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. Peoples Voice

    The large amount of money being spent by the health care lobby is starting to take an effect big time.

    Don't be fooled by their propaganda.

    It was reported that their studies showed if we get a public option they would lose 90% of their business. The only reason that would happen is because of how well the public option would work, and it scares them.

    July 20, 2009 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  2. Hannah Stevens

    President Obama will get this done. No president has yet to accomplish this fete, although President Clinton tried. If he can only stand up to the lobbyists in Washington and push through a public option, the bill will be complete. They are out in full force paid by the HMO CEO's who take billions of our dollars to keep their jobs by refusing to give us the care we need. The public option will even things out a bit and give us a choice which we would not have otherwise. The HMO's have been consolidating and in some states there is only one to choose from.

    July 20, 2009 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  3. Linda, NY

    Of course the polls show a slip in points. Health care is a decades long battle and will not be solved easily. At this point the battle is only heating up but slipping polls aside we have a President who is not willing to walk away from what may be one of the most important issues for our country in the new paradigm of the 21st century. President Obama will deliver on this.

    July 20, 2009 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  4. Gentwelve

    This is not reform, simly increasing taxes to pay for a government plan is wrong. It will be a form of price controls which is in contrast to a free market economy. It takes time and effort to change an industry, however, the President needs to make a statement to make him and his party stand out. Too bad, I voted for Obama, turns out he's just a tax and spend liberal, not wanting to engage in the challenge of a democracy. Looks like it could be one and done!

    July 20, 2009 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  5. Libertarian

    This is about HEALTH CARE REFORM and not a popularity contest. Stop the hateful msg's and concentrate on the issue. WE NEED HEALTH CARE REFORM!

    Those that say they don't want higher taxes to pay for it....GUESS WHAT....your taxes have been going up to pay for it already. Who do you think is paying for those that can't afford it right now?? Take a poll in the emergency room sometime and see how many have insurance. Most should be just doing a regular doctor visit but can't without insurance. The Emergency room IS THEIR DOCTOR and we are paying for it!!!

    July 20, 2009 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  6. Carl from MI

    It's funny... we all have auto insurance, but it's beyond Republicans for everyone to have health insurance!!

    One more reason NOT to vote Republican this November!!

    July 20, 2009 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  7. LacrosseMom

    Been out of the "news loop" on vacation, but I know that this "drop" is due to a lot of misinformation and the politics of fear from the GOP.

    Come on America, THINK for yourself, read, do a little research, don't buy into the politics of fear!

    We NEED healthcare reform now!

    July 20, 2009 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  8. JayQuaffs

    Doesn't seem to be very good timing with the war and current economic trouble to be trying to fund a turnover of Health care and the Pharms, Seems less than intelligent. Like they have a clue how to handle it in the first place. Sorta like the financial institutions. Lets throw money at it and it should be able to reregulate itself. They have no common sense,Go Fish....

    July 20, 2009 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  9. Susie

    I don't trust this guy to do ANYTHING right! EXCEPT flying his planes and Vacationing with 100 people paying court to him. On OUR MONEY!!!

    July 20, 2009 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  10. YES WE CAN!

    I wish people would give Obama a chance... he was thrown into a crappy position and is having to clean up all the crap that Bush started..
    GIVE HIM A FREAKIN CHANCE!

    July 20, 2009 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  11. Dawn Ada, Ohio

    wow a whole 1001 people were questioned. The only problem I have is that he is still trying to appease the Republicans. Move forward fast and strong and forget the party of no and listen to the public.

    July 20, 2009 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  12. Tami

    Regulate the friggin health insurance industry. You don't need to turn to socialist medicine to fix the problem. Nor should those in this country that have been able to realize the American Dream and make a lot more money than most of us be taxed to pay for my health care. My health is not their responsibility. My grandchildren are going to have to pay for this President's spending. His own grandchildren will probably still be paying for it. Cut unnecessary programs and travel sir. Maybe then you will find the money to pay for your spending.

    July 20, 2009 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  13. illinoistom

    If the average American talks to Canadian, British, Swedish, and German consumers of Socialized health care as I often do, support for the President's "reform" would be a big fat 0! While we need to improve our system, exchanging it for one that is demonstrably a disaster doesn't make any sense.

    July 20, 2009 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  14. T

    I dont know who you poll, but every one wants Health Care
    FREEDOM IS NOT FREE YOU HAVE TO PAY THE PRICE AND BARE THE COST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 20, 2009 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  15. Melissa

    Thats what happens when Republicans spend all their time stirring up peoples fears, and dumb people fall for it. It doesn't help when news outlets like CNN talk about how horrible medical care is in socialized medical systems without presenting the opposite side of the argument.

    Are you willing to address the other side of the argument instead of capitulate to the Republicans, CNN? Socialized health care in Canada is NOT the demon you have turned it into. Regardless of its problems, Canada's care is still infinitely preferable to the US version of health care.

    July 20, 2009 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  16. independent

    He is not in trouble with me. Come up with a plan that is paid for, only provides basic medical, includes private provider roles, reduces overall medical costs, and doesn't include an income tax on employer provided benefits below a middle-class level plan; I'll be supportive.

    July 20, 2009 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  17. bj, Texas

    Unbelievable! Taxes are going up, unemployment will soon hit 10% and the kool-aid drinking dumbo-crats still believe in this clown? Simply unbelievable. Time for a regime change. Out with the socialists that have hijacked our country. Can't wailt till 2010 mid terms to vote them all out.

    July 20, 2009 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  18. Todd

    The American public is finally waking up and seeing dumBO for what he really is: a lying scam artist!

    July 20, 2009 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  19. Pete

    The Republican scare tactic works on many people when they mentions the word "taxes". There is no other way a governemnt can institute a government run and mandated program unless they raise taxes. They can borrow the money, but that adds interest to the cost, so that is an even worse prospect. Most people "say" they don't want people to go without medical care, that they feel sorry for those that don't have coverage or can't get existing federal or state coverage, but they don't want the cost to come out of their own pockets. Then whose pockets can it come out of? The government has no pockets, only hands to reach into our pockets. It's always been that way. At least raising taxes to try to help the people in need of basic medical care is more appealing and positive than raising taxes or borrowing huge sums of money to pay for questionable wars.

    July 20, 2009 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  20. Dan in VA

    People aren't dumb when it comes to their cash... they can sniff out new taxes and higher taxes and when they don't have much money to begin with they know how that is going to hurt. Obama needs to start up a war or something to distract people so he can push through these programs and give people freebies so they will keep voting for him.

    July 20, 2009 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  21. Jhak Schiddt

    Obama is dangerous, not just for America, but for the world.
    He is going to ramrod his legacy legislation no matter if it is good for Americans or not.
    His "healthcare" plan is going to make us terminally ill, just as he has destroyed most of our future with his wild spending, this health atrocity will finish us off.
    Is his goal to destroy America??

    July 20, 2009 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  22. donna - neptune

    i am getting sick and tired of cnn and the rest of the media with these polls, who are you asking the republicans and conservatives, this is not the poll of the american peoople, everyone one needs inexpensive health care, and the president will get it done, we the american people are for Pres Obama, why don't you poll us, and get the correct percentage.......

    July 20, 2009 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  23. Torch

    Well when you absolutely ingnore history (Canada-UK), and you try to cram a dumb and bad idea of universal coverage, which is nothing short of socialism, then I'd hope his numbers would go down.

    Amazing still is that around 50% of Americans still don't get it. This is a horrible idea that is doomed to fail. These poll numbers should be in the 30's.

    July 20, 2009 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  24. Four and The Door

    Americans are catching on to the fact that most of the large efforts by this administration do not work. For instance, look at the all out effort to avert bankruptcies in the automobile industry. The only company that did not go bankrupt is Ford, the one who did not take Federal money. The $1 trillion stimulus bill has not put Americans back to work. It may buy some jobs for a short period of time but it doesn't fix anything. It only loads up the country's debt. His Health Care'fix' does nothing to reduce the cost of health care. All of these are the result of inexperience and faulty economic philosophies. If the economy was the most important decision, America got it wrong in 11/08. Republicans know that businesses, not government are the backbone of the economy. Republicans know how to put people back to work permanently and not drive the country into obcene levels of debt to get there.

    July 20, 2009 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  25. clr

    The more FACTS come out – the more Americans see that this health care bill is a sham, and will bankrupt this Country. Hey politicians – here is a tip for you – TALK TO THE DOCTORS for once... they don't support your plan – and if they don't – they will simply elect NOT to server the Govt insurance plans – just as the majority of them are dumping Medicare and Medicaid patients like crazy.

    July 20, 2009 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
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