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. Chuck

    The reasons why a lot of us are against it: First, I am in favor of overhauling health care, I just don't think this plan is the right one for us. TORTS are the #1 reason why health care costs so much money. Ask any doctor and they will tell you this. For example, an average doctor makes around $300k/year. Tort insurance costs over $100k. That's a huge cost, so they have to pass it on to us (or the insurance companies who in turn pass it on to us). If this bill included tort reform, you would see a lot more support. Second, the system is broken. Adding to a broken system is not the solution. We are only going to add to our national debt

    August 12, 2009 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  2. sarahinfla

    This is to the in my opinion idiot who stated that people pay into medicare....The point is not payed into the point is (Government run).

    At least under medicare you get taken care of, private insurance companies will drop you on a dime if you become to costly. Because your health care costs may prevent the purchase of that new Bently the insurance execs needs. These idiots seem to forget here today insurance can be gone tomorrow.

    Lets see some of you buy private health insurance for a family. Wait most of the people protesting are older which means they don't have the same needs as a family of four or five..

    August 12, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  3. Marilyn Caudell

    That 43% who approve of this man are the same ones who believe someone else will pay for their healthcare; and they also can't get it through their heads that the government will control their daily lives through their 'healthcare'. Do-do's, if you ask me.

    August 12, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  4. Ruty

    I think it is high time people STOP asking what my government can do for me. Get off your fat asses and HELP yourselves.

    August 12, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  5. Better do something

    The medicare system needs to be evened out so younger healthier people can pay into it that do not rack up as much medical cost as older people. If this doesn’t happen all the older people will lose because medicare will go bankrupt.

    So be careful what you wish for older protesters.

    August 12, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  6. matt

    CNN recently ran a national televised poll called, "Grading the president the second 100 days" one of the questions asked was, "How do you grade the Obama administrations handling of health care reform?" There was a total of 241,800 votes on this question, and the national average was a D!!!! That means unsatisfactory, the people have spoken and they do not want this forced on them! So why is Obama fixed on forcing his own personal opinions and views onto a nation of almost 400,000,000 who obviously do not want it. That is called Socialism, that is not american.

    August 12, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  7. Chuck

    I love the personal attacks by some of you. I do not support this bill. I'm a conservative. I'm also highly educated, yet I am not smug or arrogant like so many on the left. Its quite simple for me.....adding to a broken system is not the best solution. Yes we need health care reform, but this plan is NOT the way to do it. The #1 cost for doctors is lawsuits. Why not pass tort reform? That will drive down costs. We need to completely overhaul the system, but adding to the system we already have will only make things worse in the long run

    August 12, 2009 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  8. peter

    News Flash:

    His numbers are dropping among the progressives because he is not LIBERAL ENOUGH!!

    News Flash 2:

    THe right wing is a dying species. Good-bye Red-Necks!!!!!

    August 12, 2009 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  9. Shawn - GA

    That meeting yesterday was a joke... in order to attend you had to submitt your name,address, and phone number to the whitehouse. They then decided who can go and could not.

    How pathetic, keeping out someone who wants to do harm is one thing but choosing your crown completly? Bad news

    August 12, 2009 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  10. Chuck

    I hate to burst your bubble, but lobbyists play both sides of the aisle. The reason why Dems are completely against tort reform (the #1 reason why health care costs so much in this country) is because of lobbyists on the left (trial lawyers, unions, etc.)

    August 12, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  11. Tarheel

    Health care reform may be a good idea if you don't like the health insurance policy the company you work for provides you or if you don't mind paying higher taxes. Otherwise, not so much of a great idea to throw our health care system under the bus.

    August 12, 2009 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  12. Glen

    keep puking then.

    Social Security and Medicare

    are government programs

    August 12, 2009 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  13. Mike Mac

    Everyone knows (at least non-ignorant conservatives and non-ignorant liberals) that all the concerns about health care are very, very real. The fact that it hasn't been passed has nothing to do with the "Republican menace" or the "right wing nut jobs" whatsoever.

    The fact of the matter is THE DEMOCRATS CONTROL ALL THREE BRANCHES OF GOVERNMENT. If this plan was truly good and the only ones against it were Republicans, the bill would EASILY pass and be signed by Obama so quickly, he wouldn't even have time to read it.

    People are worried and just want this process of reform to slow down, not to end. As of right now it sucks, so lets fix it right!

    August 12, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  14. Ron Mexico

    i'm not a "right wing neocon". haha, do the people that throw those words around so freely on this blog even know what that means anyway? that's beside the point, but i'm NOT against health care reform...i'm just against this TYPE of health care reform. I don't want the government having that much control of my life.

    August 12, 2009 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  15. JJ in Chula Vista, CA

    If one pays careful attention to the arguments against President Obama's health care reform, one can see that the vast, vast majority of those arguments are based more on an irrational loathing of President Obama and Democrats.

    Motivation through fear and hatred is the major driving force in the Republican party. Republicans are acting like unruly children being forced to do something that they don't WANT to do, while pretending that it's their patriotic duty to be the opposition. But so far the arguments have been weak and certianly not based on reality and rational thinking.

    August 12, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  16. Island girl

    The people who seem to be making a lot of noise are the 60 somethings of a particular hue. Please, please, will we need some brilliant college students to sit down with the "grands" and go through everything line by line. Good luck!

    August 12, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  17. mother and sister of a soldier

    The numbers will get worse. This I have no doubt which is why he was pushing to have this bill before recess. The big question is, "will he listen to the voice of the majority?". I think not. Pray we can undo his damage in 2012.

    August 12, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  18. db

    I guess the headline could have read "Bad news for Obama in health care poll."

    August 12, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  19. Mark,B'ham,Al.

    For those of you who do not believe your company will put you on the government run health care program as their cost rise, we do not want to hear any complaints when it happens. What we really need is the laws to be written in common language and common sense so you do not need a Congress member and 2 lawyers to understand what the Bill says. If you say no government money for abortions or no funding for illegal immigrants then pass the amendments and not say that the goverment will not pay for either by infering it says that in the Bill.

    August 12, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  20. Brenda

    I really hope all you people out there who oppose reform for no good reason are in the same boat as my family one of these days and then you'll see why we need reform. We are covered under my husbands work plan because my corporation, bless their hearts, do not offer group ins. We pay 832.00 per month to cover three people in our family. We have no other option for insurance because I have had a pre-existing condition since the age of 24( 44now) which only requires me to see the doctor once per year. I've had no hospitalizations in my life except when my kids were born but guess what? No insurance company will take me because of my "condition" and I assume the risk i pose. Heaven help you if you lose your job and have some sort of illness because you won't have access to insurance because as it stand the private ins industry won't cover you.

    August 12, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  21. madison

    I not only support the President 100% on health care, but I support him 100% to lead this country down a much more healthy & prosperous path than his predeccesor who led America down one of the darkest and most dangerous paths in recent history.

    August 12, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  22. nea-nea

    People If GOD is in this it will get done, so people can scream, yell kick, fight or whatever But GOD is about helping people. So these scare tastics can go on But LORD knows people need help who are they going to turn to when they get sick but the emergency room because if they go to imediate care if they dont have health insurance they are going to get turn down. So people need to get away from thinking about themselves,and think about others that are without. you may say they should get a job lets not go there. I THANK GOD FOR THIS PRESIDENT AND THE DEMOCRATS that are out there going thru what they are going thru trying to get this done, they dont have to do it and no the bill is not a prefect bill and they scare tastics are are off the chain but at least they are doing something.

    August 12, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  23. Predicta

    Stop comparing health care reform to medicare and social security. Both programs are losing money and will be bankrupt in a few years.
    Is this how you measure a successful government run program? SS is useless, as you pay 15 percent of everything you make in life and don't get anywhere near that amount back in benefits. If you happen to plan for your retirement and have a 401k or IRA, your SS benefits will be reduced further, as you will exceed the income level of full benefits. Medicare recipients often require additional insurance to cover the expenses medicare will not, as fees paid to doctors are below what insurance companies pay and doctors require to stay in business.

    August 12, 2009 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  24. Brenda

    Some people, unlike you Jack, might have respect for the office of the presidency, and not want to act like the moron's at the congressional town halls. It's also a little different to have secret service standing around everywhere. I saw plenty of interviews with respectful people who were there that oppose healthcare reform but just didn't act like jerks. You're so quick to jump on the moron bandwagon.

    August 12, 2009 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  25. Hawaii gal

    I was so happy to see that the people in the crowd at Pres. Obama's town hall meeting were civil. It just goes to show that the majority of Americans do respect him, and they should. He is working his butt off for us, and trying to keep his campaign promises. He did run on health care reform, and he won because of it and his views about the war in Iraq and his intellegence and vision with regards to the economy.

    Keep up the good work Mr. President. Please do not listen to all of the haters on the far right, the majority of us are with you on health care reform. I guess we just don't scream as loud as the far right wing ignorant hate mongers, because we want an intellegent discussion on the topic so we can get reform right the first time.

    August 12, 2009 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
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