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. April in Texas

    I for one am all for the health care reform. I have read what I could online and although its not the final bill, I support it. I am a mother of two grown children and we do need something rather than nothing. Sadly I live in a republican state and I feel like my congress people are not listening. The only exception was Lloyd Doggett who replied with a letter that at least offered some options. Hutchinson and Cornyn offered cookie cut replies.. Americans need help and we have a President currently who is doing just that, watching out for the little people and not the big corporations.

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

    i'd like to keep my HSA because its saving me and my company money.

    IN OBAMAWORLD its not allowed.

    maybe they'd rather me not save, eat cheetos all day long, get fat, not work and join the rest of his Obamabots.

    August 12, 2009 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  3. elliott

    Health care may need some significant changes....but this bill is NOT THE WAY TO DO IT. This bill is terrible !! It is EVIL !!
    Americans deserve better than this. Government control is not the answer......let's scrap it and start over. I do not want the incompetent government running anything this important. Government (Rep or Dem) does not have a great track record. Too much waste and too much control over peoples' lives......

    August 12, 2009 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  4. jon c. sprowl

    why did you elect this guy ?, you morons are starting to find out how stupid you were.

    August 12, 2009 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  5. Bitter in PA

    Let me refresh all your memories. When he was compaigning he criticized the Clinton's Health Reform Plan because it was behind closed doors. Look up the videos where he repeated over and over again that ALL the discussions on health care would be televised on CSPAN. No hidden agendas–that there will be complete visibility on the White House Web Site on the status of all his agendas. Wrong!!!! You people better wake up before it's too late!!!!

    August 12, 2009 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  6. Mary Kay

    The facts need to be stated and restated again. Even a republican congresswoman (from Alaska) said "I don't like the bill – but the "death panel" is not true." The bill states that people can keep their current coverage if they are happy. No one is saying they have to change.

    All the fear mongering is hurting everyone. We need to help our fellow Americans live healthier lives – there has got to be a way to make this work for uninsured citizens.

    August 12, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  7. Always for Hope

    Also 100% support for the Presidents plan. Give us our Healthcare reform. We are long overdue.

    August 12, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  8. LN

    Obama truly is all things to Republicans. Though democratically elected, his tyranny rivals that of England's King George. He's a militant christian and a secret muslim al qaeda operative from Kenya no less. He's a right wing nazi and a left wing socialist. He's a bleeding heart liberal who wants to kill old people. Wow, to be all things to all republicans. What a feat. He truly is Superman.

    August 12, 2009 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  9. Jeremy

    Fire and police are run at city and state levels, not by the ginormous federal government. The military is perhaps the only federal entity that is run well and 12 months ago every liberal would have argued against that. I'd like to hear what people think the FEDERAL government runs well.

    August 12, 2009 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  10. Marjorie Brown

    Do any of the health care reform bills suggest not using employer based insurance at all? Pay people more and let them buy their own insurance from the company of their choice. Employers would probably be glad to get that problem off their backs. Some way to insure portable insurance is needed. Also, torte reform is needed to lower medical costs.
    Some insurance company has an ad on TV for health insurance costing less than $6.00 a day. Sounds impossible. Medicare part A is about $433 a month, part B is $96.40, AARP secondary is $188.50,and prescription coverage is $23.10. That totals $741.00 a month for me and doesn't include my $127.00 a month long term care insurance premium. How can a company offer any kind of a policy for $180. a month?

    August 12, 2009 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  11. sunshine

    maybe these people that are SCREAMING so loud have a good health care program, but what about the millions and millions of people that don't have any insurance at all, it's time America takes care of her own, HEALTH CARE FOR ALL AMERICANS IS A WONDERFUL PLAN.

    August 12, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  12. Reconsidering my 2010 Vote

    When you are reading this Bill try and figure out whom it will benefit most :

    the 10 million Illegal Immigrants

    the 5 million who already qualify for free care but don't bother

    the 10 million Young people newly on their own and don't want any

    the 5 million Rich people that just don't need it

    the 10 million that really do need some help

    or the 300 million that are perfectly happy as it is !!

    August 12, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  13. David In West Virginia

    Who are they polling, anyway. I support the President. I have a brother who is against health care, but bless his soul, he is suffering miserably with Parkinson's disease and can't afford neither medical care nor prescriptions needed. What's sad is that this is the type of ignorance the American public has and has allowed their repubican party to unleash on them. They fear government health care but they're all on GOVERNMENT MEDICAID AND MEDICARE! Go figure. The Republican Party are doing their own party a disservice. But that's big business and the way of the party!!! The hell with the public. We'll Fool them.

    August 12, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  14. jimbo

    Did they bus in the people to poll?

    August 12, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  15. Beth

    So glad to see the right wing nuts are having no effect. Maybe they should save some of the clips of these meetings that clearly depict the craziness of these people for the 2010 and 2012 election ads.

    August 12, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  16. Santana from California

    Let's think now, the only one media, that pushes against Health care is FOX News Channel; Glenn Beck(o), Bill-o, are the true liars of television. One sided, giving old white americans a screaming chance of lies and lots of ammo!

    I know many people in my family, neighbors, and co-workers who do not have full coverage, are paying more money for health care, and need a better system. The system we have is run by HMO"s who make the decision what procedures we should and should not have. I blame FOX news and those republicans who endorse this crap, and started this revolt. They do not speak for independent Americans like myself!! They'ree racist and they disguse me!

    August 12, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  17. Jake

    protests and demonstrations on health care? and these are the same people that allowed us to go to war TWICE without batting an eye lash...pull it together, freaks!

    August 12, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  18. MomofFour

    Those of you citing Medicare/Medicaid, social security as examples of successful socialized programs....you might to check the CBO about that. They are ALL IN DEBT. They are ALL COLLAPSING because the government is inept and can't run anything. And don't forget the post office. So I don't think using those programs as examples of successful programs is a bright idea!!

    The government NEVER sticks to a budget. They ALWAYS go in the red. If they takeover healthcare in this country we WILL go bankrupt and guess what??? We'll have free healthcare...and no toilet paper...just like Cuba! No thanks!

    August 12, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  19. liz

    AARP has issued a news release stating they have NOT ENDORSED the Obama Health care reform...

    August 12, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  20. vic nashville , Tn

    I am strong supporter of Hillary later I support Mc Cain

    Today I am supporting Obama

    I voted for Obama because of Palin

    He is doing well

    August 12, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  21. Proud Member..Party of No

    Seriously, can Obama just go ahead and wear the one-piece multi-colored jumpsuit with the water-squirting flower on the lapel, the oversized shoes and the big red ball for a nose when he goes out and speaks from now on?

    August 12, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  22. ps

    I am sick and tired of people shouting that they are lossing freedoms. Tell me one freedom you have lost since Obama became president, just one. Didn't think you could.

    What a bunch of drivel. It's all the right has.

    FEAR FEAR FEAR, What fear tatic is it today?

    SOCIALISM, COMMUNISM, FACISM – which ism is it today?

    August 12, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  23. droffice

    Who is making money if Healthcare is not reformed? Medicare & Medicaid are government programs, commercial ins. contracts with Medical providers for fees which are not that much higher than medicare. Medical fees increase but reimbursement decreases. The only guy who pays (or in most cases can't pay) full price is the poor soul without insurance. Your insurance co. contracts for lower and lower reimbursement to medical providers, however, your premiums increase every 6 mo. like clockwork even if you have no claims. As for choosing your Dr., you go to the guy who is contracted with your insurance or you pay a penalty. So who benefits if there is no reform?

    August 12, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  24. beevee

    I am almost certain that the people who are opposed to the president's health care reform are mostly republicans and those who have succumbed to the fear mongering of special interest groups and have no comprehension of the of the ramifications of reforms for their children and grand children. Basically selfish people.

    August 12, 2009 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  25. Jann in Denver

    Health Care reform is going to pass no matter what the polls say. All those opposed might as well just get over themselves.

    August 12, 2009 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
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