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. Tom1940

    The question: "Are his lips moving?" The reply: "Yes!" Answer: "He's lying!" The age old "saw" about politicians, that, with each passing generation, becomes one of those "truisms" that comes out, time after time after time.

    November 13, 2013 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  2. Refuse2give up

    I am sick of hearing people say that Obama won in a landslide and that he's doing what a majority of the country wants. That is another lie that is being repeated by the left. In fact, when Obama was re-elected in 2012, there were 241 million registered voters and Obama got only 70 million of those votes. Look it up if you don't believe me. True, it was enough to beat Romney, but it was only 31% of all registered voters and certainly not a majority of all Americans. It was an outrage the way this President and his supporters lied to promote the ACA and then passed the bill without any bi-partisan support. I'm glad the Republicans and Tea Party activists have been doing everything they can to prevent this President from achieving his full socialist agenda. They need to keep fighting.

    November 13, 2013 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  3. Harish Tekchandani

    It is wrong to say that Pres. Obama is lying.
    Problem with the Obama Care should have been implemented in 2-3 states for Trial and fixing problem.
    This is a direct result of lack of experience for anyone to try to implement such a huge project without testing out at a smaller scale to start with.
    This is why most successful presidents have also been past governors as they learn a lot on a smaller scale.
    Unfortunately Pres. Obama was too young when we elected him to be our President.
    History will be unfair to him and rate him with bad light

    November 13, 2013 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  4. BoughtandPaid4

    That's all right...the next white president will take us into another war or rob us like the Bush crooks.

    November 13, 2013 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  5. And the beat goes on...

    do I trust President Obama? about as much as I've trusted any of his predecessors. are there seriously people who look to a president for moral guidance? which of those who came before him didn't lie about something? what is it that makes a lie told by this president the mother of all lies and liars? if I were advising him, I would say don't change a thing (unless it's to further improve the healthcare law). i'm glad that this president doesn't govern by crisis...when the chatter dies down, those who need (affordable) health insurance will discover that big, bad, Obama really did something to help them and when this poll is taken again, he will be back to trustworthy and many will want to have a beer with him..

    November 13, 2013 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  6. Duane Allen

    Trust Obama... I suppose you must mean compared to trusting Bush/Cheney and GOP? Obama vs Bush/Cheney lying to the world about yellow cake uranium, Weapons of Mass Destruction, the secret White House energy policy meetings with executives of the petroleum industry, the Iraqis will greet us with open arms, Mission Accomplished, bring `em on, we'll get bin Laden, the Patriot Act, Voter Suppression, etc... is that the trust thing you'd be talking about?

    November 13, 2013 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  7. JD

    How many Blacks were in this poll? Are the people taking the poll and giving it honest?

    How many blacks do you know feel like the president has kept his promises to us? Is the black community any closer to being self-sufficient and capable of beating back its demons?

    There's a fine line between wanting him to be successful, as most of my friends do, and covering for him despite obvious breaches of trust and competence (as most of my friends do also).

    Obviously it's hard to be objective when there's so much more than policy that's attached to his presidency, and so much baggage that we have to carry being black in this country. But he isn't doing us any favors by being dishonest and incompetent.

    November 13, 2013 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  8. Harry101

    NO and he painting the rest of party with a wide brush. But I look at the impact Palin had and how her thinking was use to paint the GOP and I don't feel to bad for the DNC. It's common practice

    November 13, 2013 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  9. Mike in Houston

    Though it's one of the biggies, in terms of lie's Obama told us about Obamacare, the "you can keep your coverage" lie will ultimately be down the list when it all shakes out. In my mind, the biggest lie was what he said the program would cost. Had he been honest about the total cost of the program in the first place, he never would have gotten this fiasco passed in the first place. Why hasn't anybody from the press released any updated information about the cost of this plan. Why do I feel like it has already doubled and it isn't even fully implemented. Why do I feel like the whole thing was based on pie in the sky expectations about the young people signing up in droves. These same young people that are being hurt most by Obama's economic policies and are hidden in the grossly under reported unemployment numbers.
    Nothing about this plan makes care more affordable. It does nothing to control the spiraling costs, It just takes from the young and puts it in the governments pocket to hand out. All the while the government grows out of control and the insurance companies work the system to make bigger and better profits.

    November 13, 2013 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  10. Jam

    O is more dangerous because he is a smoother liar than Bush.

    With the republicans, they don't tried to hide their opinions. WIth O, he will play the Mr. "I am on your side." but do the exact opposite.

    I voted for hope and change the first time, then realized he was just another stinkin' liar. His spying, his lies, it's all too much.

    Bottom line, Obama sucks. Hope and change my azteck.

    November 13, 2013 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  11. Peach

    WHY would anyone trust this guy--track record tells it all. He'll go down in history as the worst president–EVER. Obamacare = epic failure

    November 13, 2013 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  12. Richard

    I don't trust anyone who would seek political office. Why should I?

    November 13, 2013 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  13. comradbill

    The Statists will never stop trying to take your liberty. You are too stupid to make decisions on your own. You need smart people like Obama to make those decisions for you. It will never be his fault, because he is too smart. It is the fault of all the stupid people who couldn't make his grand plan work.

    November 13, 2013 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  14. Fair is Fair

    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!!!!!
    Care to wager a few "dallars" on that?

    November 13, 2013 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  15. Maria Delaluz

    Fox News had/has been reporting all these Obama lies for the past three years. They were called a bunch of racists. Oh my goodness now MSNBC, ABC, CBS, NBC and CNN are reporting the same thing! All of a sudden they've become racists too!........NO, nothing but a bunch of Johnnys come lately.

    November 13, 2013 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  16. AKCoyote

    "President Obama's job approval rating has fallen to the level of former President George W. Bush at the same period of his Presidency."

    Can't wait to see what it is when his Reign of Error is finally over.

    November 13, 2013 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  17. DJH

    What's sad about this is it's taken so long for so many to see what has been obvious from the start. But, when you have corrupt, unethical, integrity challenged, lying, deceitful, cowardly, unAmerican propagandists in cnn/abc/cbs/nyt/nbc/wapo et al covering for every lie or deceit by the dems it's not hard to see how so many have been fooled for so long.

    Now that the majority of Americans see him for what he really is it's time we, the people, went after the corrupt media for deceiving us, lying to us, ignoring relevant facts and stories that would have hurt obama/dems. For allowing the constant cowardly, ignorant attacks of 'racist', 'extremist' and 'terrorist' to be leveled against innocent average Americans for disagreeing with policies we've always opposed!
    Bring down the celebrity twit scumbag propagandist media – go after their advertisers, change the channel and make these 'treasonous' scum in the media suffer for their crimes!

    November 13, 2013 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  18. Rob

    Obama and his cromeys are outcasts. For all the people saying 'I believe in OBUMMER", I say your probably on his pay roll or under his desk. Democrats will be the death of our nation.

    November 13, 2013 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  19. Jack 2


    How many Blacks were in this poll? Are the people taking the poll and giving it honest?

    What does it matter? are they going to approve his preformance because he's black?

    November 13, 2013 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  20. Jack 2

    He's definitly a liar. Like most liars he thinks he's not. Lying is so natural for him that he believes himself

    November 13, 2013 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  21. Harry

    Let me start by saying I am no Obama fan and did not vote for him but I find it interesting that this debate is so focused on Obama. This laws was passed by the US Senate with 51 votes, they constructed it with the help of special interest and passed it by changing senate voting rules and then sent it to the president who most likely did not read the very law he signed. So now they very group who created the law are blaming the executive branch for the mess they created and are running for cover. Democrat, Republican or Independent is not the problem it is the 100 members of the US Senate that are failing this country and our outrage should be directed at them.

    November 13, 2013 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  22. milenkovic milan

    During Obama's transition to office in 2008, he had an 82% approval rating…Today 39% is unacceptable for President, even with below 10% American’s support to US Congress (for a long period of time). Still, Pr. Obama has 3 more years to go: during Pr. Obama second term I gave my support to President for “Economic Patriotism”, gun control, immigration reform, cyber security, and climate change ( investing in Green Energy, is the best way to cut CO2 emission and to reduce our dependence on foreign oil)…American people need RESULTS, NOT words…

    November 13, 2013 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  23. goostoff

    Duh...what took the massses so long to figure out!?. Wait dont answer that. Obama worst president in 75 years.
    Hope Huntsman runs next election

    November 13, 2013 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  24. jon wilson

    Doesn't matter who's running this country,Republicans or Democrats. Politicians have been letting this country slide into a trainwreck for years. It will take 20 years to even getting close to be repaired. Obama in office is just a drop in the bucket. If we aren't careful we'll be just another 3rd world country.

    November 13, 2013 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  25. Tony Torres

    The problem is not all Obama's. If people would be a little patient with the ACA,with the GOP doing all it can to screw the law, the problems that site has had and some things done under the cover of darkness (so the GOP would not sabotage it) of course things are not running smoothly. Why don't we wait a year at least, then we will know if it is a bad law or not. I f it is bad we the people will vote it down. In the mean time shut the hell up(Fox News,CNN,etc) or at least don't try to discredit the law. Why not point out the good this law is doing not just the shortcomings that will eventually be fixed. Once again BE A LITTLE PATIENT!

    November 13, 2013 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
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