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. TrustNoOne

    Politicians by their nature will change their minds and mantras to get votes or win influence. He's not perfect, but I trust Obi as well-intentioned. This is far more than I can say of any anti-government, self-serving Tea Partier.

    Just remember, whoever wins in 2016 will be no better!

    November 13, 2013 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  2. DWEBSTER

    While Bill is busy propping up Hillary's chances of surviving Obama's lies and incompetence by throwing Obama under the bus, can anyone name one significant accomplishment Hillary achieved as SOS or in the Senate? Just one?

    November 13, 2013 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  3. TexasR

    Anyone who crafted, contributed to, or had anything at all to do with the law knew that what the President said was not true. Did Obama lie, or was he woefully uninformed? Which is worse? Was anyone in congress who voted for the law ever asked the same question? Of course, we have Mrs. Pelosi's famous line about passing it to see what's in it. It looks like that's what they did.

    November 13, 2013 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  4. DWEBSTER

    What is to trust about a man that blatantly lies to your face and then, when caught, lies again?

    November 13, 2013 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  5. Jerry

    After lies on top of lies, if you still trust "The Liar-in-Chief", you need to have your head examined. This MAN has absolutely no respect for the Américan populace, PERIOD!

    November 13, 2013 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  6. jc

    @Refuse2GiveUp: IF YOU DON'T VOTE, YOU HAVE NO RIGHT TO COMPLAIN ABOUT THE ELECTED PERSON. The majority of the people who cared and voted trusted him, and I believe they still do. However, Americans have short memory and like instant gratification and his opponents will fight this president at whatever he does, it doesn't matter what.

    November 13, 2013 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  7. Sean

    We can't trust this guy and the entire weight of the federal government of the United States to get a website up and running properly.

    And we want to hand over the country's healthcare system to him and his cronies?

    We as a country are fools to allow this to happen.

    Sadly, Obama will simply double down and the uninformed voters will nods their heads and go along with it because CNN told them to.

    November 13, 2013 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  8. D.S.

    Obama is doing an excellent job under very difficult circumstances while managing unfair criticism. I am VERY proud of the President. He is both honest and trustworthy. Change takes time, and errors within a system can come about for a number of reasons other than lack of character. Also, no one called my house to ask about the President's ethics. I can come up with any result if I conduct an unfair study! I strongly doubt the validity of this research study, and I stand firmly as an ardent supporter of President Obama. Media should seek to publish news rather than baseless propaganda. Let's make sure to be INFORMED media consumers and seekers of TRUTH!

    November 13, 2013 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  9. CoreyM

    How can some of you people still trust and support this guy? He has lied to us from day one. Libs bought it hook line and sinker. Conservatives have seen through his garbage since the start. Not because of his race but because he did not and still does not have what it takes to run our country right. If you voted for him even once you should be ashamed of yourself. Second who ever brings up congress in these chats should get off the subject because we have already slammed them enough. Blame the Repubs if you want bu they are the only ones who are pushing back against these idiots and their rediculous policies.

    November 13, 2013 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  10. Sheila

    if you think his approval ratings are Low, just wait till Nov.2014....the people in this country will be so pissed off by then, they will most likely vote repub....and then Obama will have even a more difficult time....especially till the end of his term. The health care debacle is the ruination of this country...Why don't they Just repeal the whole thing ? The poor in this country will still be able to get Medicaid, so what is the big deal ? why do we need to "cover" 30 million, of our poorest ones, when they can walk into any E.R. and get whatever they need ? Just Saying...

    November 13, 2013 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  11. Sheila

    if you think his approval ratings are Low, just wait till Nov.2014....the people in this country will be so pissed off by then, they will most likely vote repub....and then Obama will have even a more difficult time....especially till the end of his term. The health care debacle is the ruination of this country...Why don't they Just repeal the whole thing ? The poor in this country will still be able to get Medicaid, so what is the big deal ? why do we need to "cover" 30 million, of our poorest ones, when they can walk into any E.R. and get whatever they need ? Just Saying

    November 13, 2013 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  12. California

    Obama's been lying massively since day one.

    November 13, 2013 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  13. Mike Trottier

    I'll TRUST the POTUS before I'd trust any teatard or republican.
    I still think that Pres. Barack Obama is working for the good of ALL AMERICANS
    republicans could care less about anyone but themselves.
    I Will Not Vote For A teatard,.......And, It Will Be A Very Long Time Before I Ever Vote For A republican Again.

    November 13, 2013 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  14. Dave Hingtgen

    Hey, not only did you elect him the first time, but you blindly chose to reelect him for another four years! You deserve what you got, so just live with it...

    November 13, 2013 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  15. George

    When he invites me to the WH, is transparent, and actually tells the truth I would think about it.

    November 13, 2013 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  16. oreo

    They are all liars, it was just that for awhile there Obama got away with it.

    November 13, 2013 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  17. fred bronson

    promises were a classic example of bait and switch

    November 13, 2013 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  18. whocares

    Let me put this question to you, did you trust Bush and Chaney after they "Lied" about "Iraq having WMD, and none was found. So what's the difference? After all this sitting President kept our Country from going to shame around the world, and it was Bush / Chaney who began all the "spying" on Leaders of other Counties. But of course after they started it, and it took an employee which was hired under their Administration to do this much damage to us, after President Barack Obama won the Election not once but twice, to destroy his "Credibility", now there sabotage with "The Affordable Care Act" in which Republicans lost in the Supreme Court, because of their "Whining" , not only that we "need Judges on these vacate Benches, and the retards will not "confirm" them under President Obama. Now who has a problem, not President Obama. He got my vote. But you agree , greedy old people "gop", need to swallow , and choke.

    November 13, 2013 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  19. Wes

    What does the tea party have to do with this article of the President lying through his teeth? You people are grasping or straws while America rejects your pathetic socialist ideologies.

    November 13, 2013 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  20. pablo

    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.

    Wow worse than Nixon worse than W. That says quite a bit.

    November 13, 2013 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  21. Tom1940

    Edward Klein's book: "The Amateur" is turning out to be "prophetic" as well as a "documentary" of Obama's early years. I suspect that more and more of what has happened will be the "norm" into the future for this President. His "gate keepers" may keep him insulated and unaware of the terrible and harsh news of the day – but they cannot screen out everything.
    Sooner or later, he will become "up to speed" and have to 'fess up to a number of things he cannot deliver upon his promises about.
    2014 and the election of a Republican House, Republican Senate, and staging for a knock down knock out fight for the Presidency should be a "grand" show for the political junkies.

    November 13, 2013 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  22. Newton

    The other 48 percent can't read....

    November 13, 2013 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  23. NorCalMojo

    If you can find a woman in the 44% that still think he's trustworthy, marry her, she'll believe anything.

    November 13, 2013 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  24. John

    Obama can look you right in the face a lie without blinking and when opposing voiced stood up and warned of what would happen and that millions would lose their insurance Obama and his followers called us fear mongers. Only ones who told the truth were the opposing voices. Fact is Government is lousy at these big programs where waste and fraud happens so frequently and on a massive scale.

    November 13, 2013 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  25. yippeeskip

    Like they said about Nixon...he lies out of both sides of his mouth at the same time. The same goes for this guy!!!

    November 13, 2013 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
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