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. miscreantsall

    Yeah, I don't trust him but I don't trust a Republican more!

    November 13, 2013 02:52 am at 2:52 am |
  2. Ray

    President Barack Obama is an anagram

    November 13, 2013 02:59 am at 2:59 am |
  3. truth

    These people never have and never will respect or trust a black man. This was made obvious before and during his presidency. Not surprising.

    November 13, 2013 03:01 am at 3:01 am |
  4. tesla1908

    If just a couple of months ago someone said this the liberals would've gone on the attack. Where are all those self righteous libs now? Is it hard to admit you were all wrong?

    November 13, 2013 03:04 am at 3:04 am |
  5. Glenn Beck

    Curses. Foiled again.

    November 13, 2013 03:12 am at 3:12 am |
  6. Donatello

    Caught in an outrageius, blatant lie he is now attempting to portray himself as some type of victim!

    He owns this debacle and even gave the contract to build the failed website to a crony in an overpriced, sweetheart no-bid deal. To throw $678million taxpayer dollars to a school chum of Michelle's to build a lousy website that doesn't work is a scandal if not a Felony.

    Impeach this corrupt, incompetent fool and start the process of healing our once great nation.

    November 13, 2013 03:16 am at 3:16 am |
  7. Hugh Jass

    The truth has come out – Obama has been exposed as a turdd. How's that Hope and Change?

    November 13, 2013 03:19 am at 3:19 am |
  8. Bob

    I don't know about about trust, but he has certainly been pretty worthless as a president


    November 13, 2013 03:31 am at 3:31 am |
  9. Misanthrope

    Yes we can has turned into a useless ineffective liar – both on healthcare and spying
    Very incompetent – go back to your local community forums and NGO'S

    November 13, 2013 03:35 am at 3:35 am |
  10. a slozomby

    compared to congress he's got great numbers.

    November 13, 2013 03:40 am at 3:40 am |
  11. Bob Marshal

    Incompetent piece of political trash. That's why his approval ratings are dropping. We see him for what he is.

    November 13, 2013 03:53 am at 3:53 am |
  12. VicMorrow

    Well of course we don't trust Obama. He has been lying to us. Again and again and again.

    November 13, 2013 04:03 am at 4:03 am |
  13. straighttalk

    When a president has lost the trust of the people it is time to admit the wrong and take the consequences. On the other hand, who is not lying in Washington? Just about every report coming from Washington is a lie. The unemployment report is a lie, the inflation report is a lie. We the people do no longer belief the Government of the USA. It is a disgrace and a scandal how the US Government has betrayed its people. Shame on the US Government.

    November 13, 2013 04:04 am at 4:04 am |
  14. Just Sayin'

    Sure took Americans a long enough time to wake up to this deceitful, inept administration! Obamacare is only the tip of the iceberg as to why people should NOT trust this President.

    November 13, 2013 04:05 am at 4:05 am |
  15. Monica

    A politician lied?! Say whaaaaaat?

    Actually, the only part of this that surprises me is that anyone trusted in his honesty in the first place. I thought we were supposed to be skeptical in our leadership, and not to take them at face value. So much for common sense.

    November 13, 2013 04:06 am at 4:06 am |
  16. Greenspam

    You mean people actually trusted a politician before? Unbelievable

    November 13, 2013 04:06 am at 4:06 am |
  17. jamessavik

    How many lies did it take to finally show Obama's true colors?

    November 13, 2013 04:10 am at 4:10 am |
  18. david d

    What a shocker!

    November 13, 2013 04:37 am at 4:37 am |
  19. C.Gann

    Don't blame me... I voted for somebody else.

    November 13, 2013 04:40 am at 4:40 am |
  20. Bull

    Can't trust Obama. Can't trust democrats.

    November 13, 2013 04:52 am at 4:52 am |
  21. brutaltruth

    With all the scandals and broken promises it almost makes one wonder what took so long for the numbers to finally hit this point-–the answer is money which all of us will be dishing out larger sums of for something HE says we must have, even if it is a better version of what we don't need.

    November 13, 2013 05:14 am at 5:14 am |
  22. Greg

    Trust! It's just not the President We The People have a problem with. It's the way the whole Government conducts themselves both at home and abroad. It's sad the the very people that we put our trust in has became one of the biggest threats to the American people way of life.

    November 13, 2013 05:16 am at 5:16 am |
  23. Conni

    I never trusted him...now its worse

    November 13, 2013 05:22 am at 5:22 am |
  24. Laffing

    It is sad that it requires multiple failures of epic proportions for the American people and the media to finally realize they voted for and supported an incompetent man.

    November 13, 2013 05:24 am at 5:24 am |
  25. SC

    It's funny how these people just jump all over Obama with all these numbers. It's not that I condone him for not keeping his promise but I would say a significant number of people who say ".... 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...." are the very same people who don't know the difference between Obamacare and Affordable Care Act. What happened to these people? They elected him to the Whitehouse to just do what he just did with health care. Have you tried to please a girlfriend? It's hard, isn't it? He has to "please" everyone under this kind of political climate. Cut the guy some slack. You can't get everything fast and easy like microwave junk food. That's exactly the reason why this country is getting screwed up and becoming worse and worse day by day as these clueless voters make up their mind capriciously and their minds swing like a teenage girl having her monthly period. The US congressional approval rating is 12%. The country is being ruled from crisis to crisis and the government expense is quarterly determined.

    November 13, 2013 05:27 am at 5:27 am |
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