August 12th, 2009
11:39 AM ET
5 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. Deborah/Kansas City

    As people begin to calm down and realise that all this fear mongering and hatred is caused by the false claims of those who absolutely do not want any change to healthcare; more rational decisions can be made. This is what always happens, because the big healthcare industries are making a fortune off of sick and suffering Americans; by denying care after people have paid their premiums; buy charging us more than 5 times the amount for Rx drugs, that they charge other countries; and by paying multi-million dollar salaries to their executives; not to mention stock holder profits. I think there is even more fear and hatred than usual, because of who our President is; and the hatred that was stirred up during the election is being used again.

    August 12, 2009 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  2. Wake Up

    That's not what most other polls say! Obama's terrible and dishonest presidency has disgusted most of us moderates. What a mistake America made. The media propped Obama up and we bought it! Let's survive until 2012 until we can get this bser out of office! He's like a USED CAR SALESMAN. Every bill has to be rammed down our throats

    August 12, 2009 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  3. Alice

    I just cancelled my AARP membership, demanded a prorated refund of my membership fees, and told them that I will return unopened any mail they or their partners send me, which means they will pay for the postage..you are not required to accept any mail that you do not want or have not solicited. All you have to do is not open it and write on it "return to sender" – they pay the postage :)

    August 12, 2009 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  4. Nelson Colorado Springs Co.

    Don't take this wrong way, then why say it , If you look at the people at these meeting being disrupted most of them look like they are are some type of goverment health care plan already. Question why are people so mad about the public health care plan. Have you ever been to a emergency room for care, the long lines just sitting waiting for care. Have you ever needed medication or treatment or surgery but your insurance want pay for it costs to much. A lot of story are being told on both side.

    August 12, 2009 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  5. Lauren

    Who are these pollsters calling? There are lots of people in favor of reforming health care, maybe the pollsters are only calling republicans who are following the "just say no" rhetoric.

    August 12, 2009 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  6. anti liberal

    "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.

    Its still bad, not getting worse but no one wants his governent run crap.

    August 12, 2009 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  7. Sniffit

    "Who cares about another attorney?? If he was not cuttting it that is their perogative to fire him"

    Sigh. That's just the point there dipsy doolittle. Did you read the article and the sentence that explicitly stated that he had stellar performance reviews?

    Typical GOPer/neocon. Facts just don't computer for you people do they? It's like your optic nerves just won't transmit them to the brain for you.

    August 12, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  8. Darth Vadik, CA

    ...and finally...

    I love this one. People with high school education, sometimes some or a college degrees try to read a bill....

    hahahahahahahahahahaha...

    Yeah, good luck with that maybe if you have a Phd in law you could, so stop wasting your time. What you have to do is look at who is for it and who is against it. Who is utting a lot of money to pass it and who is fighting it tooth and nail. Believe me, they had their lawyers read the bill thoroughly, and understand it way better than you or I ever will.

    So stop wasting your time listening to Limbaugh or the left, look at whos really for it and who's really against it.

    I'll tell you this much, if the guys taking my money (AKA insurance companies) are for it, then I WILL BE AGAINST IT.

    August 12, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  9. Greg

    Funny how CNN is trying to portray these awful poll results as being somewhat of a good thing for the administration.

    Also like how CNN reporters call people who are opposed to nationalized healthcare as being "anti-reform" rather than "anti-nationalized healthcare."

    Kind of reminds me of when these same reporters were referring to people who were "anti-illegal immigration" as being "anti-imigration."

    Guess I shouldn't be surprised. After all, gotta give your audience what they want to hear, right?

    August 12, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  10. Wise Latina Ny

    If we continue to listen to these right wing radical bimbos, we will never have the level of healthcare this country deserves. Look at these crazies. These are the people who probably believe Palin is a Nobel Laureate.

    WE NEED HEALTH CARE FOR EVERYONE.

    August 12, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  11. sylvanious

    there are no minorities at the healthcare rallies because they are being held in primarily caucasian areas. I havent really seen any healthcare town hall meetings in major cities or urban areas. They seem to be in primarily high republican concentrated areas. However, they are the ones that really have the major questions. We as minorities have faith in Obama and many caucasion as well and we feel that; what we have now as a healthcare system doesnt work and any change is welcomed.

    August 12, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  12. brad in austin

    Although the plan isn't perfect, it is certainly an improvment over the choices for uninsured Americans today! Get behind the man who is trying to make changes for the better. Or would you prefer to be back in the financial doldrums as we were in October before Pres. Obama took office? At least he's making an effort which is more than I can say for the past president.

    August 12, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  13. Mississippi Mike

    If he can't go on tv and raise support what does that tell you? It tells me that his plan is rotten and that he is losing credibility very quickly.

    August 12, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  14. gl, From Pittsburgh

    It is to soon for any more polls. Nothing he did Aug. 6-9 changed either. How about by the end of this month. Please give it time pollers. Now that President Obama have a team of people working day and night on debuking all the lies, he polls will improved by the end of this month.

    August 12, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  15. Scott, Tucson

    "The good news for the White House is that the town hall protests have not affected views of Obama" Maybe it's because Obama is never in the White House for more than a day or two, rest of the time he's flying off somewhere. His time will come in 2012.

    August 12, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  16. Chuck

    TORTS. No one is talking about the reason why health care costs have been rising (and will continue to rise). Lawsuits against doctors have forced them to pass the costs onto their patients. Ask any doctor and they will tell you this is their greatest expense/fear. 20 years ago, it costs $90 to see the doctor. Now its over $350. The reason? Lawsuits

    August 12, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  17. Proud Vet

    I can not understand why people do not want healthcare for all americans. Don't people realize that the insurance companies are making all of the money and holding all of the cards. Things have to change.

    August 12, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  18. American Voice

    Well Obama's Health Care agenda is great – a few violent and vocal Holligans can't change the statistics.

    We just have to create a new rule to the town hall meetings: NO HOLLIGANS ALLOWED!

    August 12, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  19. Kate in SW Fla

    I have to admit, I am surprised at the vehement attacks on health care reform efforts. I had hoped we could get a bi-partisan plan approved, but hopes are fading. Such a shame. I hope that the Senate will take anothe rlook at the Wyden/Bennett bill, in addition to the plan the Finance Committee is working on. I do not believe we HAVE to have a public option, so long as the most grievous insurance practices are curtailed. Also, as for tort reform. Doctors are just a responsible for the problem as lawyers. They know who the bad doctors are, and they just let them keeping maiming and filling patients. There is a difference between a mistake and malpractice, yet they continue to defend both.

    August 12, 2009 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  20. Ruty

    If all you people out there who scream "wolf" all the time would just listen. Most of you who disapprove of Obama's plan have no idea what is in it. Do research instead of acting like a nut. You will find out he is offering you the kind of insurance congress has. Wake up silly people and stop listening to Limbaugh, Hannity and McCain.

    August 12, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  21. What 1000+ pages of no-bill....?

    So, if there is no "Health Care Bill" as of now then what are Obama and the Democrats selling us in their town hall forums..? Is it just like Politicians "Much talk about nothing"...!

    "Let them fool us once shame on them...Let them fool us twice shame on us " !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 12, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  22. Sam Sixpack

    His approval rating might still be so high because he's been able to keep things like the details about his proposed "Independent Medicare Advisory Council” out of the press.

    If people knew that this council, if approved, will, by design, freeze Medicare spending for medically necessary services for the elderly (i.e. your grandmother) and the disabled, people might not be nearly so happy with him.

    The truth will eventually come out, however, you can still search for "Independent Medicare Advisory Council” on the White House's own website and learn the truth before this becomes a done-deal.

    August 12, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  23. Eddie

    When will all you Obama Lovers realize........Intelligent and Thoughtful people in mainstream America simply DO NOT WANT GOVERNMENT INVOLVED IN THEIR HEALTH CARE! However; you will blame everyone from Rush Limbaugh to the mean ole Republicans.....you just cannot get it! But you're not the only ones.....the Obama whitehouse just cannot believe his "rockstar" image doesn't trump all objections!
    Real Americans who love thier freedom and liberty will NEVER agree with "Big Brother" or"Big Government" having dominion over them!

    Furthermore; if you do not believe Obama is a LIAR....just read/find-out what he said about his own Grandmother's hip replacement....he said (paraphrase) it wasn't necessary because she was going to die anyway!

    August 12, 2009 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  24. Tatianna

    Lets all be honest, we are Americans first regardless of political affiliation. We must unite in one voice, loud n clear. Tell our gays n guys in Washington – enough is enough. We are witnessing a runaway govt ignoring and dismissing its citizens. Our nation venturing at a point of no return and We The People will be no more if we fail to stand beside her and guide her back to the nation we know and love. The Framers and Founders are not rolling over, they are spinning in their graves at the speed of light !

    August 12, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  25. The Lonely Libertarian of Liverpool NY

    Certainly a nation divided. every tax is a loss of our freedom.
    All I want is my freedom back.

    August 12, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
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