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. al

    i support it

    July 22, 2009 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  2. GREG

    Its very important to note, that many disapprove because Barack Obama ISN'T GOING FAR ENOUGH on health care. Many people want SINGLE PAYER UNIVERSAL HEALTH CARE. I bet if you ask whether people prefer the Obama plan over the Republican plan (sic), the approval number would jump to 75%.

    July 22, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  3. heather beck

    Why is everyone fighting the security advocate? direction and blunt confrontation is the top priority in security and health care related environments...effective communication with all affirmative parties essential confirm translations.

    July 22, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |

    ALSO: Pres. Obama Approval Rating Worse Than Pres. Bush
    In the sixth month of Mr. Obama's presidency, polls suggest that his approval rating is slightly lower than that of his predecessor's during the same time of his tenure. WHAT WILL IT BE THRRE YEARS AND SIX MORE MONTHS OF THIS BRAIN THRUST.

    July 22, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  5. Sick -n- Tired

    Hey CNN, What's this like the third negative poll about Obama you've made a story out of in as many days? Wow, get a life! You guy's are like the paparazzi of politics! Sensationalism in it's most obvious form! And that, in and of itself, is NOTHING to be proud of!

    July 22, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  6. mfelder

    Those of you who support Healthcare reform in this country, please don't lose faith. The President has said all along that he wants a bill to bring down cost, allow people to keep their insurance if they like it, allow them the ability to keep their insurance if they lose their job and does not discriminate against a patient because they have a pre-existing condition and does not add to the deficit. While everyone is concerned with what the President has said, I am more concerned with what the Insurance company has not said. They have not provided a blueprint on how they will insure 47 million new patients, I have not seen their plan or learned about what infrastructure they will put in place to accommodate 47 million new patients or how they will bring cost down. I have not heard about their plans to bring more doctors, nurses, administrative and other key players into the system to accommodate 47 million new patients. We have not heard their plan, because there is no plan from the healthcare industry. They will go on business as usual while we Americans continue to defend their right to make a profit.

    July 22, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  7. Roger Alcoser

    How do I get my opion counted/polled.
    Who are you polling ? Why is it that I'm never the one polled?
    You could do a internet poll that identify IP address so reduce repeat voting. Or set the poll to except only one vote per e-mail address.

    Houston Tx.

    July 22, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  8. AJ

    This is an awful bill. We need single payor not more red tape. Obama has given us no new ideas etiher in implementation or on funding, This is not change, just more of the same. As a lifelong Democrat, I think this president is a horrible disappointment.

    July 22, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  9. stormerF

    Why would anyone want to pass a bill thats 1/6th of our Economy and not read it first? Why are the Democrats in such a rush to pass this bill with out letting the Tax Payer read it and comment on it first? what are the Democrats Hiding?

    July 22, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  10. jaye

    And I just bet these pollers are republicans!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Come on CNN, you're supposed to be the most fair and reliable news network in America – what has happened to you???? You've joined the republicans.

    July 22, 2009 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  11. chach

    I suggest to you people whinning that cnn is now actually reporting some of the news (actually giving us some the real health care issues that real people are concerned about)- instead of just the constant bandwagoning for Obama policies-tune in to msnbc....there you can get every thing your itchy ears want to hear....I feel that cnn sees the writing on the wall..and for you people complaining about fox news-why are they the number 1 cable news show?? you can check it out, they beat cnn and msnbc and all other cable news combined viewship every single night....these are the solid facts ... and I know someone out there will have some sort of spin on why...but I would suggest if cnn start reporting on facts (and get off the bandwagon for Obama) maybe it could win over some of fox viewership.

    July 22, 2009 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  12. ed

    Stop Obama's doomsday Health Care proposal.

    They should give people an option: either keep what you have or pay into a Medicaresque type of plan.

    July 22, 2009 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  13. DTF

    What is the rush? President Obama is in such a hurry to reform health care. We have waited on health care reform since President Clinton. Mr. President, give the economy time to heal before you make a move as drastic as this. I and so many Americans have endured this long. All we ask for is caution and patience with this issue. Because in the end, WE THE PEOPLE, are going to have to pay for it.

    July 22, 2009 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  14. marcia

    this man certainly likes to spend our money!

    July 22, 2009 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  15. Jo

    Hey Obama if the Democrats don't pass your bill, give them hell when they put something on your desk. Make them wait until the absolute deadline and let them see how stupid they are not to vote for this bill. This bill will help the people that can't get insurance because of High Blook Pressure and Diabeties. People let these people get insurance if they can pay for it and stop letting the people that work take the load all the time.

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

    "i told you so"

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

    I dont care how much Healthcare cost if its helping Americans stay healthy and they have the same care that politicains do when they visit the doctor.I dont care how much it cost for Education if my kids are getting the education they need to make it thru life that will land them with a good job.SO GOOD JOB MR. PRESIDENT IM VERY PROUND OF YOU!

    July 22, 2009 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  18. Nia - AZ

    it owuld have made more since to me for them to wait until after tonight to do a poll of polls...besides the battle is just begining and there isn't much he needs to do now besides to "always be closing".

    July 22, 2009 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  19. Esco

    This is recycled news. All CNN is doing is fueling this fire... The Republicans are trying to throw Obama under the bus before the elections, make him look weak. If people knew these facts, this would be an issue reported everyday of our lives. Health care reform is necessary wether you can afford it or not. The Republican party did nothing but spend tons of money on a war we were not supposed to have in the first place...pointed fingers to deflect attention to the Middle East and take people's money while they feared for their lives. Sure, 9/11 was more than enough reason to start the war, but it should have ended long ago when they couldn't even find the guy who did it...still today he eludes the greatest military tactitions we have!?!?! Ding Dong!! We should not be fooled by all that we read/hear in the news...

    July 22, 2009 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  20. Anna, NH

    No matter, President Obama's approval rating is still higher than Congress. Also this man is a saint. Any president who extends protection to former VP Cheney, who's looking to destroy him, is a real leader.

    To VP Cheney, get a life. Don't go away angry, just go. Who cares about you. I hope you and your stupid daughter crawl back under some rock. Your daughter is a liar, and that's why she talks over everyone because she's trying to get you off the hook. Newsflash: That aint happening. You, like any other war criminal should be put in jail.

    July 22, 2009 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  21. Don

    Yeah let him keep the retoric up and he will be skull drug from the white house. And what is so funny about the polls is I have never been polled in my life. Yes it works with both parties im sure.

    July 22, 2009 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  22. worriedmom

    Funny LIbs like it when the polls were showing their glorious Chosen One high in popularity, now that reality is hitting they are now blaming CNN for bogus polls. Just shows you how a typical Lib whines when they don't get their way and blame it on everyone else but their own!
    Healthcare needs reform, no doubt, but not the Obama way! the Man didn't even know what was in the bill, just get it passed and hey what is this secret meeting with the CBO. is he gonna be threatened by the Chicago thugs to state good numbers to fool the public.

    July 22, 2009 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  23. CNN commits blasphemy

    How dare they criticize the messiah...I mean, the president.

    July 22, 2009 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  24. Chipster

    I'd like a Bill to be passed that prevents our elected officials from having taxpayer funded health insurance until they provide a plan for the American people. They claim that employer supported health insurance would place too much of a burden on business.

    Well, WE are their employer and it is too much of a burden on US! We pay 75% of their health care coverage. They should either require our employers to do that for us or start paying for their own health care coverage.

    July 22, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  25. Taryn

    Maybe his approval rate would go up if he took the George W. Bush approach and just ignored it!!!!!

    July 22, 2009 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
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