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. realist512

    This is silly. I trust him much more than many previous presidents. Consider Bush 2-Cheney ane even slick Bill Clinton. Obama has been honest with us.

    BTW, this is not a news story!!! We have big problems. Report on those! A website is not a problem. Geez.

    November 13, 2013 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  2. Libba Hannah

    The problem with Obamacare does not lie with the the President; it lies with the people he entrusted to plan and work it out! I blame them. We spend more money on healthcare than any other country in the world and yet we have the poorest outcomes. So many other countries have a national health insurance program for ALL their citizens. Granted, none of those programs are perfect but at least they have SOMETHING! Those who we chose to lead us should be able to figure this out!

    November 13, 2013 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  3. realist512

    When did reporting polls become news. These kinds of stories do not inform. They are self fulfilling. People read about polls and then shape their uniformed minds. Sad.

    November 13, 2013 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  4. RC

    I think you should poll the number of people who want CNN to stop with all these silly polls. Must you take a poll everyday? Polls use to have value and meaning...but due to abuse of it, they have totally lost theor significance.

    November 13, 2013 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  5. Fr33d0mhawk

    Obama will fix it so people can keep their crappy plans, and new even crappier plans will come on line that are just a few bucks less expensive than the penalty for not being insured and they will cover nothing and Obamacare will fail spectacularly, which is a good thing. The reason its good is the GOP has been proposing Obamacare for a generation and their goal is to destroy every middle class American by forcibly redistributing wealthy from the middle class Big Insurance execs. The GOP would implement mandatory urinalysis for the peasantry, but not congressmen or rich folk. When the GOP reintroduces Obamacare, plan on Teabaggers supporting it with Taliban-like zeal, and it will cost more, provide much less, but most importantly, it will become a doctor to prison pipeline and Conservatives will support that Orwellian intrusion with Talibanic zeal. The Teaparty audience during the GOP primary debate cheered over the thought of an uninsured American dying in the gutter from a curable illness, so in order to satiate the sadistic hatred the GOP has for all Americans, they will have to make a brutal Orwellian BIG GOVT health plan that will be worse than dying in the gutter, otherwise the Teaparty won't support it. Not all Republican politicians are Orwellian thugs, praying to put their jackboots on the throat of every American, just most of them.

    November 13, 2013 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  6. Widget in Texas

    Welcome to America, CNN. What took you so long to catch on? Our "Community Organizer in Chief" couldn't organize a closet.

    November 13, 2013 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  7. Moving1

    How many died un this lie

    November 13, 2013 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  8. Val in Cleveland

    Just talking about this at work (300 employees). I keep seeing the poll numbers, but not one person I know or work with have ever been polled. So I guess they are calling landlines, which means only older voters are being called, and with the majority of old people being conservative, I would assume the numbers they speak of are, well, slanted. Have fun believing "most" and "majority" headlines!

    November 13, 2013 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  9. annaicenter

    The President's numbers are low but no where near as low as the 9% approval rating of the gop congress. Once the site is fixed this will be just another momentary trophy that the seditionist tea potters can put on the shelf.

    November 13, 2013 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  10. disgruntled_girl

    Kinda silly this said "POLL: Do you trust Obama" .... annnnnd there's no poll.

    November 13, 2013 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  11. Joi Gibson

    While I am quite disappointed in how the law is rolling out, especially the website, I still trust this President. I would not trust any congressional Republican to try to do the right thing for the middle class. All they want to do is legislate my female parts and I am quite capable of doing that on my own, thank you very much. Now Republicans say they want to help – spare me – I might believe them if it were not for the gotcha smiles on their faces when discussing the law and the implementation and their sheer glee at the thought of President Obama's poll numbers. I would not be so quick to cast stones because their glass house has no hurricane shutters. I am willing to give him the benefit of the doubt. Having said that, this website needs to be fixed pronto so people can start shopping and see what they qualify for. It is the right premise.

    November 13, 2013 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  12. jdinblankets

    The Right Wing plan to portray Obama as "The Other" has succeeded. Woe to America.

    November 13, 2013 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  13. Wake up People!

    How will he ever win that coveted third term?? Or declare himself King, Emperor or Dictator??

    They didn't poll me and I would vote for him again in a heartbeat.

    November 13, 2013 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  14. Fish

    Yes, I still trust the President even though I disagree with him often, it is no reason to distrust the man. This Health insurance debacle has been the result of poor handling of the rollout by his staff, not himself. Presidents do very little in person because the job is simply too great thus they must rely upon staffers primarily his chief of staff. The noise from the right has been so ridiculous it is difficult to discern the truth from the bull!!!

    November 13, 2013 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  15. Linda

    i trust my president, you trolls should be so lucky to have this man as your president, but your too clueless to recognize that i guess, or maybe just haters and whiners, your what is wrong with this country

    November 13, 2013 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  16. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Yeah. And blah, blah, blah to you too.
    Here's the deal America: ONE mistake, misspeak, whatever and all of a sudden he's not trustworthy? Really? gtfooh.
    We stand by our President. We, rational, patriotic Americans who will not be made to forget by an over-panting media and a determined, albeit imploding GOP that THIS President has conducted himself in a way that has made us proud to be Americans- again. And that what he has accomplished vis-a-vis getting our economy out of the toilet has been nothing short of a miracle borne out of his intelligence, hard-work, determination and compassion towards ALL Americans.
    Get off his back fickle, spoiled and amnesiac Americans.
    He's allowed to make more than one mistake. Hell, he's allowed to make as many as it takes to get the job done.
    Let us assure you that come 2014 when we gift THIS President with a Congress that will work with him for the betterment of our country his numbers will go through the roof.

    We stand by him, with him, and around him.

    November 13, 2013 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  17. Joe Namath

    Only 52%?

    November 13, 2013 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  18. Would You Look at That

    Evelyn Connaway – "Most of these polls are used and manipulated for the benefit of the GOP."

    November 13, 2013 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  19. Patricia Bell

    What's funny is that a social network like Facebook (in my circle) has an approval rating for our president of almost 0%! I'm sure there are some Obama supporters, but I just don't know them!!!

    November 13, 2013 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  20. TSB8C

    Obama is and always has been a liar. Look at his college days, time in Illinois politics, and now as president. Lie after lie after lie.

    1. "Keep your current plan – period."
    2. "Lower rates by $2500 on average."
    3. "No tax increase on the middle class."
    4. "Bills will be posted on the web site before they are voted on."
    5. "Better transparency in government."
    6. "I will close gitmo."
    7. "Benghazi was based on a video."
    8. "My mother died of cancer because she was denied health insurance for a pre-existing condition."
    9. "Shovel-ready jobs."
    10. "No lobbyists will work in my administration."
    11. "We have kept congress fully informed of NSA activities."
    12. "Fast and Furious" was started under the Bush Administration."
    13. "Under my administration, the US has doubled our exports."

    Huge epic failure.

    November 13, 2013 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  21. K. A.

    What a surprise. NOT.

    November 13, 2013 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  22. liberal disease

    you have a big problem when Bill Clinton a convicted perjurer is telling you to tell the truth….game over

    November 13, 2013 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  23. Peter

    Is it necessary to say we told you so? Or is it self explanatory at this point?

    November 13, 2013 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  24. Rudy NYC

    rusty wrote on page 12

    Seems to me to be the most irresponsible president we've ever had.
    I think Democrats like the rebranding efforts being put forth by the Grand Old Tea Party.

    November 13, 2013 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  25. Louis Trujillo

    The Question is for all those screaming Do you trust Obama/Who can you you trust?

    November 13, 2013 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
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