Poll: Obama approval ratings drop, Americans say he's not trustworthy
November 12th, 2013
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Poll: Obama approval ratings drop, Americans say he's not trustworthy

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama's approval rating among American voters has dropped to its lowest number in Quinnipiac University polling since he became President, according to a survey released on Tuesday that also raised new doubts about trust.

As Obama juggles the bungled rollout of HealthCare.gov and questions over his initial promises about health care reform become magnified, only 39% of voters approve how he is handling his job, while 54% disapprove, the new data from the school's Polling Institute shows.

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Approval numbers for the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, continue to illustrate wariness among American voters about health care reform, with only 19% saying they believe the quality of their health care will improve in the next year.

Forty-three percent say it will get worse, while 33% say the controversial law won't affect their health care, according to Quinnipiac.

Those numbers reflect less confidence in the law from a Gallup poll released in late October, when a quarter of Americans said they believed Obamacare would make things better, while 34% said it would make things worse and 36% said it would not make a big difference.

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Also for the first time in Quinnipiac polling, more voters say the President is not trustworthy. The new survey was conducted last week and over the weekend, mostly after Obama offered an apology on Thursday to people who are losing their insurance because of changes from the federal health care law.

When selling health care reform in his first term, the President repeatedly assured Americans they could keep their plans, if they liked them. However, that has not turned out to be the case, with some Americans holding certain plans getting cancellation notices from their providers.

According to the poll, a majority of voters, 52%, say the President is not honest and trustworthy, compared to 44% who say the opposite. It's the first time in Quinnipiac history that the president's trustworthy numbers are underwater.

The Obama administration maintains that a majority of people who are losing their current plans will be better off under Obamacare, but officials and some members of Congress have pledged to seek some kind of solution for those getting dropped by their insurance provider.

Asked if the president knowingly deceived Americans with his promise, 46% of voters said they believe he made the statement on purpose, while 47% disagreed.

"President Obama's misstatement, 'If you like your health plan, you can keep it,' left a bad taste with a lot of people," Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, said in a statement.

Nearly three-quarters of voters favor extending the March 31 deadline to sign up for health insurance or face a penalty. Many Republican lawmakers in Congress, as well as some Democrats, have floated the idea of postponing the deadline to make up for lost time during the rocky rollout of HealthCare.gov since October 1.

The new Quinnipiac Poll is the latest to show the President's approval rating is declining amid the disastrous health care sign-up process.

Malloy said Obama, like all new presidents, had a "honeymoon" with American voters for the first few years of his presidency.

"As the marriage wore on, he kept his job approval scores in the respectable, though not overwhelming, 40s. Today, for the first time it appears that 40 percent floor is cracking," he said, adding that Obama's job approval rating has fallen to the level of former President George W. Bush at the same period of his Presidency.

While the President has a positive rating, 52%-42%, for how he handles terrorism, he gets negative ratings on foreign policy, immigration, the federal budget, and the economy. A majority of voters, 53%, say the Obama administration has not been competent in managing the U.S. government, according to Quinnipiac.

For the survey, Quinnipiac questioned 2,545 registered voters nationwide by telephone from November 6-11. The poll has a sampling error of plus or minus 1.9 percentage points.

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soundoff (538 Responses)
  1. Youremakinmecrazy

    President Obama lied directly, and repeatedly to the American people, in order to sell Obamacare. The government of the people, by the people, and for the people, should stand up and demand his resignation.

    November 13, 2013 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  2. The SBDD

    America is facing a huge problem. It is not political but ethical. We pride ourselves on living in a free country with the ability to elect our government officials, "For the people, by the people." So before you point your finger at our President and Congress look in the mirror and ask yourself if you're perfect. When the citizens and government of this country deny their sinful nature and learn to breath real unity through an unwavering commitment to be self-less instead of selfish, honest instead of deceitful and to be loving instead of hatful, only then will we begin to come out of this mess.

    November 13, 2013 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  3. MaryM

    crybaby said: @ MaryM... Moot analysis Mary. This debacle is in full force right now and the democrats are scrambling for cover.....from Hillary on down the line. You need to look forward, not in the rear view mirror. Do you understand???
    @ Crybaby, take a good look at the Virginia elections. DO YOU UNDERSTAND?

    November 13, 2013 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  4. c-lo


    A majority of Americans have been brainwashed by rightwing media. Americans are just not that smart.
    Nothing about this comment makes sense–considering O was elected by a majority. Oh, wait, you may be American so it does lend credence to the last sentence...

    November 13, 2013 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  5. Dee

    I certainly trust him more than the GOP he did not intentially mislead. This President can not get anything done unless the GOP and now the media discredits him. They should be trying to offer suggestions on how to fix Health care instead of criticising every aspect of it. The media is obscessed reporting how bad it is and focusing on his leadership.

    Noone is talking about the good things he has done since being in office with the economy. cutting the deficit, bringing the troops home, the oil spill, Libyia, Syria and Nuclear weapons and now a break thru with Iran need I say more.

    MSNBC is beginning to sound like FoxNews instead of reporting the news it is so opioniated the days of great reporting like Walter Cronkite and others are long gone. If the President said it was raining outside the GOP would say he caused it.
    Let me remind everyone Sarah Palin hates the Liberal media but she is over there using them to sell her book.

    Lindsey Graham and John McCain are again stopping appointments because of the hatred of this President they always stick together and try to bring the country down, We will never forget the shutdown of the government.
    The resentment of this President is so deep and personal that they are trying to cripple him with anything they can but every time he is bogged down something drastic or great happens in this countryjust watch. Once it was the big storm Sandy. He is just beginning and he has 3 more years to do something great with out the 9% congress.

    November 13, 2013 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  6. Mo

    Wake up USA ! You have short memories. Don't forget what the last GOP Pres did. Nearly bankrupted the USA and the rest of the world with their pandering to the big financials. Never mind the military warmongering. Obama had some mess to clean up and comparatively, ye have never had it so good. Sheez !!!

    November 13, 2013 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  7. c-lo


    The other 48 percent can't read....
    No, that's part of the 46% that Romney warned us about.

    November 13, 2013 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  8. Scott


    What this says to me is most Americans are not very smart and do not follow politics very closely and they base their opinions on other peoples opinions and rhetoric and don't know how to form their own opinions or conclusions to anything. Basically it's media driven right down Americans throats!
    What this tells me are you liberals are so brainwashed you cannot see the truth right in front of you. OBama is a con man a cheap lying goodfor nothing con artist

    November 13, 2013 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  9. Bruce Rundberg

    I wishall you bleeding hearts had thii same standard of understanding ffor President Bush. Kind of hypocritical.

    November 13, 2013 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  10. Logictox

    This poll really just says that 48% of the people are brain dead.

    November 13, 2013 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  11. Tyrone

    Obama is not my brotha...

    November 13, 2013 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  12. The REAL Truth...

    @c-lo – No, that's part of the 46% that Romney warned us about.
    Math is not a right wing strong point is it ??? Nor is use of facts nor an accurate memory!
    Romney's comment was 47% – not accurate, misquoted by the rabble. technically his use of it was lying, but hey.. he's Republican, as were both Bush'es and Reagan.. and they ALL LIED TOO ! The fake outrage is stupendous.

    November 13, 2013 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  13. The REAL Truth...

    @Scott – What this tells me are you liberals are so brainwashed you cannot see the truth right in front of you. OBama is a con man a cheap lying goodfor nothing con artist.
    But it's OK when Dubya does it... and that cost 4,000+ american Lives and at least 120,000 civilians. Remember WMD in Iraq?
    What about Bush Sr ?? "Read my lips...No new taxes!"
    Reagan and his Iran-contra lies...
    and that's off the top of my head without research that I'm sure would uncover plenty more examples...

    Talk about brainwashed.. The double standard applied by the outraged right wing rabble is typical, and will be fatal to any election hopes in 2014 and 2016.

    November 13, 2013 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
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