July 21st, 2009
01:11 PM ET
12 years ago

Poll: Half disapprove of Obama on health care

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/07/21/art.obama0721.gi.jpg caption="A new poll out Tuesday indicates that President Obama's approval rating on health care is below 50 percent."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - As President Barack Obama pushes back against critics of his health care plan, a new national poll indicates that half the country disapproves of how he's handling the issue.

That's the finding in a USA Today/Gallup poll released Tuesday. Forty-four percent of those questioned in the survey approve of how Obama's dealing with health care, while 50 percent do not.

The poll is the fourth national survey in the past month to suggest that the president's approval rating on health care reform is now under 50 percent, joining an ABC News/Washington Post poll, a CBS News survey, and a Quinnipiac University poll. It is the first poll to show the number who disapprove of Obama's track record on health care higher than the number who give Obama a positive rating on that issue.

"Obama's support on health care is similiiar to the pattern that polls found for Bill Clinton in 1993," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "In April of 1993, a CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll found 51 percent of Americans who approved of how Clinton was handling health care policy. By August of that year, Clinton's approval rating on health care had dropped to 44 percent."

The USA Today/Gallup poll was conducted July 17-19, with 1,006 adult Americans questioned by telephone. The survey's sampling error is plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.

The ABC News/Washington Post poll, which was released Monday, 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.

Filed under: Health care • President Obama
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  1. Sniffit

    Count me in. He should have the GOP bent over a bar stool going frat-boy-with-a-paddle on their behinds at this point. Enough is enough with the light touch. I agree with the diplomacy abroad, but I've had enough of it here on the domestic front...the GOP doesn't deserve it: just look at the posts in this commentary.

    July 21, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  2. Royster

    Gosh...doesn't that also mean HALF APPROVE of the health care reform?

    Guess it sells more news to portray the 'half empty' story huh? Who say The Daily Show last night.....they covered this exact same topic...news media overblowing a story to get website 'hits'.

    July 21, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  3. dan

    Good thing we can blame everything on the previous administration, otherwise congress might have to take accountability and responsibility for the other senators and representatives that were in office for the past 9 years. It’s a dog and pony show with our money and we permit it, we voted these people in office, so it seems the level of stupidity travels far and wide. Put congress and the administration on Medicaid and Medicare for 5 years and see how fast it gets fixed. They wouldn’t permit their families to have that coverage but it’s good enough for everyone else, their an embarrassment

    July 21, 2009 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
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