Poll: Obama approval ratings drop, Americans say he's not trustworthy
November 12th, 2013
05:49 PM ET
1 year ago

Poll: Obama approval ratings drop, Americans say he's not trustworthy

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama's approval rating among American voters has dropped to its lowest number in Quinnipiac University polling since he became President, according to a survey released on Tuesday that also raised new doubts about trust.

As Obama juggles the bungled rollout of HealthCare.gov and questions over his initial promises about health care reform become magnified, only 39% of voters approve how he is handling his job, while 54% disapprove, the new data from the school's Polling Institute shows.

Approval numbers for the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, continue to illustrate wariness among American voters about health care reform, with only 19% saying they believe the quality of their health care will improve in the next year.

Forty-three percent say it will get worse, while 33% say the controversial law won't affect their health care, according to Quinnipiac.

Those numbers reflect less confidence in the law from a Gallup poll released in late October, when a quarter of Americans said they believed Obamacare would make things better, while 34% said it would make things worse and 36% said it would not make a big difference.

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Also for the first time in Quinnipiac polling, more voters say the President is not trustworthy. The new survey was conducted last week and over the weekend, mostly after Obama offered an apology on Thursday to people who are losing their insurance because of changes from the federal health care law.

When selling health care reform in his first term, the President repeatedly assured Americans they could keep their plans, if they liked them. However, that has not turned out to be the case, with some Americans holding certain plans getting cancellation notices from their providers.

According to the poll, a majority of voters, 52%, say the President is not honest and trustworthy, compared to 44% who say the opposite. It's the first time in Quinnipiac history that the president's trustworthy numbers are underwater.

The Obama administration maintains that a majority of people who are losing their current plans will be better off under Obamacare, but officials and some members of Congress have pledged to seek some kind of solution for those getting dropped by their insurance provider.

Asked if the president knowingly deceived Americans with his promise, 46% of voters said they believe he made the statement on purpose, while 47% disagreed.

"President Obama's misstatement, 'If you like your health plan, you can keep it,' left a bad taste with a lot of people," Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, said in a statement.

Nearly three-quarters of voters favor extending the March 31 deadline to sign up for health insurance or face a penalty. Many Republican lawmakers in Congress, as well as some Democrats, have floated the idea of postponing the deadline to make up for lost time during the rocky rollout of HealthCare.gov since October 1.

The new Quinnipiac Poll is the latest to show the President's approval rating is declining amid the disastrous health care sign-up process.

Malloy said Obama, like all new presidents, had a "honeymoon" with American voters for the first few years of his presidency.

"As the marriage wore on, he kept his job approval scores in the respectable, though not overwhelming, 40s. Today, for the first time it appears that 40 percent floor is cracking," he said, adding that Obama's job approval rating has fallen to the level of former President George W. Bush at the same period of his Presidency.

While the President has a positive rating, 52%-42%, for how he handles terrorism, he gets negative ratings on foreign policy, immigration, the federal budget, and the economy. A majority of voters, 53%, say the Obama administration has not been competent in managing the U.S. government, according to Quinnipiac.

For the survey, Quinnipiac questioned 2,545 registered voters nationwide by telephone from November 6-11. The poll has a sampling error of plus or minus 1.9 percentage points.


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soundoff (538 Responses)
  1. NYClPOSTER

    We've been telling you people this for the past 5 years......

    November 13, 2013 12:01 am at 12:01 am |
  2. joe

    If you include the people who support him no matter what, it is really more like a 20% approval rating.
    And now it is like Acorn part two the the Veritias project uncovering fraud in Texas by the ACA navigators.

    November 13, 2013 12:01 am at 12:01 am |
  3. Rob C

    "President Obama's misstatement".....really? even the pollsters are falling for that line? Misstatement is once- but he said it no less than 28 times.......

    November 13, 2013 12:01 am at 12:01 am |
  4. nmdave

    Why don't we trust him? He only lied about Obamacare, Benghazi, IRS, NSA, not my red line, ...PERIOD!!!

    November 13, 2013 12:08 am at 12:08 am |
  5. Anon

    ...and in other news, Obama doesn't care that his ratings are poor; "I'm in my second term y'all, I don't care."

    November 13, 2013 12:18 am at 12:18 am |
  6. MrScott

    Obama didn't serve a full term while as senator. The first half he was learning and the second half he was campaigning for president.

    November 13, 2013 12:24 am at 12:24 am |
  7. guest

    Syria's Red line that was consistently crossed, the Shutdown that he shifted his typical Scapegoat G W Bush to Congress, and now Obamacare fallout. What's not to like?

    November 13, 2013 12:27 am at 12:27 am |
  8. Edwin

    Whatever. The federal site was never supposed to handle large amounts of applicants, anyway - the goal was for each state to have its own exchange. Ironically, republican-controlled states were the ones who chose to depend on the federal government here - and they have huge numbers of uninsured and under-insured people.

    It is also ironic that the republicans are the ones who want to force insurance companies to keep people on non-profitable plans. I thought the GOP stood for less government interference in business, not more...

    November 13, 2013 12:32 am at 12:32 am |
  9. Why didn't you listen?

    We tried to tell you. You wanted the 'freebies', the programs, the promises (that were impossible). Why didn't you listen? How far into the depths of depravity will out country fall before we are rid of this mess? You who voted him in did what Martin Luther King begged us not to do. You judged him by the color of his skin, and not by the content of his character. Now, you reap the harvest. America, the land of bondage and fear. It didn't have to be like this.

    November 13, 2013 12:35 am at 12:35 am |
  10. Bill

    If you don't distrust EVERY SINGLE POLITICIAN, you're insane.

    November 13, 2013 12:36 am at 12:36 am |
  11. Alan Maurer

    it would be more correct if we stopped calling this "health care reform" and call it "health care insurance reform"
    it has little to do with health care itself but changes the way health care is bought and sold.

    November 13, 2013 12:37 am at 12:37 am |
  12. Daniel Morrissey

    All he wanted was his 5 minutes of fame, Obamacare.

    Who will think about my childrens future? Not these people.

    November 13, 2013 12:43 am at 12:43 am |
  13. Bill

    I didn't trust him in 2007 or in 2011and I don't trust, believe or like him now. Why did you people elect him (twice!)?

    November 13, 2013 12:46 am at 12:46 am |
  14. insi10

    Ya think his spying on us and telling us it's good for us has anything to do with his poll numbers?

    Incompetence at building a website isn't a trust issue for me . But I've built and supervised construction of enough oreder entry websites that I'm sure my Indian programming contractors could have done the job for $14/hour.

    November 13, 2013 12:49 am at 12:49 am |
  15. Jetranger

    Don't Trust any Politician, don't care who they are never Trust em' their nothing more than used car salesman !!

    November 13, 2013 12:50 am at 12:50 am |
  16. Name

    And bush was??? The same people who think that he is, voted for the racist dictator who took us to war with 4 countries that wasnt a threat to us. Bush lied every time a microphone was in his face and I don't recall the "American people" or republicans lashing out at him! Its clear that we know the real reason why our president is hated on! #100years #16president .......#opposechanged

    November 13, 2013 12:55 am at 12:55 am |
  17. Nancy

    How come there are no commenters supporting Obama? During the govt shutdown they couldn't write fast enough blaming the Tea Partiers in huge numbers. Now where are you? Where is your support for your candidate now? I'm convinced people just go where the wind takes them when it comes to politics.

    November 13, 2013 12:56 am at 12:56 am |
  18. elvinmerij

    I don't trust ANY United States President. Never have.
    But at least Obama, I distrust him the least.

    November 13, 2013 12:56 am at 12:56 am |
  19. Kyle

    Obama is a drone-puppet-liar nothing.

    November 13, 2013 12:57 am at 12:57 am |
  20. Chris

    And why does this poll surprise anyone. Its taken 5 years for the majority of the public to wake up, but eventually everyone will see what many of us have known all alone.

    November 13, 2013 12:59 am at 12:59 am |
  21. Steve

    He pushed through health care reforms when the economy was tanking and people showed up outside town halls with guns because it was their right. Both sides are crazy.

    November 13, 2013 01:01 am at 1:01 am |
  22. Web Guru

    Nah! I trust him as much as any other politician in Washington DC, no more or less. The problem is since he is the first black president what he does is criticized much more harshly than if he was any other race. I see a difficult time for the next black candidate. It may not be PC to say, but unless you live with your head in a hole, it is the truth.

    November 13, 2013 01:02 am at 1:02 am |
  23. Evergreen

    I guess the President can forget about running for re-election...oops... never mind.

    November 13, 2013 01:04 am at 1:04 am |
  24. Marc Daneker

    I think his behavior has been remarkably, ... human. He tries so hard to be everything to everyone and so he fails at least a little at everything, not good for a leader but still i trust him, I don't think he did anything malicious.

    November 13, 2013 01:06 am at 1:06 am |
  25. Harvesting

    NO!!!!!! It must be Fox news.

    November 13, 2013 01:06 am at 1:06 am |
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