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. Right Leaning Independent

    He will still ram it down our throats even if the majority of the public are against it because Obama and Congress think they are smarter than the public!! Most Americans know that we can not pay for this and taxing the wealthy to pay for it is a good way to slow down consumer spending which will result in more job losses...

    July 20, 2009 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  2. Who wants to socialized medicine? No one!

    socialized medicine is scary!

    obama's screwed up enough already! Make him stop!

    July 20, 2009 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  3. citizenUSA

    It's nice to see politicians every now and then, come up with the idea that they are going to make healthcare history by introducing plans that lack the real substance to handle the problem. I work for a major hospital dealing with insurance companies and denied medical claims. It's impossible to go into detail here of all the things my peers and I discuss about what's wrong with the healthcare system. We think it's great to try and develope a plan for people who can not get medical insurance. Those of us who have insurance at work don't need the government's help too much. We see the problem as being with the insurance companies. They all say they follow Medicare guidelines in most instances but then have their own rules and regulations that go totally against Medicare. Seems like they can make whatever policy they want. You've heard plenty of stories by now 'm sure. If a doctor participates in your plan then he/she has an obligation to erase the charge if the insurance company says so. Sure, that's good for that one person but in the long run we all have to pay for that. Many people don't realize your employer has a great deal to do with what is covered by your insurance. They can decide to exclude something. Every year my premium goes up as well as co-pays, out of pocket expenses, deductibles, starting cost for the service, and so on. However any raise I get, (none this year), is negated by these increases and then some. Yes, a change is needed but not the one being touted.

    July 20, 2009 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  4. Rob

    We are losing confidence in Obama.He wants to tax the wealthy for everything.Business wealth is the blood for new jobs.Goverment can't forever keep creating new jobs in a democracy..

    July 20, 2009 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  5. clr

    I think that the large majority of Democrat Congressman voted NO to themselves having to go on this health care plan speaks VOLUMES – don't you? If the citizens MUST participate – then the Congress and Senate and President must ALL be on this plan as well. Period – no exceptions! Let them eat their own cooking. To have them vote not only to NOT be on the plan, but to also not be subject to the tax to pay for it is ludicrous!

    July 20, 2009 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  6. The Lonely Libertarian of Liverpool NY

    The only thing that will come about these progressive Government policies is bankruptcy. This is America not the failed USSR.

    July 20, 2009 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  7. Barb

    I am a Canadian, becareful what you wish for, remember nothing is free. What you don't pay for in money you will pay for in medical care

    July 20, 2009 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  8. florence

    Add me to the President Obama’s approval rating. I believe he's doing an excellent job with one hand tied behind his back. Republicans don’t want health care for us. They want us to work our fingers to the bone and when we’re not healthy enough to work, we will be tossed away like a used toilette paper and be replaced. All Republicans care is about money, money and money. And unfortunately there are some Democrats who also have crossed the line and are owned by corporation. People be wise. Support our president health care reform. Write letters to your representatives and ask them to support our president. This is our only chance. If we miss this one God knows if we ever will get another President that cares about us as much as this president does.

    July 20, 2009 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  9. Kevin in Ohio

    Of course his poll numbers are dropping....he is ramming this idiotic plan down our throats. He is becoming a socialist dictator that Hugo Chavez would be proud of.

    July 20, 2009 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  10. Polar Bears Against Palin

    You selfish, greedy right wing scum bags make me sick. And, that includes so-called conservative Democrats.

    July 20, 2009 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  11. Ken

    If any politician wants to address the cost of health care, they would start with Tort reform. Noticibaly absent from any proposal I have seen. Of course, trial lawyers are the largest contributors to the Democratic party, so we should expect medical costs to continue rising as the lawyers collect more medical lawsuit fees.

    July 20, 2009 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  12. Dante

    so lets see, 49 percent approve, 44 percent disapprove of obama's proposed healthcare reform........his overall approval rating regarding healthcare is below 50 percent......and his response is get it done now and get it done my way........so what if half the country is opposed.......obama knows what's best for us and dammit, you're going to get it as he and his thugs bully everyone who opposes him, including dems, to cram this through......don't read it, just do it.........this is not leadership; this is not bipartisan legislation in action.......this is a hijacking....

    July 20, 2009 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  13. George Washington

    oh come on now, you voted didnt' you? how can you be dissappoving already?

    July 20, 2009 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  14. MLM

    You guys are so biased............Michael Steele gave a thrashing speech about the Obama's health plan, and it made a lot of sense!

    I expected you guys to report it.

    July 20, 2009 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  15. john

    The way people built up Obama, he is never going to meet all those expectations. Could have told you that last November.

    July 20, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  16. SA in OO

    Oh pollsters of pollsters . . .

    Do the people who don't know any better a big favor when you conduct a poll like this. First ask a few simple questions to find out what your respondends actually know about the current versions of the health care plans working their way through congress.

    My guess it that 77% (4%+/- margin of error) of your respondentsreally don't know any more than the sound bites they get from the different talking heads in the media.

    Sooo – as is often the case these polls are about how and uniformed electorate feels today. Not what they now, which is very little.

    July 20, 2009 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  17. MatthewDetroit

    Good the Honeymoon is over.
    The clown is trying to ruin health care. All it will do is cost us more and it will take away our rights as Americans to choose.
    The bills are just too high and we can not afford it..
    We can also not afford the Tax and Trade environmental bill.
    We also can not afford the new Immigration bill which gives out permanent visas called Temporary visas, allows all illegals to get free education in the US (which our own citizens dont get), allows gang members to receive amnesty, and allows amnesty in as little as 24 hours.
    Time to VOTE NO on the Democrats agenda. They will break our country and force us all into the bread lines. There will be NO chance of ever moving up in society. We will all be poor and broke forever.

    July 20, 2009 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  18. mimi

    No, not at this time! Healh Care to $$$$$ We have no money! America is broke! no jobs to pay for it.

    July 20, 2009 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  19. Babs

    Until I see or hear that someone is facing off with the pharmaceutical companies, health care reform isn't going to happen in any way that we can afford. It has to start there. I sure haven't heard anything about that.
    My feeling is that this won't be any better than what the government came up with for the older generation in their sublemental insurance plans to help ofset Medicare coverage. Nice drug plans with donut holes as big as an astroid hitting the earth. Let's get real and spend some time and do it right. It doesn't have to be tomorrow. Spend a couple more months and maybe get it right.
    Bury those pharmaceutical companies or start working with the ones outside of this country.

    July 20, 2009 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  20. Barbara

    I hope Obmama is a one term president and that this country can recover from the disaster he is creating!

    July 20, 2009 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  21. Sam I Am

    This is not surprising. Everyone wants cheaper health care. Some even want it nationalized. But the task is overwhelming and the costs significant. It's not going to be easy. Easy is what Americans want. Sadly, nothing good is easy.

    July 20, 2009 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  22. PJ

    There is currently a push on the get members of Congress to sign a pledge to both READ any health care bill and post it on the internet for at least 72 hours so that constituents can read the bill. So far, no Democrat takers. So much for Obama's pledge for transparency. I for one suggest that Mary Landrieu D-LA sign the pledge. I also invite anybody reading this post to name their representatives and senators.
    Enough of this INSANITY.

    July 20, 2009 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  23. william fitzwater

    The vast majority probably don't like the current system but are also afraid of change. That is something polls don't take into account. Also if we did a poll on slaver with a bunch of white affluent land holders what type of numbers would you get. In other words who conducted this study ? What are their agendas biases and motives. If you asked a group of Republican business owner or poor you would get completely different responses . No poll is completely 100% accurate and true.

    If you asked a bunch of people and I have done this in a public setting are they happy with their health insurance they would say yes. However if you asked them have they actually used it they would say NO. They are assuming their health care is good & their employer will take care of them. This is in error on both points not to say a employer would not help their employer but in the case of health insurance it is a contract and the insurance company promises are often broken. This is the real danger most people don't realize insurance doesn't guarantee anything .

    July 20, 2009 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  24. Chrissy, TX

    WHAT??? Has the kool-aid finished?? What happened to all the "change" this horse teethed man was supposed to bring? At least his pastor/mentor Wright was telling the truth when he said Obama was a politician and politician's say what they have to to get elected. LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 20, 2009 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  25. DavidAndrusia

    The problem is: there seems to be no philosophical underpinning for this plan, which is requisite if the pragmatic part is to be worked out successfully. Nor, to my mind, has there been adquate analysis of existing systems in other industrialized countries–many of which, now, have higher life expectancies than does the U.S.

    When I say "philosophical," I mean two things: a) "that all Americans should have the right to basic preventive and curative health care" (or even, in full transparency mode, "we realize that millions of working poor or unemployed people will not have access; this is not universal health care, a la the French model"; and b) it doesn't define the role of doctors as caregivers in relation to cost analyses managed and proffered by insurance comapnies, hospitals, and associated care providers.

    If this were the SATs, and I had to write a topic sentence and one paragraph outlining key objectives of the Obama Health Plan, I couldn't–and I've been following this issue closely. Unlike Secretary Clinton's European-based universal model, I'm not at all sure what the theoretical underpinnings of this plan are–nor, more imporant, how it aims to be implemented in practical terms.

    July 20, 2009 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
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