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. Bob

    This is good news for the nation! I am glad and proud to see my fellow Americans taking the time to evaluate Obama's plans instead blindly worshiping the ground he walks on.

    Socialized Healh Care is a MASSIVE MISTAKE. Reform yes! Socialize NO! The sad part is the moderate democrats are only witholding their support for fear of losing the 2010 elections.

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

    I'll vote for this healthcare bill. I hope it passes. If it doesn't i'll help President Obama in whatever way I can to get some form of Universal Health Care passed. It works. People who don't think so should check out Michael Moore's film Sicko. It's an eye opener for those who cry socialism and claim Universal Health Care is bad. It's not.

    July 22, 2009 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  3. Frisky

    WE already DO pay for everyone, including the uninsured that go to emergency rooms and can't pay their bill. WE ALREADY pay their bills.

    PS Canada does NOT have universal health care. It has a single payer system (DIFFERENT!) and the care is run by PRIVATE practices.

    please look up the word OPTION in the dictionary, Obama's plan has a public OPTION, not mandatory government insurance. If it is good enough for all of Congress, why is a government paid option soooooooo scary ??

    July 22, 2009 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  4. Karen

    We know that health care businesses, the AMA, the pharmaceutical companies, the press, and Republicans will do whatever they can to derail significant reform, so the change in public opinion is no surprise. The public is hammered every day with misleading information all in the name of protecting the status quo. These vested interests are somehow not bothered by the disgrace of children and working adults going without care in the richest nation in the world, a nation that uses its riches to start and maintain wars instead of serving its people.

    July 22, 2009 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  5. Amber

    I'm a Democrat and I support Universal Heathcare. But Obama's push is the most unorganized mess I've ever seen. The man obviously did NOT learn anything from the mistakes of the Clinton Admin. He need to consult Hillary on this even though it doesn't fall under her job scope. She knows what works and what doesn't b/c of what happened in the 90s.

    This is just one more reason Hillary should have won. This mess is quite pathetic and disappointing.

    July 22, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  6. BOB

    Does this remind you of Jimmy Carter ???

    July 22, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  7. aware

    Wayne Moran: Its not about losing your home – its about unecessary suffering and death – been there – done that! 🙁

    Just say "NO" America!

    July 22, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  8. Nsikan Jacob

    I think some of us are hearing 'health care deform" instead of "health care reform" So, what is it? The rich has a way of distorting information for the poor. Read for yourself and stop being interpreted to. This maybe the last time in a very long while that we could come close to doing the right thing – health care to the American People and not just only for other countries – Iraq. Stand up for the poor guy, you'll be glad you did

    July 22, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  9. christi

    @Barb: "CNN is a Democratic Network, so their polls or opions are hard too believe. i am a Canadian, I know what universal health care is like, and you better be careful what you wish for,any country that wants too let babies be aborted , their seniors talked into death by the government is pretty sick. Think about it, do you really think you want them controling your health care.

    Well, first of all Barb, you should learn to spell so we can understand what you are trying to say from your computer at the RNC headquarters...

    July 22, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  10. Alan

    How often did we ALL hear from G.W. and Cheney that "the polls don't matter?" NOW they say they spell "the end" for President Obama.


    Same thing when the DOW dips...they say "see? He's FAILING" then say NOTHING when it climbs.

    The louder the Republicans scream the more in favor of Obama's reforms I become because that's how I know the pig's feeling the heat.

    July 22, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  11. Casey - California

    It amazes me how the media would rather use a headline like this (falls under 50%) for shock value rather than stating something more pertinent, like it STILL is higher than the "disapproval" rating of 44%.

    It's pathetic and self-serving and it makes me want to stop watching or paying any attention to CNN's political news.

    BTW, I approve of Obama's healthcare actions/plans 100%.

    And thanks to all you fellow Obama supporters for helping to elect him - one of the best things we've done in this country in many, many years.

    July 22, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  12. Liz in Texas

    $1.4 Million a day of our healthcare premiums are being spent to fight the interests of the American people. It's time to put an end to "for profit" insurance companies and time to put the interest of Americans above the interest of shareholders.

    July 22, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  13. Bill, MI

    Reform, Do you mean government control, the only thing this guy is trying to do is take over the private sector of the economy.

    Banks, Auto industry, healthcare, energy what a Socialist.

    July 22, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  14. Realist

    Wow, crazies left and right today. For the people who cant read but can miraculously type, the CNN poll was an average of three polls, one of which was the Gallup Poll, which is the most respected in the world. They dont 'poll enough people to get the answer they want'... You love the polls when they say he had a huge approval rating now that the RCP average is down to 56% and dissaproval went from 20% to 37% overall you dont like the polls? Oh the messiah's followers are lemmings...

    July 22, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  15. Sally

    Who are you polling? Does the Republicans have a plan? If so, lets hear it...

    July 22, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  16. Trevor

    As a Canadian watching your debate on the health care system, i'm amazed at the scare tactics used by the politicians. They even use a Canadian woman on a comercial talking about how terrible our health care is, and that she would have died if not for being able to go to the US for treatment. While i don't debate her story, i do say that our system provides coverage to ALL Canadians. It has never even crossed my mind about my financial situation with regards to being able to afford care. Some Americans are worried that their money is going to pay for health care of others through taxes....well of course it will!!! That's what makes it such a great system. We, as a country, help each other. In todays day and age i'm surprised at the ancient system still being used south of the border.
    Wake up America, time to help each other.

    July 22, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  17. Uncle Ellsworthy

    It's finally beginning to reflect what a good many of us knew a long time ago, before it was too late. It's a shame more folks couldn't have gotten wise a bit before they did. His numbers are going to get a lot worse before we get him out. If only the country can survive long enough. Someone earlier in these comments said "The president is going where no president has gone before". There's a real good reason for that, the rest of them had better sense. Hopefully we will be able to survive in a bankrupt country.

    July 22, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  18. Stephanie

    I fully support Obama and to be honest any change in the positive direction for the healthcare system. The US healthcare system is a joke compared to other countries. People are getting sick and not getting proper treatment here in the US, or they are getting treatment, but going bankrupt trying to pay for it. As supposedly one of the most powerful countries in the world we set a horrible example in the healthcare area. I have healthcare coverage, but I think something needs to be done now!

    July 22, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  19. Randy

    Of course obama supporters no where the money will come from. You and I the people who are educated and work, the same ones who support them right now. How else would the keep having babies not working then complaining about health care. Must be nice to be suck a free loader that you can actaully complain about being a loser.

    July 22, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  20. christi

    @ bozo: "this clown doesn't even know what is in his own bill. From his golden throne i believe he can see waterloo."

    yeah, bozo...just like Steele has no idea WHO his own insurance carrier is...

    July 22, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  21. dentri

    We need remind people of America who support this guy even is doing a bad job are not americans.Are those who are lazy fat staying hoem the goverment to do for them...Get to work lazy democrats socialsit,comunism party.They are democrats who see the reality and even they dislike Republicans but they are honest.They see the light what this Obama is doing...Get up people see the reality. For those they keep loving him no matter what happend are just uneducate unpatriotic.Remember presidents came and go but us we need to stay united for what is right.because if you don't have opposition like today Democrats control everthing,they screw up.Check the bailout.Send immigrants home or give them the right to work....2010 every democrat will lose .America is smarter than this that why this Obama is trying to past the legislation fastt without reading wha tis in the bill.Wake up America .

    July 22, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  22. Don't for get this:

    = = = In my opinion the heath-care business covering this insurance should be a “Business not for Profit” and no profits should be made on the sick and needy……………………………………

    July 22, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  23. carlos only smarter

    for all of you swampy dwellers repugnants.....health care will cover your mental illness and your ilk's............and remember all of you on the right.....do not use rectal thermometers......you could get brain damage.......

    July 22, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  24. Vincent

    I like Leonards idea on this issue. Instead of attacking Obamas plan Leonard actually has an alternative, gee republicans how hard is that? Maybe Obamas plan isn't the right one but let's debate not attack, if you think this system doesn't need some sort of reform you must be delusional.

    July 22, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  25. Fred the Moderate

    I am amazed that the people with health care we pay for through our taxes don't want us to get health care because it might raise their taxes.

    Only in America

    July 22, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
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