Poll: Obama approval ratings drop, Americans say he's not trustworthy
November 12th, 2013
05:49 PM ET
5 months 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. Mike500

    About time the rest of the public caught up to what some of us knew all along.

    November 12, 2013 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  2. Logic_Is_Not_Common_Sense

    "President Obama's misstatement, 'If you like your health plan, you can keep it"... You mean lie... right up there with I didn't have sex with that women and WMDs in Iraq

    November 12, 2013 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  3. Woohoo

    And this is news, how?

    What a shock.

    November 12, 2013 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  4. YippieSkippie

    If you this is something, when people start dying, the backlash will grow to an uncontrollable force.

    November 12, 2013 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  5. JP

    Calif. Insurance Commissioner: More Than 1Million Californians Having Insurance Cancelled Due To ACA

    November 12, 2013 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  6. Woman In California

    Oh well, time for dinner. Steak sounds good.

    November 12, 2013 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  7. moaldee

    always a bad day when bill calls you out..

    November 12, 2013 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  8. Steve

    I trust our current President whole hardly. And I still believe in him.

    November 12, 2013 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  9. Lardeau

    It's time now to show us if he's any good or not. His Honeymoon is now over.

    November 12, 2013 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  10. Hkirwin

    It just takes the dimwitted a bit longer to catch on.

    November 12, 2013 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  11. Sausage Frenzy

    Does anyone trust any US politicians from either of the main parties any more?
    Why would they?

    November 12, 2013 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  12. Taken4granted

    When you start lying to our face and aggressively forcing into our mouths the progressive agenda's, our trust goes out into the toilet. Lying just to get the voters to sign up for you will wear out so fast. I am an independent voter.

    November 12, 2013 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  13. Kevin

    Ya don't say?

    November 12, 2013 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  14. Valerie Bush

    Who is the majority?... I was not polled, nor was anyone I know.

    November 12, 2013 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  15. Just

    Trust the lying narcissist Obama? No one with common sense anyway.

    November 12, 2013 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  16. Mensaman

    As an initial fan, during the first campaign, I watched Obama closely and began to distrust him at that time. I know he lied about the Reverend Wright issue and it was downhill from there. The lie about the ACA conditions just solidifies the facts, along with the litany of scandals that he has covered-up. Obama may have moments of charm, but in reality he's cold and devious. A soulless man. He's pretty hard core. I don't know what happened in his youth to turn him this way, but whatever it was it made a man who can not be trusted – and should never have been elected president.

    November 12, 2013 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  17. jharry

    Nothing new to me. I never believed him. Or Oprah.

    November 12, 2013 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  18. Trev

    Bye Bye. Don't let the door smack you on the way out.
    Americans see through the teleprompter reading racist socialist finally!

    November 12, 2013 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  19. John Rosen

    Obama is a likable person and a slick politician. He has consistently used the mantra of helping the middle class when in fact he wants all taxpayers to pull the economically disadvantaged out of poverty through Government entitlements. He has been deceitful, outright lied and coined a new political word for spending taxpayers money called "investment". Only a liberal politician could spin "tax and spend" to deceive the American public.

    November 12, 2013 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  20. Delta 2 Niner

    Make that 53%. Just asked all my friends, family, and co workers. Everyone said pretty much the same thing. That Obama is a liar abd did so intentionally to get himself and other Democrats elected. And we are in Ca. So i can only imagine what conservative states think. Dont matter, the lies worked, they got the power and our money now.

    November 12, 2013 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  21. Marilyn Vailati

    The US Government is headed for a melt down under the current President – none of the economic programs have worked – example Detroit – economists state economy is worse now than in 2008 thanks to Bernanke and Geithner.

    November 12, 2013 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  22. ladies first

    something doesn't add up so whos telling the big whopper OBAMA has been the president like no other not perfect but i will give the man this in the mist of all the turmoil AMERICA still the best country in the world Got to learn that we can't always have our way people this coumtry needs to put the past on the back burner roll up our sleeves and show our forefathers that we aren't quitters GOD SPEED THE AMERICAN PEOPLE! Start by coming together with 21ST Cetury ideas like RECYCLING WATER BE A VOLUNTEER THATS HOW YOU MEET PEOPLE teach people to do activities like organic farming and gardening Just don't give up!

    November 12, 2013 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  23. opinion8it

    "President Barack Obama's approval rating among American voters has dropped to its lowest number in Quinnipiac University polling since he became President" --- LOL, "Quinnipiac University"? Really? What a sham article.

    November 12, 2013 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  24. HUH?

    REALLY? 0bama isn't trustworthy? 0bama isn't honest? After all the scandals and lies this administration has bamboozled the Kool Aid drinkers with they are just now realizing that the emperor has no clothes? NSA, Benghazi, IRS, Fast and Furious, Solyndra. (The short list) BUT, hit the liberals in their own pocket book, and lie to them about their healthcare, and watch the rats jump ship. YOU voted for this inept incompetent liar, I hope YOUR happy with the failed community organizer now!

    November 12, 2013 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  25. Zeke

    What Obama should say to Bill Cliinton is he should have stood by his commitment to Hillary as his wife when he was President and not fooled around with Monica Lewinski.

    November 12, 2013 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
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