July 20th, 2009
12:24 PM ET
11 years ago

Poll: Obama drops on health care

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WASHINGTON (CNN) - As President Barack Obama begins a week full pushing for health care reform, a new national poll indicates the president is slipping on the issue.

Forty-nine percent of people questioned in an ABC News/Washington Post survey released Monday approve of the way Obama is handling health care. That's down four points from last month and down nine points from April. Forty-four percent disapprove, up five points from June and 15 points from April.

The ABC News/Washington Post poll is the third national survey to suggest that the president's approval rating on health care reform is under 50 percent, joining a CBS News poll and a Quinnipiac University survey.

The new poll indicates Obama still has a large advantage over Republicans on the issue. Fifty-four percent of those questioned say they trust Obama to do a better job handling health care than Republicans in Congress, with 34 percent putting more faith in Congressional Republicans than the president.

The ABC News/Washington Post poll was conducted July 15-18, with 1,001 adult Americans questioned by telephone. The survey's sampling error is plus or minus three percentage points.

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soundoff (315 Responses)
  1. ralph davis

    It amazes me how people want change, reform and yet, cry about the means by which it is to be achieved. Those who have benefited from the system that exist fight to keep the status-quo. This group repre-sents the insurance companies, pharmacy industry, the polititcians and physcians who game kick backs. Then there are the rich whose wealth exempt from them feeling the cost of health care. The poor continue to suffer, and the middle class slowly slips into their ranks.
    If we are really going to address this problem, then we must acknow-ledge that chance means sacrifice. It means giving more and seeking alternatives that do not sit in the norm of things.
    We seem to get caught up in social programing. Yet, farm subsidies is government intervent on behalf of farming interest. I believe there is a form of capitalistic socialism which circulates wealth amongst the wealthy. Something like what took place in Russia and is now being practice is China.
    The point I'm making is, if we really want to solve the problem of health care, we need to remove the profit motive from it. Whether this can be accomplished in a capitalist system, we must try.

    July 20, 2009 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  2. mypitts2

    I'm a fan of Obama, and I don't agree with how he's handling health care, which is to say he hasn't been handling it. He left too much in the hands of the craven knuckleheads in Congress. You can't play around with these people. He should have postponed the Russia/Ghana trip and been down on the Hill arm-twisting. Politicians are like children - they need constant attention.

    July 20, 2009 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  3. Ronald Schwartz

    America is freedom is sinking under the Obama admin.I saw a movie last night where a fellows wife had cancer in the early stages,but by the time the gov,health care let her be treated it was to late,That's exactly what obama has in mind for us Pure socilisialm.

    July 20, 2009 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  4. Keeth in California


    July 20, 2009 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  5. LB in FL

    I wonder what Bush's poll numbers were when he was fighting for healthcare reform during his first 6 months in office? And what were Bush's poll numbers when he was trying to get his energy policy inacted? And did his poll numbers change when he was making education a priority? Oh wait.....

    July 20, 2009 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  6. DLYNN

    The reason Obama's numbers are down:

    He's trying to RUSH the Healthcare Reform process.

    This is a mistake and the American people can see this.

    We have to take the time to get this RIGHT!

    July 20, 2009 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  7. Than BA, Oklahoma

    I love how even when his 'polls drop' he still carries a majority with 54%. The article title made it sound like "Obama is failing America according to Americans" or something hahaha

    To me as long as he fixes healthcare within his 4 year term I'll be happy, that he wants to do it in the first year is just better.

    July 20, 2009 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  8. Bill

    Electing Obama was the worst financial disaster in history.

    July 20, 2009 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  9. Rob

    Dear Mr President. I just responded unfavorably to a recent ABC poll survey about you. I am a diehard Liberal Democrat who voted for you. I am also Gay. I responded unfavorably because you did not make good on your campaign promise to repeal Don't Ask Don't Tell. PERIOD.

    July 20, 2009 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  10. Jaarhead

    Of course BoBo is in trouble with this health care mess. The American people are getting enough time to read this monster and find out what it really says–for example–the section that declares that privately owned health insurance will be illegal under this new plan. In other words, every American citizen will be FORCED to join this Socialist program whether we want to or not. So much for the old American freedom of choice ideal.

    July 20, 2009 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  11. Anonymous

    We finally have a President who cares about all Americans and still there are pepole who only care about their own personal needs. That is not the American way. I am a white 60 year old woman who has health insurance, and wants all Americans to have it, too. These polls tell nothing. Most Americans who voted for our President are hard workers who don't have time to go to websites and answer polls. President Obama is doing a magnificant job and those who write horrible things about him just show their ignorance and biases. Start supporting him, as his policies will help you, not hurt you!!!!!

    July 20, 2009 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  12. Hunter Reid

    Well, well, some Americans are finally waking up and seeing that Obama Euro-style socialism is going to be costly. Congratulations, some of you have finally found the electrical outlet to plug in your brains.

    July 20, 2009 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  13. Manny BLUM, Bernalillo

    The main problem of Universal Healthcare is cost.

    It could be easily solved if Obama and the politicians would have the guts to address problems as:

    1) Avoid the 30% of unnecessary major surgeries, by imposing a 2nd and 3rd opinion before approving their funding

    2) Deny the funding of 10-20 times more expensive drugs as Lipitor and Crestor, as long as equivalent GENERICS are available

    3) Limit the skyrocking cost of doctors and Hospital insurance, by capping the outrageous malpractice awards by ignorant juries. These malpractice awards shoul not be decided by juries, but by panels of knowledgeable judges.

    4) And many other measures which I do not address for lenght sake.

    July 20, 2009 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  14. Limbaugh is a liberal

    As much money as the health insurance corporations keep throwing at politicians, as well as the media's coverage of the issue I am surprised only 44% don't like Obama's health package. This should be slam dunk for private, profit-mongering corporations. They are outspending their opposing lobbyists close to 100 to 1! And still nearly half the people want reform?

    July 20, 2009 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  15. jmg

    No surprise. When you say your number one goal of health care reform is cost control, and the CBO says that the proposed plan will INCREASE costs, you know the fix is worse than the problem

    July 20, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  16. MF

    And that's an ABC Washington Post poll, not exactly known for being neutral......

    July 20, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  17. JD

    Obama's dropping approval ratings must be inescapable for the liberal media to sit up and take note.

    Mark this day. This is the beginning of Obama's lame duck session. Like Jimmy Carter, Obama's going to wind up being a one-term wonder whose departure will herald in another great conservative era for this great nation.

    July 20, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  18. Ellen

    The GOP has made heathcare reform the least of their worries....they're looking for more $$$ in THEIR pockets.

    July 20, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  19. Some republican guy

    We should just contract healthcare out to Halliburton. It's a win-win. Have a nice day!

    July 20, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  20. Anon DFLer

    umm...how can 49% approve and 54% disapprove?

    July 20, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  21. GrayMatter

    Manny Blum, thank you for pointing out some very important issues regarding Health Care reform.

    Specifically regarding malpractice judgments: My father was an OB/GYN for 30 years who had a colleague who, in 1978, went into private practice in the state of Washington. He had to pay $80,000/year in malpractice insurance – 80 grand! And that was just one of his overhead costs.

    While I believe that patients should always have the right to sue (like any profession, there are bad doctors; like any human, doctors also make unintentional mistakes), verdicts and judgments should be determined by knowledgable experts, based on hard facts and not simply emotion.

    July 20, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  22. nyc

    @ Anonymous. what planet are you from? and I can come and visit you there? It must be nice to live in la la land.

    July 20, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  23. Diana

    Why don't we just leave Obama alone and stop reporting that he is losing the public's faith and trust. We need healthcare in the US more than anything else. Let's just try to support him through this entire process.

    July 20, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  24. Esco

    This is a Poll...for cying out loud. It does not mean everyone in America...they only asked a hand full of people. Of course, its natural that people have their reserves about the Administrations choices...i think we the people need to give him a chance to see if this will really work or not. Besides, you are the ones who voted Bush in into office, so you should have the patience for Obama too. Sure it might mean higher taxes on us, but if this can help EVERYONE IN AMERICA get good health care, then why are people so opposed? He hasn't even been in office for a year and he has been grilled harder than any other President in my opinion....

    Its not his fault we are in this mess in the first place...

    July 20, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
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