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. Bill

    Obama less that truthful? I've been hearing/saying that since 2007.

    November 12, 2013 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  2. August Rouse

    So...everyone is mad because they lost crappy Wal-Mart health plans and have to get something that is actually worth buying?

    November 12, 2013 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  3. Greenspam

    Yep. And most Americans are just sheep to ideology of their respective political parties too. Most people are too dumb to think and just parrot their political parties or biased news media – this applies to both Dems and Repubs.

    November 12, 2013 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  4. Enough

    You can't judge Obama by what the republicans say. Those bas tar ds only care for the rich and powerful. Not the people or the Nation. Now, I do not dislike him but I am keeping my eyes on him. He needs to Fix the ACA and make sure people can keep wha they already have.

    November 12, 2013 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  5. Libertarian in TX

    Finally, it appears that even the bluest of liberals are starting to realize how much of a joke Obama is. You people elected him just because he promised hope and change, but once that new president smell wore off, you were shocked to realize he's just like every other damn politician.

    I'm not saying the Republicans are much better, but they at least live in the real world while Obama is trying to forge his own utopian paradise.

    November 12, 2013 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  6. TheSadTruth

    I will probably never vote for him again for president!

    November 12, 2013 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  7. Bryan

    One thing we learned in our Logic class about polls and percentages are the way they are taken, when they were taken, who did they interview, where did they make the calls, etc. 2,545 voters, doesn't tell whether between both Republicans and Democrats, how many states? Even number of Red and Blue? Those you ask, do they have ObamaCare? Did they sign up? Did they go through the process? You see, you have to be skeptical.

    November 12, 2013 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  8. David

    Obama was muslim raised, muslim named and Socialist schooled. He promised in his book that he would take America down from #1 to the level of an average country. Socialism dosnt work but he's trying. His cult followiers seems to be waking to how bad America has become in the last 4 years.

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

    The lefts stupidity is on stark display right now. if the gop doesnt seize power next year we are done as a world leader. Remember how hard gop fought to delay aca and obama refused to even talk to them. Thats what will bury the dems, if the american people still have any sense left.

    November 12, 2013 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  10. jinx9to88

    So. If the GOP throws enough crap at the wall some should stick. Still wondering what the House has done to better America the last 5 years.

    November 12, 2013 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  11. johnk

    And just where do you run your polls from? America needs now a real leader, one who is straight forward, will tell you the facts as best as he/she can without political correctness, and put the country;s future first not their own. Have the courage to make decisions, ask for advice, and be humble to learn from our past. Another George Washington please!

    November 12, 2013 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  12. srcactus

    It's about time!

    November 12, 2013 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  13. Gregg

    People do not trust Government, period. If you ask these same people if they trust congress or the Senate the numbers would even worse....

    November 12, 2013 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  14. Thomas

    Well dud. I knew DIMs were slow, but this is comical.

    November 12, 2013 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  15. Adam

    I guess the party is over. Onward to the 2016 Election!! How about a canidate that actually ran a business of significant size for a change.

    November 12, 2013 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  16. STOP-the-nonsense

    I've always wondered who they were polling, when I see these polls that supposedly represent what America thinks. Yet, I don't know anyone that has EVER participated in one of these polls.

    But, what gets me is the commentary that accompany these poll results; specifically the one regarding trustworthiness.
    "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."

    How does 52% with a sampling error of plus or minus 1.9 percentage points constitutes being underwater? Also, what did the other 8% have to say? CNN you're really starting to sound like the right-wing news network these days. Please get back to reporting the news without the political spin.

    November 12, 2013 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  17. richard miller

    "better known as Obamacare".....The name of the Law is the Affordable Care Act....perhaps the press is somewhat responsible for the lower ratings and the incessant references to the law.....

    November 12, 2013 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  18. Tom

    That's the bad news......the good news is the trust the GOP and Tea Party a LOT less than him.

    November 12, 2013 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  19. Howard Flynn

    He also lied about labeling the Benghazi attack the work of terrorists from the outset and made all kinds of economic promises during his 2008 election campaign that never came true. Funny how nobody held him accountable for this things

    November 12, 2013 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  20. DC10

    It took almost over 5 years to get find this out? Better late than never...

    November 12, 2013 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  21. Too Scruffy

    Would you buy a health insurance policy from a proven liar?

    November 12, 2013 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  22. john.deatherage

    It's taken a while (too long) but people are starting to catch on....

    November 12, 2013 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  23. whoyourname

    That was only one of many many many many many many many many many lies.

    November 12, 2013 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  24. JohnD39

    Not surprising when the House majority concentrates on destroying the President instead of making the country work better.

    November 12, 2013 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  25. didi

    Its going to take time to get this hca running smooth this is health care for the whole country calm down give it a chance,

    November 12, 2013 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
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