colored" glasses .

    July 20, 2009 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  19. JB

    You can't spend money we don't have! That is a big reason we got into a "credit crunch", and Americans don't want to make the same mistake again.

    July 20, 2009 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  20. Frank

    Approval ratings never got a bill passed and they never killed a bill either.

    Keep working for meaningful healthcare reform, Mr President. The nay-sayers cannot maintain the status quo.

    We need a government option in American healthcare now !!!

    July 20, 2009 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  21. annie s

    Putting faith in Congressional Republicans is the same thing as saying they don't want any health care reform at all. The selfishness of some Americans never ceases to amaze me. President Obama's plan for health care reform is right on – the trick is to get those pesky little Blue Dog Democrats on board and to get the message back from the doom and gloom fear monger Republicans.

    July 20, 2009 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  22. DumpTheGOP

    Tax the RICH to pay for it!! We need SINGLE PAYER!!!

    July 20, 2009 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  23. Dan Holiday

    That is not the only poll that shows trouble for Obambi. Check out the latest Rasmussen Presidential Approval Poll. His presidential approval rating is -7 and his overall approval is 50-49. He is getting close to being below 50% approval. Wow. It only took 6 months for the people of this country to wake up...lol. Hopefully they will stay awake and get this joker out of the White House next go round. And you libs keep saying that the GOP is done...lol. It seems to me that they are doing fine. Also, check out the poll about who the people trust the most on important issues. (Republicans) and the generic congressional ballots. (Republican). Hmmm...seems to be a trend here. And for those who say that Rasmussen is biased and leans republican...that poll was the most accurate last election cycle, even when it came to the presidential election...so whine all you want, he is usually spot on.

    July 20, 2009 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  24. Fair is Fair

    It's because common sense is beginning to prevail.

    I just don't buy into the notion that a government run health plan is going to make insurers more "competitive". The bottom line is that it's going to put insurers out of business.

    Look what happened when walmart, home depot, and lowes came on the scene. Mom and pop hardware stores became a thing of the past, and smaller retailers went out of business.

    The motive behind a government run health plan is not to make insurers competitive – it's to undercut them, put them out of business, and force everyone into the government plan.

    July 20, 2009 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  25. Chris

    Its about time people sarted to wise up to what this JERK is doing to America!!!!

    July 20, 2009 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
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