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. Rob

    America is FINALLY realizing what a Liar Obama is is.

    November 12, 2013 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  2. Barrack "it's not my fault" Obama

    Obama sucks at his job, is a liar, and never was qualified. That is and always will be obvious to those with critical thinking skills. Still waiting for the "news" part of this article.

    November 12, 2013 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  3. Matt

    Classic second term poll numbers.

    November 12, 2013 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  4. longtooth

    Welcome to the real world. I'm an Obama voter, and I can see why people are fed up. I'm not a liberal, so don't get your conservative panties all in a twist. All I'm saying is, we need a moderate who can move things forward. If we want to dream, we can do that ourselves.

    November 12, 2013 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |

    Republican lawmakers are messing things up, They should be held repossible,Obama's adminstration is doing there best.

    November 12, 2013 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  6. dave

    It's not like he has a big election pending. A different story with all those republicans in Congress, they have an election coming up in just a few months. With poll numbers that low they shouldn't even try to run for another term. Of course some of them don't worry about elections anymore, with jerrymandering they have permanet jobs, they can do anything, or nothing, if they do nothing they still get re-elected, and still get their big pay checks.

    November 12, 2013 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  7. Eddy

    ...Why should this surprise us, Obama has been lying to the American public since he first came on the scene. The guy is simply put, inept. Maybe he's a nice guy, dunno him, but as far a job performance goes, he's simply inept, the guy is lost and doesn't understand a thing about the economy, he's clueless.

    November 12, 2013 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  8. Malory Archer

    LOL – consider the source of this so-called poll. Quinnipiac had the 2012 also ran winning in a landslide.

    November 12, 2013 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  9. John

    Thanks Obama you pretty much handed mid term elections for control of Congress to the GOP, Tea Party. Thanks for making your party toxic.That is awesome keep up the good work.

    November 12, 2013 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  10. maggieb

    This is so tiresome. He's attempting to overhaul one of the most out of control and ailing systems in this country and of course it's not going to be a smooth process! Has anyone been happy with our healthcare system as we've known it? It's a disaster and he's working on making it better. We have over 300 million people to take care of in this country – it's not going to be an easy industry to overhaul, especially when at least half of the country is battling against it. Republicans had the first decade of 2000s to fix it their way and if they had fixed it, I would have been thrilled. It shouldn't be a partisan issue!

    November 12, 2013 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  11. JimInNM

    There no words in any language or combination of languages vulgar enough to describe him or most other politicians and their masters.

    November 12, 2013 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |

    Lowest approval rating in his presidential history...not good! It must be Obamageddon!

    November 12, 2013 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  13. Jeff Michaels

    I voted for Obama and who's sorry now? I'm doing the walk of shame. California Democrats take notice: I WILL NOT VOTE DEMOCRAT again.

    November 12, 2013 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  14. roccotaco

    Man oh man are we in a mess or what?

    November 12, 2013 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  15. Guest

    What's interesting, is that 39% still approve – this after repeatedly lying to the American Public.

    November 12, 2013 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  16. Malory Archer

    To borrow a quote from Tony on the Obama approval rating thread: Obama is a lucky guy. No matter how bad things are going for him, there are always Congress and Sarah Palin to remind people what the alternatives are.

    That being said, President Obama's 44% approval rating is still FIVE TIMES HIGHER than the rethug congress and their NINE PERCENT!!! Americans are somewhat ticked at the President, but it's heartening to know that the vast majority are informed enough to know who deserves the lion's share of their scorn.

    November 12, 2013 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  17. smithdp

    Yeah, what's he going to do next, tell us there are WMD's in Iraq? Invade a country under false pretenses?

    November 12, 2013 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  18. abnguy

    You will not find the truth logged in as visiting the White House.
    A few off the top of my head are: Allowing 5 days to review bills before signing them, not.
    Be the most transparent administration, not, has logged more FOI denials than any other president.
    Negotiate health care reform on C-SPAN, not, most happened behind closed doors.
    Close Gitmo, not
    End dependence on foreign oil in 10 years not kept
    If you have health care I will lower your premiums, not kept
    Get families sick days to care for family members, not kept
    protect social security for generations, not kept
    Go throught the budget line by line to find savings, not kept.
    Tough diplomacy to stop Iran from nukes, not kept
    Stimulus create 5 million jobs, not kept
    No family who makes under 250k will see a tax increase, not kept
    Cut Port Barrel spending, not kept
    Lower health care costs by 2500 for a normal family, not kept.
    Make government spending more accountable, not kept
    the list can go on a while longer but i see they are not logging the messages.

    November 12, 2013 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  19. Noah

    Imagine this... no response. It must not be allowed to criticize the the imam. Better be careful what you post as the gov. will find away to destroy you as the constitution means nothing to these people anymore. Illigetimi non corburndum et.

    November 12, 2013 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  20. Anon

    Only 52% that seems low. I'd believe 75%

    November 12, 2013 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  21. smithdp

    Yeah, what's he going to do next? Tell us there are WMD's in Iraq? Invade a country under false pretenses? Can't trust this guy. Who does he think he is trying to make health care more accessible.

    November 12, 2013 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  22. Sick of it

    Guess the Kool-Aid has been getting watered down.

    November 12, 2013 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  23. UVozone

    I honestly cannot believe his rating is 39%. It really should be 9% and the republican rating should be 75%. After all they tried to stop this poor piece of legislation, But Pelosi had to just find out what was in it. I wonder if she has?

    November 12, 2013 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  24. bigdoglv

    "Americans say he's not trustworthy" Gee, I wonder where that got that idea?

    November 12, 2013 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  25. davecu

    If you lie you'll be known as a liar.

    This is no surprise!

    November 12, 2013 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
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