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.


Filed under: Health care • Polls • President Obama
soundoff (229 Responses)
  1. jules sand-perkins

    No aspect of survival is a "God-given right," and certainly not a right given by our Constitution–even though you may think so. If you want health care, work, make money, and buy all the health care you want.

    August 12, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  2. Town Hall Protesters= Medicare recipients against Government Healthcare

    The town hall protesters with their screams and boos add nothing to this debate because they can't intelligently debate the issue without distortions and lies....Health Care Reform will be passed...Heathcare is not a privledge ...it a right for all Americans...those old people talking about government control while they collect medicare...

    August 12, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  3. Greg

    I strongly suggest that everyone go read Camille Paglia's article on salon.com ("Obama's Healthcare Nightmare").

    I believe that this artcle perfectly captures the growing distrust in the administration with regard to healthcare reform.

    Regardless of what side you are on, it is hard to disagree with her analysis.

    August 12, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  4. PJ

    I have tried to read the bill and, dummy me, I am having problems comprehending it. Bottom line is that nobody, not even Obama who is a gifted and convincing speaker as long as his teleprompter is functional, can convince me that this is not a massive Government takeover which will cost us in excess of a trillion dollars. A person would be stupid to say that there is NOTHING that needs fixing in our healthcare. However, this massive reform is both overkill (no pun intended) and totally unaffordable.

    August 12, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  5. unshrub

    The only thing I disapprove about how Obama is handling the health care issue is that he is NOT aggressive enough.

    August 12, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  6. JS007

    I'd like to see more detail about these polls. For example, I technically do not approve of Obama's handling of health care because I think he has let the Blue Dog democrats and Republicans hijack the process for the sake of bi-partisanship (in which the GOP has no interest whatsoever) but I still support Obama as well as health care reform. In fact, I think he's not going far enough, we need a single-payer system like every other sane developed country has. Results as presented could be construed to mean that people are against health care reform, which is not true.

    August 12, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  7. Tom in Wheaton, Illinois

    Show me one person who would trade their Medicare for private insurance. I dare you. The 'freedoms" that the right wing talks about are actually: 1. Freedom from the responsibility of sharing in the costs of preserving a nation of middle-class citizens. 2. Freedom from progressive taxes (while advocating regressive taxes like lotteries and sales tax). 3. Freedom from worrying about anyone less fortunate than themselves. Most of the free world has government-run, taxpayer supported healthcare. None of these citizens of France, the U.K, Canada, Germany, etc. are clamoring to emigrate to the U.S. The oddest thing about the "debate" is that a lot of the people protesting a government-sponsored "public option" will be the first ones in line to get it. As things stand now, the biggest "freedom" offered by the insurance companies is the freedom to lose your life savings and your house to bankruptcy if you happen to get a major disease that doesn't kill you inside a couple of years.

    August 12, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  8. Willy Brown

    Liberal media still wiping Obummer rear end.

    August 12, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  9. jake

    This article failed to mention the separate question on how many support health care reform, not just how Obama is handling it.

    So much nonsense in this debate. Get ready, conservatives will do the same with the cap-and-trade proposal. Scream doom and gloom. History shows it's nothing more than fear. Same debates with Social Security, Medicare, and the Clean Air Act. All got passed and we as a nation got richer and healthier.

    August 12, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  10. cevans, tx

    For those of you who do not want the government dictating when you should live and die...Well, do you not know that the insurance companies are charging outrageous prices and dictating what extent of your medical care you receive? The doctors are controlled by the insurance companies. They decide what medical care you get, or don't get. We need REFORM yesterday!!!! Insurance companies are out of control and so is the cost. Regulation is necessary!!! Please allow the PRESIDENT to help us!!

    August 12, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  11. Operation Crush Rush

    The President will be victorious.We will crush the liars and Corporate Fascists that want to keep their heels on our neck.Keep those calls and emails going to Rush.He claims he loves them because it gives him the chance to change your mind.I for one listen to him and am not afraid of him or his constant lies.Keep your enemies close to you,that way we can keep a close eye on them.

    August 12, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  12. A Canadian Bogeyman

    CNN! The worlds greatest News-Media? Stop making me laugh..

    August 12, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  13. Randolph Carter

    memo to republicans: "rammed down our throats" is the catch phrase this week. Be sure to use this phrase in any discussion of healthcare reform. Have a nice day!

    August 12, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  14. Wise Latina

    Let's be more precise about "no change in approval" comment. There is no change in the RATE OF LOSS of approval, which from all objective reporting is dropping steadily every day as we learn more of the outrageous items contained within the House drafts.

    Of course, Obama (who has not read these) glosses over them and simply says "trust me". But his history is filled with u-turns and lies. He is clearly on record with his supporters pledging his complete support a single payor system, and now that he is trying to sell this package to the public he says that this is not the case!

    Which Obama is telling the truth??

    August 12, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  15. Pete East

    Also by Gallup:

    "Thirty-five percent of Americans say they would advise their members of Congress to vote for a healthcare reform bill in September, 36% would advise them to vote against a bill, and 29% have no opinion."

    But of course liberals will say this is all wrong and that the people who show up to speak their mind at town hall meetings are plants hired by the Pharma / Insurance industry. Oh yes, and it's all Bush's fault.

    All I ask is that liberals will continue to ignore reality through 2010 and 2012.

    August 12, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  16. thetruthisoutthere

    All those that do not want any form of socialist programs can now pay the police, fire, military, and on and on straight out of their pocket to protect them. I think they'd prefer to have it go back to a tax that every one pays equally for the same protections they enjoy on a daily basis.

    I'm worried about the US as a whole – people seem to be getting more ignorant by the day. What ever happened to using your mind and getting all the facts before jumping to a conclusion? Of course that would rule out Rush et all from having a job.

    What other country would have people trying to say that under the UK medical system Stephen Hawking would be dead...when he was born there and lived nearly his entire life there...and is still living and working in the UK. It is a sad day in this country.

    August 12, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  17. PLEASE, no more republicans ever!

    To all uneducated, uninformed, unenlightened, narrowminded people filled with hatred, there is a party that is waiting to welcome you with open arms – the republican party!

    August 12, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  18. Simeon

    Just saw new polls today and 30% strongly approve of the President and 37% strongly disapprove of the President. That Healthcare cramming policy is not working too well for him.

    August 12, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  19. jules sand-perkins

    PS: Vote Republican! If you made a mistake at the polls, fix it next time.

    August 12, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  20. ke ke

    Did any of you read this bill? Can you understand it. I've tried to read it but it would take a lawyer to sort this crazy bill out. No wonder there is a lot of confusion! How about making a bill that is easier to understand then maybe I would support it. In the state that it is in now there is no way I'm signing on to this Pig in a Poke!

    August 12, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  21. CF

    The opposition to healthcare is high because what people are opposed to is the untrue, boogeyman version that Republicans, insurance companies, fake grass roots organizations, and extremists have drilled into everyone's heads; not the actual plan Obama proposed!

    August 12, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  22. jfs Memhis, Tn

    The majority of the protesters making asses of themselves are my age group...50 and over. Reason is that we either have GREAT medical retirement coverage ...or Medicare will work fine. Issue is not so much health care as mush as it is CHANGE and who is occupying the White House and controls Congress. They cannot get over the General Election and still believe that they are in the silent Majority....unfortunately the are no longer the majority nor are they silent !!!! Our age Group has become selfish and still the ME Generation. One protester at the Spector Town Hall suggested that some day the good Senator would have to face the Lord. That Individual may very well find himself and his friends facing the LORD and to their surprise the good Senator may not be standing next to them. WE NEED REFORM AND A GOVERNMENT OPTION.

    August 12, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  23. Respect

    Death to social security, medicare, medicaid, fire & police departments, post office, and consumer protections.

    JOIN me conservative republicans. Didn't think so!

    August 12, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  24. Jenny Madison, WI

    You right wing nut cases are a bunch of puppets for the lobbyists. Too ignorant to even realize you are being played!

    August 12, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  25. Tennessee Libertarian

    And Remember:

    ANYONE who opposes CBO on ANYTHING, especially the Health Care, Cap-and-Trade, etc., is UNAMERICAN, RACIST, and NAZI.

    What a Joke!

    August 12, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
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