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

    In the last 6 years, the media has taken over politics! Perhaps the American voters should choose either FOX, CNN, or MSNBC for their next President! Any one of the three think they know everything about Government. AND for sure all three know how to bash a President and his Administration. Do you suppose Congress would get more work done if we elected a Media Outlet for President?

    November 12, 2013 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  2. Dan

    If the press did their jobs they would be investigating a lot more people related to this and other crap going on in our country. Freedom of the press was supposed to keep government honest.....how they have failed

    November 12, 2013 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  3. HowCanYouBelieveAWordHeSaysAnymore

    There were many things Obama said before, that we're really hard to believe. The 9/11 attack over a film, promises, etc. But the willful, knowing, ends-justify-the-means 'You can keep your Plan. Period.' lie, leaves him with no credibility. How can you trust a thing he says anymore?

    November 12, 2013 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    About time the American people started to see the lies. What does it take for this President to be held accountable. At least, he should be held accountable for failing to lead if all these problems throughout his presidency are all "news he is just reading in the post." Massive failure to lead.

    November 12, 2013 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  5. Zondar

    "A majority" of Americans are just now figuring out he's not trustworthy? Anyone who watched his pre-election speeches vs his post-election speeches and actions could have figured this out after the last election.

    It's sad that it took something so drastic as our HEALTH CARE to finally wake people up to the disaster that is our President. He was never qualified for the job.

    He is a master campaigner, but that's how he solves every problem. He campaigns to the people instead of doing the job of the Executive.

    November 12, 2013 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  6. Bryan

    He sold us Hope and Change. We got same 'ol, same 'ol, if not worse than his predecessor. I want a refund on Obama.

    November 12, 2013 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  7. Petruski

    This is crazy. The whole point of the health care law was that people need to be insured adequately. Now people with totally inadequate insurance are complaining that they can't keep it.
    The only major thing wrong with the law is that it did not do away with the insurance industry and did not convert doctors to a salary system. Health care for profit is a disaster.

    November 12, 2013 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  8. Bib Boogg

    and somehow, I feel partly responsible...

    November 12, 2013 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  9. Srqiggy

    Yeah...I said this before he was elected the first time.

    November 12, 2013 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  10. RDH

    Either 48% of americans have no idea what is going on or they missed 25% of the demographic that thinks all polititians are liars.

    November 12, 2013 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  11. perry

    Obama is a liar and everyone knows it.

    November 12, 2013 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  12. Myron B. Pitts

    He shouldn't have said everyone could keep their health plans if he knew they couldn't.

    November 12, 2013 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  13. airjackie

    This is one reason why people don't believe the Press. Three days ago the President said he apologized for the people who lost their junk insurance. He said adjustment had to be made in the program to allow people to pay for cheap insurance that likely would not cover the needs. Well out jumps the Press and the Obama haters who say see Clinton is on the Tea Party side and wow Obama's poll numbers are low.with 500 hundred people taking the poll. It was funny to hear all the media and press say only 50,000 people had signed up on the Fed website. But they left out over 150,000 had requested applications to decide which plan they want and yes left out the States the have their own websites doing really well as they signed on Obamacare. Now you have to wonder why the Press never reported the mounting lies from 2001-2008. 2009 the Media and Press apologized for the false reporting for 8 years and promised it would not happen again but it seems nothing has changed.

    November 12, 2013 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  14. fred

    I am so sorry that I voted for this guy

    November 12, 2013 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  15. Jim37015

    Well lets see, its 39% today and last week it was 41% and the Dems followers were proud it was that and higher than the Repubs approval rating because The Great 2 Week Federal Paid Vacation of 2013. I said it'd be down this week and I'll say it again, come back next week and see the number. Won't be long before Obamas numbers will be lower as more and more Americans see those rate increases over the holidays.

    November 12, 2013 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  16. Tiller

    Well, at least he hasn't told us he is invading two countries on China credit looking for WMD's!

    November 12, 2013 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  17. scootfl78

    Wow, George W Bush led us into a war where thousands of troops died and hundreds of thousands of Iraqis and Afghanistani citizens died. CNN NEVER went after George W Bush for any of that. President Obama tries to do something right for Americans and CNN is calling for him to be impeached. Real classy CNN editors.

    November 12, 2013 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  18. RickFromTexas

    Uh-huh, check back with us in another three months when everythings working just fine, bet his numbers go right back up. I've seen this same trend every time the GOP starts screaming about Obama ending civilization as we know it, his poll numbers always recover.

    November 12, 2013 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  19. lorrence hnatuk

    It is so sad to me, that America has not recognized the brilliance of this president. No invasions, no wars and health care for young families with minimal income. The rest of the world loves the man, while Sarah Plain is still able to procure news time and Obama is ridiculed. A joke.

    November 12, 2013 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  20. Joe Smoe

    Detroit is going bankrupt, despite record GDP and stock prices. Our own government is trying to hide its efforts to collect records of ALL communications by the American people, and our allies. Both political parties, under the guise of lowering student loan rates, come up with a "compromise" that will raise rates to record levels. And now, the most honest president in living memory (Jimmy Carter) has declared we no longer have a functioning democracy. The mainstream US media outright ignores the real issues but cant stop talking about Miley Cyrus.

    It takes real cognitive dissonance not to recognize that things are going off the rails in the most disturbing of ways. All of these things would be unimaginable just 30 years ago, and yet today, most of it elicits only a yawn. People are more concerned about the royal baby than the collapse of their way of life. One can only imagine what Brave New World our apathy will permit.

    I don't hate obama for his health care law. I hate him for the drone strikes, the NSA scandals, and the plethora of bills he has supported subverting constitutional rights. Bush was inept but he wasn't inherently evil. I think most people in this nation fell for obamas promises and a large percentage of the rage comes from those he downright lied to so he could get their vote. He has done a complete 180 on most of his campaign promises. He was the hero we needed and hoped for that turned out to be a total villain in the end. It is that betrayal that has ruined his legacy.

    November 12, 2013 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  21. Imminent

    He did what any corrupt politician would do – he lied. He can't fix his lie except for resigning office. It will be up to Americans to use the equally questionable Supreme Court of the United States to resend Obama's corrupt plan to feed insurance companies more American's dollars. It was a rouse all along.

    November 12, 2013 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  22. Peter

    Chickens coming home to roost!

    November 12, 2013 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  23. Lynne Buchanan

    The president has never been trustworthy. Google the list of things he promises and comments from 2008, some of which are: transparency; Gitmo; put an end to the type of politics that “breeds division, conflict and cynicism," review warrantless wiretapping; review previous executive decisions; unreasonable search and seizure; end taxes for seniors making less than $50,000; immigration reform; restrict former lobbyists from administration (ha!); "We need earmark reform. And when I'm president, I will go line by line to make sure we're not spending money unwisely." It's about time his approval dropped! He's fundamentally dishonest; always has been.

    November 12, 2013 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  24. candyneville

    I trust Obama. I'm not fickle. Forward march.

    November 12, 2013 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  25. Giacomo

    Personally, I do not think he lied, he just did not know what it was in Obamacare, because he hasn't read it himself! :) :(

    Having said that – I do find it amazing that CNN has this headline after pampering Obama for so long.
    I am almost beginning to regain confidence in the media! (Well – not quite....)

    November 12, 2013 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
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