Poll: Obama approval ratings drop, Americans say he's not trustworthy
November 12th, 2013
05:49 PM ET
9 years ago

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. janice solomon

    This glitch in the system is not President Obama's fault. He has good intentions. I think it may be sabotage. There are much too many Republican's who hate him and may have had a hand in creating this mess.

    November 13, 2013 07:22 am at 7:22 am |
  2. Chris Frazier

    Finally, I'm back in the majority! YEAH!!!!!

    November 13, 2013 07:24 am at 7:24 am |
  3. BJ

    The president is fortunate that the election wasn't this year.

    November 13, 2013 07:28 am at 7:28 am |
  4. ME

    It is not that I do not trust President Obama...It is the people he has hired in his administration.

    I think he put too much trust in the people he hired and they have let him down..

    Obama is very tech savvy and I think he totally trusted that the Affordable Care Act website would be in top notch working condition...

    Did not happen...now people are frustrated at what has occurred..

    And...the fact that Insurance Companies are cancelling left and right.

    They would...Insurance companies are in this for themselves and insuring people with per-existing conditions means less profit.....Going on way too long in this country.

    In the long run..President Obama has done a fantastic job....wait and see...

    November 13, 2013 07:29 am at 7:29 am |
  5. Galactus

    I believe that President Obama does not care about the American people, but only panders to special interest groups. I lost all respect for him when he started picking and choosing which laws he was going to enforce and gave millions of illegal aliens work visas at a time of record high unemployment. We need to deport all illegal aliens and create jobs in the United States. He is hurting America.

    November 13, 2013 07:33 am at 7:33 am |
  6. iceload9

    "Obama approval ratings drop, Americans say he's not trustworthy" Lying will do that. Does anyone believe the insurance companies would not have gone through this law (if they didn't write it) and see the windfall of getting rid of inexpensive policies and the administration didn't know?

    November 13, 2013 07:35 am at 7:35 am |
  7. Martha Price

    I find it interesting I know of No one that ever receive these calls apparently they are being made to TEA Partiers and Republicans. My opinion would be The President has tried to do the best he could he cant get far on many things because of those low life Republicans

    November 13, 2013 07:36 am at 7:36 am |
  8. JR

    Disapproval isn't going to solve / correct what needs to be done. I guess it is one measure that the various politicians can readily see. ("Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors".–African Proverb–) Change is always hard, you can either be afraid of it or your can embrace it. Yes, the pressure needs to be kept on the politicians to get it right, for we know the insurance companies and medical people are doing their best to influence and protect their money chests.

    November 13, 2013 07:36 am at 7:36 am |
  9. Jeff

    He lies about most of his policies and says and is a red handed liar on the Affordable Care Act. Then it's "I didn't know about it" when he gets caught in whatever scandal comes to light. Largest credibility gap since Nixon.

    November 13, 2013 07:38 am at 7:38 am |
  10. john

    Wny am I not surprised? He never represented the United States.

    November 13, 2013 07:40 am at 7:40 am |
  11. Swampman

    Some of you people voted for this man...Now live with it! I personnally am just biding time hoping we do not get another arrogant Liberal Democratic voted in next go-round. I understand most people just have to learn the hard way.

    November 13, 2013 07:42 am at 7:42 am |
  12. Pat.a.mallett

    Wow! This is some serious wishful thinking Ashley! Like you, I think that polls can be skewed, as can so called news reports.And blogs that present themselves as completely factual accounts are just darn right silly.
    You've based your whole analysis on "trust"...That's just hysterically funny given the state of American politics in it's entirety! LOL

    November 13, 2013 07:46 am at 7:46 am |
  13. cfd

    He's a pathological liar, he's in that dark place where your not sure which one of your lies was actually a lie.

    November 13, 2013 07:47 am at 7:47 am |
  14. Obamafan_21

    Everything Obama says is true . Obama has a special relationship with reality most normal people do not have . I trust Obama .

    November 13, 2013 07:47 am at 7:47 am |
  15. C. Agyeman

    I don't trust any of them, soooo.......

    November 13, 2013 07:47 am at 7:47 am |
  16. well,by golly

    if nothing else....you are all good for a "laff" before the real crying starts.

    November 13, 2013 07:50 am at 7:50 am |
  17. Old white conservative male

    Without trust you can not lead.

    November 13, 2013 07:53 am at 7:53 am |
  18. HopeChangeInAZ

    Finally after five years of watching one of the most corrupt anti-constitution administrations ever, the low information voters don't trust Obama because of their precious health care. Fools!

    November 13, 2013 07:53 am at 7:53 am |
  19. TomInRochNY

    I should have tried harder to Hillary in 2008.

    November 13, 2013 07:53 am at 7:53 am |
  20. joedog

    Truly the Emperor has no clothes; although MSNBC had him filmed in flowing purple robes .

    November 13, 2013 07:57 am at 7:57 am |
  21. roy

    The ONLY politican past present and future who can be trusted is one who has passed. They all feast on lies and deceptions to get in office and stay in office. Anyone who listens to politicans and and waste their time voting is niave.

    November 13, 2013 07:57 am at 7:57 am |
  22. Robert N. constant

    The whole object of the Republican Party since the re election of President Obama has been to obstruct anything he wants to do and discredit him in any way possible. Tea Party members have closed down the government and brought the nation to the brink of default. Republican governors have put roadblocks in the way of the Affordable Care Act. The Mitt Romney Clear Channel Radio 850 stations have been unrelenting in their propaganda, as has Fox News and the Rupert Murdoch Press.
    If Republicans had put all of the energy they have into improving America as they have into attacking the President and his policies, all Americans would be better off. As it is, America and the American people have become the ENEMY # 1 of the Tea Party. It is no wonder that some Americans are confused about the government and frustrated that things are not going better. The Republican Party is on the way out, perhaps permanently, like the Whig Party. The sooner this happens, the better for us all.

    November 13, 2013 07:57 am at 7:57 am |
  23. AmericanVet

    Hows that hope and change working for you suckers!!...We told you so!!

    November 13, 2013 07:59 am at 7:59 am |
  24. anAmerican1954

    I would more likely trust President Obama than I would trust insurance companies, most Republicans, and the apparent intelligence of many of my fellow Americans.

    November 13, 2013 08:00 am at 8:00 am |
  25. thekarl

    I hate to say "I told you so", but I did. Never trust anyone who believes the ends justify the means.

    November 13, 2013 08:00 am at 8:00 am |
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