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. SpencerRifle

    Bush III is what he's going to be remembered as.

    November 13, 2013 05:28 am at 5:28 am |
  2. Who-took-this-poll?

    If the American people are going to judge the President and the new health care law that the he heralded so it can make life better for a lot more people, just because the healthcare website is not functioning 100% is just plain ridiculous and illogical. While it is very unfortunate that the site is not completely ready for the role out, we can’t blame the President for everything going wrong with the site on a technical level. It is up to the technical team for this website to do their jobs properly, and get this website ready ASAP, but if they drop the ball on this it is not indicative of a failure in a healthcare law. Or should it be erroneously used to paint the President to be untrustworthy.

    It is time people grow up and take responsibility for their actions and thoughts. It is easy to try to sabotage a good thing with propaganda and fallacious rumors.

    You state “Americans say he is not trustworthy” based on an arbitrary poll. Well this poll did not include me and I am sure many other Americans that are intelligent and can think rationally for themselves without being led by the news media are not included either. So your results are a false positive, because as an American I still find the President Obama to be trustworthy, he has kept his word in many ways more than a lot of presidents I have seen, that didn’t care enough about the people to face biased criticisms and lies in order to help the very same people.
    I say instead of pointing fingers and trying to use the President as a scapegoat, let us work together to make America better by giving the Administration/technical team that is responsible for the healthcare website some time to get this right or make useful suggestions to help them with the process; a better and life changing healthcare opportunity depends on it.

    November 13, 2013 05:36 am at 5:36 am |
  3. steveintampa

    It is absolutely racist not to trust obama implicitly. We all have known this from the start, and now we have people baring their racist teeth at obama just because the obamacare launch did not go exactly as planned. When will this country advance beyond the shallow and see the depth of character this president brings to the office?

    November 13, 2013 05:39 am at 5:39 am |
  4. Steve

    Illinois? Lawyer? Politician? Trustworthy? Do the math people!!! I hope to live long enough to actually vote for someone instead of voting against the "other guy."

    November 13, 2013 05:46 am at 5:46 am |
  5. jim

    I do not trust this guy at all. Who can trust someone that doesnt even know the healthcare laws that are changing. These people in Washington have no clue what there doing and are ruining the lives of so many people.

    November 13, 2013 06:05 am at 6:05 am |
  6. Nan

    Ya don't say...

    November 13, 2013 06:13 am at 6:13 am |
  7. paintpaintpaint

    Quinnipiac is not the best polling. I have not met ONE person – and we all talk about it, who 1) is not happy for the ACA, or 2) thinks ANY less of this president. Somebody's lying.

    November 13, 2013 06:15 am at 6:15 am |
  8. john scherer

    I believe for the purpose of the poll, a much larger sample is needed . . Registered and non registered voters

    November 13, 2013 06:17 am at 6:17 am |
  9. Jeff

    Let's be clear, this isn't about a website glitch. This is about most Americans seeing their health car cost rise a lot, along with their out of pocket expenses if they ever have to use it. "Affordable"? Hah!

    November 13, 2013 06:18 am at 6:18 am |
  10. Chooch

    Funny, I am an "American" born and raised in the United States. I trust Obama a lot more than I did the last president. He has not lied his way in to a war has he? Seems to me about 2 trillion dollars has been thrown away. What was gained by invading Iraq and fighting a war there? It also seems to me that Iraq is in a lot worse situation than when Saddam Hussein was in charge. Meanwhile some people try to claim helping people to live, to get medical insurance, is so horrible. This brings to mind a phrase "The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness." (John Kenneth Galbraith)

    November 13, 2013 06:25 am at 6:25 am |
  11. PaulG

    Lie and deny, all while you forward your ideological agenda.

    November 13, 2013 06:33 am at 6:33 am |
  12. Charles

    hmm it seems like rats fleeing a sinking ship. Already the knives are coming out.

    November 13, 2013 06:33 am at 6:33 am |
  13. Dex

    The problem with polls, is that people are stupid.

    November 13, 2013 06:37 am at 6:37 am |
  14. Kude

    If his numbers don't get better, then I wouldn't be surprised if things got much worse. Should it become clear that the democrafts have no chance of winning the 2016 election, then why not take this opportunity to air some of their dirty laundry, while the stink of Obama would cover up the smell?

    November 13, 2013 06:38 am at 6:38 am |
  15. jasonBd

    He lied. Repeatedly. If you still think he's trustworthy, that is YOUR problem.

    November 13, 2013 06:42 am at 6:42 am |
  16. Larry Hoover

    polls said Romney was going to win also, did they ask you what you thought?

    November 13, 2013 06:51 am at 6:51 am |
  17. Benzilla

    This was all predictable. Never managed anything and he was elected bny the low information voters on his charm. Just wait till the Business plans start getting cancelled. Also stop comparing to Romney Care ....he has the foresight
    to roll his plan out in segments as to not disrupt the whole state. Barac is a predictable miserable failure

    November 13, 2013 06:55 am at 6:55 am |
  18. Juanito

    Obama was a charlatan since the democratic primaries prior to his presidency. How this senator managed to beat Hillary C for the nomination is a mystery. He didnt have the experience, and certainly didn't have the war chest to do it, and no one wins the nomination without big money supporters.

    Just who funded this guy?

    Like the dems who supported the healthcare act, the majority of this nation believed in his words without actually looking into the details and under the rug. The sad part is that this is just the first step of a long line of disappointments with this law.

    For those who lost their benefits and didn't vote for this fascist, I'm sorry that it happened.

    For all those who voted for him and lost their benefits, I'm still sorry because I don't wish what's coming down the pike for any of us.

    We will always think of Obama every pay period when we see more of our work dollars go towards higher premiums with each paycheck.

    November 13, 2013 06:55 am at 6:55 am |
  19. MainelyDoc

    Once someone's trust is lost, it's seldom regained. Liars lie. It's that simple.

    November 13, 2013 06:58 am at 6:58 am |
  20. Minnie Mouse

    Why is it that some health care providers are changing to meet the new law standards and some are not?? President Obama, you need to change this law to where all the health care providers are meeting the new law standards in the ACA. If this law was changed then everyone who was dropped from his or her insurance plan, would be able to keep the same insurance company.

    This is exactly what you need to tell the US that you are going to do and you can make this change. You can't ever say that the law is the law and can't be changed, because one change has already been made to give small business of 50 people a one year extension. How justified is that?? It's not!!

    This one change will fix what you said to the public, and allow everyone to keep the insurance that they already have and plus they will have a better plan in the end.

    How ridiculous is it to make changes to the people who all have to now buy insurance and be fined and then not make all the insurance providers meet the standards of the ACA. They deserve to be fined, if we all and these are the people who are providing the insurance to us.

    We are all paying in good faith President Obama, so you need to change this law to where everyone who is paying for insurance as to regardless of what company are getting the ACA new law standards in the services provided to us all.

    It's not the we are even paying in good faith, millions of people will now struggle paying but this is the new law and the insurance providers are not meeting the law. You signed this law, you need to make it right for the country for everyone.

    May then people will trust in you.

    November 13, 2013 06:59 am at 6:59 am |
  21. humtake

    It was simple. All he had to do was be honest up front without using wordplay. True, he did say the government will not force you to drop your healthcare. But then he went on to say you can keep your current insurance which, just like many of his promises, was a promise he couldn't keep because he can't tell businesses how to run their benefits programs. So the private sector decided to drop peoples' insurance. A President who uses wordplay to get something passed SHOULD be considered untrustworthy. But then, what politician is trustworthy?

    November 13, 2013 07:02 am at 7:02 am |
  22. Name jk. Sfl. GOP CRUZ lee&rubio 24billion dallar LOSS of your tax money conservatives,the garbage of America.

    Like the GOP cares if you have healthcare???? The GOP only cares if the oil companies can keep their 40 billion dallar tax write off!!!!! That's why they will lose the house in 2014 midterms!!!!!

    November 13, 2013 07:06 am at 7:06 am |
  23. Gabbo

    Of course he is not trustworthy – if he's proven ANYTHING over the past 5 miserable years, it's that.

    November 13, 2013 07:08 am at 7:08 am |
  24. Harsh Realities

    The 19% who think their healthcare will improve are those who will get free health care via medicaid, those that said the law would have no impact are those already on medicare, medicaid, or exempted union employees. Those that say things are getting worse are the hard working taxpayers who will have to pay more of their hard earned money for less health care while subsidizing medicaid users.

    November 13, 2013 07:20 am at 7:20 am |
  25. lynn gail 64

    I absolutely trust Obama. It is extremely unfortunate the enrollment for insurance went awry. It is my understanding something is being done to help those cancelled. However, we fail to see that news glamorized. I guess it doesn't play well in Hollywood or something.

    November 13, 2013 07:21 am at 7:21 am |
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