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. David

    CNN...constant polling makes no sense. Support for healthcare reform is not going to change, because the uninsured and underinsured are still uninsured and underinsured. What we are unhappy with is the media's idea that this is a game to be played, and every burp from a politician is not a new story. Shame on you CNN!

    July 22, 2009 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  2. 1984

    They used to think the Earth was flat,now they think that polls are real and have credibility..hahaha

    July 22, 2009 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  3. Fitz

    And now Michelle and the kids don't like him either because he isn't being transparent enough. Give me a break

    July 22, 2009 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  4. rachel

    umm look at the big picture what makes you think I will be uniformed? because I am tired of listening to his spin on things? Like what ever he says is the absolute truth? I already know Obama's truth and his opinion its been on tv no stop for the past week and a half. So excuse me if I don't want to listen to him again about this espcially with the whimpy reporters who don't ask real questions. I am informed on his issue, enough to know he slammed Hillary on exactly what he's trying to do now the hypcorite.

    July 22, 2009 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  5. Mike in LR

    You know it's bad when the poll of polls is based on those skewed to democrats and the news is not good. Gallup has 50% disapproval and 44% approval.

    July 22, 2009 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  6. republicans = extremists

    i think that those polls are politics. Paid by the private insurances in order to put healthcare reform to rest. Republicans and blue dog democrats are the lobbyists. we, the american peoplem, will not loose.

    July 22, 2009 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  7. AntiRush

    Nothing better than people telling you whether they are happy or un-happy about a health care plan which hasn't been defined yet. So basically, people can tell you whether they are happy or un-happy, but they can't tell you why.

    July 22, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  8. Darth Vadik, CA

    At one point the people who believed the interacial marriage was OK was under 50% too. GOes to show that times must and do change...

    ...we'll talk again in a few years.

    July 22, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  9. David from WI

    Why are we TRUSTING the POLITICIANS to do what is best for us in the first place?

    What makes them so SPECIAL? They do have the POWER to do it (if they get the votes) but DO they have the ABILITY?

    The govt track record is not good.

    What makes this batch of politicians so much better at knowing what is best than any other?

    Ironic if a bill DOES pass and if the polls are reliable then the president would have NOT done what most Americas want.

    Why is ANY OF THIS POLITICAL and why are we TRUSTING the politicians to do ANY OF THIS.

    They have the power to implement it but do they have the SKILL to FIX OR CREATE a better system in the first place? If history teaches us anything the best we can hope for is an adequate job.

    July 22, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  10. michael tampa

    Enough with the daily polls and analysis. Cnn, the election is over and the issues do not warrant daily updates.

    How about if your reporters take a lesson f rom Cronkite who was a real reporter. The folks you have now are nothing better than tabloid journalist. Example all the hype over who is the father of Jackson's kids...who cares!! A good responsible reporter would not waste our time trying to destroy these kids lives. Guess what..its none of our BUSINESS!!!!!

    July 22, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  11. Janice in Mississippi

    I approve of how the President is handling health care reform.

    July 22, 2009 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  12. Frisky

    Congress should go without healthcare for themselves and their families until they come up with a viable solution then. Somehow I think they would find to work on it then and stop wasting OUR time and OUR money and OUR health.

    July 22, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  13. Sam

    I agree with Wayne Moran above. The Health system in Canada is great as far as I am concerned. I have had two husbands with cancer and never were they in need, they were taken care of immediately. If we have to wait for something not so urgent I think that is fair. As Moran says we do not ever lose our homes or savings. I think the health care system currently used in the States is awful, except for the rich maybe.

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

    If he was really concerned with what the PEOPLE wanted, he'd stop this nonsense!

    July 22, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  15. Frank

    This just shows how shallow, poorly educated and impatient Americans are. Why are people in this country against something the rest of the developed world has? People here are crazy and paranoid of big government and have this hysterical paranoia of big government spending and handouts. They would rather pay some rich CEO their hard earned money instead of pay less for a government plan. People here hate the government and love getting ripped off by corrupt corporations, and the conservatives are in bed with the insurance companies. The conservatives care more about the few rich than they do about the many in the lower bracket. Most of the people who are against this are poorly educated and are too shallow to realize it would help them greatly rather than hurt them. Only a crazy maniac would be against taxing the rich more to help out the lower bracket who is struggling greatly. People with more money should not be given better health care than the poor, which is the way it is now.

    July 22, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  16. Shawn - GA

    The whitehouse is killing this because they are not providing any details, they are hoping on the "Hope and change" wave to carry it.

    It is obvious and very scary that there is a LOT of people who want this passed simply because they think it will be helpful. The problem is that they have no idea what the details are… how can you rally behind something without knowing anything about it.

    Example: When questioned about a provision in the bill that appears would not allow insurance companies to write coverage on a private level.. President Obama had no idea about that.

    I can not for the life of me understand why the Whitehouse is pushing this so hard and why so many people are following in kind without any idea of the details or how this will be paid for.

    God Bless America, her people and her President.

    July 22, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  17. bjm

    Poll numbers and pundits are not going to stop this courageous president from acting on behalf of American citizens who need, want, and deserve health care reform. It is an amazingly complex task to accomplish something like this in a representative democracy such as ours. I sincerely hope that our senators and representatives can stand up to lobbyists and corporations in this matter. Elected officials, know that we will vote for you if you vote on behalf of the people by supporting health-care reform legislation.

    July 22, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  18. aware

    Obfuscating rhetoric is a form of manipulation that Obama does very well! But, words that have not produced the changes people expected and believed in are a huge disappointment! 🙁

    Just say "NO" America!

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

    These people that are resisting fixing our health care system need a reality check. If we do nothing, the current system will collapse. It's time to expand our military medical wings, offer people medical courses and set the retirement limit at 8 years, so we can start cranking out physicians that don't have the overhead of education costs. Let them draw military pension and benefits as they move into the private sector. We need to do this so we are ready, the system will collapse, within the next 8 to 10 years the government will be forced to socialize medicine. There is no way they can pay 110% of GDP yearly for drug costs (which is what is projected now). Have the medical personnel trained and ready so when the collapse comes the insurance companies and the medical association will NO longer have a death grip on this country and they can be dissolved completely.

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

    I am glad there is a health care debate......we need to fix this before health care becomes 1/3 of the GDP, as forecast in 20 years....

    We NEED this debate, so that the solution is EVERYONE'S SOLUTION, so that we are all in it together and all ideas are heard, and so the parties cannot be blaming each other or claiming it was their success alone come election time.

    I understand that this is all so new.....Bush never allowed ANY debate and look wherre the economy went in 8 years.

    July 22, 2009 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  21. Enlightened Voter

    Wayne Moran – thank you for telling the truth regarding Canadian Health Care. I for one am tired of the lies told by the republicans and the morons who actually believe it figuring they are too stupid to find out the truth. Canada's health care system is far superior to ours in so many ways. Kudos to President Obama, you've got my support all the way!!!

    July 22, 2009 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  22. Obozo is a clown

    @ IQ test required for all VOTERS!!!

    LOL – do you REALLY believe an IQ test should be required before voting?

    I'm SURE Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, Judge Sotomayer ... ALL those liberals would LOVE your idea.

    (eyes rolling)

    I have a better idea... how about only verified TAX PAYERS get to vote. All you free-loaders who only TAKE from the government – you lose your vote until you get a j-o-b.

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

    Where was all this polling when the GOP was eliminating the middle class?

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

    Oh, I get it!

    Negative stories about the President are only bad if he's a DEMOCRAT.

    I'm so glad so many of my fellow Americans have shown me the light.

    July 22, 2009 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
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