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. Thomas Shuck

    A misstatement? Call it what it was. "If you like your healthcare plan you can keep your plan. Period."

    It was a lie. Plain & simple. He lied & deceived the American People into voting for his agenda. Now we must trudge through 3 more years of his histrionics.

    November 13, 2013 08:03 am at 8:03 am |
  2. BenDare

    I just don't know why people would doubt President Obama now. His integrity and competence now are every bit as good as they were before he was elected. Shame on you ignorant, silly people.

    November 13, 2013 08:10 am at 8:10 am |
  3. choochplanet

    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 08:11 am at 8:11 am |
  4. Sharon


    November 13, 2013 08:13 am at 8:13 am |
  5. SuZieCoyote

    The American people asked for health care reform and we got more of the same old insurance company rip-off, only worse.

    November 13, 2013 08:13 am at 8:13 am |
  6. zaphed

    My insurance rates went up 15 percent this year. Much more than previous years. I am not who the heck to trust any more. Anarchy time dear americans is near

    November 13, 2013 08:14 am at 8:14 am |
  7. Christian Grey

    he has lied to you for 5 years and now you don't trust him...such a laugh

    November 13, 2013 08:16 am at 8:16 am |
  8. Frank

    Its all about "Wealth Distribution" remember Obama telling Jake the Plumber that we need "Wealth Distribution" ? We need to spread the wealth? Now how do you Obama lovers like having your money taken from you for things you dont want or need like a 50 year old paying for maternity and sane people paying for mental health insurance whether you want it or not? And if you dont like it and dont pay up they will take 2% of your gross income from you. This is SOCIALISM. The thing those mean ol republicans warned you about.

    Your now getting the "Wealth Distribution" you voted for! ENJOY IT!

    November 13, 2013 08:17 am at 8:17 am |
  9. Tony Bartlett

    Welcome to reality, former kool-Aid drinkers!

    November 13, 2013 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  10. uncdig

    It is honorable that they stuck with him this long. Apparently lies do matter

    November 13, 2013 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  11. Max Conrad

    Gee whiz! A politician from the corrupt cesspool of Chicago turns out to be untrustworthy.

    Never saw that coming. Ooops! I'm missing the latest episode of Honey Boo Boo!

    November 13, 2013 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  12. Richard

    Do I trust BHO? Never have, never will !

    November 13, 2013 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  13. Rudy NYC

    "You can't soar like an eagle when you fly with turkeys."

    November 13, 2013 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  14. johnp40

    How will we ever survive another three years of this ?

    November 13, 2013 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  15. asseyeseeit

    Does the term "you lie" ring a bell!

    November 13, 2013 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  16. End The Party

    maybe they should have read the bill before they passed it?

    November 13, 2013 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  17. stan

    Half the country didn't trust him from day one. It's just that the other half is finally waking up to reality and it's too bad for America they didn't see straight in the first place.

    November 13, 2013 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  18. Pat Roy

    I haven't trusted this man since 2008 when the right vetted him and handed it up and the media flipped us all the bird.

    November 13, 2013 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  19. davidfarrar

    The only way now Senate Democrats can stop Obama and Obamacare from destroying millions of personal health care plans in time to save their own political skins is through impeachment. The man's a communist. He doesn't give a hoot about the political aspirations or careers of other Congressional Democrats.

    ex animo

    November 13, 2013 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  20. ram

    There are many people who weren't asked, though. I don't totally trust anyone without question, but the healthcare changes take time to implement, so that isn't related to how trustworthy he is. I don't like some things he does, but I don't like some things everyone does. It's a lot of fear mongering and

    November 13, 2013 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  21. ram

    I wasn't finished...and although there is reason to criticize how the healthcare rolled out, it's not reflective of the plan itself.

    November 13, 2013 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  22. JCQueipo

    I trust him

    November 13, 2013 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  23. Name jk. Sfl. GOP CRUZ lee&rubio 24billion dallar LOSS of your tax money conservatives,the garbage of America.

    The only poll that matters is the election and Obama won in a landslide!!!! The poll also said Romney would win the election???? The GOP will find out what the REAL poll numbers are when they LOSE the house in 2014 and are in the trash can where they belong!!!!!

    November 13, 2013 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  24. J Robinson

    Did the president cancel those insurance policies? No, it was the greedy insurance companies that did, because they were not willing to offer coverage that would cut into their profits. And Clinton has no business adding his two cents, except to prepare the way for him and his wife to re-inhabit the WH.

    November 13, 2013 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  25. Witness protection

    Eh, depending on who you poll, those numbers are unchanged since before the election. Half the country would say the same about anyone with a D before their name or vice versa.

    November 13, 2013 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
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