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. Mark Miner

    Hate to say I told you so, But...

    Obama's approval is so low, the Kenyans are accusing him of being born in America.

    Just putting this out there, but if you were dumb enough to vote for Obama not once, but twice, you deserve the government you have.

    November 13, 2013 01:07 am at 1:07 am |
  2. rewster

    You can only fool people for so long. He is a liar.

    November 13, 2013 01:11 am at 1:11 am |

    This is exactly what the Republicans wanted. They would not let Obama function by closing USA and would not agree to
    any of his proposals, so that a time came when everyone thinks Obama is not doing anything. Today even President Bill Clinton is roaming around with a false notion that Obama has failed. I am a stupid Indian from India, but American citizens, with all your brains, how come you are not able to see the trick the Republicans are playing?

    November 13, 2013 01:16 am at 1:16 am |
  4. GigemAggies

    Horse Apples!! I trust US President Barack Obama to make the right decisions for the greatest country on this planet. He has pulled our collective bacon out of the "financial frying pan", searched for and killed our enemies around the globe to protect us, help solidify our financial system (Dodd-Frank Act -good start), Stimulus Program -jobs saved/created keep Americans working, many, many laws too list in small space, ACA Act, Truly one of our greatest Presidents.

    November 13, 2013 01:21 am at 1:21 am |
  5. Mary

    Now, more than ever, we can say to all those who doubted Ron Paul and the Ron Paul supporters, who blindly followed the media and did not give Ron Paul a fair shake, when he only had the best interests of the country in mind, "We told you so. We warned you. Thank you for not listening." Next election please.

    November 13, 2013 01:24 am at 1:24 am |
  6. TheAnswer

    No, I do not trust Obama.

    November 13, 2013 01:29 am at 1:29 am |
  7. Owelfarecare

    Obama is an absolute failure.

    November 13, 2013 01:31 am at 1:31 am |
  8. L

    This is silly. Americans know Pres. Obama has their best interest at heart and the media is insane. The Republicans have people not signing up based on fear, and that is sad. Do something good for your family Americans, and get insured. My stupid conservative father-in-law got insurance for the first time in 30 years and swore it wasn't Obamacare because it took affect Jan. 1, 2014. Crazy. Stop the racist reaction and accept Pres. Obama has put into place a solution to help millions of Americans. the GOP has no clue, and no desire to help people. And the media is so off base in their attack on the this law that has the ability to correct so much wrongdoing by insurance companies. How do you sleep at night CNN?

    November 13, 2013 01:31 am at 1:31 am |
  9. Thomas Roll

    I should be most upset by Obama's deception of the American people. He promised healthcare for everyone, but my life companion Wilson, whom I met many years ago on an island excursion, still has no coverage. Wilson and I lost contact on our trip back to the states, and I was so sorry. I had not forgiven myself until one day we were reunited in a Champ's Sporting Goods store at the mall in Cleveland. We have been inseparable ever since, but now he is in dire need of healthcare which is constantly being denied to him. He is now wasting away. He has lost weight and his face seems to be fading away. We don't talk like we used to back when we met on the island. I blame to Democrats for everything and sadly my Wilson will be lost forever. All hope is not lost however...I have met a new person in my life by the name of Mizuno. Here's to new beginnings!

    November 13, 2013 01:34 am at 1:34 am |
  10. rusty

    Seems to me to be the most irresponsible president we've ever had.

    November 13, 2013 01:36 am at 1:36 am |
  11. Evergreen

    Based on everyones poll numbers, the President would still beat the GOP contenders in a presidential race.

    November 13, 2013 01:41 am at 1:41 am |
  12. Behjat

    Perhaps , people who are so down on Mr. Obama's health care, have short or selective memory. Have you all forgotten how complicated and confusing the Medicare drug program was during the Bush presidency? The new health care program is experiencing complications, but I'm sure in the long run, will do what is supposed to do. Insurance companies won't be able to charge us more and more every year, people with pre existing condition will be able to buy medical insurance, and people who use emergency rooms as doctors offices and walk away without paying, wont be able to do so. Have a little faith and look at the big picture.

    November 13, 2013 01:43 am at 1:43 am |
  13. jimmie

    I guess it takes loosing your healthcare and/or having the payments double or triple to FINALLY understand that this man is a liar.
    America YOU VOTED FOR HIM !

    November 13, 2013 01:44 am at 1:44 am |
  14. Bill

    Quinnipiac had Romney winning also, and really who cares.

    November 13, 2013 01:47 am at 1:47 am |
  15. Bill

    Is CNN part of the GOP now, sure looks that way.

    November 13, 2013 01:51 am at 1:51 am |
  16. ThinkAgain

    I still trust him. The ACA website launch was botched and yeah, turns out that if you had a crummy health plan, your insurance company could no longer offer that crummy plan to you.

    If you're looking for untrustworthy, look the the GOP and its lackeys who have been spending the last 5 years lying to you in their efforts to distract voters from the FACT that they have nothing but FAILED POLICIES to offer us.

    November 13, 2013 01:52 am at 1:52 am |
  17. wowreally

    And every republican shouts out, We flippin told u so, did u think we were racist? Far from it, we just knew he was the worst choice for america but then again, everyone got duped with hope and change.

    November 13, 2013 01:54 am at 1:54 am |
  18. Marc

    Wow go figure a politician that lies? Is America really that shocked? However i do recall we impeached Clinton for Less. Our President has lied about healthcare, he has lied about Benghazi, and he has lied about spying on foreign leaders. When are we going to hold him accountable?

    November 13, 2013 02:04 am at 2:04 am |
  19. vincent carter

    said the network who endorsed George Bush war on Iraq

    November 13, 2013 02:13 am at 2:13 am |
  20. Randy

    Well, you don't know me, but I am a republican who actually liked what President Clinton did during his 8 years in office. However, I would like to say, in 2008,,,I TOLD YOU SO!

    November 13, 2013 02:15 am at 2:15 am |
  21. Justin H

    I'm starting to get annoyed by the relentless polling. Rather than tracking how the mood of the country is swinging from minute to minute, we should be focusing on how problems are being solved. In fact, I would say all this polling only hinders progress. By continuously keeping track of how people are feeling, we almost give the politicians permission to act in a way that appeases voters rather than solves problems.

    November 13, 2013 02:17 am at 2:17 am |
  22. Rick

    anyone who distrusts obama must be racist.

    November 13, 2013 02:30 am at 2:30 am |
  23. Getoverit

    52% say Obama is not trustworthy. So I'm really curious to know who the 48% are who still think he is.

    November 13, 2013 02:38 am at 2:38 am |
  24. rh

    No, Americans do not think he is not trustworthy. A poll whose sample size is miniscule compared to the voting public says he is not trustworthy. Journalists and editors should be forced to take statistics classes.
    "From November 6 – 11, Quinnipiac University surveyed 2,545 registered voters nationwide with a margin of error of +/- 1.9 percentage points. Live interviewers call land lines and cell phones. "

    Apparently, those 2,545 registered voters who bother to answer polls are America.

    November 13, 2013 02:40 am at 2:40 am |
  25. Fred Flintstone

    People distrust Obama?... reeeee heeee heeee heeallly? (Jim Carey)

    November 13, 2013 02:45 am at 2:45 am |
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