August 12th, 2009
11:39 AM ET
13 years ago

Poll: No change in Obama's approval on health care

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="President Obama held a health care town hall in New Hampshire Tuesday."]
WASHINGTON (CNN) - As President Barack Obama's health care proposals face opposition at town halls across the country, a new poll indicates American's opinions of how Obama is handling the issue have not changed.

Forty-three percent of people questioned in a Gallup national survey released Wednesday say they approve of how the president's handling health care, with 49 percent opposed.

The 43 percent approval rating is down just one point from a Gallup poll conducted in the middle of July. The 49 percent who oppose the president is also down a point from last month's survey. That's well within the poll's sampling error of plus or minus four percentage points.

The new Gallup poll was conducted August 6-9, as lawmakers were beginning their summer recess, and as coverage of people at town halls protesting the president's health care reform proposals increased across the media.

"The good news for the White House is that the town hall protests have not affected views of Obama," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "The bad news for the White House is that a plurality of Americans had a negative view of Obama on health care before the town hall protests began."

One thousand and ten people were questioned by telephone for the Gallup poll.

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soundoff (229 Responses)
  1. Julia

    I cannot believe all the hatred in the republican party. The obnoxious behavior at the town hall meetings, this is meant to intimidate and is not Freedom of Speech. These people are mean-spirited. This is not an America we can be proud of. Wonder why health care cost are so high , just look at all the fraud by those in the Medical Fields, doctors, PA's pharmaceutical companies, durable medical equipment suppliers, only to mention a few. We need a one Medicare plan for all.

    August 12, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  2. carlo

    The reason why some of you think Pres. Obama planted attendees at the meetings is because you don't understand the concept of behaving like civilized human beings and having disagreements without riots.

    Some of you have to be related to Captain Caveman.

    August 12, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
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