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

    Finally everyone can see that the king is not wearing anything.

    November 12, 2013 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  2. Larry L

    All of these statistics tend to reflect only the shifting mood of the middle. The left and right 20% are perfectly predictable in their responses. The moderates in the middle tend to show us how Americans feel about issues. The President is suffering from the miserable rollout of Obamacare – and from five years of obstructionism from the Republican Party. I can't imagine any American giving a thumbs-up for any of the functions of our government. Operating a 4-year campaign for POTUS and electing Congressmen because they promise NOT to compromise is a bad plan for good government.

    November 12, 2013 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  3. John

    At last the citizens are finally realizing what should have been apparent from day 1, Obama is just not competent or trustworthy.

    November 12, 2013 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  4. Chris

    And the American Citizens have been saying this since before the election. When will Congress investigate this man's motives?

    November 12, 2013 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  5. Kitty Litter

    Americans are 34 times more interested in buying guns than Obamacare.

    November 12, 2013 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  6. freedom

    Nixon was impeached for much less than this president has done.

    November 12, 2013 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  7. Steve Banny

    Sounds like a few of the far left koolaid drinkers are starting to think.

    November 12, 2013 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  8. Partisanhackshatefacts

    i can't wait to see how some of the commenters here try to spin this

    November 12, 2013 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  9. AndyDaniel

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

    I beg to differ. While I voted for Obama, and do have some issues with him although I am still generally supportive, never in my life had I seen such attacks on a president even before he took office in January. At least when the GOP tried to impeach Clinton it was DURING his term – the Birthers actively tried to remove him from an office the people elected him to that he hadn't even taken the oath of office for yet. The GOP tried to label him communist, Muslim, foreign-born, socialist, elitist (a term that apparently means "black man who went to Occidental college, then Columbia, then Harvard who follows his white Yale-educated Skull-and-Bones member predecessor"). If this was a honeymoon, he married the wrong "party".

    November 12, 2013 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  10. works4me

    Well the lies from the GOP seem to be working...

    November 12, 2013 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  11. Steve

    Our president blatantly lied because he and his party want their hands on a trillion dollar industry. They enrich their friends, build Versailles in D.C. and all it costs them is a bit of mistrust? We have let them off cheap.....

    November 12, 2013 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  12. Remy

    George Bushes approval ratings were in the low 20's at this point in his second term, a well deserved 20%.

    November 12, 2013 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  13. SpgfldTom

    Gee, is the American public finally catching on to this charlatan?

    November 12, 2013 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  14. e

    It is almost as if there has been a systematic media blitz for years full of lies and paranoia...

    November 12, 2013 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  15. Failed_Idealism

    The country is paying the price for electing an idealist who never ever held a position of authority or significance providing him real life experience.

    November 12, 2013 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  16. Name patrick bedell

    Obama needs to be impeached. He has committed numerous acts of treason. He has gotten 17 generals fitted that stand behind te constitution. I could go on. Is this country full of cowards that won't stand behind the constitution. I will do everythng that can be done to fight this communist dictator.

    November 12, 2013 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  17. RomneyWho

    "We The Stiff-neck People of America" We love him, we love him not . . . We trust him, we trust him not! The beat goes on and on and on and on and it don't stop! :(

    November 12, 2013 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  18. Harry Cline

    It's sad. Another squandered legacy like Bill Clinton. Because when the general public views people like a Dick Cheney as more honest you realize then how hurtful it has been.

    Same old game. It wasn't shoved through to benefit the American people. And they had to lie to sell the public on it.

    November 12, 2013 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  19. Name Tom

    Wait how can he be untrustworthy? He won the Noble Peace Prize!!

    November 12, 2013 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  20. Cary Grant

    Obama is the liar in chief.

    November 12, 2013 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  21. Just asking

    I agree that the precedent's rating are down, but I would like to know, what percentage was conducted thru land line phones verses cell phones. When the overwhelming majority of Americans use cell phones.

    November 12, 2013 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  22. dragon

    He has never earned trust; it was wrongfully handed to him.

    November 12, 2013 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  23. McBob79

    That's it? Lol. Dude is dishonest.

    November 12, 2013 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  24. Gurgyl

    Who is trust worthy? Was Reagan Trust-worthy after Iran-contra scandal, was Bush trust-worthy that went to war on WMD looted nation's trillions of dollars? Is Nixan? Are GOP thugs trust-worthy that passed no jobs bills? Who is trust-worthy? In fact Obama at least passed ACA Law, in that matter.

    November 12, 2013 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  25. James Madison

    Obama to America: Obamacare is most certainly not a tax!
    Obama to SCOTUS: Obamacare is most certainly a tax!

    November 12, 2013 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
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