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

    When the President of The United States Of America loses the PEOPLE's trust, he should resign, because by staying in power will only further harm the country and the world. If he doesn't have the decency to resign, then the President should be impeached, for that he will not be able to govern anymore. Sad but true. You have to tell it like it is. God Bless America!

    November 13, 2013 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  2. whitep

    Why are we always talking about how we hate our President and our government? We voted for these people then we stab them in the back with our hate? How can we fly the American flag and then say we our proud to be Americans when we hate this country so much? We are making America a miserable place. We are telling the world that we voters have made miserable decisions and democracy is not a good system of government. Our government is so bad we actually shut it down.

    November 13, 2013 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  3. Virginia

    If Obama could have had a loving relationship with congress as George Bush did, we might have had a lot of good things done for our country. Instead, Bush lied us into a war and spent billions of dollars on the war itself and millions more in bribes for the officials in Iraq. Money that Bush could have spend on bridges and infrastructure went to his stupid dream of bringing democracy to countries that don't want it.

    November 13, 2013 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  4. MaryM

    And the republicans have a 74% DISAPPROVAL RATING(gallup poll). The President is NOT running for re-election, however the republicans are. Do you understand, repubs

    November 13, 2013 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  5. CryBabies

    TEA Party....Taxed Enough Already what a Crazy, Radical idea?!?!? Only libs would attach "racism" with it. Sooooooooo.......Do I think Obama is trustworthy? Let me take off my rose colored glasses so I can see clearly. Laughable!

    November 13, 2013 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  6. Eagle08432

    We told you so. Dishonest from day one!

    November 13, 2013 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  7. Jeff

    Bush didn't "lie" about Iraq and WMD's. The evidence showed that there were WMD's. Everyone thought there were WMD's including most of our allies. Of course, Bust, AND EVERYONE else was proven wrong. That's it. Bush was wrong. That is not a lie.

    A lie is when you tell people something that you know to be not true.. Obama told American's that they wouldn't lose their insurance or doctors. The WH released documents showing that they knew this to be false. That is a lie my friend.

    November 13, 2013 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  8. craigorie

    I trust him. He misspoke. You see, Republicans say he lied and Democrats say he misspoke. Republicans hate Obamacare, even most poor Republicans, and Democrats like Obamacare. It's a partisan world.

    November 13, 2013 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  9. You Got It

    Hope & Change – yeah, hope for something better, but you don't get it, so everything changes for the worse, obviously.
    Liar in Chief, for sure.

    If you still support him, you need to wake up and read FACTS instead of political opinions/party line press releases.

    November 13, 2013 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  10. Bruce Rundberg

    So this is an article on how Obama approval rating is at an all time low. Yet I see "blame Republicans" "blame Bush/Cheney" "tea partys fault". You all keep blaming them yet you don't hold the man, you elected twice, accountable for what he said he would accomplish. You keep excusing his failures and flat out lies. But let's keep blaming Bush not the guy who said he would wipe out half the country's debt in his first term(oh wait he added 50% more to it). WAKE UP PEOPLE.

    November 13, 2013 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  11. CryBabies

    @ MaryM... Moot analysis Mary. This debacle is in full force right now and the democrats are scrambling for cover.....from Hillary on down the line. You need to look forward, not in the rear view mirror. Do you understand???

    November 13, 2013 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  12. Fair is Fair

    IndependentThinker

    When the President of The United States Of America loses the PEOPLE's trust, he should resign, because by staying in power will only further harm the country and the world.
    -------–
    I agree with everything you have said. There's just 1 problem – Vice President Joseph Biden. Clearly Obama's a chump, but Biden would be an unmitigated disaster.

    November 13, 2013 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  13. freedom

    @IndependentThinker
    When the President of The United States Of America loses the PEOPLE's trust, he should resign, because by staying in power will only further harm the country and the world. If he doesn't have the decency to resign, then the President should be impeached, for that he will not be able to govern anymore. Sad but true. You have to tell it like it is. God Bless America!

    Totally agree! Nixon was impeached and resigned for much less.

    November 13, 2013 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  14. CMML

    I am surprised his numbers are as high as they are. From his promise of no new taxes on anyone earning less that $200K to the IRS Scandal, Benghazi, Obamacare and the rest, Obama has demonstrated a lack of openness and honesty. Other than Obamacare where he outright lied, I am not saying he is a pathological liar, but his words clearly do not demonstrate honesty.

    November 13, 2013 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  15. Loathstheright

    A majority of Americans have been brainwashed by rightwing media. Americans are just not that smart.

    November 13, 2013 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  16. IndependentThinker

    Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery. _Winston Churchill

    November 13, 2013 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  17. Wake up People!

    I'd vote for him again. Right now today!!

    Best POTUS ever!

    November 13, 2013 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  18. OnTheRoad

    They are politicians! They Lie! That is what they do!

    November 13, 2013 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  19. IndependentThinker

    Fair is Fair
    I agree with everything you have said. There's just 1 problem – Vice President Joseph Biden. Clearly Obama's a chump, but Biden would be an unmitigated disaster.
    -----
    Good thinking, it is a problem. But nothing is easy when you get to the point we are now. We have to put an end to this nightmare, this president has proving that his not up to the task. Biden has no power and would continue that way until the end of his term. He would be a laying duck president from the start.

    November 13, 2013 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  20. JeffB

    yes, Obama is a shameless liar and enemy to the American people. And of course, so was Bush. what i want, more than anything, is for the American people to finally wake up to the reality that the entire two-party system is a complete joke because they work for the central bankers and corporate financiers who control the system - AND NOBODY ELSE. who is going to come along and save us? a republican? a democrat? Hillary? another Bush? are you delirious? NO ONE WHO WORKS WITHIN THIS DEMONSTRABLY CORRUPT SYSTEM WILL "SAVE US." IT IS TIME WE BEGIN TO SERIOUSLY REEXAMINE THIS ENTIRE SYSTEM AND BEGIN TO PUT THESE CRIMINALS IN PRISON AND START OVER. from Bush to Obama, it is time for the American people to finally realize they are constantly being fleeced.

    November 13, 2013 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  21. GregoTX

    44% of respondents believe he's honest and trustworthy. Not coincidentally, those very same 44% suffer from severe mental illness and brain damage.

    November 13, 2013 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  22. Isidro Motaco

    Finally, people are opening their eyes. The marriage is over. Lies and lies are on the menu very day. Enough

    November 13, 2013 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  23. parplayer

    What do you expect when this president has repeated lies. Two major ones are Benghazi & "you can keep it"

    Benghazi in front of the UN

    November 13, 2013 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  24. Mike

    Where is Harry Reid and Queen Nancy in all of this? They are the ones who really put the law together... Obama just signed his name to it! He isn't competent enough to make this happen. He's not a leader just a mudslinger. I guess Nancy was right, we had to pass the law to see what's in the law. How do you like it now America? And there is still more chaos to come... hospitals and doctors are not signing up for ALL the insurance plans and some have bailed out completely. Wait till that shoe drops. This President is the WORST of ALL TIME!!! And that includes the last idiot who was in there.

    November 13, 2013 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  25. Robert

    I used to think that Obama meant well, but was just bad at governing. Now I realize that he's a pathological liar and cares about no one but Obama.

    November 13, 2013 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
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