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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  1. munchmom

    All I can say is that he better pay attention to this poll because it is reflecting what most of us feel-no health care reform to push us into socialized medicine. I DON'T WANT IT!!!

    July 20, 2009 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  2. Cnn please post my comments! 1 love!

    People are beginning to become aware of the proposal. This is why Obama is trying to get his plan through as quickly as possible. As Americans learn about the proposal, support evaporates.

    Does healthcare need to be addressed? Yes, but not by spending trillions on a plan that everyone knows will fail.

    Obama, four and the door.

    July 20, 2009 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  3. panem et circenses

    What's that I hear? Is it the sound of America waking up?

    July 20, 2009 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  4. FL

    His approval rating on this is dropping because people want them to take their time and pass a good bill on it. Obama is campaigning constantly instead of focusing on getting the real work done. It is time for him to stop talking so much and really work. Stop running TV ads to convince the people of his will. The president's job is not to be a figurehead, or mouthpiece, which is all he seems like right now. He wasn't voted in to give edicts and then let the peons do the work to figure out how to implement it. No more legislation that hasn't been thoroughly reviewed because Obama shoved it down our throats. That is not diplomacy, that is tyranny.

    July 20, 2009 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  5. Trina

    The people who will get care under Obama's plan are those with access and wealth. Everyone else will have to wait months to be seen, unless they are dying. His system will do less for poor people than the current welfare system. Each state has several programs for people without insurance. Why not make those state programs better, as opposed to overhauling the entire system? I know about four people who don't work, or work part time, and they qualify for government assistance. What exactly is the problem?

    July 20, 2009 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  6. scott winter haven

    Add another 10 percent to the negative side based on the bias from these polls. The honeymoon is over and people are starting to realize Obama IS a Socialist and do not want this man controlling so many areas of our personal lives or business.

    July 20, 2009 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  7. RealityKing

    Americans are obviously no longer fooled by Obama's progressively liberal rush to spend policies..

    July 20, 2009 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  8. Bpin

    This is not a surprise. Even some left wingers are pushing back. I think part of the problem is that industry costs are way too high and there are no real efforts to do anything about them. The President is trying to fight a low, government compensated premium plan for citizens against an industry that charges up to 1000% over the actual retail cost for services. Not going to work. The first step has to be to create incentives in the health industry to bring the cost down. During a recent hospital stay, I noticed on my itemized bill that they charged my insurance company $7.25 for a cotton swab that costs $0.05 at the drug store!!!

    July 20, 2009 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  9. Otis

    I think a more meaningful story CNN should publish would be this:

    47 million Americans do not have health insurance. Who exactly makes up the 47 million people?

    Is it people who don't want medical insurance at all? Is it the elderly who use Medicare? Does Medicare actually count as medical insurance?

    Perhaps those who have no medical insurance are rich enough to afford not having it at all.

    Let's get this number clarified here. I think there's more than meets the eye on this number.

    Also...consider this: corporations are cutting costs left and right. Health care is a huge cost. If the public option is implemented, don't you think these greedy corporations will cut your health insurance to the point where you'd have to go into this government run health care option? And if so, guess what that will do to the budget debt.

    Get wise to this, America. It's coming.

    July 20, 2009 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  10. Griffin

    I trust Obama on any issue, before I trust any republicans

    July 20, 2009 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  11. Pat F

    Just wait until the truth about Obama-Care hits the streets. He'll be lucky to save the House and the Senate in 2010.

    July 20, 2009 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  12. Just believe

    Shouldn't reform make things better?

    July 20, 2009 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  13. gl, From Pittsburgh

    Most of the president's slippage is among Republicans; their approval of his work overall has dropped by 16 points since April, from 36 percent then to 20 percent now. But he's also lost 9 points among independents since April (to 58 percent approval), while holding about steady among Democrats (93 percent then, 90 percent now).

    CNN never tell the whole true. Most of the president's slippage is among Republicans; their approval of his work overall has dropped by 16 points since April and this from ABC news poll. People please get all the facts before commenting. President Obama never had a honeymoon with Republicans so their is nothing to report. It is still popular with independents and Democrats and those Republicans that disapprove are the same stupid people that voted for Bush 2 times and now want President Obama to clean up Bush mess in 6 months. American people do not have faith an the Republicans party to help get us out of this mess created by the Republicans.

    July 20, 2009 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  14. AF Sgt in Colorado

    Plan and simple. The health care plan Congress develops for the American people should be the plan all Senators and Representatives use.

    July 20, 2009 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  15. John, Brooklyn, New York

    Sadly, it appears that the health insurance industry's PR machine has begun to effectively sway public opinion. And, as in the 1990's, we run the risk of backing away from substantive healthcare reform at the expense of seeing even more Americans suffer from a lack of health care coverage and sub-standard health care services. However, unlike the 1990's, we are now in the midst of a global economic competition and we will simply not continue to remain competitive as a nation when our workforce is not healthy and the expense of the current system continues to drag our businesses down.

    July 20, 2009 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  16. democrat no mas

    I'll start trusting our leader's fix for health-care when it looks more like a well thought out long-term plan than a knee-jerk political soundbite. Slow down enough to tell us what the cost will really be, stop telling us that some sort of "savings" will pay for it, and just tax it accordingly. Turning the health-care complex on its head with no real plan and gimmicks is deceptive, or just plain stupid.

    July 20, 2009 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  17. Peace

    Those who have been polled, were they asked the same questions as in April, May & June polls??? if not, the slipping in polls does not make any logic at all !!!!!!!

    July 20, 2009 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  18. Welcome to The BoBo Show

    People are getting smart finally.......Read the bill the guy is such a liar

    July 20, 2009 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  19. andrea

    34000 Americans could be insured by the salary of the CEO of United Health Group who makes 122.7 million/ year.

    Of course insurance companies and their republican supporters are using scare tactics to turn Americans - the same people who would benefit from having a public health system - against health care reform.

    Nobody doubts of the need for a public education system although it has come under republican attack at times. For the health of this nation and its inhabitants, a public health system is as necessary as public schools are.

    July 20, 2009 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  20. Ren from Baltimore

    This shows the Democrats aren't very good at pulling programs together, never mind defending them once the plans are formulated.

    Elected Dems have not been working for the good of the country on this one, and shame on them.

    July 20, 2009 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  21. jon c. sprowl

    as usual democrats dont have a clue. when common sense was passed out , democrats were missing. this health care plan is a total incompetent mess. it must be voted down or we will continue on the road to socialism.

    July 20, 2009 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  22. James

    He is our President and whether he makes bad or good decisions is going affect us all. "CBO Director Douglas Elmendorf says that the health care overhauls released to date would increase, not reduce, the government’s long-term health costs — reveal a basic if not ultimately fatal flaw of President Obama’s current health care plan". Government is wasteful as a rule and if they are delivering healthcare it is going to cost us more. Wake up the SHEEP...

    July 20, 2009 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  23. peter

    it may hurt a bit now to see this healthcare reform thru but it is going to be really painfull lkater without it.!!!!

    special interests for the for profit insurance industry are spending millions ot lobby and buy congress, it's so shameful.

    canada is not bankrupt, nor is britain, why should we not be able t manage this as well. stop paying attention to negative lobbying propaganda.

    July 20, 2009 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  24. demwit

    Of course everyone knows that the ABC News/Washington Post progressively bias polls are always 10 points higher than reality.

    July 20, 2009 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  25. Aunt Bea and Opie

    We stand with the President.The companies are pouring out millions upon millions to keep up their lying selfindulgent lifestyles.Its time to finally drive the stake through the heart of the beast.

    July 20, 2009 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
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