Poll: Obama approval ratings drop, Americans say he's not trustworthy
November 12th, 2013
05:49 PM ET
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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. Wake up People!

    Pat yourselves on the back GOP and Fox-lite, you did what you set out to do. But guess what, I and many, many others still stand by President Obama. He was handed a bowl of warmed over ish in January, 2009 and he hasn't stopped trying to empty it yet. Regardless of how much obstruction gets thrown in his way.

    You have accomplished your goal, he now can't run for his coveted 3rd term, nor will he be able to declare himself dictator or emperor.

    November 12, 2013 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  2. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Polls are great aren't they?
    The impact of almost a full month of non stop negative reporting on the website roll-out combined with the President misspeaking on Americans being able to keep their substandard health plans has had the desired effect....on those that were polled.
    Get back to me when you poll the entire nation.
    Tell President Romney I said hello.

    November 12, 2013 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  3. Name jk. Sfl. GOP CRUZ lee&rubio 24billion dallar LOSS of your tax money conservatives,the garbage of America.

    CNN, who did you poll??? The lyin GOP teaparty bs propaganda machine???????

    November 12, 2013 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  4. don in albuquerque

    Huh, three (3!) articles on Peron, er Palin, painting her as some type of genius. One neg on the Prez, and one neg on Hillary, CNN has achieved its goal. They have buried Fox news.

    November 12, 2013 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  5. Thomas

    I sure trust GW Bush , he's on Leno .

    Dose anybody remember 2007 ? Didn't think so !

    November 12, 2013 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  6. A Kickin' Donkey

    Mr. President, your game must be tighter than that of someone that doesn't look like you. Growing up in this country you should know that. This "promise problem" is hurting you and it doesn't matter the cause of it. [I personally think you deferred a bit too much to "your team" instead of being intimately involved in the drafting of the law. As a black executive, you can't do that and survive unscathed.]

    The rightwing has attacked you relentlessly over your legitimacy to even BE PRESIDENT. It is wholly naive of you to think that insurance companies wouldn't drop policies & change costs for certain types of policies in the face of the ACA's standards. What's not clear is if this is because you have little experience in the corporate, backstabbing, money-grubbing, win at all costs world that exists in the is capitalistic country. Unless you prohibited these cancelations, you should have known they were coming and the weak "grandfather" clause that was written could have been out maneuvered by a little kid running a lemonade stand.

    The development of the web site without a schedule and contingency plans for a rewrite before September 1 smacks of amateurism. Not having a peer design review team comprised of Google, Amazon, e-surance, i-tunes, Cisco & HP for such a crucial faceplate to "ObamaCare" was careless. You should have been and should now be receiving briefings from the CTO unfiltered by ANYONE including Sebellius.

    You need to re-tool and get some subject matter experts being the Leading, decision making executive for everything going forward.

    November 12, 2013 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  7. MrBigStuff

    It took people that long to figure out that he's no different than his predecessor?

    November 12, 2013 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  8. Geoff

    Repeal the Patriot Act

    November 12, 2013 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  9. Bill

    The chickens have come home to roost! As someone once said

    November 12, 2013 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  10. Jim

    Sadly, it took too long and now we're stuck with trying to deal with the disasters that his lies supported.

    November 12, 2013 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  11. SixDegrees

    His bungled non-apology, which earned him the scorn of both the New York Times and the Washington Post last week when he tried to turn it into blame for the insurance companies who were following Obama's rules, was probably a big watershed.

    Going forward, no more blind trust. Everything he says will now be scrutinized by everyone, and distrust will be the default position.

    November 12, 2013 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  12. Brian in DC

    I never trusted him. All one had to do was look at his record and use common sense to come to that conclusion. Voting "present" to conceal the man he is, the press explaining away for him his shortcomings as if they were irrelevant. We have an incompetent POTUS in office who has failed up a good portion of his life and is surrounded by the same. Hopefully the election in 2014/16 corrects that problem.

    November 12, 2013 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  13. Hueyett

    I can't believe that there are still 46% of people who still don't disapprove of this bozo.

    November 12, 2013 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  14. ryche

    It's about time the sheep wake up.. This used car salesman has been lying since he started campaigning.. Along with all the lies is the coverup of the lies... its about time America wake up to the dishonesty this man spews without effort.. I've seen it since the beginning... Now others see what i've seen for years.. Good for America... Lets see all the rabid lefties trying to explain away the lies... You cant tell people they can keep their insurance, PERIOD, and then take it away without consequences... This lame duck president will be just that for the next 3 years.. GOOD... he deserves all the heartache he recieves.. He knowingly lied.. Americans will put up with alot in life, but a liar is not one of them.. our current president is now labeled as the liar he is, and im thanking God everyday for it.. And what really makes me smile is this all stems from the junk legislation that is supposebly his signature legacy.. here let me laugh.. HAHAHHHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHA.. good times.. grab the popcorn..

    November 12, 2013 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  15. M Gonzales

    52% Holy Pajama Pants, the Democrats took the POTUS and both houses from the GOP because of Bush fatigue ....guess the shoes going to be on the other foot now.

    November 12, 2013 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  16. Randal

    Well i guess that 47% we were warned about are finally catching on. You are all about a year too late.

    November 12, 2013 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  17. Big_D

    Obama would have been better if he was the socialist the GOP warned us about instead of GOP lite.

    November 12, 2013 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  18. Shelia

    Gee, wonder why that usually happens after repeated lies.

    November 12, 2013 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  19. Tigas

    "You can keep your policy. Period." – on multiple occasions, BHO

    November 12, 2013 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  20. George

    I would like to see the collected militias of America organize a march on Washington, a peaceful march, in their battle fatigues, with their weapons, but with no ammunition, just to remind the government that it is "We the people of the United States from whence their power comes.

    November 12, 2013 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  21. lroy

    Some people have known he was a liar and a deceiver BEFORE he was even president. I wouldn't trust him if my life depended on it.

    November 12, 2013 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  22. Larry

    What are you talking about? He gave us Hope and Change as promised. We HOPE we can find enough CHANGE to buy some ramen for dinner.

    November 12, 2013 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  23. Yorktown

    He was right. If you are using the ER for your health care, you need to buy insurance or pay a fine.

    November 12, 2013 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  24. Logic_Is_Not_Common_Sense

    "Americans say he's not trustworthy" Ya think???

    November 12, 2013 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  25. Carl

    Ah Liberals, just now waking up? Your ideas suck, and of course you haven't a clue about getting things done. So – back to the books and keep your high IQ's busy studying things like global warming, OK?

    November 12, 2013 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
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