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. Phil

    Please stop calling it Health Care Reform. Reform should only be used when you are making something better while not significantly impacting cost. This so-called reform is horrible and will cost us taxpayers a LOT. Hopefully our "blue" senators will wise up and vote against this shoddy legislation.

    July 20, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  2. Davey

    Is it any wonder? The president is attacked everytime he makes an attempt to solve a problem. The GOP have been absolute obstructionists and they have almost succeeded in making sure that this administration will not be able to get anything done.

    July 20, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  3. Marija

    As a Canadian, I resent the ads being aired on national tv, criticizing the Canadian Health Care system. Why don't they interview all of the citizens who have been helped by all of the health care professionals here in Canada. A close friend of mine, who had also been diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor, was treated immediately. I can give you countless examples of how great our system works. I hope President Obama is successful in the reform of the American Health Care.

    July 20, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  4. IAB

    I can understand what is happening regarding HEALTHCARE FOR ALL Americans at an affordable rate. The insurance and pharmaceutical companies are spending 1.5 mil. a day in order to sabotage Pres. O's healthcare plan. The Blue Dog Dems are not helping either. This is another example as to how Big Business and Wall Street run this country.

    The grass root Americans have to write, phone, do what ever they can to stay on our reps. in Wash DC. They and their families have Healthcare so why should they care about the people back home the citizens they were sent to DC to serve.

    There are no absolutes but I do believe many in DC are too old, bought and paid for, too comfortable, care less abt us every day folks.

    CHECK OUT "C STREET" folks.

    July 20, 2009 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  5. RR

    The American people are growing tired of ths "We must act now!" scare tactic Obama is using to ram his agenda down our throats without debate and the people being able to read all the details.

    Obama and his democrat lackeys in the congress rammed the stimulus down our throats without anyone even reading the bill. The stimulus failed and only added to debt.

    Let's not make the same mistake with health care. Doing nothing is better than doing the wrong thing.

    July 20, 2009 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  6. Mary

    I hope every American calls their Congressman and tells them to vote against this. Why should anyone over 59 not be allowed to have the treatments they need and deserve? Just telling those over 59 to go ahead and die so our health care cost will be lower is not acceptable for this country.

    July 20, 2009 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  7. Jen B

    Obama is not telling the truth. Does he think the American People are stupid? He's contracdicting himself too much, and losing credibilty with Americans. His decisions have been too radical and in favor of our enemies. He thinks he's right and using Used Car Salesman tactics.
    Jen B

    July 20, 2009 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  8. pirate wench (demwoman)

    Did you ask WHY? I suspect it's because what's evolved in the process so far is so spectacularly NOT real heath care reform. I think we wanted bold, fundamental change, and what we're seeing is yet more tinkering and pandering to the health care industry.

    My approval rating of the President is slipping too, but it's because, at a time when we need boldness and vision, we're getting business as usual.

    If this is all the democrats are capable of delivering, they deserve to lose, big time, next election cycle.

    July 20, 2009 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  9. Stanley

    Stop with the spending! Stop with the pie in the sky nonsense! Stop with the world traveling! Stop with false ideologies! Stop with the showmanship. Obama is breaking the backs of the American people! He'll sell a lot of books one day but will we survive as a country?

    July 20, 2009 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  10. Jan

    The real losers are the people who buy in to the propaganda about the government comingbetween them and their doctor.

    In fact it is the insurance company that comes between them and their doctor, by often refusing to pay for treatment. I recently had eye surgery and the insrance refused to pay for they eye drops because they finished a day or two too early. So was asked to pay $70.00 for 3ml eye drops which I had paid $30.00 co-payment for A similar amount.

    I have kived in the UK and Canad and experienced both ystems and has not had the amount of stress as I hvad in the USa.

    The system needs to be fixed. The Senators a nd Congreeman men have government funded healthcare. Why don't the want the citizens to have the same?

    July 20, 2009 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  11. Nancy

    If the president doesn't put a halt to cap and trade and this runaway healthcare plan of his he will be a one term president as was Jimmy Carter.

    July 20, 2009 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  12. mtm

    The reason he is dropping in the polls is because there is no realy discussion. Obama is simply "telling" us all what is good for us. How about an intelligent debate on the issue.

    July 20, 2009 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  13. Mike, FL

    CNN, you title "Poll shows trouble for Obama" is very misleading!!

    The public still trusts the president over the do nothing Republicans by 54% to 34% margin. If anyone is in trouble, it is the party of NO.

    July 20, 2009 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  14. Linda Rigail

    Obama will act today to fund
    international groups that provide abortion, with our taxmoney!!!
    What is wrong with this guy!!!!! His health care programs will destroy us, he should go go Canada, London, Germany and other countries to learn more about international health care., he will destroy our beloved America, this guy is not GOOD.

    July 20, 2009 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  15. Tony

    This is not news. This story is about a fact. The real story would be about what shift in Obama's handling and the overall tenor of the situation has precipitated this drop. That would be actual news. I'm sure it would be quite refreshing.

    Hint: The suspicion from the people that there will not be a public option let alone a single payer solution is where the drop is coming from. The story is about how in a representative democracy where money is the prime mover of politics it is the monied interests that set the agenda and for the most part determine the outcome. If there is a public option, it will have to swim upstream against this current.

    News would be associated with this swim. It would not be a random fact that could be interpreted in a number of different ways if it is not given an overall context.

    The other question is whether there is any news anymore.

    Many say there isn't.

    I am going to hold out some hope. It may be foolish, but it does make me feel better.

    July 20, 2009 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  16. Mike O

    And, if they weren't refusing to release the budget update that should have been released last week, those numbers would be even worse. Of course, far be it for his friends in the new media to actually ask about and publicize this little tidbit about 'the most transparent administration evah'.

    As fast as the Obama ship in sinking, does the news media really want what little credibility they currently have to go down with it?

    July 20, 2009 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  17. Wingnuttia-Free Zone

    Another meaningless CNN report. What was the exact wording of each question asked during the poll? How do we know the phrase "socialized medicine" wasn't in the question(s)?

    July 20, 2009 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  18. missywissy

    gee whiz cnn.... why do you all have this massive jump on the election already? I thought that was up to FOX. Next thing you know, you all are going to announce the projected winner of 2012.

    July 20, 2009 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  19. Doug, New Jersey

    potential 2012 matchup, Romney and Obama tied at 45% each.

    The media is still lying and idolizing Obama, so this is very shocking. Get ready for once again every Democrat in America calling people racists if they don/'t vote for the national socialist.

    July 20, 2009 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  20. steve

    President Obama would succeed in passing the health care reform this year poll not withstanding.
    After all the American people overwhelmingly approved the invasion of Iraq by 73- 75% because the Bush administration lied and the main stream media cheer leaded him.Now 58% of America feel Iraq war is wrong, too late.
    It seems the American people had their priority twisted because of the dishonest media .

    July 20, 2009 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  21. PeterJ

    Oh noooo, what will obamas spin doctors say about this?

    July 20, 2009 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  22. Thomas

    Everything that Obama touches is a screwup he has blown it in record time but the mainstream media created him and will go down in flames covering for him.

    July 20, 2009 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  23. Paul, CA

    Before BHO's first and last 4 years are over, his poll numbers will be his number one problem. It's just started people. And Democrats like myself will be the deciding force. This "promise everything to everyone" president will be exposed for what he really is, an inexperienced politician with a gift of gab and nothing else.

    July 20, 2009 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  24. questions

    What I don't understand is how health care reform is going to help anyone. . . For the first time EVER Social Security (SS) payments are decreasing in 2010 because Medicare cost are increasing are they aren't increasing the SS payments to offset this. Since Medicare is paid out of an individual's SS each person on the program is going to get less for income. . . Now isn't Social Security and Medicare both Government programs? and Medicare is health care right – So aren't the hurting the elderly? And not controlling the current medical program's they have? Who are they helping? I haven't seen any help for anyone . . . and I'm only 26 – – – sorry Grandma . . .

    July 20, 2009 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  25. Stupid Republicans

    If you dumb republicans think you can do a better job, then run for president.

    Bunch of whining dim wits like your so-called leaders: Palin, Bush, Huckabee a.k.a. the religious freak and so on......

    July 20, 2009 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
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