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. jim

    Presidential polls for 2012 don't mean much now. Predictions: more people will like the healthcare bill after they get used to it. There will be something else that affects the election. It the economy is in the tank Obama loses, if it is good or getting better he wins.

    March 29, 2010 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  2. Otto

    Good news indeed but the work has not yet began. According to poster "Obama Victim" you would not believe the polls and I for one hardly believe it either. So, Obamavictim; how about going back to school so you can have a bit more common sense and know proper English? According to your view: Quote: "
    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!!!
    You see what happen when you don't attend school? A sentence gegins with a capital letter or upper case and my friend; it is not "there" it is "their" This tells me you are following the wrong path and like your friend Sarah, you all need very badly, to return to school and get yourselves a good EDJAMACATION! Maaannn you can’t even spell a tiny word.

    March 29, 2010 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  3. Somewhereuphere

    Have you Obama bashers already forgotten the 8 year disaster that was the Bush/Cheney era?,... are you so stupid and blind that you would like to re-visit those times? Would you entrust your future ,and that of your children, to a bunch of liars, fear mongering, war waging, middle class hating, big business loving individuals such as, Palin, MaCain, Romney, Giuliani, and the rest of that unholy alliance... If your answer is yes,... then you have a mashed potato for a brain.

    March 29, 2010 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  4. Annie

    I want to thank this president for doing something for the American people rather than to the American people. Bush took us to Iraq and expanded the debt; we need health care just like every other industrialized nation. Thanks again.

    March 29, 2010 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  5. duke of omaha

    We will vote this plague out in 2012 and replace him with another parasite. If he has an {R} next to his name the naysayers on today's blog will singing his praises, just as Obozo's supporters will be slamming the new guy. Such the nature of the political game these days. As a registered independant, it does not bother me to get too worked up over the big two. We need another viable third political party in this country.

    March 29, 2010 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  6. gg

    This was a great achievement for President Obama and the Democrats despite what the naysayers may blather on about. The American people have not forgotten how badly the Republicans mismanaged our government during their recent years in power and their extremist ideology will continue to be rejected at the polls... the voting polls.

    March 29, 2010 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  7. this black liberal hates Obama

    It was to be expected. He had to pass this worthless piece of GARBAGE or he was washed up as President. it was all about the idnioted one not the American people, the vash majority of them, who didn't want this to begin with.

    So don't expect this trend to last very long because come November, his Democratic PIGS, the vast majority of them will be out of Washington for Good and then he'll have Republicans to deal with, the vast majority of them.

    A FACTS A FACT!

    March 29, 2010 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  8. welches, oregon

    The Truth is JAMES: the MAJORITY of level headed American People see how the Obama administration is actually trying to help people and saw how the Bush Administration actually hurt people.

    There's a big difference between ramming something through Congress that might help people – than ramming something through that's only going to help a very small few (tax cuts for rich) or lieing about a war in order to steal another country's natural resources. But then we wouldn't expect a level headed American like you to recognize the difference, would we now, James, huh?

    March 29, 2010 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  9. Mary

    The real surprise in this story is that they found 12% of Republicans to say they agree with how Mr. Obama is doing his job. WOW!!

    March 29, 2010 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  10. An 8 year old ELEPHANT dung heap, does not transform into compost in just 1 year!

    Like you said President Obama, do what is right and true and let the statistical and electoral polls fall where they may.

    The only poll that counted was the one you won 53% to 46% in November of '08!

    March 29, 2010 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  11. Keith in Austin

    A modest bump that will surely plummet as November looms.

    Those supporting Obozo are people expecting more government freebies, bleeding heart liberals believing the rich should shift their wealth to the underclass or simple-minded blind little sheep marching to the Democrat mantra. Take your pick.

    Enjoy Barry's socialism folks because it will be dead and burried in the months to come. That's a promise!

    March 29, 2010 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  12. Boulder Liberal and Proud of It

    Congratulations, Mr. President! Perhaps someday the vast majority of the American people will understand that you care much more about them than either the Republican Party or Corporate America.

    Oops, the Republican Party and Corporate America are pretty much the same thing! Maybe it's time for a neologism: let's call these nominally differentiated entities, "Corplicans."

    Yes, Corplicans: parasitic bodies which greedily consume the money and resources of their hosts. Approximately 50 percent of the hosts are unaware of the presence of these parasites. Corplicans are highly dangerous and their activities do not only great damage to their hosts, but also the entire international community.

    March 29, 2010 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  13. TCM

    he's only getting approval from a select group of liberal diehards who stilll don't grasp the reality of the situation...his popularity hasn't gone anywhere but down....

    March 29, 2010 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  14. Elizabeth

    Hey Barry in California – here's one – and add in my family you got lots more! We have heath care in this country... at long last! Hard to knock that!

    March 29, 2010 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  15. Mark

    Once companies large and small get the Obama health tax and slow the already dead hiring process this should go over well with the public.

    March 29, 2010 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  16. Moki, Tucson

    Bless President Obama and his family. Keep them safe.

    March 29, 2010 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  17. DeeVOTE1

    1 Vote, 1 President......Thank You!

    March 29, 2010 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  18. Sam Smith

    The eight years of Bush/Cheney have changed the political climate in our country. We are in "constant campaign mode" as envisioned by Karl Rove. Also there is a "us vs. them" mentality, but this time INSIDE the U.S., and that's very disturbing. I therefor believe that the people who disapprove of the president don't do so because of what he does or says, they do so on principle and can not be brought into the fold by any means. Look at the economy growing at six percent and the number of new jobless claims approaching zero. Yet nobody says "Thank you, Mr. President!". I hope this changes once the actual unemployment numbers go down, hopefully before the Midterms, and he gets the Congress he needs to pull our contry back from the brink.

    March 29, 2010 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  19. Janet Lynn Rubert

    The reason so many people oppose health care is because of radical extremists like Glen Beck, Rush Limbaugh and a host of others who misinform evangelical nut jobs who listen only to their message. They're not objective listeners and they don't represent rational Christianity. They have commandiered my religion and are causing panic. The whole movement is being viewed by the world as a bunch of goofy Americans who oppose common sense and are disrespecting most countries who have and like so-called socialized health care. I just returned from Ghana where yes, even they have universal health care. I don't want to pay for those who refuse it because eventually they WILL get sick or injured. Is it any different than forcing us to fasten our seat belts, not drive drunk or use a bike helmet? And do this opposition group actually believe corporate America is better than their own government? Roll over Thomas Jefferson and those who fought and died for us.

    March 29, 2010 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  20. sk31

    The republicans will continue to lose because they don't represent the values of the base. Don't forget Bush doubled the national debt while he was in office from 5 to 10 trillion. Show me a true republican who is fiscally responsible and understands states rights and I would approach 2010 and 20012 with an open mind. Keep rolling out candidates who yell socialism and govt takeover and watch your base shrink to nothing. The dems used to make decisions based on the polls and they lost Congress. Repubs need to wake up so we can have a system of checks and balances and honest debates over real issues.

    March 29, 2010 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  21. Mike G from Charlotte

    It's interesting that this CNN poll is the only one professing these statistics! Rassmusen and Gallop don't agree!

    March 29, 2010 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  22. dale

    Well Obama Victim what you fail to see in your blindness is that even at the president's lowest point, the entire Repub Party has been last in the polls. We may have lost a little bouyancy but the GOP is still that green slime at the bottom off the pond.

    March 29, 2010 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  23. THE TRUTH

    And why wouldnt his ratings be up among democrats after all the backroom deals he gave them to vote yes for this socialists bogus medical reform bill this has nothing to do with health care and everything to run insurance business out of buiness when do the premiums start getting cheaper????? they wont

    March 29, 2010 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  24. I. Chaudhry

    How can we ever forget the eight wonderful years of GOP in the White House & six years in Congress?

    Economy gone down the drain & Al-Quida given new life by invading Iraq! Wow, what a long list achievements.

    Let's not forget the crown jewel of the GOP Congress: re-naming the French Fries as Freedom Fries! I mean why bother looking after common people

    March 29, 2010 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  25. Stephanie Foley

    Everytime I look at this failure and how he has crippled our nation for the years to come, I just want to throw up all over myself!!

    March 29, 2010 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
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