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. john menacher

    Well when ya cant do anything to help start lies and rumors – Newt Gingrich, YUP bout sums up the Evangelical-Republican neocons. Great strategy and such a great group of bigots who use thier own symbol the Swastika to label good people as evil. Gee they really nee dto just look in the mirror. YOu are the ONES destroying AMERICA!

    August 12, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  2. Hugo

    This is truly amusing, you liberals are missing the point entirely! The rest of America, you know that 60% or so of us that did not vote for Obummer, do not want government controlled healthcare. We do want healthcare reform, just not the fascist version! Listen carefully and you can hear your house burning down with Obama fiddling Dixie!

    August 12, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  3. Fair is Fair

    If I hear the "social security and medicare are socialist programs too" arguement one more time, I'm going to puke.

    The fact is, people paid into and matched by their employers into these programs their entire working lives and would be fortunate to get a fraction of what they paid into them back.

    Tell you what. Give me every dime that my employers and I have paid in, plus 3% interest compounded, and I'll gladly opt out.

    August 12, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  4. Jack

    wonder where obama will bus his plants from for the next two town halls? it's quite obvious NH was by invitation only since the true town halls held elsewhere had a *cough* slightly different flavor! What a moron he is to think that we don't see what an arrogant mob boss liar he truly is! SILENT NO MORE

    August 12, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  5. ke ke

    I didn't see any planed proposal by Obama I only heard him say congress give me a health care bill to sign! This is a mess what is the hurry how about them trying to do it the right way instead of rushing into a bill that no one understands.

    August 12, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  6. Blembergmd

    When our President speaks of misinformation, does he consider all the misinformation he is giving the public? For example,claiming that AARP is on board his plan when in fact they deny it. Why does he make untrueful statements? Do we just accept what he says as the truth because he is the president? I for one, am going to delve deeply into this plan and question everything because it is so important.

    August 12, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  7. Richie

    All these idiots screaming at town halls need to STOP. Are any of them planning to refuse to take Medicare when they are eligible? Are any of them veterans refusing to go to the VA? We already have government health care plans and the sky has not fallen. It is appalling how stupid Americans are.

    August 12, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  8. Dean

    Talk about hypocrisy The same people screaming at these town hall meetings are on a goverment healthcare plan already Medicare,

    August 12, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  9. readyandpacked

    LOL... if you don't see a change in the polling numbers for the so called...Health Plan... then your polling the wrong people!
    CALL ME.... NO!

    August 12, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  10. Truth-Bomb Thrower

    Well Barack, we are not quite a European-style socialist country yet, but don't give up hope. Between YOUR media and the our public education system keeping the population ignorant, uneducated, and misled by anti-american propaganda, I'm sure we'll eventually get there. Thanks to you and your democratic party, I'm sure there'll be socialized medicine in our hospitals and breadlines down mainstreet within ten years. Don't give up your Marxist dream.

    August 12, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  11. amberw

    CNN, the credibility of your polls are in question. Where are the stories about Bristol Meyers Squibb being tied into paid fake rightwing protesters?

    August 12, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  12. Robin in Tampa, FL

    The draft of the bill has been online for a long time, I have read some of the house draft and it looks like a very good bill. The only question is whether we go with regional co-ops or a single large no profit entity.

    I tend to favor a single large entity because it would be drive down insurance costs more than a co-op, I definitely would love to hear a debate about which system is better than to hear people who haven't even glanced at the bill shout and holler that they "fear" the President and yell socialism.

    August 12, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  13. anti liberal

    just wait until:

    the second stimulus

    the path to citizenship

    the next bailout

    the trillion dollar healthplan.

    Those numbers you hear are Obama's poll numbers dropping.

    STOP SPENDING BARACK!!

    August 12, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  14. Jeff

    For those who are opposed to health care reform, be careful what you wish for. If some form of health care reform does not pass you WILL pay more for health care. Your employer will slowly but surely pass more of the premiums on to you, and your overall benefits (if you have any) will continue to erode as well. And for those who are on Medicare/ Medicaid or get Social Security benefits you have ABSOLUTELY NO RIGHT to call health care reform socialism. You are on my generations dime and we know we may have to retire without this, but we pay anyway....and respecting my elders I do so gladly...you've earned it...but we will have too!

    August 12, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  15. Chris from NY

    One thing many people in this country hasn't yet understood about this President is the fact that he doesn't shy away from any fight no matter how tough it is. He is in to doing the right thing even when it's not expedient. The critics and his haters are in for a rude awakening where this President is concerned. Poll or no poll lets' do the right thing.

    August 12, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  16. Kate in San Diego

    The proof that these people who get up at these meetings and scream and yell do not know what they were talking about is here:

    A woman stood up at one of those meetings and screamed: "I don't want the government involved in my medicaid!" A real genius, wouldn't you say? That is the quality of those screamers at those meetings.

    August 12, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  17. paul coke

    Poll rating is like the stock market, has its ups and downs. I think the President is trying to fix a system that is broken and those who fear change need to get over their fear and get real. Insurance corporations do not want any competition and will do anything they can, even gin up fear, to stop health care reform. Insurance companies are not in the business of paying 100% on any policy, the will have language in their policy that lawyers can't even figure out to ensure they don't have fulfill their contract obligations. Those who are screaming so much don't understand their policy that excludes services, yet, they are crying over a government run system, guess what medicade is a single payer system, congress get that benefit free, and seniors are capped on benefits, so the problem is a failure to understand that health care reform translates in improving health care coverage at an affordable rate.

    August 12, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  18. Mark Thompson

    I can't believe what I am reading from these posts and what I am seeing in the town hall meetings. The right-wing movement is screaming up and down all sorts of unfounded fears about socialism, but it is laughable because this is not what Obama is proposing – NOT AT ALL.

    It is simple – go to whitehouse.gov – watch, read (if you can), and learn. You will learn how intelligent a leader Obama really is and how the health care reform is going to help the average American citizen. The right-wing people are shouting anything and everything out of their mouths – this goes nowhere – it just generates anger, fear, and more ignorance. Why not listen to Obama and talk with us, not over us.

    August 12, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  19. Four and The Door

    It cracks me up when people hold up Medicare and Medicaid as successful government health care programs. Their costs along with Social Security are driving our treasury into the dirt!

    If we let this administration and congress create this ObamaCare bureaucracy, plan on working each year from January to August just to pay your taxes. Oh, and the majority of those taxes will just be service on debt...interest to our foreign lenders. This will be our ticket to being a weak, pitiful nation with an even lower standard of living. I'm not excited about leaving that to our decendants.

    August 12, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  20. Sandra Day

    The problem with these types of polls is that the assumption is always that if 49% (or whatever number) disapprove, then the implication is that the WHOLE 49% thinks the program is too radical, etc. In reality, a portion of that 49% is probably made up of people who don't think the program or plan goes far enough. Same deal w/Congress–a huge chunk of those disappointed with Congress are disappointed because they think Congress is not liberal or radical enough!

    August 12, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  21. DL

    I'm starting to think America is doomed. Just like a business, Managers need to cooperate with each other. We aren't getting that In America anymore, we have the radical right who have this notion 'it's their way or else, no negotiation' and the far left who at times push back because they feel cornered and threatened. Facts are plain and simple, other countries do a MUCH better job at health care than we do, I don't care if you are right or left that is a FACT. Another FACT..our health care system has all-ready collapsed for 50 million Americans that work and pay taxes just like YOU do. FACT in 10 years, the system will implode, it is NOT sustainable. So my advice is to BOTH sides, stop being stupid and petty, because people like me are all to happy to put you in the unemployment line.

    August 12, 2009 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  22. jeff jackson, alabama

    I think the funniest thing happening at the town hall
    meetings is that the elite elected servants to us are
    learning the average American citizen is no dumb ass
    after all.
    The representatives are shocked at how informed the
    masses really are !!!
    No matter how the media spins it, those people protesting
    are not nuts. They are working people who pay attention !!!
    A country who's people fear the government is a dictatorship.
    A country who's government fears the people has justice.

    August 12, 2009 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  23. Mark

    you can't trust the president! He wanted a single payer system. But, now he's trying to sell it. Sounds like snake oil to me.

    Any liberals out there actually read Lenin? Marx? Feuerbach? Shut up until you do.

    August 12, 2009 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  24. Tony

    yeah, obama makes sure that the only participants in his "town halls" are those that get a thrill up the leg when he winks at them.. no one that I know has any respect for him .. what an arrogant swaggering power hungry individual he is showing himself to be ..

    August 12, 2009 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  25. Dan

    Fomer republican...Do you people realize Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security are BROKE?????

    August 12, 2009 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
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