March 30th, 2010
08:30 AM ET
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CNN Poll: Obama approval up in wake of health care victory

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption=" A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Monday indicates that 51 percent of Americans approve of the job Obama is doing in the White House, with 48 percent saying they disapprove."]
Washington (CNN) – Passage of the landmark health care bill appears to have boosted President Barack Obama's approval rating, but it has not affected his re-election chances so far, according to a new national poll.

A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Monday indicates that 51 percent of Americans approve of the job Obama is doing in the White House, with 48 percent saying they disapprove. That 51 percent approval rating is up five points from a week ago, before Congress approved the health care reform bill and the president signed the legislation into law. Four in ten respondents say they disapprove because Obama is too liberal and 6 percent say they the president is not liberal enough.

Full results (pdf)

Eighty-six percent of Democrats questioned say they approve of the job Obama is doing, a surge of 12 points over the past week. The poll indicates that 47 percent of Independents approve of the president's performance, up 6 points in a week, and 12 percent of Republicans give him the thumbs up, basically unchanged from a week ago.

"Some parts of the Democratic base, particularly lower-income Americans and union households, appear to be coming back into the fold," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "Obama's approval rating changed the most among Americans who make less than $25,000 a year - the group that is most likely to benefit from the new health care law."

Among union households, the president's approval rating soared 9 points to 58 percent.

Health care appears to be behind the jump in Obama's overall rating. While the president's ratings on the economy and foreign affairs remained static over the past week, his numbers on how he's dealing with health care rose five points to 45 percent, although a majority still disapprove of how he's handling the issue.

"But short-term gains for Obama don't necessarily translate into long-term strength," adds Holland. "In a hypothetical 2012 presidential election match-up, Obama and an unnamed Republican are virtually tied, with no significant change between last week's poll and this one."

A CNN survey released earlier Monday indicates that 56 percent of the public disapproves of the new health care legislation, with 42 percent approving. On Tuesday, the president is set to sign into law a companion bill that makes changes to the main legislation he signed last week.

More than three in ten questioned say they dislike most of the bill, with one in four saying they oppose all of the provisions of the new law. Fifteen percent say they approve of the new law without reservation, with another one in four saying they support the new reforms but feel they didn't go far enough.

When it comes to health care, Republicans have made "repeal and replace" their battle cry, and Obama has said he welcomes the fight. At an event in Iowa City, Iowa, last week, the president scoffed at the GOP strategy. "My attitude is - go for it," he said.

According to the poll, 47 percent agree with the Republican strategy and want Congress to repeal most of the major provisions in the law and replace them with new proposals. But 50 percent are fine with the current law or want Congress to go back and pass something that would increase the government's involvement in health care even more.

Forty-seven percent of respondents say that this is a major victory for Obama, and another one in five call it a minor accomplishment and one in three say it was not a positive development.
The CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll was conducted Thursday through Sunday, with 1,009 adult Americans questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus three percentage points.

–CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.

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soundoff (263 Responses)
  1. Drew

    A CNN poll has Obama at 51%. I wonder if anyone will be so toolish as to believe this poll.

    March 29, 2010 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  2. Rajinder Goyal

    Once you factor in the 100% opposition from the republicans, Obama's actual approval ratings are much higher, and they will keep getting higher. If he can muster 51% in a poisoned atmosphere full of hatred perpetrated by extremists like Palins and Boehner, you can bet your bottom dollar that these numbers should be around 55-60%.
    It always takes time to appreciate a good thing. The House minority leader, Boehner, said a few days ago openly in front of the cameras inside Capitol Hill that Repubs will make it as difficult for Obama to govern as possible. They will pay a heavy political price. Watch out America!

    March 29, 2010 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  3. Rebekah

    Good grief where did all the hate come from! Americans are truly the scourge of the world. If you think you are so much better than what we have now, then get off your asses and run for a political position!!

    March 29, 2010 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  4. FL

    BOTTOM LINE is that this bill will cost not only one trillion (yes ONE TRILLION DOLLARS) BUT IT WILL ALSO cost you your job, if you still have one. The additional debt will drop the U.S credit rating which means we will not be able to finance our debt. That means reduced sevice and much higher taxes. The reality is too much damage has already been caused by a little boy from INDONESIA. The U.S. has been divided. Even if we get his socialist party out of Washington half the U.S. will still think they are entitled to a free ride at the constitution's expense. If the nation were to divide with one side believing in personal responsibility and the other side looking to the government to solve all their problems which would fail. We all know the answer. The republican party is not the enemy but grounded in reality. Oboma has told his supporters there is a real place called neverland where we can be children until we are 26 years old and can depend on the government from cradle to grave.

    March 29, 2010 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  5. JM

    Thanks President Obama for following through on your campaign promise. Now, about that war...

    March 29, 2010 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  6. CTM


    That is because you don't know any smart people....

    March 29, 2010 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  7. Ruth

    The utter selfishness and hatred that so defines the Republican party
    will do little harm to others of good will. Money (love of) and the power that money affords will ultimately destroy your very efforts.

    March 29, 2010 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |

    Sorry. I make more than $25K. I am a job creator, and I think Obama is a DISASTER! All of this debt will come home to roost, very soon.

    March 29, 2010 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  9. bluebird

    Dems, do you know how bad it looks when the current democratic incumbant president runs tied in a make believe election with an UNAMED REPUBLICAN? That's really really bad. It means that an 1/2 of the voting public would vote for someone ELSE as long as it wasn't the current President. Don't yippie ki ya – and high five - and slap yourselves on the back. It just makes you all look SO dumb.

    March 29, 2010 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    That's funny, CBS had a poll and around 60% dissapprove.

    March 29, 2010 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  11. Bob

    Way to go Mr. President. The GOP is doing everything possible to make this country fail just so they can try to get back in power. Keep up the good work with or without the cooperation of the GOP.

    March 29, 2010 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  12. Marcus Tate

    Nobody polled me, because I lost all respect for him after this. I don't like his agenda, I don't like paying extra taxes just because I already have Healthcare, and I don't care to hear anything else from this man. This is one Democrat who won't be voting for any Democrats any time soon.

    March 29, 2010 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  13. PDXSerric

    Hmmmm. Pleasant news for certain. But far too early to tell yet.

    March 29, 2010 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
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