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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  1. JayG

    IQ test required for all VOTERS!!! : Yea and MSNBC has got "I luv Obama" running 24 hours a day, but you and the rest of the FoxNews haters fail to mention that dont you! Hypocrite.

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

    Nancy Pelosi is pushing for health care reform as the speaker of the House and the leader of Democratic majority in the House. Where does she come from? CA! What is happening in CA? The state is running out of money.

    So, ask yourself. Can you trust her? She said you pay limited out-of-pocket, but you get unlimited coverage. Is that possible, mathematically? Whatever she wants will bankrupt this country!!!

    Is there such thing like free care for all those illegals, those who never work a day in their life and who are having all the time to make a lot of babies, who are smoking and taking drugs, and who are eating themself to death? NOOO!

    July 22, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  3. Ralph

    Everyone interested in this, READ THE BILL! You will not get to keep your private insurance no matter how good it is, or how happy you are with it, or how much money you are willing to spend. You have to take the crappy government plan or you will be fined thousands on your next tax return, and you will then be randomly assigned a health coverage plan. Your employer will not be able to provide its own health plan, they will be forced to use a government plan. It states in the bill that older patients with incurable or terminal illnesses will be counselled as to how to prematurely facilitate their deaths rather than pay for the additional treatments ( I think that one is around page 45). This plan is frightening. I am a Democrat who has voted Democrat since achieving voting age.

    July 22, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  4. Stop the Hate

    Wayne Moran, thank God for your comment on the Canadian Health System. I hear it's not all perfect, but sometimes it has to find some minor flaws. If the wealthy told us what to do, that's like a dictatorship waiting to happen. I am just waiting for the bill to see whether or not it passes or if the RF's (Republican Fascists) kills it. I don't want another setback like what happened to Clinton when the thugs took over Congress and the Senate. I won't have it!

    July 22, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  5. JustIce

    It is amazing how loud and obnoxious Liberals/Obamacons can get when they are angry and disappointed (and wrong). They lash out at anyone and everyone and argue like 12 year olds. Name calling, insulting your intelligence, threats, unproven accusations, etc. As most people are not that way, I can only assume that Liberals have deep seated sense of superiority and cannot tolerate disagreement.

    Obama has to rush this thing trough before everyone finds out what's really in it-lots of political favoritism and social engineering. Unfortunately health care reform is not a game of politocs, it's game of economics; and the economy shows NO political favoritism.

    July 22, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  6. Joe Stephens

    I support Obama but I am growing increasingly concerned at the rate he pushes legislation through. At times it seems like he doesn't care whether a bill is good or not he just wants something to take credit for. As a democrat I was embarrased by the $787 billion "stimulus" bill. The bill was 1200 pages long that no one seems to have read. And now it looks like that bill was one expensive mistake. The same could said of the current healthcare bills. Why ram them through? Why only a few weeks instead 6 months or a year? Rushing this through will be a mistake, and we will all pay for a long time if it isn't done right.

    July 22, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  7. Sea.gem

    Perhaps it is because he is not doing anything..once again he pontificates but wants others to do the work so he can blame them when things go South..he used his fear ploitics for the worthless stimulus package and now he is in trouble for it. Almost a year ago, most economists said the economic recession would slow then start to recover late in the third quarter and into the fourth quarter of this year (this was without the 'Stimulus")...that is exactly what is happening...yet we are wasting trillions and he wants to spend more...the man is exploiting the people in a time of crisis...shame on him and the people who support these damaging attempts.

    July 22, 2009 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  8. dumblikeu

    It's not just cnn's poll, numerous poll's over the past week have shown dwindling support for the overhaul of the system, Obama is proposing. The FACTS are liberal's and conservatives don't want this slammed down their throat's like the stimulus package was...these are important tasks the president is trying to attempt...well actually he's not, since he is letting congress do all the work on health care as he did with the stimulus package...make sure you get it right, take some time to work it out, please it is not too much to ask...

    July 22, 2009 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  9. lynn in NM

    That should tell him something. We don't want government involved in health care. It's terrible when the people don't want what the president is trying to shove down our throats. I think this is what happened to Hillary a few years ago.

    July 22, 2009 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  10. FAYE, NV

    HealthCare Reform could work if people would lose fear. America waste more money on nothing than anything. A person get dressed up with dress, shoes, earrings, necklace and braclet that cost 300,000, is that waste.

    Higher tax yes on the most wealthiest is not considered punishment. Sure one earns their monies and should spend it how ever they chose, but waste is waste. We should try this reform but knocking it down.

    July 22, 2009 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  11. Dave

    I refuse to have my tax dollars goto a gov't sponsored abortion clinic and I'm not going to watch my taxes go up so the weathly can fund the poors money problems AGAIN!. What they should do is junk medicare which keeps paying less so people charge more. Then demand for clinics to service the poor will rise. Sure it won't be A1 grade care but life is like "Good, Fast, Cheap" pick any of the two. Why can't the poor understand it's THEIR OWN FAULT. Keep their problems to themselves. None of this is "for the good of society".

    July 22, 2009 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  12. PaulC

    A big mistake is asking the American public anything.
    They have proven time and again they think with organs other than their brains.
    A large part of this group believes in bigfoot, UFOs, Elvis is alive, the earth is flat, and aliens are being kept in area 51. Eighteen percent of the American public believes the sun revolves around the earth.
    Pres. Obama should be getting the message that Americans can't figure out that a single payer health care system is better than the mess we have and they are governed by the herd instinct.
    They believe everything on the internet, blogs and tweets.
    Our elected officials get the best care that money can buy and can't understand that the rest of us would like to have the same.
    Millions get marginal care through the employer that is managed and controlled by the insurance company and are afraid they may have to pay more.
    If I were he I would adopt the Bush philosophy and cut brush and let the American voter keep the existing system.

    July 22, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  13. T KS

    We are all suckers if we let the special interests, paid lobbyists and crooked republicans and democrats fool us into thinking that health care reform is a danger to us. It is absolutely essential for so many reasons for our representatives in Washington to get this done.
    Listening to people who trash our government is absolutely counter productive. We live in a country based on democratically elected representatives of the people themselves. The only thing wrong with our government is that lobbyists are allowed to pay for influence on Capitol Hill and change our elected officials into their representatives instead of ours. The biggest mistake Obama has made is not eliminating paid lobbyists on capitol hill before trying to tackle health care reform. I also really believe half the people on these blogs that attack health care reform are actually shills for these lobbyists and special interests, trying to manipulate public opinion any way they can.
    Believe me, the health insurance and pharmaceutical companies have plenty of money to pay thousands of people to do just that. Unfortunately it seems to be working. The United States of Sheep are letting them buy public opinion just like they are buying our elected representatives. Please, help us all if we fail to get this done. It will likely be our last chance.

    July 22, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  14. Josh C from Austin

    I like when they hear bad news about Obama from CNN, they are suddenly the new fox channel. The are too nieve to see Obama take criticism.

    July 22, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  15. Sea.gem

    Sandra Day....since when is 47% a majority approval rating?...the remaning 53% either do not approve or are not sure...please don't vote anymore.

    July 22, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  16. Dan

    Only 3.5 years left of this socialistic onslaught if our country survives it.

    July 22, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  17. geecee

    Mr. President – you have accomplished quite a bit in six months – all postiive. Don't worry about health care right now. The American people are too stupid for you to stick your neck out and try to help them. They don't appreciate it. They are scared so easily by the Do-Nothing Obstructionist Party that they don't even want what is best for them. So, just keep focusing on other urgent matters, get people back to work, clean up the environment, reduce dependence on foreign oil, improve education and things will work out for the best. Forget the health care. Let the insurance companies, Medicare, and the big pharma companies keep ripping off the people. That's what the people want, let them have it!

    July 22, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  18. NancyLV

    If this is so great then why hasn't our congress and president signed on to this and said they will also take this health care that they are shoving down our throats, they are all salesman in suits if you really believe in a product then you would use it too, but I don't see them jumping on the band wagon.

    July 22, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  19. R

    WE have 400 billion people in the US why not give the people stimulis package of 100,000 dollers and wicth the heling.

    July 22, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  20. seebofubar

    It' nice to see that not all Americans are lemmings. Averyone knows that there needs to be heathcare reform but this plan does not move the country in the right direction. It will only decrease the level of care and increase the cost. Pepole started to understand this when they read the bill. When asked questions about the content of the bill, Obama had to admitt that he has never read it !! THis project can be done and done right, but not by ramming a bad bill through comgress just to bolster Obama's ego. Let's all grow up and be responsible. Stop healthcare for illegal immigants, place realistic limits on tort rewards, eliminate medicare fraud and you will see that healthcare costs decline radically.

    July 22, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  21. andrea

    The poll does not tell the entire story; not everyone who does not approve the performance of the president in the issue of health care is against reform. I am pro-reform but I have switched to disapproving because the president is not going far enough.

    We need a single-payer national health system, funded with a progressive universal tax of all Americans, including all corporations on US soil.


    July 22, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  22. Meh

    whatever. Poll Schmoll. They didn't ask me. I am still a huge supporter. Go Obama!!

    Palin Power> Is that you, Sarah?!?! Same crappy sentence structure. Hmmmmm.

    July 22, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  23. yuckapant

    thats great news! its amazing you can get anyone in this country to agree on healthcare never mind 50 percent!

    July 22, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  24. Jean

    CNN, You make me sick!! I wish you could put the poll where I think it should be, Look at the mess Obama stepped into...Do you think you could do better. Give the man a break for crying out loud.

    July 22, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
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