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. ck

    with nearly 200,000 responses, and AOL poll showed 74-84% disapproved of Obamas spending, healthcare plan and performance.

    Just relaying a fact that I saw yesterday.

    July 22, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  2. Rick in OP

    The reason Obama and the Democrats want to rush through their version of “Health Care Reform” is the same reason they wanted to rush the passage of the “Stimulus Bill”, they want to get it passed before someone has a chance to read it. If by chance the American people understand what is being proposed in this legislation they are very likely to vehemently reject it.

    July 22, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  3. Scott, Tucson

    I believe Obama is just slightly below the poll numbers that Jimmy Carter was at when Carter hit the 6 month mark on his presidency.

    July 22, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  4. DE

    It never ceases to amaze me that Americans want to keep health coverage the same as always. Our healthcare system rates behind Morocco.

    July 22, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  5. Doug, Seattle, WA

    The bottom line is that we have to revamp our health care delivery system! The new legislation may not be perfect, but it is at least a start. Undoubtedly revisions will have to be made in the future as we "fine tune" the details. I'm simply amazed at how people can be so resistant to changing an obviously flawed way of doing things. "Poor" health care is better than no health care!!!

    July 22, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  6. Realist

    Nothing is free Canadians. WAKE UP. You love those high taxes dont you? How about I offered to cut your taxes by 5% and said an insurance premium would only be 2% of your wages not that you dont have to pay for the worthless lazy people with no jobs? You going to say how much you love your plan then when the money is right in front of you? NOTHING IS FREE

    July 22, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  7. Bill in California

    AS THE OCTOBAMA ADMINISTRATION loves to say 'this economy took years to fall apart so don't expect a quick fix". Well, according to those same people healthcare has been broken for many years. It's going to take protracted discussions on ALL sides to come up with remedies. Not a congressional chinese fire drill as we are experiencing now. The EMPEROR has spoken and no one wants to disappoint the annointed one by upsetting his timetable for disaster.
    The American people deserve better than 'Holy Mary" legislation.

    July 22, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  8. dg houston

    obama said earlier this year that our health care will be the same as congress and his, this will really be a good deal huh....not

    July 22, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  9. Annette

    Please these polls don't mean anything. This man is what, 7 months into his presidency, good gracious, no poll will stay the same. And to pair against past presidents is ludacris, because each president has a different set of issues, problems, favoritism, schism, you name it. On any given day, a person will feel one way or another, so enough with polls. We do need reform heathcare and I am for it. So put that in your poll and smoke it.

    July 22, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  10. James, Ho. TX

    The AMA, the FDA are the two largest "Lobbist" for Medical Reform and Medical Coverage; Guess Why ? Its all the WAY to the Bank!
    The real problem is the Bicameral Mystical Attitude of the American People, still in the 21st Century !
    Drop the Mysticism and enjoy the Roses .
    Starting with the Politicians within the compounds of Washington !
    You'll sleep better, live longer especially; Without the Conflicts.

    July 22, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  11. beevee

    CNN, pl stop these meaningless polls. I don't think most americans understand the benefits of healthcare reform that the Obama administration is putting forward. They seem to fall so easily for the fear tactics of the GOP leaders. If only they open their eyes and carefully think about the healthcare reform of the president and the longterm benefits of it, they won't backdown from their support of the president. If the GOP has better plans that will provide health benefits toall americans at an affordable cost what have they been doing all these years and what is the necesssity for any reform which they also acknowledge is needed?

    July 22, 2009 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  12. PFFT

    To those who say that the Republicans have no say in governement – grow up and get a life. While the majority of ELECTORAL votes went to the Obamanation and his shady Chicago crowd, that doesn't mean that the other half of the country doesn't deserve represenatation. Doing that is no different than a dictatorship. But then, from everything I've read on here – the liberal left would love that – and they're rapidly moving to a point where even the Socialists of the world think the USSA is to the far left. I sure as heck don't want some government official to tell my doctor that I don't need to have something done. I had sub-clinical appendicitis, and the surgeon went in (while my insurance company sputtered) and discovered that it was ready to burst – needless to say the insurance company changed their tune. So, if the insurance company had been listened to, I would have had my appendix burst, with all the lovely complications which could have arisen. But, that's what the penny pinchers want. They want to ensure that no one has good (or heaven forbid outstanding) health care, just enough health care to keep people alive – maybe.

    July 22, 2009 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  13. Bad for Obama-terminal for GOP

    If these numbers are bad for Obama given all the negative, fearmongering the GOP has done on healthcare reform..then I must say he is in a pretty good position to succeed....Obama will win in the end because the American people support reforming healthcare and bring down costs...

    July 22, 2009 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  14. Candy West Virginia

    Question – what have the republicans done for you the last 8 years??

    July 22, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  15. Mike

    Not that anyone cares because my guess is that pretty much all of the comments on here are by people who have already made up their mind. What I can share is that we just returned from a trip to the UK, another country with universal care. Met a lovely woman there who had knee surgery several years ago. While waiting for the surgery, she developed a hip issue. Long story short, she is now hoping that her "scheduled" hip replacement surgery, scheduled for November goes off as planned, especially since she has been dealing with the hip issue now for over two years.

    Convenience and responsiveness apparently has a price......

    July 22, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  16. WDM

    I guess most Americans like the idea of making insurance executives billionaires at their own expense. Lets just continue the same old 3rd rate American Health Care System.

    July 22, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  17. Theresa

    Now that people are starting to see through Obama's words, noting reality is just the opposite of what he is preaching, his poll numbers will continue to decline, but I am sure his ego won't.

    'You're going to destroy my presidency.' "

    "Let's just lay everything on the table," Grassley said. "A Democrat congressman last week told me after a conversation with the president that the president had trouble in the House of Representatives, and it wasn't going to pass if there weren't some changes made ... and the president says, 'You're going to destroy my presidency.' "

    The White House did not respond to requests for comment.

    July 22, 2009 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  18. beth

    Quit with the polls, please. They are meaningless. We need this health care bill to go through. We are so far behind the rest of the world.

    July 22, 2009 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  19. Steve

    CNN has now sunk to the level on the RNC. Why not just hang up the FOX shingle, hire Rush as your mouthpiece, and get it over with? What, is he too middle-of-the-road for the new CNN?

    Oh, and I have $5 that says 99% of the people who said "no" said so without spending ten seconds actually trying to understand the proposals. No, they're just parroting a talk-radio pinhead. Yeah, THAT'S real smart.

    July 22, 2009 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  20. Lisa, Saugus MA

    I think if the dems want this bad enough they are going to have to prove to the American people that it works...therefore all members of congress must and I say MUST be the first ones to use this system. They will give up the health care they now have and be the first ones to have "socialized medicine".

    The people who decide what tests are necessary must treat them as they would any other person so if Ted Kennedy wants and needs another brain surgery he must follow the rules of the plan. If John McCain or Arlene Spectors cancer returns and they are deemed as pre-existing conditions, well this is what I would be going through.

    This way we will see if this coverage is really good for everybody?

    July 22, 2009 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  21. Realist

    To Sandra Day: No one cares about your 82 year grandfather, he probably is as smart as you are. 'majority' in polling means greater than 50%, so if 47% approve and 44% dissaprove, that remaining 9% that cant make up their mind still count, so the 'majority' of those polled (that means all of them include that indecisive 9%) dont agree. You probably voted for BO, so its expected that you cant comprehend things.

    July 22, 2009 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  22. Sarah

    Give that poor guy a rest already!!! Look at the mess President Bush made of our world,.Yet everything Obama suggest you are on him like a pack of wolfs!! Let him do his job and everyone else "butt out". Now you are even complaining about his birth certificate!! Come on, it wasn't like this when Bush was in power!!! Give it a rest already!!!!!!!!!!!11

    July 22, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  23. enoughalready

    This is all Bush's fault

    July 22, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  24. jonnierae

    Ok, you deleted my comment, which stated 15 facts about the healtcare bill that would help people see that it is a good bill. Will you instead pledge to actually inform people as to what is in the bill so that they can make an informed opinion?

    July 22, 2009 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  25. G SMITH PA

    Finally, the American People are getting it. It was a huge mistake to vote for this guy for President. His poll numbers are lower then Carter, Barrack Obama is the new worst President ever Congratulations !!!!!

    July 22, 2009 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
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