March 30th, 2010
08:30 AM ET
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CNN Poll: Obama approval up in wake of health care victory

 A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Monday indicates that 51 percent of Americans approve of the job Obama is doing in the White House, with 48 percent saying they disapprove.
A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Monday indicates that 51 percent of Americans approve of the job Obama is doing in the White House, with 48 percent saying they disapprove.

Washington (CNN) – Passage of the landmark health care bill appears to have boosted President Barack Obama's approval rating, but it has not affected his re-election chances so far, according to a new national poll.

A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Monday indicates that 51 percent of Americans approve of the job Obama is doing in the White House, with 48 percent saying they disapprove. That 51 percent approval rating is up five points from a week ago, before Congress approved the health care reform bill and the president signed the legislation into law. Four in ten respondents say they disapprove because Obama is too liberal and 6 percent say they the president is not liberal enough.

Full results (pdf)

Eighty-six percent of Democrats questioned say they approve of the job Obama is doing, a surge of 12 points over the past week. The poll indicates that 47 percent of Independents approve of the president's performance, up 6 points in a week, and 12 percent of Republicans give him the thumbs up, basically unchanged from a week ago.

"Some parts of the Democratic base, particularly lower-income Americans and union households, appear to be coming back into the fold," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "Obama's approval rating changed the most among Americans who make less than $25,000 a year - the group that is most likely to benefit from the new health care law."

Among union households, the president's approval rating soared 9 points to 58 percent.

Health care appears to be behind the jump in Obama's overall rating. While the president's ratings on the economy and foreign affairs remained static over the past week, his numbers on how he's dealing with health care rose five points to 45 percent, although a majority still disapprove of how he's handling the issue.

"But short-term gains for Obama don't necessarily translate into long-term strength," adds Holland. "In a hypothetical 2012 presidential election match-up, Obama and an unnamed Republican are virtually tied, with no significant change between last week's poll and this one."

A CNN survey released earlier Monday indicates that 56 percent of the public disapproves of the new health care legislation, with 42 percent approving. On Tuesday, the president is set to sign into law a companion bill that makes changes to the main legislation he signed last week.

More than three in ten questioned say they dislike most of the bill, with one in four saying they oppose all of the provisions of the new law. Fifteen percent say they approve of the new law without reservation, with another one in four saying they support the new reforms but feel they didn't go far enough.

When it comes to health care, Republicans have made "repeal and replace" their battle cry, and Obama has said he welcomes the fight. At an event in Iowa City, Iowa, last week, the president scoffed at the GOP strategy. "My attitude is - go for it," he said.

According to the poll, 47 percent agree with the Republican strategy and want Congress to repeal most of the major provisions in the law and replace them with new proposals. But 50 percent are fine with the current law or want Congress to go back and pass something that would increase the government's involvement in health care even more.

Forty-seven percent of respondents say that this is a major victory for Obama, and another one in five call it a minor accomplishment and one in three say it was not a positive development.
The CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll was conducted Thursday through Sunday, with 1,009 adult Americans questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus three percentage points.

–CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.


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soundoff (263 Responses)
  1. ThinkAgain

    President Obama and the Democrats need to keep telling the American people about the many, specific benefits of this health care reform, along with all the other successes of this Administration (military, economic and foreign policy).

    When people think, Democrats win. When people are informed of the proven facts, Democrats win.

    And given the sorry state of the Republican Party, with its tried-and-failed policies, hypocrisy, fear-mongering, hate and division, now more than ever, the United States needs leaders and representatives who are truly helping our country.

    So Dems, keep getting the word out!

    March 29, 2010 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  2. Liz

    The GOP will learn the hard way that Americans will not be governed by fear. We require ideas and a good faith attempt to make the country better and stronger. President Obama is definitely giving it his best shot. The GOP on the other hand are just sitting on their hands and hoping the DEMS fail. Not exactly a plan!

    March 29, 2010 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  3. Smooth

    Very Pleasing! Way to to Mr. President!

    March 29, 2010 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  4. FactCheck

    Ah, so nice to know that the teabag wingnuts are having such a profound effect on the RNC. They have sold out their soul to court these folks and have alienated every moderate independent out there.

    March 29, 2010 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  5. james

    The Gallup daily poll has his approval at 46 percent. Sorry, CNN. We know you want to help Obama, but the truth is America recognizes the disaster he is as president.

    March 29, 2010 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  6. Albo58

    Rubbish! A CNN poll has how much creditability?

    March 29, 2010 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  7. Obama Victim

    it will be entertaing to here all the lefties applaud this poll, after trashing , as invaled, all the earlier polls that had their boy upside down..ready, set GO!!!

    March 29, 2010 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  8. Meka

    Best President Ever!

    March 29, 2010 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  9. Paul Ernest Show

    For the first time in many decades, we have a president who is neither afraid nor trying to embrace the greedy, corrupt, corporate America. For the first, I feel we have a government of the people by the people. His courage to confront 'Corporate America" is admirable . He has continued to hold them accountable, and that is what we need as a nation. For too long, our nation has looked like a corrupt, reckless, heartless, place due to the greed of corporations. Americans have long viewed everything with cynicism due to this fact.-the corporate exploitation of the average citizen.
    I expect the president's approval rating ought to be much higher, because he is fighting for real people. If enacting policies that address the problems and concerns of Americans is being "Liberal" then, it is worth being. A good leader does not cater to special interests, but general interest.

    March 29, 2010 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  10. awaitingliberalizationbyCNN

    It will go down when the people start realizing what the slimy, corrupt evil monger has really done and how we pay 10 years worth of taxes for a 6 year program, and his buddies the slimy trial lawyers are out of control. Of course he has also done a masterful job of demeaning and demonizing the TEA Party for right now (wait until April 15th and November). This corrupt clown has also irritated Israel, while kowtowing to Iran. Is it any wonder that Castro and Chavez just love him?

    March 29, 2010 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  11. Kim

    We, 32 Million Ordinary Working Americans without insured & Children with Pre-existing Medical Condition denial of coverage. Mr. President BARACK OBAMA. You never give up or walk away from us. Therefore, we committed Love & Support you.
    "Now, that Torch Lights the Way For All Americans To Enjoy A Brighter, Heathier Future. Thank you so much Mr. President.
    May GOD BLESS USA. Proud to be American. Thank you.

    March 29, 2010 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  12. Voted4HealthCare

    Thank you, Mr. President. Keep up the great work of putting Americans first and helping make health care a successful priority.

    God bless the USA!

    March 29, 2010 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  13. rjt

    who cares about his approval rating...I suppose he is probably obsessed with it. I think he has done enough now...maybe he should pack his bags and move home to Hawaii

    March 29, 2010 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  14. gt

    nice guy .. great family man... terrible president...

    March 29, 2010 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  15. Terry

    Congratulations Mr. President. Keep up your honorable fight to help America.

    March 29, 2010 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  16. terry,va.

    Look at how his numbers supposedly went up. (I think these numbers are a sham but let's assume they are fairly accurate.) The group that is going with Obummie are those making less than $25,000 per year. Real surprise, huh? They don't pay any TAXES!!!! As a matter of fact 50% of this country that files tax paperwork don't pay. Keep digging into the pockets of those that do, Obummie, and the whole country will be broke. Businesses have already said they will pay millions and billions extra for your ignorant health care bill. Obummie, you and your band of fools need to enroll in high school economics. Economics 101 is way over your head.

    March 29, 2010 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  17. BigAZSteele

    Obama does not need the support of polls. He's doing just fine, and I'm loving it. This is MY COUNTRY land that I love.

    March 29, 2010 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  18. BR

    This is how the change looks like. A salute to the president who is keeping his words. We need him for another term. The next revolution should be "education reform"! The "no child left behind" needs to go and get the teachers working their butt off. We have way too many lazy butts out there.

    March 29, 2010 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  19. Nita

    The health care reform bill is a big step in the right direction. The President has done a fantastic job in spite of the party of no.

    March 29, 2010 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  20. Desmond in Canada

    From the vantage point of a detached outside observer, I'll say that anybody who cannot see or refuses to see what an all-round great President you folks have needs to have her/his brain checked, or her/his soul

    March 29, 2010 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  21. Lili, FL

    Isn't CNN supposed to be reporting on the presidents bowling score, or plans for his next vacation, I mean that is what Libs really care about.

    March 29, 2010 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  22. CARL STAB

    cnn stay with what you are best at, causing dissent and racial strife thruout the country to forward your communistic agenda in the usa.

    jane fonda and ted turner are still calling the shots at your company and people like blitzer and amonpour(glad she is leaving) and the cuban have done nothing but caused trouble for our country!

    March 29, 2010 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  23. Michael from Ventura

    As time goes by, his numbers will continue to go up. We have a President who takes action-so much better than rhetoric!You can't keep people scared and dumb forever obstructionists!

    March 29, 2010 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  24. Ed

    Way to go...Mr Obama...

    Funny, you ran on this subject, and won... now you have delivered..!!

    The Tea Klux Klan Party is steaming on this one...but then they never voted for you...

    March 29, 2010 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  25. Rick Goldin

    Just goes to show how very fickle the US population is. Then again, you've got a lot of "the end is near" people out there who are bound to scare the begeebers out of folks and the poll numbers will slip again. And the next good deed will boost them back up again. Polls don't sway me, actions do. So far, I think we're ont he right track and can't wait for the next move that stickks in the far Right's craw. Rock on, Obama ... we've got one in the White House that actually gets the job done, can string two sentances together and make sense and is on the right track. We're gettin' there :)

    March 29, 2010 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
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