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. Mark

    Hey "Obama Victim" ... if you want anyone to take you seriously, try picking up a dictionary.

    March 29, 2010 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  2. italiangerry

    Bravo , Mr. President. For what you have accomplished, you are one of the finest presidents that we have ever had.

    March 29, 2010 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  3. GMA

    I understand how polls work or don't work and why. The American Public is happy with Obama and the health care bill. If they are not, they will vote him out. If they are happy, they will vote out the republicans. All we have to do is wait for the November election results.

    March 29, 2010 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  4. Younger Worker

    John,

    I assume you're aware that Medicare is a government run insurance program. So you too are benefiting from a government hand out. In fact if Medicare is not reformed substantially you and other seniors will leave a tremendous amount of debt for younger workers such as myself.

    Perhaps you should tone down the outrage and hyprocrisy.

    March 29, 2010 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  5. Bill Mitchell

    The last CNN poll I saw gave Democrats a 27 point party affiliation advantage over Republicans. Considering that the real number should be between 1 and 3, it is not surprising that CNN no longer publishes their party affiliation sampling.

    March 29, 2010 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  6. fhlh

    "The reason so many people oppose health care is because of radical extremists like Glen Beck, Rush Limbaugh" .... blah blah blah blah...
    same talking points, different day... all the while an Obama donor is arrested for death threats against a congressmen.... who's the extremist?

    March 29, 2010 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  7. Chris

    "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!!!"

    It would be ENTERTAINING to HEAR a conservative who's educated and can spell. You're lucky this country was founded on liberal values that came from Enlightenment, or you would be arrested for speaking out against the president, or King. Look up the synonyms for conservative. Quite ENTERTAINING.

    March 29, 2010 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  8. Hummiezee

    Hopefully in the next election, all educated, intelligent, smart, well-manered, respectful, honest, inspired, and kind-hearted folks go to the folks to vote out all these fear mongering, hypocritical, hateful, heartless, dishonest, and wicked repungants!

    March 29, 2010 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  9. tom

    it will be entertaing [sic] to here all the RIGHTIES destroy this poll, after praising, as valed, all the earlier polls that had their boy up..ready, set GO!!!

    March 29, 2010 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  10. Milligee

    So, if according to the CNN and WaPo polls, the majority of Americans are opposed because it was "rammed down their throats," how can the President's approval be up?? Live by the poll, die by the poll. Go figure!

    March 29, 2010 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  11. Ayn Petty

    I am very proud of our President. He stood up, and he did what was right for the people and the country on Health Care. I am embrassed that the rest of the world had to see how some people behaved during the debate process. God bless the USA and our President.

    March 29, 2010 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  12. Hummiezee

    Hopefully in the next election, all educated, intelligent, smart, well-manered, respectful, honest, inspired, and kind-hearted folks go to the polls to vote out all these fear mongering, hypocritical, hateful, heartless, dishonest, and wicked repungants!

    March 29, 2010 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  13. Ed

    So let me dwell on this $$ issue...
    It was OK to spend Billions on 2 wars that were mmm, needed.... and spend Billions to help these foreign countries…rebuild...
    But not OK to help millions of AMERICANS with health care issues…
    Most of us are smarter than that BS…and see through the GREED of the RNC...
    Obama in 2012 will WIN again…no problem….

    March 29, 2010 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  14. Wiseman

    Thank you Barrack! Little by little this country will turn to what every other civilized country in the world has done and provide national socialized health care. Some call it socialism, and potentially communism, and maybe fascism, yet England, Canada, France, all of the "free world" except us has it. They must have been laughing the whole time, but now we have it, or at least we will. Good work.

    March 29, 2010 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  15. Tom

    Thanks obama! Please let the free stuff keep coming. Everyone else keep wortking hard and paying your taxes for me!

    PS – Love those polls CNN

    March 29, 2010 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  16. Linda

    Now that it has become clear that Republicans will vote 'no' just to stop the Obama agenda, the Dems can move ahead to get things donel The bipartisan attempt has sadly been put to rest and the country's business is in the strong hands of Obama and the Democrats.Yes, we can!

    March 29, 2010 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  17. Jess

    I don't care what it says, Obama is forever tarnished. He set new standards in lying to get this thing passed with little intention or regard for the facts like deficit reduction that will never happen. I have lost respect for the man as have millions of others and the Dem's are will take a major hit in November. Time to cut out the dead wood.

    March 29, 2010 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  18. AS

    Talk about the Republicans who were in control for twelve years and could not even utter the words "Health Care". How many thousands of people were thrown out of insurance and how many died in that period ?
    This bill is not perfect, but over the long haul it will pull the US out of deeper deficits.
    Invading a country that had nothing to do with 9/11 and burn a trillion dollars and not even ask why ?
    Only when it comes to something that is the right of the American people, we ask "How much is it going to cost ?"
    What absurd reasoning !

    March 29, 2010 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  19. beth

    He puts fear in everyone to challenge him.

    March 29, 2010 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  20. cheri

    Obama is doing an awesome job! He is standing up for what is right. Keep up the the good work Mr. President. No matter what the republicans think. They had their chance to be a part of history, yet they decided to sit on their hands, "again".

    March 29, 2010 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  21. PDM5600

    Commrade Obama slips into the positive column? On what planet? This really has very little to do with health care reform and most people can see that now. It's about propping up the voter base of uneducated, unemployed, prenatal care skipping, personal health disaster poster children of the American Left. The destruction of America tour continues across the USA with Reid, Pelosi, and Obama. Please refer to "The Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons, July 2009, Vol.94, No. 7, pg 8-15 " for an insightful discussion on healthcare in the US.

    March 29, 2010 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  22. Larry Petty

    I would like to thank the President of the United States for finally signing the Health Care Bill this coming Tuesday for all Americans that are suffering financially because of no health care coverage. I would also like to thank CNN for their truthful and accurate reporting of the news.

    March 29, 2010 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  23. Patriot

    Whould CNN ever ask for my opinion?

    March 29, 2010 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  24. Roz

    I will vote for Obama again. Period. He has done as well as anyone of us could with the **** that greedy people have handed us. I don't put up with bigots – our country is diverse and always has been. My country is Heinz 57 sauce – all of us are blended. So – Red Devil Republicans, GET OVER IT.

    March 29, 2010 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  25. daniels

    Conclusion: people, who believe in a free lunch, like Obama. People, who know that one has to work for their lunch, don't.

    March 29, 2010 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
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