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. raoul smyth

    Obama and the Democrats were right in pushing this bill over the most shrill, irrational and dishonest opposition I can remember. If they had failed to do so, health care reform would have been dead for another 20 years. Our healthcare problem was a budget time bomb that had to be diffused.

    Passage of the bill was un ugly thing to watch and, unfortunately, the bill is far from perfect. Congress and the bureaucracy will undoubtedly have to make many adustments to the system as it is implemented, but at least they now have something to work with. Unfortunately, this will have to take place in a political environment where objective discussion and problem solving are not favored.

    March 29, 2010 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  2. freelance

    For 25% to say they "oppose all of the provisions of the new law" is asinine. Nowhere near 25% of any group of people is aware of all the provisions of the bill. This figure undoubtedly included some people who didn't know or care to know anything about the legislation other than that Obama was behind it.

    March 29, 2010 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  3. JOE

    As the police officer says when giving you a DUI breath analyzer test Obama...KEEP BLOWING OBAMA...NOT SUCKING...Maybe you will get it right yet...if you keep blowing it...But I doubt it..Another WELFARE FREEBI for the don't work crowd..

    March 29, 2010 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  4. Jake

    Hey "Obama Victim"
    It's tough to take you seriously when you can barely read or write:

    "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!!!"

    Go back to school or try a spell check moron.

    March 29, 2010 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  5. Bob

    I'm for Obamacare... President Obama, appears to be the only President of late that cares about all people. Rich or Poor, black or white, and others.. I don't care about too many polls..., but when I do look at them, the polls tend to have an element of racism along with statuism in them. The only people poll that I really care about is my own heart poll. The poll of my heart believes that this president is attempting to do the right thing for the people, which makes him the right president for the time. ...I don't know how people can be so calus to people who do not have much of anything...For me the first question of health care should be about where do you hurt, not about do you have insurance.............God Bless Our President

    March 29, 2010 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  6. JCQueipo

    There too much to do, three years is not enough against big special interests

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2012

    March 29, 2010 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  7. Mcloose Pailin

    Very good, that the American people are beginning to learn the truth. Forget about the jelousy of Pailin and Mcain.

    March 29, 2010 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  8. Russ H

    Yea, his approval is up. He has the gimmee, gimmee people that sit on their butts and don't do anything giving him the votes. I believe in helping the children, the handicap, the elderly and people that have lost their jobs due to the idiotic government since 1974. All these other people need to be on a chain gang or working to be able to get these benefits.

    March 29, 2010 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  9. jeremy

    i think they are selective about who gets to participate on the poll.....
    I would love to hit the "disapprove button", but i can't find it.

    March 29, 2010 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  10. John Weinbrecht

    Good for America! After the "W" disaster... complete with the Big Lies, i.e., WMD's, Torture ("no we don't), Cheney, Rove, Conde, etc, President Obama is a wonderful breath of fresh air–intelligence, ethics, and , most of all, a deep, overriding commitment to fight for the American people!

    March 29, 2010 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  11. art wolff

    President Obama,
    The only poll that counts is the ones Americans use ballots to vote on.
    Mr. President thank you for doing some of what you promised.Now please continue.America has waited quite long enough for a true American champion in the White House.Go get em.

    March 29, 2010 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  12. angelo

    another new firstime voter for the democrats in november.I wonder in which poll you would find me.

    March 29, 2010 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  13. Tommy

    The proof with any action a President supports and Congress ultimately passes, is with the passage of time. Time will tell if this health care initiative was correct, or a selling out to more government sponsored welfare.

    I hope that the Health Care bill does not end up like Medicare/Medicade and the Investment Tax Credit.....a political football for BOTH sides as has been the history.

    Whether we like or dislike our current political situation, we are all in the same boat. Whatever Congress passes we had better hope that it is truly in the best interests of the American people and for the good of our Democracy.

    Forget the emotional aspects.....read, read some more...become informed....and vote.

    March 29, 2010 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  14. CBR

    The rapid change in pol numbers ought to tell us something. Give up polling every day or every week. The numbers mean nothing unless you are playing by the poll numbers.

    Polling is not newsworthy.

    March 29, 2010 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  15. Juan

    I have faith in you obama!....Keep doing the good job. Everyone else stop hating ...everyone always has something to say just shut up and go to work and let the guy do his job.

    March 29, 2010 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  16. If you want someting taxed, and ruined, elect a democrat

    "Some parts of the Democratic base, particularly lower-income Americans and union households, appear to be coming back into the fold,"

    DUH....I would expect nothing different. And what is it with the people here that now say the polls mean nothing? These same people didn't have ANY trouble quoting the polls when Obama was at 70% approval. BUT, those days do seem to be long gone.

    March 29, 2010 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  17. Jo An

    I approved of Obama before the vote and now I approve more.Count on me to campaign for every Demo....What does the Republicans have to offer???? NOTHING

    March 29, 2010 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  18. jeremy

    i found the poll results, only 1009 people were included in this poll! in my opinion, that is not nearly enough to get the full picture.

    March 29, 2010 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  19. Thinkformyself

    CNN is funded by Obama, and they like to sway the American People to believe that our fascist government is acceptable. The "terror" is in the whitehouse, not Afghanistan. Gee, let's see, most of the world is under the rule of socialism or some form of communism, we observe and see that it doesn't work yet we blindly vote these morons in and willingly hand our freedom over to become just as poor and controlled as the rest of the world.

    Communist pigs!

    March 29, 2010 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  20. Super American

    Obama Victim,

    I'm sure you get all your political updates at your Mensa meetings, but before you decide to wow us with more insights, spellcheck.

    March 29, 2010 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  21. Helen

    Yay Mr. President! Congratulations on a job well done – this is why voters sent you to Washington. Republicans opposed anything you supported, even if it was their idea to start with! You prevailed and got the job done- Thank you!!

    March 29, 2010 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  22. Kay F. , Eugene, Oregon

    Having been born with birth defects and denied healthcare ins. because my birth defects are considered pre-existing conditions as an adult; this Healthcare Reform bill signed by President Obama will sure help me!! I can't thanks this President enough! He GETS it! Thank you & God Bless you President Obama!

    March 29, 2010 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  23. Patrick

    This is one republican that gives you a thumbs up Mr. President !!!! we sure did need reform and i'm very sorry my party sucks and wants to be the party of NO!!!!

    March 29, 2010 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  24. mattew

    CNN again shows that it is the mouthpiece of Obama and the Whitehouse. In all polls, it shows that Obamas approval rating is down. Where in the hell does CNN get the notion that Obama's rating is up. I guess they only used asked the Democrats in congress and not the American public. No wonder CNN is being beaten in ratings. Gone are the days when everybody lookep up at CNN.

    March 29, 2010 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  25. jim

    this poll is so stupid, yea his approval is up, but it still isn't a majority

    March 29, 2010 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
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