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. Chris

    If he were in Japan, he would resign in disgrace. Instead, he's in the land of liberal dreams and he's flourishing as he throws money to his voters who stand there with arms open and eyes shut.

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

    Every day I get up and wonder, "What will be today's new bad Obama news?"

    November 12, 2013 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    I voted for President Obama, but what has happened? Building FIMA Camps for dissidents; confiscation of firearms (against the Bill of Rights); spying and snooping of American Citizens - tapping their phones and reading their Mail; militarization of the police; FEMA purchasing billions or rounds of ammunition in order to "keep Americans in line"; searching Americans homes with out court warrants (against the 4th Amendment); production of hundreds of thousands of FEMA coffins for who - you? Jamming some freaky form of health care down each American throat and confication of their assets if the don't pay up? Passing laws that allow the murder of Americans without a trial. To name a few.

    President Obama is President of America not the Dictator/King of America or is He? The American People want a President not a Dictator. Mr. Obama need to return to our Constitution and Bill of Rights and respect it.

    November 12, 2013 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  4. Big Daddy

    NEWSFLASH! I'll alert the media.

    November 12, 2013 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  5. Name

    He's a puppet just like bush. When will americans realize it doesn't matter who they vote for. Our country is run by a shadow govt.

    November 12, 2013 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  6. NC

    I trust the President more than I do congress, CNN, CBS and FOX news.

    November 12, 2013 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  7. Thomas Nichols

    Certainly his numbers are going to keep dropping as it becomes clearer to the american people he was way over his head in this healthcare reform. He's just not that smart. But, some people do recover. Take Donald Trump. He over extended himself to near bankruptcy in the 1980s but managed to come back strong. Now Obama doesn't have a recovery strategy to stand on, and nothing left in his term to leave as a positive legacy.

    November 12, 2013 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  8. America Suckered Again

    Americans have a limit for the amount of deception someone can give them. Making mistakes is usually forgiven. Incompetence is usually forgiven. Intentional and deliberate deception is not acceptable.

    November 12, 2013 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  9. Wake up People!

    No matter how low his ratings drop, he is still the POTUS for 3 more years. Take that GOPT!

    November 12, 2013 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  10. JeffinIL

    This was Obama's, "Read my lips, no new taxes", equivalent.

    November 12, 2013 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  11. Dean

    The remaining 48% is on the dole.

    November 12, 2013 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  12. UVozone

    The majority have finally seen through the deflections.

    November 12, 2013 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  13. LiberalsRcancer

    Bwaahhaaa.. I hope every single one of you libs chokes on the hopey changey thingy & d1es. You have absolutely ZERO respect for others so let me kindly reciprocate..

    November 12, 2013 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  14. wowcnn

    A story that it was probably someone's homework. C'mon cnn your starting to sound like fox.news

    November 12, 2013 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  15. Reilley

    Obama is a lying snake, I regret my vote

    November 12, 2013 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  16. Peter

    Still nowhere near Bush's low, or the current numbers for Congress.

    November 12, 2013 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  17. EdL

    Obama, for beginners why not apologize for your non-apology?

    November 12, 2013 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  18. Kman66

    Unfortunately, the pain of his policies, or lack thereof, has just begun.

    November 12, 2013 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  19. goldminetown

    How could 44 % still believe this president is honest and trustworthy ?

    November 12, 2013 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  20. yo!

    Americans ... you can do it! Stop fighting and make the law work.

    November 12, 2013 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  21. JV63

    I'm surprised it took this long for the majority to disapprove. Way to start waking up America, a little late though...

    November 12, 2013 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  22. m123

    fool a lib 297 times and they figure it out
    This guy is a bigger loser than Bush, and that's big
    Hopelessly inept, he represents everything wrong with liberalism
    If he had held true on his word, and kept his many campaign promises he would have been one of the great presidents.
    now he will be remembered as a joke

    November 12, 2013 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  23. ChalupaBatman

    Never trust politicians. Good rule of thumb that will never let you down.

    November 12, 2013 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  24. TexDoc

    I don't think Obama is untrustworthy. I think he's arrogant, he really thought he cold say anything, do anything, change anything, without the press calling him on it.

    November 12, 2013 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  25. Wade

    OOOOOH he is looking very BUSHY like

    November 12, 2013 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
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