July 22nd, 2009
04:58 PM ET
11 years ago

CNN Poll: President's approval on health care under 50 percent

A new CNN Poll of Polls indicates that 47 percent of Americans approve of how President Obama is dealing with health care reform.

A new CNN Poll of Polls indicates that 47 percent of Americans approve of how President Obama is dealing with health care reform.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Hours before President Barack Obama holds a prime time news conference to push for health care reform, a new CNN Poll of Polls indicates that less than half the country approves of how he's handling the issue.

According to the CNN Poll of Polls, 47 percent approve of how the president's dealing with health care reform, with 44 percent disapproving.

The CNN Poll of Polls on health care was compiled and released on Wednesday. It's an average of the three most recent national surveys to ask about Obama's performance on health care: USA Today/Gallup (July 17-19); ABC/Washington Post (July 15-18) and CBS News (July 9-12).

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.

CNN Radio: Obama losing ground on health care

A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll taken in June showed that roughly half the country is confused by the major points in Obama's health care proposals, said CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "That poll also showed that Americans who understand Obama's proposals support them, while a majority of Americans who are confused by the issue oppose Obama's plan," said Holland. "That may be one reason why Obama is making a prime-time push for his proposals, and doing so in a question-and-answer format."

A separate CNN Poll of Polls puts the president's overall approval rating at 56 percent, with 40 percent disapproving. In early June, Obama's average approval rating was 62 percent. It stood at 61 percent by mid-June, and stayed at that level through the rest of the month.

"Obama remains more popular than most of his policies, including health care," Holland says. "The question is whether he can turn some of that personal popularity into political capital in order to get what he wants out of Congress."

The CNN Poll of Polls on Obama's overall approval was also compiled and released on Wednesday. It's an average of the three most recent national surveys: AP/GfK (July 16-20); USA Today/Gallup (July 17-19); and ABC/Washington Post (July 15-18).


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  1. Melissa

    For gods sakes CNN, stop with your incessant polling. You never poll enough people to make the poll worthwhile anyway.

    July 22, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  2. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    @ melissa

    You are so right!
    -------------------------------–

    The President is going where no President has gone before. Give me a break with the polls. If this gets accomplished, it will be a major milestone.

    July 22, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  3. LadyLindy

    The question they are asking is "Do you Approve of How is the President is handling Health Care Reform?" Some of the people are saying "NO' because they want him to do MORE by not caving in to Republicans and Democrats.

    The real question should be "Do you approve of President Obama's Health Plan Ideas?"

    The way you are presenting this is that fewer Americans want health care reform than before and that is just not the case.

    July 22, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  4. Gator

    There should be no approval for this idiotic legislative grandstanding. Maybe people are starting to wake up and realize that this farce is economically not feasible and unsustainable. Welcome to the real world.

    July 22, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  5. Nick

    It will be more than 50% opposed after more details get out. The rush to complete this isn't about getting it right for those in need; it's about getting it done while the political capital exists, before the mid-term elections, and before everyone can fully understand what will be sacrificed and the cost of that sacrifice in terms of the erosion of our freedoms. Our democracy was not intended to create social Utopia; it was created to provide freedom of choice and opportunities for those willing to work for it. And with the CBO questioning the costs and benefits, Democrat governors opposed, Republicans opposed, and other moderates opposed, the whole thing stinks to high Heaven.

    July 22, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  6. Nick

    It will be more than 50% opposed after more details get out. The rush to complete this isn't about getting it right for those in need; it's about getting it done while the political capital exists, before the mid-term elections, and before everyone can fully understand what will be sacrificed and the cost of that sacrifice in terms of the erosion of our freedoms. Our democracy was not intended to create social Utopia; it was created to provide freedom of choice and opportunities for those willing to work for it. And with the CBO questioning the costs and benefits, Democrat governors opposed, Republicans opposed, and other moderates opposed, the whole thing stinks to high Heaven. Not to mention that Congress has exempted itself an unions – if that isn't politically motivated nothing is.

    July 22, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  7. lila

    I know a number of democrats that supported Hillary who are not happy with how passive Obama seems on the issue. Now, that does not mean they don't support health care reform and a public buy in option. They very much do. It's just that Obama is letting congress have the helm on the issue... and they are riding in all directions at the moment. It's kind of like the perfect spoof in regards to Congress. But hay, it's not an easy bill. There are many aspects of it that need to be refined. Obama has stayed out of the weeds so far. He might step-up and call upon those that voted for him soon. Obama's stand on health care reform was a large reason he won. If he calls on me... if he says he needs me... I'll pull up for him this time. I have been taking a break for while. After the election I for burned out a bit. However, if he needs the calvary, if we are needed... I'll do my all once again. For our country. We just need a leader to tell us what to do and make it clear.

    July 22, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  8. Lisa in FL

    CNN – can you please post the statistics of how many polls were taken by you during the Bush administration? Sure seems like Pres. Obama is being polled to death. As far as healthcare issue goes, what was Bush's poll numbers when he tried to reform healthcare during his first 6 months in office? And I'd be curious as to Bush's poll numbers on his energy policies at the 6 month marker. And while you're at it, what did he poll in his plan to improve our education system during his first 179 days? Oh, wait. Bush didn't try to reform healthcare, and he had NO energy policy....for the entire 8 years. Unless of course you count Iraq. Because as far as I can tell that WAS his energy policy. And on education. All we got was "every child left behind". Great success there huh? Again, how many polls were done during Bush's 8 years? I really would like to see those numbers.

    July 22, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  9. TCM

    @Melissa –

    That's not true; they poll just enough to get the results they want!

    July 22, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  10. gc

    My disapproval is becuase he won't tell the RNC/blue dog dems were to put it. He has tried to work with them and they just want to stop any health care progress. It is time to leave them behind and quit trying to compromise.

    July 22, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  11. Fla.

    Polls, polls, polls,....polls.

    Hey, did the media mention there was a poll of the same poll that was polled yesterday from the poll of the poll from the day before....?

    Yeah, we get it...more Americans still trust President Obama on healthcare reform over Republican status quo.

    July 22, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  12. 25 year old, dem

    I'm definaltly one that supports his proposal. It's funny because when we help people overseas with our tax money it's charity and dipomacy, but when people here need help, we call them lazy and to stop milking out tax money. Honestly I say either help everyone or help no one. What ever happened to Dawinism why do we have to help everyone. Survival of the fittest baby, no wonder why the world is starting to become a world population of whiners.

    July 22, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  13. David

    Come on, CNN. Don't you know that your polls only matter when they favor the Democrats!

    July 22, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  14. Surge

    You guys would like the polling if it made Obama look good. Then it would be affirmation, now it's just bias reporting to you. His ratings should fall on healthcare because of the way he an dhis admin and supporters have handled the bill. Never direct questions, tried to push it through without explaining it, using politics as usual to get it passed without proper scrutiny. Most people don't even know what it will mean to the country, the press corps are not asking and the administration is not telling unless it's spin. What happened to changing washington?

    July 22, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  15. John in WV

    At least Obama has a heath care plan to poll. Poll a republican plan if there is one and see how favorable it is.

    July 22, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  16. RNC = DNC = politics as usual

    @Melissa

    The CNN incessant polling was pretty popular with Obama fans during and after the election when he seemed to be riding high.

    BTW the entire whine list is:
    – they didn't poll me and my cell phone
    – it is Bush's fault
    – it is racism
    – it is Hillary's fault
    – polls are not fair (right now)

    July 22, 2009 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  17. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA - why should I spend my money of health care when I can spend yours

    George Bush had a higher approval rating 6 months into his first administration then Obama does!

    July 22, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  18. barry in las vegas

    The problem Obama has is that the details of his health care bill are becoming known to the public. That is why he wants the bill past asap – so the American taxpayer won't know whats in it until we have all been shafted.

    Obama claims he doesn't even know all the details in the bill – especially the provistion that eventually forces everyone into the government insurance program and out of our own private plan.

    Of course he doesnt want to discuss the part of the bill that has his government insurance program paying for abortion.

    What's wrong with letting this proposed legislation out so everyone can read it? Why does it have to be passed now before anyone can see what's really in it?

    Don't you just love the transparency of this administration?

    July 22, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  19. Jimmy the Greek

    ETERNAL TRUTH:

    A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover that they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse due to loose fiscal policy, which is always followed by a dictatorship.

    Alexander Fraser Tytler (Scotland – 1790)

    July 22, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  20. hoosiergirl53

    Like many American's I am disappointed in Obama's lack of passion in his push for health care reform. His bi-partisan support for major – MAJOR – change is out there in the country, not in the Congress. His rating would be higher if he was sticking up for his original plans to cover everyone affordably and ensure that insurance companies pay up if they want to stay in business. I'm sure every state has at least one lawsuit pending against an insurance company for failing to pay on time, or failing to pay reasonable costs, etc. I've called and emailed my senators many times on this issue. I would support Obama more if he were sticking to his guns on this issue.

    July 22, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  21. Carney

    Go figure. He leaves it up to the most liberal wingnuts from Congress to write all these crazy bills and it tends to make people nervous. Would you let Nancy Pelosi write your household budget. Unless I need an abortion or a nice suit I don't think she could help.

    July 22, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  22. Adam

    EVERYONE is baffled by this ridiculous bill... including Obama! It was pointed out to him that once the bill is signed it would make it illegal for private insurers to write NEW business, to which he responded he was 'not familiar' with the house bill! This is an extremely important fact because this alone would kill all his promises of competition and individual choice! By making it illegal for private companies to write NEW business, the pool of CURRENT insureds will only get older, will eventually incur greater bills as they age, and then finally die out. As these pools age and become smaller, premiums will increase because as claims raise, there will not be enough $$ in premiums to pay the amount of claims, which will be a government imposed handicap that will force people onto the gov't plan! Forget about employers offering coverage anymore, new employees won't be allowed onto group plans and your employer will not absorb the cost of the health plan without cutting jobs or pay... but eventually everyone on the plan will eventually be dead or give up and the gov't will have their monopoly. Obama is an idiot liar.

    July 22, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  23. Elly

    Lately a lot of people have been putting down the Canadian heath care system... well let me tell you I am a 65 year old woman who is very grateful to our system.I have never, being an asthmatic or for any other problem ever had long wait times or paid a dime for my doctor or hospital visits or stays anytime in my life!
    EVERYONE in Canada is covered and NOONE is ever turned away
    our system is much better than having Millions not covered or paying
    high prices to insurance companies that when push comes to shove
    do not pay for half of what they claim to.Does our system have a few flaws ..Sure but I will take those flaws and our System any day!!!!
    Kudos to president Obama for trying to improve the health care system in the US.He is one of the most intelligent presidents the US has ever had in my opinion!!

    July 22, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  24. Palin Power

    We need Sarah Palin as President right now for she will not get us in this quagmire of a mess. She will ensure that healthcare remains privatized in this country and will stop all attempts at any reform. Public option government care does not work and will fail miserably in this country. It will bankrupt this country and only complete privatization of all health care including Medicaid and Medicare will keep this country going.

    July 22, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  25. Shucks

    How could it not be with all the republicans bashing it at every chance. The only problem is they have absolutely no solution to the problem. They are just doing more of the rebuffing of policies of this administration as they have since last November. As a health care worker, I understand the plight of those not insured. Those who do have insuranc and those opposed to the presidents plan need only to look at their next door neighbor. That's who doesn't have insurance. If let go without a plan, your taxes will surely be increased to cover the cost of medical care in each individual state. And those costs would have no controlling interest in keeping them down and in line with inflation. The cost of doing nothing will be staggering, and make the Obama health plan look like spare change.

    July 22, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
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