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. Wake Up

    The kool-aid is wearing off! Obama is such a fraud!! He may be a constitutional scholar but obviously he rejects principles America was founded upon. True Repubs are for this:
    – Limited Fed. Govt.
    – Freedom
    – Low taxes
    – State Rights
    – NO MORE BAILOUTS

    Any repub should vow to follow these principles...this is the only way to fix the economy and the country.

    August 12, 2009 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  2. CF

    This is NOT "government controlled" healthcare any more than a grocery store is "government controlled" for accepting food stamps. You will still be under the care of the same doctor, same hospital, same treatments and equipment of your choice as always. Grow up and use some logic and learn the facts.

    August 12, 2009 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  3. Kevin B

    After the radio talk show millionaire "entertainers" and the insurance lobby have whipped thier weak minded and wilfully ignorant followers into a wild eyed frenzy and into voting against thier own interest.

    Beck, Hannity and Limbaugh and rest of thier ilk won't be happy until americans are physically attacking americans.

    Do not be fooled, the real issue here is thier irrational bigoted hate of the president, everyone know the present health care system is woefully broken and does not serve anyones interest but the insurance companies

    August 12, 2009 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  4. smokey

    I think Pres Obama is doing a fantastic job ! He has already tacked and made more good changes than the prev ADM did the last 8 years ! And as far as these so called protestors go, they really need to stop and take a look at what they are doing..Just like those teabaggers, they are protesting against themselves..Pres Obama is telling people if they like what they have they can keep it..What more explanation do they want..And for those who want a choice and affordable care they can go with the exchange..What is the big deal..Well it obvious like the one person said, this is not about Healhcare to alot people, it is about Pres Obama ! Well , they better get use to is because he is going to be our pres for a long time, so hang on for the ride !!! Go Pres Obama !!

    August 12, 2009 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  5. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    I'm still waiting for all the "Disturbers" at the town halls to put forth a health care plan as espoused by their party, the GOP.

    Well, "Disturbers" what are you waiting for?! You know what won't work, which logically means you know what will – so put up or shut up!!!

    August 12, 2009 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  6. Shannon G

    What I have viewed on the news at these town hall meetings is a lot fear of what people don't understand. If they want to view the issue for themselves, then they should do so. These people allow the GOP to feed them false information and they believe it to be true, instead of doing their own research. The fear of change is destroying this country.

    August 12, 2009 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  7. Youtube Obama 2003

    The polls will fall even further the man is a liar in talking about healthcare. All he wants is a government system.

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

    The deplorable actions in these town-hall outbursts are beyond the pale. The far right is over-stepping with their fringe elements, even to the extremes of illegal activity.

    Their nonsense only turns away moderates and civilized Americans towards more constructive discussions on this important issue of health care.

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

    Here's my plan for health care reform –
    1. All children are covered – period. Shots, school/sports physicals.
    2. No illegal immigrants. Too many hospitals in the southwestern states have closed or are facing severe financial difficulties because of illegals. Harsh? Well, these are harsh times.
    3. Limits on malpractice suits. And while we're at it, limits on prices. No ten dollar aspirins or twenty dollars for a tablespoon of cough syrup.
    4. Focus on preventive care – immunizations, physicals, dental, eye/ear exams, and healthy lifestyles. Really focus on teaching children to eat right and exercise.
    5. If you are capable of working, not willing to accept a 'low-level' job (because you think it's beneath you), or go into training (like for medical records) then you don't get covered.

    August 12, 2009 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  10. barb

    Is Obama the president of the United States, or the president of the Democratic Party. Why does his party, the democrates, get invited too his town hall meetings, it should be equal invites too both party's,He even excludes independents, that's why he won't succeed with healthcare.The little girl at his last townhall meeting was at the white house easter egg hunt, her mother contributes money too Obama, wake up America.

    August 12, 2009 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  11. B

    He is going to make this happen !

    August 12, 2009 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  12. CF

    How much clearer can we be: IF YOU DONT WANT PUBLIC HEALTHCARE, YOU DONT HAVE TO TAKE IT! Under Obama's plan, if you like your current system, you can keep it!!! Nothing will change for you!!! But what right do you have to deny everyone else of the basic right of healthcare?

    And to think, the bulk of those opposed consider themselves "pro-life"

    August 12, 2009 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  13. Susan

    I keep seeing comments about the crowd yesterday being fixed. What's wrong? The people against it were acting in a respectful manner toward our President? They weren't holding Nazi signs and screaming at him? He kept taking questions from the opposition...I'm not sure what your problem is.

    It isn't like all of the Bush 'rallies' in 2004 when they checked ID and made sure that every soul was pro-Bush or you were sent away...no protests allowed. This is not the case here. Geez, there was some NRA nut with a loaded gun on his leg who got close....you really think he supports Obama?

    August 12, 2009 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  14. benny

    This "healthcare" debaucle reminds me of playing "telephone tag". The message the first persons tells to the next, ends up to be completely different when the last person tells it. Is it any wonder there is such ANGER? There is so much inaccurate information, and so many people, i.e. Sara Plain, making such "ugly" remarks, it is no wonder the "poll" indicates it is going nowhere. Well, for the records, POLLS ARE A JOKE, THE REPUBLICANS ARE A JOKE, AND SARA PALIN IS A JOKE!! And as far as the Media goes, it certainly doesn't appear that you are working on raising your Report Card Grade from a D. In fact, the more time passes, you just keep getting worse in your coverage. Expect an F on your next Report Card, Media! You ALL are a JOKE!!!

    August 12, 2009 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  15. tort reform

    this is directed at people that keep whining about 'tort reform'. Many states HAVE tort reform, Texas passed a 500k medical malpractice cap about 6 years ago...worked great for Drs. They got market protection. Everybody else was told our rates would go down. They went up, continuously. So why give them tort reform? They have proven it does NOTHING cost wise.

    August 12, 2009 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  16. Melissa

    I'm becoming more and more in support of President Obama's health care as time goes on. We cannot allow the Republicans to continue to destroy this country. Its time to stop trying to kiss Republican butt, and start passing things with or without their approval. They did it to us. Now its time for them to feel the sting. At least what we're doing is trying to help people, instead of kill them like the Republicans did for the last 8 years.

    August 12, 2009 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  17. LN

    the sky is falling, the sky is falling. Keep government out of my medicare! Obama and the liberals want to kill old people! As long as they keep squawking and babbling on we won't be able to get to the facts in the health care reform bill. We're to busy responding to nonsense and paranoid fiction. For anyone who thought we could move beyond race, this should be the defining notice as to why we cannot. These are race based fears. Irrational fear of what a black President might do. Perhaps if these people focused on their own behaviour they wouldn't find themselves the potential, if delusional targets of such retribution. And what little faith they have in America to think their fellow citizens would ever allow government run death panels. But they are ok with for-profit death panels (aka insurance companies)

    August 12, 2009 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  18. Audrey R. Paschal

    What do you do when you have a 32-year old daughter who is not disabled or pregnant which doesn't qualify her for Medicaid and she's too old to be covered by my group health insurance at work? She has been tryaing since March 2008 to find some type of work. Even she is hired part time, that means no benefits of any kind. God forbid if anything happens to put her in the hospital. I'll end up filing for bankruptcy to cover the bills. I am not a member of any political party. I'm just an American. So where does my situation fit into the health care reform drama.

    August 12, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  19. John in WV

    Millions of Americans are without affordable health care. Millions of Americans have had to give up their healthcare because they can no longer afford it. Millions of Americans have had their policies cancelled because they are sick and require expensive treatment. (talk about death panels}. All the while this has been happening, insurance companies have tripled their profits over the last 10 years. Their executives are making 10's of millions of dollars each year. They funnel 100"s of millions of dollars to politicians that work on their behalf. If people want to criticize the government, they should criticize the government that let this happen, not the government that is trying to fix it.

    August 12, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  20. anti liberal

    yes the New Hampshire town hall were ALL Plants. In fact an anti Obama protestor was on CNN last night and was told that he had to submit his name and all contact info to the White House and then was vetted and told he wasn't allowed. surprising huh?

    TALK ABOUT YOUR ASTROTURF.

    I guess its only astroturf if you don't agree with the almighty Obama.

    August 12, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  21. marvinj

    Typical cowards..... The Gop would rather see this country divided as it was the entire Bush administration (except 911) . And point at others expense as if it's all President Obama and the Dems fault.
    In my community we are watching you can't just throw rocks and then hide your hand and expect some of us to support your cowardly act.

    Division is an old tactic divide and hope you conquer... There are true Obama soldiers on the ground waiting for the call... They under-estimated my commander and chief once. We are hoping he can get a good deal for us without it getting ugly at the grassroots level. The word FIGHT is in the dictionary for a reason, so are the words republican and cowards.

    August 12, 2009 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  22. The Light

    Strange how the republicans are so against our country, when for the last eight years, they took us to a war on lies, almost drove the world into bankruptcy, and had 13 of their congress persons thrown in jail. But they continue to fight against providing healthcare for Americans cause they are scared???!!! Remember Scared gave us Bush!!

    Wall Street loves pharmaceutical companies cause 1/2 of all profits for the Fortune 500 come from these theives.

    August 12, 2009 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  23. kdauto

    Just make sure all you people that dont want government healthcare either get off medicare or make sure you dont dare sign up for it!! there are plenty of insurance companies that would love your money. I am sure you can trust them to make your decisions for you.

    August 12, 2009 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  24. kyle from ohio

    Tell me as a Germany or Jews American what i'm i suppose to think about the Swastika??? Or if i'm a member of the real socialist party or a Nazi group you are taking my signs away. No really why so much hate, and what is it you really want? are you against the Jews the Germany's the socialist party or is this as old as slavery? Because it does not seem to be against just Health care. Every year you pay a premium and if you do not use it, it's lost, not applied when you actually get sick, talking about something that should get you mad about your money! also every year we pay for medicare tax to possibly pay for the elderly now and when we become elderly, got no problem with that?

    August 12, 2009 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  25. Ed

    I have no doubt that the anger and fear being expressed by people showing up for these townhall meetings is real. The question for a reputable news organization such as CNN, are the fears justified and if not who profits from maintaining them.

    For my part I see allot of fear mongering going on, especially on right wing talk shows. It is clear that these commentators have not read the proposed House bill nor are they encouraging their audience to do so. I would hope that reporters for CNN have read it and are aware of the misleading information that is out there. The important news story is where and who are generating this misinformation and what they have to gain. I would suggest a close look at FreedomWorks and other so called grassroots organizations that have clear ties to the health insurance industry.

    August 12, 2009 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
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