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

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

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/07/22/art.obama0722.gi.jpg caption="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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soundoff (300 Responses)
  1. Letisha from Orlando

    They is enough democrets to pass it please pass it i want my free healthcare wiht my other checks

    July 22, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  2. lucy330

    OK let's just look @ statistics and facts people!! Compare the health of citizens of countries that have universal coverage for all their citizens (such as France, Canada, Sweden), and compare it to a third-world or other less organized country that does not have this (Mexico, India, Africa)... get the picture? All we want is HEALTHCARE.. it's like saying all we want is FRESH WATER TO DRINK!!! It is a necessity of LIFE!! The insurance companies only see healthcare as a money-making profit machine, I don't think they are so concerned about letting go of the profit margin and trying to cover EVERYONE to ENSURE they get healthcare! Cmon people we've already seen what they have produced.. get real and quit fooling yourselves!!!

    July 22, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  3. Buck12

    Obama is an absolutely nauseating individual, and more dangerous than Bush was. I cannot wait until 2012 when he's out of office.

    July 22, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  4. Fear is no longer gonna work

    To "jaxson"...eating bread is what's killing u retard! I don't buy bread because the carb, yeast, calorie intake...i eat healthy, so i don't have to see the doctor as often..your $10 loaf of bread analogy is a typical republican fear tactic...retard!

    July 22, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  5. Al

    That's the trouble with this country these days, everyone wants everything RIGHT NOW! Obama has been president for 7 months, and apparently everyone thought he had some sort of magic wand and poof! would change everything overnight. It doesn't work like that. Anyone who thinks it does is a complete moron.

    July 22, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  6. Julia Byrd- Hayden Idaho

    The problem with passing health care, is 1) The republican ggreedy republican SOB's and the dems, that are in bed with the insurance companies and pharmaceutical companies are lobby Insurance Companies whose primary objective is to defeat the health care for all PLAN.. They could care less about you and your families. Look it up: Max Baucus prostituting himself for the insurance companies, and pharms. Makes you want to puke. Hey Montana, this guy isn't working for you, it's all about him. Next, he'll try to convince you that he can walk on water. Recall him NOW!

    July 22, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  7. Pat F

    @John: Why are you drooling over Madoff? What has he got to do with this?

    Clearly, you're just a anti-free marketer, despite the fact that it built this country the finest standard of living in the world. Tell me this, genius: If this country is such a toilet, why are people dying every day to get in here?

    PS: Minimum wage is a joke – all it does is eliminate entry level jobs.

    July 22, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  8. Independent

    Umm Barb who says she's a Canadian and knows about Universal healthcare, what part of canada do you live in? My mom, grandma and friends live in Canada and love their healthcare. I doubt your from Canada and your probably from a Republican state.

    July 22, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  9. Left and Gone

    Maybe they are for reform, but not for trying to bully it through. This is an incredibly important piece of legislation with long term implications. The strategy of dumping a thousand pages on Congress the night before the vote can not and should not work.

    July 22, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  10. Wake Up

    Who would be for this? Obama wants Federal Government to decide what medication we take, what procedures we get, and when we get them.
    Who would support a plan that limits our visits to our doctors, limits our choices?
    Who would support this plan which will skyrocket our debt and forever make us a poorer country?

    Federal control over anything is usually bad...they are just supposed to ensure our rights and protect us!! Please wake up and read the history of why this country was formed, and you will see it was to oppose anything Obama is for.

    July 22, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  11. Jon

    Well, OB and liberals like to spend somebody's money while keeping their pockets tight. It is always good to spend others' money, is it? The problems are that most liberals do not pay any tax at all.

    July 22, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  12. Char


    Have you ever asked Bush why we are in this mess in the first place?
    Don't judge our President on someone else's mess he has to clean up.

    CNN Polls

    Polls what Polls? You either do not ask the right questions and you certaintly do not ask everyone?

    July 22, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  13. Liberal in Boulder

    So America... are you happy with how health care as been handled during the last 25 years, especially during the last 8 years?

    So, you like the status quo? So, 45 million people without insurance is OK?

    So, you believe the information presented by the Republican Party's massive misinformation campaign?

    July 22, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  14. bglg2005

    Gator July 22nd, 2009 12:15 pm ET

    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

    do you have any solutions or alternatives or are you just wasting time by complaining

    July 22, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  15. James white

    This heatlh care bill that the President want to put in place will harm this country in many way. First the price tag for the people them self will take a toll on them financial, with all the new taxes to pay for the bill. Plus you take the away there rights to choose there doctors. How about the wait to get medical treatment ? Instant of having the goverment run the heatlh care, crack down on the waste that is going on in the heatlh care system.

    Thank, you
    Jim white.

    July 22, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  16. Anonymous

    IQ test required for all VOTERS!!! : Yeah and MSNBC has got the infatuation with Obama down pat, but you fail to mention that dont you.

    July 22, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  17. CF

    CNN Poll: President's approval on health care under 50 percent. And a Fox News poll would be under 20%. An MSNBC poll would be over 70%. A kindergarten class would be 100% undecided. These all mean nothing; they only reflect the demographic of the polling network. Hardly an accurate sampling cross section of the public as a whole, and in no way indicative of how bad we need decent health care in this country!

    Let's get this passed!

    July 22, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  18. Not surprised

    Maybe now people will start scraping off their "Obama-Biden" bumper stickers.

    July 22, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  19. Dave from CO

    A vast majority still want healthcare reform so this poll is pretty weak. People are having a problem with the way they propose to pay for this not with universal healthcare in general. People are tired of insurance companies taking 33% of their healthcare dollars to support an industry that does nothing for your health.

    July 22, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  20. bert

    Why in 2009 are there still American's who do not want to see other less fortunate American's with health care?

    Why is the government (GOP)fighting against the government(DEMS) to bring forth this no brainer of an idea?

    Stop the hate. Relax, there is enough room for all of us.

    July 22, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  21. Sophia

    My My My....seems like CNN has ruffled a few feathers.
    It is more than apparant that when a CNN (liberal news outlet) has a poll that is quite favorable to Obama...no one questions "what were the questions ask", etc...But when it is turning against him and posting unfavorable polls...all of a sudden it is an issue with you guys..

    Ha....So typical....WAKE UP...His approval ratings are going down..Even the most liberal media outlets are reporting it! So it isn't a conservative thing..You just can't handle the truth...ha ha

    July 22, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |

    Palin power, are you kidding me. She can't even run her family...god forbid the country.

    July 22, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  23. TexasIndependent

    Nationalization is not the same as reform. Even the Congressional Budget Office projects that the cost of this healthcare overhaul will be over $1 trillion up front, NOT cover everybody which Obama says it will, and will possibly NEVER pay for itself.

    Government control is not a good thing. Before you know it, you'll be working half of the year for the government in the form of taxes.

    Push to deregulate health insurance so it can be competitive across state lines.

    Anybody who thinks they will pay less for health insurance is sorely mistaken. We will end up paying more for degraded care.

    July 22, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  24. Boomer

    Wow...quite a bit of bellyaching going on. You know Obama is ultra-liberal when Democrats accuse CNN of being conservative. Look... this is an important issue with a huge price tag. Bush was kicked around like a dog for his last four years. Obama has always come out smelling like a rose since he started running for POTUS. Not everything he touches turns to gold. Dems – get a grip. You're starting to sound paranoid. Shame on CNN for speaking negatively about Obama! (smile)

    July 22, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  25. steve

    CNN an important polls you refused to know is that 51% of Americans who have health care insurance had been denied coverage due to pre -existing condition or dropped due to other disease condition.
    American health insurance is a scam.

    July 22, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
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