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. dominican mama 4 Obama

    "Fifty-four percent of those questioned say they trust Obama to do a better job handling health care than Republicans "

    I'm no expert on his health care proposal, however even with the "dropping polls" on this issue, it appears that the majority of those polled trust him to do a better job with it that they would Republicans.
    I believe this indicates that although he hasn't perfected his proposal to overwhelming approval ratings, the country believes at heart that we have a President that is intent on the best interest of the masses versus the priviliged few. That's something I can continue to stand behind.

    Keep tweaking Mr. President. Nothing beats a failure but a try.

    July 20, 2009 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  2. katiec

    I put as much creditibility in ABC numbers as I would put on Fox,
    With all the publicity the party of NO is getting, there are bound to
    be some people who actually believe their lies and hypocrasy,.
    The GOP is well on the road to becoming our most dangerous
    domestic terrforists.

    July 20, 2009 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  3. Ron In California

    Is anyone paying attention to what Obama is saying vs.what the CBO is saying. This is a sick plan for the country, it will not improve health care for anyone. The highly touted Massachusetts plan had failed after only a few years. The problem.......it costs to much!!!!!! Ask you Congressman and Senator to vote no...or at least slow down and read the Bill carefully.

    July 20, 2009 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  4. Jim

    "Fifty-four percent of those questioned say they trust Obama to do a better job handling health care than Republicans..."

    That's the real statistic of note.

    July 20, 2009 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  5. Limbaugh is a liberal

    So the argument is that more people having access to health care will lead to long lines and rationing... And therefore we should keep COMPLETELY DENYING health care to tens of millions of hard working Americans, as well as children just so that we can get our elective surgery in faster? You are solving the wrong problem! If there aren't enough doctors to handle all the ailments the solution should not be to reduce the number of people cared for. It should be to increase the number of doctors! Oh, but that would make sense!

    July 20, 2009 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  6. Andy J, NY, NY

    yeah, not only that, a recent poll shows him beating Sarah Palin in 2012 by only a few percentage points, and in a statistical dead heat with Romney.

    Can you say "One term president" ?

    Obama is a nightmare, and i'll be glad when he goes.

    I complained about Bush and how much money he spent. Last year Bush's budget brought us another $500 Billon in debt.

    Obama's first year: NEARLY $2 TRILLION.
    For all you geniuses out there, thats nearly 4 TIMES Bush's worst yearly debt.

    So, yeah. Obama is a nightmare. an absolute nightmare.

    July 20, 2009 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  7. Michigan Jim

    People are starting to realize that this President's management style is to say "do it," then to let Congress produce a legislative abomination. Just like the Porkulous bill.

    July 20, 2009 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  8. Tim

    I'm in favor of nationalized health care, but only after they fix the current system. My mother-in-law died a few years back from a brain aneurism. She could have been saved if they put a shunt in her head to relieve the pressure. Seems common sense. But her insurance company deemed it "elective" surgery. Unless we first fix that level of greed and evil, we're not going to get very far. When an industry acts in hideous ways toward people, then we do need government to intervene. Otherwise, we're taking capitalism too far.

    July 20, 2009 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  9. Enough

    We can only hope the slobbering love fest with Obama is over and that the Americans with common sense have woken up from their dream world to face the reality of the nightmare they put into office!! Obama is a disaster and is ruining this country. He's crying that the health care proposal needs to be passed now to save the economy. What, is he joking? That proposal will do nothing but cost the taxpayers a fortune in taxes and jobs.

    July 20, 2009 09:51 am at 9:51 am |

    The health care program is a fact he has to do his way. He can not get it through his hard bonehead that HILLARY had the foremost and Best Program.. HILLARY 2012

    July 20, 2009 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  11. Andy, Cincinnati

    misleading article. Sure many people are unhappy with the way obama is handling the issue, meaning that people are fed up with Obama and other democrats not standing up to the insurance lobby and doing the right thing. Still, most of the people are ob board with Obama on what needs to be done on healthcare, they are just unhappy that Obama is not tough enough and are afraid that he would cave in to corporate republicans and democrats.

    July 20, 2009 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  12. Headline: CNN writes less than glamor piece for Obama

    The major headline should be that CNN actually didn't have an update from Levi Johnston or Sanford's neighbor or about the obama's garden.

    They actually published news! Way to go, CNN!!!!

    July 20, 2009 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  13. Bob in Pa

    Well, you do have to love it when a bunch of politicians, faceless aides and lawyers who no zero about an industry all jump into "cure" what ails it.

    July 20, 2009 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  14. GOP = 21st century dodo

    Looks like FOX News' endless barrage of skewed headlines and misinformation is working.

    A warm congratulations to the megacapitalists in the insurance industry and their lobbyists. Oh and also a hearty thanks to the southern yokels willing to vote against their own interests.

    July 20, 2009 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  15. Tyler

    Americans realize 1-1.5 trillion dollars is not worth insuring only 16 million more, reducing medicare benefits, and hospital/physician reimbursements...if Obama would instead look to actually cut costs...hmmm TORT REFORM, but he's a lawyer so what do you expect?

    July 20, 2009 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  16. RI Moderate

    The campaign promise was that health care reform would SAVE money. It's hard to hide a TRILLION dollar expenditure. Campaign promise was a lie....

    July 20, 2009 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  17. Thin is in?

    I have seen 3 other polls that have nothing to do with liberal news agencies that show a 49-44 the other way and like this poll he is on the way down and that is why the fraud in chief needs to shove this down our throats.

    Thank god for some news outlets and talk radio that is putting the facts out on this fraud of a bill being lauded by this fraud of a president (no capital P is deserved).

    How did the shove down our throats Stimulus work Barry?

    Your weekly lie to the people and take no tough questions American idol event will take place this Wednesday, sorry, we "aint" buying the lies anymore.

    Google page 16 of the Healthcare bill for a laugh fellow hard working taxpayers that pay for their insurance, it is SCARY.

    July 20, 2009 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  18. GI Joe

    Maybe the Republicans should bring in their big guns. Following is a "blog" entry in the adn.com from yesterday concerning her actions in Alaska:
    Not one statement from the Gov. on the Medicaid problem. Not ONE.
    Just a photo-ready bill signing tour and ridiculous embarrassing twittering. One more week.....one more week........

    You're right mitch and it happened on her watch! The feds have to step in to her state due to nonresponse and incompetence, 227 deaths unexplained, violating due process of elderly, frail, disabled people. Officials say a nursing shortage and then admit she had put a freeze on hiring nurses that only expired in June.

    Do you see dead people?

    July 20, 2009 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  19. Nelson Colorado Springs Co.

    President Barack Obama keep on pushing for health care reform America needs it badly. Amazing how a lot of American surpport the war in Iraq spending a lot of money into the billions of dollar. But when it come to our own health care people don't want it saying to expensive, cost to much, don't need it. If the fire deptment or the police was like your health insurance company and you need them they have to check your insurance coverage before they would come out to help or something like your insurance don't covered this we can't help you. President Barack Obama keep on pushing for health care reform.

    July 20, 2009 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  20. J

    I can see why his approval on the subject is dropping. If we model our health care system like Canada's, which everyone knows is terrible, we'll just end up in the same shape. We definitely need affordable health care but there must be a better way. I think if they are going to do anything, they need to have betters systems to provide for our Senior Citizens and Military personnel.

    July 20, 2009 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  21. Mike

    In 8 out of 10 most important issues, the public now trusts the Republicans over the Democrats thanks to obama and the tax and spend Democrats in the Congress. The health care issued will continue to drop obama as more people learn about it and the lame stream media cannot cover the massive costs to the middle class.

    July 20, 2009 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  22. akirk

    When conducting the polls, why aren't more people polled? This is hardly reflective of the overall concensus of President Obama's performance!!! Get real!!!

    July 20, 2009 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  23. rolandotx2

    Hurry! Let's pass the govt take over before anyone understands how bad this will be. Tax all the evil rich people (more than $250,000), they are the problem. Better yet let's tax all the middle class too, so we can buy more votes for the congress men with our own money.

    July 20, 2009 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  24. tee

    We need healthcare reform NOW!!!!!!!!!!Iif anyone has a better plan.......bring it to the table.........doing nothing........letting healthcare remain the same is not an option......we can't afford the same outcome as Hillary Clinton's attempt.

    July 20, 2009 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  25. Peter E

    You know people, all the health insurance and health care costs would not be nearly as much trouble if you just got off your lazy bottom and started exercising more, and perhaps watching what you eat. I started this morning with a 5 mile jog. I never had heart problems, never had diabetes, and I my bottom actually fits into the seat in the movie theatre.
    But not even republicans want you to take THAT much personal responsibility. Their 'personal responsibility' only goes as far as you continuing to eat cheap fatty food and lots of sugary drinks, and pay ridiculous fees for your treatment of all the sickness you are getting into. Afterall, the health care industry makes $3 trillion per year off your sickness, and they share a fraction of that lobbying politicians to lay off them!

    July 20, 2009 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
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