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. Noname

    Duh.......the American voters are FINALLY waking up to Obama's incompetence ! Why did it take so long?

    November 12, 2013 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  2. Name Tom

    I voted for him enthusiastically!!
    I am very sorry I made a terrible mistake!

    I realize now that I was caught up in the excitement of electing our first Black President!! I also hated (and still do) Hillary Clinton. BO has got to be one of the worst Presidents ever!!

    November 12, 2013 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  3. Jonathon Powelly

    Obama is going to need all of his communications skills to recover from the mess he has created for himself.

    November 12, 2013 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  4. Brian Smith

    We don't monitor Americans...

    November 12, 2013 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  5. vinster76

    no big surprise here, I haven't trusted him from the start....There is a certain amount of smug satisfaction in knowing I am a better judge of character than the rest of my fellow americans who voted for him....some of you doing it TWICE!!!!

    November 12, 2013 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  6. LCB

    Winners of any 'popularity' contest (which our elected officials reality has become) can become 'unpopular' in a heartbeat! Wake up America – The president is only a figurehead ... and this one does not have the theatrical experience of Reagan!

    November 12, 2013 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  7. Ted

    What is particularly annoying is all the president endured getting the health care law passed. Then the challenge before the Supreme Court, much to the amazement of most us, resulted in a 5 to 4 vote affirming the constitutionality of the law. Obama care survived a presidential election. It survived being the main motivation by Republicans to shutdown the government, and a near default on the debt. The president had it all going for him, riding on a high wave for possible takeover of the House and handing over the reins to the White House in 2016 to another democrat. All this, and he blew it by not insuring the web site was operational enough to have only minor glitches, expected with a program so complex? Even more insulting to anyone who gave the president the benefit of a doubt regarding the highly controversial health care law, with his infamous claim that those who liked their private insurance could keep it; it appears he outright lied! Not expecting the public to being enraged over it is even more of a miscalculation on his part.

    Although Bill Clinton may have his own political reasons for advising the president to restore the right to keep private insurance within the framework of the healthcare law, that doesn't change the fact that he's right. With dismal enrollment, website reconstruction delaying the proper operation and future enrollment, the future of Obama care is seriously flawed and perhaps in doubt. If the premiums skyrocket due to low enrollment, that will be another nail in the Obama care coffin.

    The bungled rollout and false assurances of such a hard fought law, plus all the time and energy used to fight for it, may be one of the greatest political blunders of all time, if it isn't fixed ASAP.

    November 12, 2013 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  8. Fedupwithgov

    Duh,...Chitown politics at its best. Gee who woulda thought he would be a scammer?

    November 12, 2013 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  9. Fedupwithgov

    I would not let him babysit for the kids.

    November 12, 2013 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  10. Kyuuji

    NOW they figure this out? I've known this since before he was elected.

    November 12, 2013 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  11. vinster76

    I have said on here that I preferred Larry, Moe, and Curly to the incumbent. However, that was said tongue in cheek, but now I am convinced that there is nothing comedic in the actions of this administration, they are malevolent and dangerous to a free people, not because they are comedic and imbecilic, but precisely because they are sinister and deceitful......Slowly but surely, the American people are awaking to the horrible truth that this man who calls himself a "man of hope and change", is malevolent, dangerous, and a liar..........

    November 12, 2013 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  12. David Rogers

    it's amazing it only took the American public to figure out after two terms that we hired or vote in a dishonest president of the United States great job

    November 12, 2013 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  13. harrisonhits2

    Anyone who trust any Washington politician of either party might be interested in several bridges I have for sale.

    Every last member of congress of both parties is utterly and totally corrupt, owned by the corporations and commits treason on a daily basis selling the country out.

    November 12, 2013 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  14. vinster76

    I told you America, this guy is a liar of the highest sort.......This cretin is single-handedly taking away your freedoms....From drones, to Benghazi, to the IRS scandals, to the NSA etc, etc, etc...., this awful, awful person is destroying our nation............................................

    November 12, 2013 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  15. Phattee

    The problem isn't Barack Obama. The problem is the exact same one that it has been for the past 30 years: the ruthless American-style capitalism that puts profits above everything else which has dug its talons into every corner of American life.

    November 12, 2013 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  16. Night Hawk

    "Also for the first time in Quinnipiac polling, more voters say the President is not trustworthy."

    Some of us have been saying this all along.....

    November 12, 2013 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  17. Spencer

    I distrust all politicians as they have evolved to solely advance the issues that will earn them reelection at the cost of the world, environment and well-being of this country. There is no reason nuclear power shouldn't be our sole means of power generation, do the research and you will see new reactors use the waste of the previous ones and cannot melt down. (0 environmental impact). There is no reason the budget shouldn't be balanced. Congress/the president should not be allowed borrow money for any reason, they have more than enough to do their duties. The internet needs to be open to all equally, none of this SOPA crap. Monopolies have been allowed to dominate us because of "generous" donations. Candidates need to be limited to a set dollar amount to use for campaigns and each should receive an equal amount of air time and debate time.

    November 12, 2013 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  18. Scott

    Why am I not surprised, he is one of the biggest con men to ever hold the Presidency. You liberals out their are easily mislead and con by him.

    November 12, 2013 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  19. modocer

    Americans usually get it right after exploring other alternatives, and floundering around for a while.

    November 12, 2013 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  20. No one cares

    Poor Barry!!! Keep drinking your Kool Aid!!!!! Folks, this is just bad legislation thrown down our throats. The concept is good, just implemented the WRONG way.

    November 12, 2013 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  21. brown291

    This is the same poll (and network) that had Obama behind during the election..

    November 12, 2013 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  22. Mel

    So what else is new?
    "The fact that we are here today to debate raising America's debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the US Government cannot pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government's reckless fiscal policies. Increasing America's debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that, 'the buck stops here.' Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better."

    ~ Senator Barack H. Obama, March 2006

    November 12, 2013 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  23. Rex

    Its taken some time for the Obama Kool-aid that most Americans swallowed to pass through their systems, but now that the electorate is waking up, they can finally see (and smell) what Obama and the libs are trying to sell them. But don't stop at Obama – Pelosi and Reid are just as guilty.

    November 12, 2013 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  24. Lydia

    What this says to me is most Americans are not very smart and do not follow politics very closely and they base their opinions on other peoples opinions and rhetoric and don't know how to form their own opinions or conclusions to anything. Basically it's media driven right down Americans throats!

    November 12, 2013 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  25. cfd

    This guy is not only a liar but a habitual liar

    November 12, 2013 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
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