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. bob

    Close the check book and think about this. Why is he in such a rush. Everything this president has done is hurry-up and get it done. He says it has to be done now! If he has a plan and can say how we can pay for this without raising taxes and not hurting anyone financially, tell us. If not, wait until we have a viable plan that will help accomplish this. I hear people saying that we are putting our grand kids in more debt. Just remember that today is the day that we worried about yesterday. REALLY, pay as we go!

    July 20, 2009 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  2. Bev

    This is NOT a Republican or Liberal issue...it's not a poor or rich issue. This is an issue that will affect ALL Americans. The news media is not being honest. They are not reporting the facts of what is going to happen if national healtcare is allowed to happen. Are 95% of us going to be free from paying for this?? ABSOLUTELY NOT. The MAJORITY of us are going to be paying 52% of our paychecks toward healthcare. The richest (translation: COMPANIES) will be paying up to 60% of their income to pay for this. This will without a dougt cripple our economy. Obama and the Democrats are lying through their teeth and they are not being honest with the American public. And the news media is as guilty as the Democrats. If this debacle is allowed to happen it will make the Jimmy Carter years look like paradise. Keep it up Democrats and you will find out in a hurry that it will take more than 12 years to get back in office once you bleed this country dry. It's just sickening.

    July 20, 2009 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  3. Kate David

    We have not heard him out yet. I trust that the president knows what he is doing.
    The existing insurance coys definitely have to understand that Americans have other choices. For now, you just have to go with anything.
    Their dictates, pick and drop is now being threatened and a bunch of connected individuals are not happy.
    We do not choose an ailmate so why should the insurance coys choose what to cover and not?
    Go on Mr President. You are very much on track!!

    July 20, 2009 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  4. Welcome to The BoBo Show

    Looks like the party of "Gimme" will not get there way on health care. Next up, the right for every American to have a Plasma TV, Cell Phone and Cadillac

    July 20, 2009 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  5. Tyran

    Americans need to stop being "suckers" for right-wing, health-care scare tactics. The GOP arguement for everything is "THE COST", they provide no alternative, cheaper plan that will insure all Americans. Health care cost will soon bankrupt every household in America. When this happens, they will be back in Congress, inacting an emergency health care plan to keep us from dying. WAKE UP AMERICAN PEOPLE!!! We just can't sit and expect the system to take care of itself, we have to fix it. Support your President and lets make universal health care a reality!

    July 20, 2009 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  6. Josh

    I do wish he would succeed. With all his boo-boos I think of the below adage:

    A little learning is a dangerous thing.

    July 20, 2009 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  7. Rob

    This man is quickly showing that he is a farce. His Pelosi-rammed, tree-hugger appeasing Cap and Tax bill is going to die (hey, nice try on getting India to sign on – NOT), more and more people are seeing that this healthcare farce will in no way handle the healthcare crisis and instead will create more taxes and higher unemployment. Oh sure, the media, the Hollywood elite (with their riches conveniently hidden away), and people who don't want to work and expect the government to take care of them like what he's doing. But more and more, Dems with at least some work ethic are starting to realize they got duped back in 2008. Of course almost half the country could have told you this guy was all talk, no (positive) action, but ya just followed along a little too blindly.

    That's ok, provided he doesn't destroy the country by 2010, once we get the Republicans back in charge and really fixing things, we'll forgive you.

    July 20, 2009 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  8. sandy

    This man has only been in office 6 months and the country seems to think he can work miracles. Get real!! Bringing this country back from the depths of oblivian is going to take a long time and we better get used to it. People in this country need to start working with this president or we will pay the price. As for what the republicans are doing, it's all politics. If they really cared about this country,they would stand with him, not try to bring him down. I firmly believe if they bring him down, we all go down. I say give the man a chance and chance means more than 6 months.

    July 20, 2009 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  9. MJ - San Antonio, TX

    I think President Obama is rushing health care reform and not looking out for the best interest of U.S. citizens. Before health care reform is passed his priority should be the economy and creating jobs for the many US unemployed citizens. His bailouts have done nothing to help us if anything unemployment keeps hitting double digit numbers in many states. He should take care of one issue first and than handle another one once he has been successful in one.

    July 20, 2009 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  10. johnq

    It's about time people starting waking up.

    July 20, 2009 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  11. Rickster

    I am surprised that CNN with it's 80/20 coverage of truly important topics actually reported on this.

    I believe CNN represents the minority of people within these issues. Clearly having Michael Jackson coverage 24/7 while the Obama administration was trying to ramrod another enormous political issue down the throats of Americans was evident they care less about educating us on what is happening to our government.

    Health care is like many other issues we deal with. They need investigation and regulation support. NOT the government taking it over. What a joke.

    P.S. so much for a transparent government. What a joke Obama has been. Lied from the start and is still deceiving the masses.

    July 20, 2009 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  12. dominican mama 4 Obama

    Please excuse spelling errors in previous post. Jesse gets my blood boiling!

    July 20, 2009 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  13. Sick of CNN

    Guess this will give you idiot CNN reporters and journalists something to ramble on and on about for the next month or so, 24/7!

    July 20, 2009 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  14. Andy

    Its about time people realize this guy is trying to socialize America. He wants to push this thing thru fast so that we don't really know what it will cost. Thank god some of the democrats are finally waking up and realizing he is going to bankrupt the USA.

    July 20, 2009 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  15. Hope

    I dont know who you are polling, we are with the President on this, we want a federal run program we will pay the same money we are paying to Blue Cross to the governent. Im fed up of dealing with insurance companies.

    July 20, 2009 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  16. VernisRobertson

    We need a health care reform badly . The Republicans are dumping a lot in this health debate because they are getting kick backs from the health provides . What is wrong with everyone having health in america. People are to worry about greed and not fixing the problem . The Republicans think that the health care system is fine , they are sadly mistaking . They are the crocks that got the world into to this mess and looking into taking this country further into the hole. The Republicans should not say anything every again . They are the cause of the world pain today .

    July 20, 2009 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  17. John

    welcome to the presidency of the United States, Barack.......

    July 20, 2009 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  18. yuri

    Healthcare reform is a tight rope walk. If anybody slips, fatality is sure to follow. BHO is no exception, but then, if he does not do anything, or grossly ignores bipartisan contribution, as vindictively denied by many GOPs, he may not even find a place in hell, let alone heaven.

    July 20, 2009 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  19. Debra Williams

    Millions of Republicans are NOT surprised the President is "in trouble". Underqualified, naive, amateurs in key positions (including the Presidency and Treasury, especially) and the total "out of touch with reality" Speaker of the House. The only government mandated Health care that will be approved by the American people would be if the complete idiots in Congress are required to take it, too. They all should also be required to contribute to Social Security as well. I can't even imagine how most of them keep getting re-elected since they are all so incompetent .

    July 20, 2009 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  20. Sam Sixpack

    Better hurry up and ram this down everyone's throats before they learn of your plan to, in the end, use this as an excuse to tax everyone for their employer-provided health benefits.

    Quick, quick, my alcoholic talking dog says if we don't hurry up and spend a bunch more money, we'll all go broke! Obahahahahaha....

    July 20, 2009 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  21. Darlene WMS

    How is it that the ABC News/Washington Post can take a poll of about 1,001 adult Americans and come to the conclusion that all (the majority) has lost confidence regarding President Obama's plan for health care reform. Have you polled the 45 million who are without Health Insurance? Or did you just take a poll from those who have insurance and fear lost of their health insurance due to the criticism from critics who just don't care.

    July 20, 2009 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  22. Jason

    Who cares about polls this early in the game?

    July 20, 2009 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  23. Looloo

    Quick, quick, pass the bill!!! Everybody's starting to pay attention!

    July 20, 2009 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  24. Predicta

    Health care reform is DOA without reigning in medical malpractice awards. Obama said he was for this before the ABA put the pressure on to do an about face. Now it's not mentioned in any bill coming out of congress. Instead, the savings that could have been realized from capping malpractice awards are passed on to the taxpayer. That's not going to fly with the public.

    July 20, 2009 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  25. CL OT

    Why is Obama rushing this? If it is so important, why not get the best possible plan instead of the fastest?

    July 20, 2009 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
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