August 12th, 2009
11:39 AM ET
9 years ago

Poll: No change in Obama's approval on health care

President Obama held a health care town hall in New Hampshire Tuesday.

President Obama held a health care town hall in New Hampshire Tuesday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - As President Barack Obama's health care proposals face opposition at town halls across the country, a new poll indicates American's opinions of how Obama is handling the issue have not changed.

Forty-three percent of people questioned in a Gallup national survey released Wednesday say they approve of how the president's handling health care, with 49 percent opposed.

The 43 percent approval rating is down just one point from a Gallup poll conducted in the middle of July. The 49 percent who oppose the president is also down a point from last month's survey. That's well within the poll's sampling error of plus or minus four percentage points.

The new Gallup poll was conducted August 6-9, as lawmakers were beginning their summer recess, and as coverage of people at town halls protesting the president's health care reform proposals increased across the media.

"The good news for the White House is that the town hall protests have not affected views of Obama," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "The bad news for the White House is that a plurality of Americans had a negative view of Obama on health care before the town hall protests began."

One thousand and ten people were questioned by telephone for the Gallup poll.

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soundoff (229 Responses)
  1. truthsayer

    Who was polled...1000 people. These polls are a joke

    August 12, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  2. Predicta

    The number against will get higher before those number for.

    August 12, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  3. Doug, New Jersey

    43% approve but remember 29% of Americans are mindless Obama-bots who will unquestionably do anything Barak would tell them to do. How do we arrive at that figure? The question has been asked that if Obama's mass spending on health care and the stimulus would create more debt for our nation. 29% said it would not, which shows that these people are mindless Obama-bots. His spending will create more debt is the same as saying the sky is blue, but the Obama-bot will disagree that the sky is blue if Obama were to tell them otherwise.

    August 12, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  4. Could never be a republican!

    I 100% support the President's efforts on Health care reform!

    August 12, 2009 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  5. PLEASE, NO more republicans!

    I approve wholeheartedly!

    August 12, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  6. FORMER republican, NEVER again!

    I approve! Why would anyone not approve is the question.

    August 12, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  7. Fair is Fair

    Spin it any way you want to CNN.

    Today the AARP came out and said that the President was basically lying when he stated in his New Hampshire town hall yesterday that the AARP was on board with his plan.

    So where's your reporting on this?

    August 12, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  8. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Why should we trust our poll when majority of the country doesn't get polled. How about polling a urban community and see the types of responses you get then. I think these polls you guys take are given in little towns that most Americans never heard of.

    August 12, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  9. Enlightened Voter

    I approve! No one polled me!

    August 12, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  10. DL

    Many of these protesters are a direct result of insurance companies, I have seen firsthand the meetings where employees are told to protest or find new jobs.

    DO NOT CAVE IN, these people aren't smart enough to realize if we do nothing, in 10 years they won't have insurance either. WE DEMAND affordable health care!!

    August 12, 2009 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  11. No Grumpy White Guys

    Enough blame to go around on both sides. You've got Palin who uses her Down's kid as a prop to spread falsehoods and the Democrats less than stellar presentation of their proposals.

    We need a rational, calm discussion. The Seniors ranting against "single payer" is ridiculous. What do they think Medicare is?

    August 12, 2009 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  12. Astroturf This

    This poll is a LIE!!!! Obama's approval ratings are tanking on EVERY SINGLE POLL...except for CNN's apparently. This is misleading and your stories are misleading. I cannot believe you and the other news networks who are deceiving the American people...AND THEY KNOW IT!!!

    The American people are not stupid. They can see socialism when they see it...and if this is not socialism ....I don't know what is. People are afraid because they are figuring out what the news media is censoring! Obama's speeches SAY he is for a single payer system....getting rid of insurance companies...and he ADMITS he is a progressive liberal. What more proof do you want CNN?

    The American will reject this plan and if it crammed down our throats the politicians are going to hit the road because we will vote them out. Stop PANDERING to this president.

    August 12, 2009 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  13. Jimmy the Greek


    The Healthcare system in America is like an automobile. It has a flat-tire and desperately needs a tune-up.

    Obama and his mechanics, instead, think we need to completely REBUILD the car – using your tax dollars.

    You who are cheering the government – are free-loaders wanting free public transportation.


    Yes there are improvements that can make Healthcare more affordable and greater access to all who want/need it:

    – Allow interstate competition
    – Tort Reform!!
    – Tax credits
    – Provide an outlet for consumers to report/appeal greviences to a national review panel

    But creating a "Government Option" is absolutely wrong.

    August 12, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  14. Four and The Door

    Probably that 43% will be lower again in just the last 4 days. Last week the DNC was trying to spin the opposition as just organized, paid, bussed in mobs. People now see that is not the case.

    The response by Obama will also certainly lose a few of the original supporters. He came out only to say only what the plan is not and still leaves obvious questions about what the plan actually is.

    We still get back to, " What is it going to cost?", and, " Who is going to pay for it?". Those are fair questions, right?

    August 12, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  15. Darth Vadik, CA

    Of course this is true, I'm suprised so many approve, people get into a comfort level even with something that is criminal and inadecaute, like our healthcare system.

    When somebody presents something new and better, there will always be hesitation, especially from the older generation.


    Have you ever tried to get an old person to use the computer, and then the internet. It took you forever didn't it, but now that they are comfortable with the computer, and it doesn't seem so intimidating, all of the sudden you cant get the old geezers off the internet.

    Same with any bold new better change, people will be hesitant to try it, but once they do, they would really see the benefits of it. Think of it as what we have now is as an old library, and what we could get is internet. Once you get past that initial intimidating phase...


    happy googling everybody.

    August 12, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  16. MomofFour

    Do we live in the old Soviet Union??? There is so much bias in the news media it scares me. If OBama blew up Canada you people would do a story on butterflies in the rainforest. What is WITH you people???

    The far-left fringe of the DNC is taking our country one piece at a time and the American people are waking up and smelling the coffee. This plan is done....over....stick a fork in it. I am NOT going to watch my country become socialist. I am NOT going to watch the liberals ruin my country. They will NOT bankrupt our economy. I thought Jimmy Carter was going to go down in history as the most hated president ....Obama is going to make Jimmy Carter's demise look like sesame street.

    Forget it!! This healthcare plan will not happen.

    August 12, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  17. george from alaska

    this obamacare "protest" movement has been proven beyond any doubt to be an orchestrated pile of bull crap. any poll figures and pundit "evidence" to the contrary is simply big health corporations dollars at work. are right wing buffons & rednecks so ignorant & foolish as to goose step to these republican backed dog and pony shows? an obvious rhetorical question and the answer is YES. what a bunch of intellectually challenged losers.

    August 12, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  18. Gad

    Let me give Obama a hint. Choreograghed events like he had yesterday with staged attendees are not going to raise his approval rating on healthcare. We don't buy it and supposed "reporters" like Chris Matthews continually calling anyone a racist who does not agree with Obama is only making matters worse.

    August 12, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  19. Lynda/Minnesota

    This poll is rather disingenuous.

    There are those on both sides who view the handling of health care somewhat differently. The left wants a public option – the right doesn't want reform at all. Therefore, shouldn't the pollsters ask who is IN FAVOR of health care reform, not who FAVORS how it is being played out?

    Pretty sure the results would be much more in tune to what American's actually want and less about the angry mobs who scream and shout out hoping to stop the progression, or the liberals who aren't happy about the public option.

    Both these groups will drag down the approval rating of Obama because neither seems to be winning the battle right now.

    August 12, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  20. iamus

    Now would be a good time for a silent protest like Dr Kings non-viovent movement. This would show unity and tone down conflict.

    August 12, 2009 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  21. Darth Vadik, CA

    As far as taxes go....

    I would much rather pay 2% of my paycheck to the government towards healthcare than the 10% I pay now to the insurance companies who will fight me every step of the way.

    But for some of you, its ok to pay 10% as long as you call it a premium, but God forbid they call it a tax, you wouldn't pay that 2%.

    Snake oil salesmanship at its best from the people that brought you Enron, Fanny May, AIG, etc etc etc...

    August 12, 2009 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  22. Michael, Torrance, CA

    Just because Obama thinks that soicalized healthcare is the right idea doesn't mean that it is the best thing for America. He and all of the other democrats we're elected to do the will of the people not always what they think is best. Don't try to group all Americans into a system that not everyone wants.

    August 12, 2009 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  23. Winfred Sneed

    The sad thing is that the media, I mean you guys, cooperate America has allow your viewers, (the people that make the purchases for your advertiser) to be manipulated and fill with false information for rating and the money that goes with them. 99 percent of the time you guys, i mean the media, know the truth. But instead you blast the public with incorrect information in order to create confusion. Confusion make for good rating. If you Guys would just provide the viewers with the truth we would be able to make rational descisions and have rational discussions. This would be the best thing you guys (the Media) could do for the people and the country. I wonder why you would rather foster confusion

    August 12, 2009 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  24. Sniffit

    "Forty-three percent of people questioned in a Gallup national survey released Wednesday say they approve of how the president's handling health care, with 49 percent opposed."

    Let's make something VERY CLEAR: the approval rating of how Obama is "handling health care" is not a measure of the approval rating of any particular plan....especially because there IS NO PARTICULAR PLAN YET!!! Moreover, even though I support health care reform and Obama's ideas in that regard, I would still say I disapprove of how he's handling it because I want him out there pimp slapping all the GOPers who are spreading lies, fear, misinformation and mischaracterizations of particular sections of the currently available draft legislation. Enough is enough. He needs to stop playing the nice guy and start playing hardball with these uneducated, angry, racist, xenophobic freaks who refuse to listen to empircal evidence, factual data or rational argument.

    August 12, 2009 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  25. approve this, but make sure it's done right, yes i'm a Dem

    This is great I love to see citizens starting to finally get involved in politics more and not being so passive, some people say this is nuts and obama is tearing us apart, but I say we finally have people speaking their minds and getting more involved with important issues because it's so contriversial. Way to go america continue to be active, but make sure to think for yourselves, I've never been prouder to be an American just make sure you don't get too carried away! and hats off to Obama for finally being a president thats not afraid to hit the contiversal issues, whether or not you get re-elected thats not the point it's to do things that make americans think and be better now. WAY TO GO AMERICA...FINALLY!!!

    August 12, 2009 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
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