President and Obamacare sink to new polling lows
November 20th, 2013
08:46 AM ET
9 years ago

President and Obamacare sink to new polling lows

Washington (CNN) - It's becoming a daily story: another national poll, another all-time low for President Barack Obama when it comes to his approval rating.

Wednesday morning it's CBS News. The President's approval rating stands at 37% in their new survey, plunging nine percentage points since last month–a new low for Obama in CBS News polling. The President's disapproval rating shot up from 49% in October to 57% now, a new high.

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The President's approval rating has now reached new lows or tied his all-time lows in polls released over the past three weeks from CBS News, ABC News/Washington Post, Quinnipiac University, National Journal Heartland Monitor, and NBC News/Wall Street Journal.

A CNN Poll of Polls, compiled and released Wednesday morning, which averages the three latest non-partisan, live operator national surveys of the President's approval rating (CBS News, Gallup Daily Tracking, and ABC News/Washington Post), puts Obama's approval at 40% and his disapproval at 55%.

Support for health care law sinks

Just 31% of those questioned in the CBS News poll say they approve of the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, a drop of 12 points since last month, and the lowest level of support for the measure in CBS surveys. That overall drop was fueled by a 16 point plunge in support by Democrats, to 58% and an 11 point drop among independents, to 27%.

Sixty-four percent say they're not confident that will be fixed by Dec. 1. Forty-eight percent say the health care law needs some changes, 43% want the measure repealed, with just seven percent saying it's working well.

Only 21% give the GOP in Congress a thumbs-up, with 26% feeling the same way about congressional Democrats.

Approaching Bush's numbers

Obama's approval ratings are far lower than where Ronald Reagan (low to mid 60's) and Bill Clinton (upper 50's) stood at this time in the second terms, and he's nearing where his immediate predecessor, George W. Bush stood.

"Approval ratings for Obama and George W. Bush have followed the same pattern in their second terms for completely different reasons. For Bush, a natural disaster and an unpopular war were the primary reasons why his approval rating dropped to 41% in October 2005 and to 37% in November of that year," CNN Polling Director Keating Holland said.

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soundoff (52 Responses)
  1. Malory Archer

    Considering how low the rethugs have set the bar over the last 20 years, short of his intentionally nuking one of our closest allies, I'll continue to support the guy who "lied" about a website, thank you very much.

    November 20, 2013 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  2. Borderless

    Mr. President, does circling the drain make you dizzy?

    November 20, 2013 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  3. ora pike

    obama has almost 50% of the voters dependent upon government--ever wonder why???? it s like iran-why would anyone president in his right mind support a terrorist -– research obama's mentors and you will find the answers.

    November 20, 2013 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  4. Roger

    You Guys like to run polls when things are not going right, but when they are going right. You just shut-up. Please be fair guys

    November 20, 2013 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  5. king

    hey i chalk this up as a president doing something hard and beneficial for the American people, because anything good in this world comes with a cost. the repubs relentless attack on his healthcare law, is taking a toll on themselves, because they are leaving the door for the dems to come in. do they take a look on the polls lately i hope they know that the president is not running for anymore office.

    November 20, 2013 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  6. Roger

    America watch, President Obama is going to go down as one of America's best presidents ever. He has done a lot in tough times. There are always issues that come-up with every president but the question is, what have you done for the people? The healthcare he has provided to Americans is also going to work even though many Republicans want it to fail. Republicans know that this is a big deal and a big achievement since many presidents have tried to pass it and failed so they are doing everything possible to bad-mouth it. But Sorry republicans, Obamacare is here to stay and the American people will soon realize what you are to and they will vote you out of office in 2014.

    November 20, 2013 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  7. Charles

    Americans are starting to notice that this president is not performing his constitutional duty to faithfully execute the law - and in this case, a law he and his party wrote.

    The Obama administration announced last July that it is not enforcing Obamacare's employer mandate. It has admitted that it cannot verify the eligibility of applicants for Obamacare subsidies. (Come and get it!)

    It says it will provide subsidies for those buying insurance through the federal health care exchanges in 36 states - even though the legislation nowhere authorizes that.

    And last Thursday, as congressional Democrats were panicking and supporting measures to allow people to keep their current health insurance policies, Obama announced that he would not impose penalties on policies that don't comply with the law.

    November 20, 2013 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  8. Lynda/Minnesota

    I see CNN received the newest Rand Paul talking point memo and thus is continuing with its "Down With Obamacare" coverage.

    November 20, 2013 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  9. Sandy

    Well, duh. What else would anyone expect? How low can they go?! How low can they go?!

    November 20, 2013 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  10. H.G. Wells

    Obamacare is a boondoggle and it is driving away medical professionals who don't want to become Government lackeys.

    November 20, 2013 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  11. sillyT

    look, the emperor has no clothes!



    November 20, 2013 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  12. freeman

    Well , I hope all of you wanted obamacare are happy. This is just going to get worse.
    I am an independant who voted for Obama.What a mistake.

    November 20, 2013 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  13. Dazzy

    Democrats are finally wising up to his complete ineptitude. Good job.

    It should have come much sooner, however, with his "all or nothing" approach to the ACA that numbers show 77% of Americans did not want in it's current form. Most of us already knew it meant cancelled policies and across the board increases, we knew it would have low enrollment due to the 'no pre-existing condition denial' bit in it.
    It's cheaper to pay the penalty, then sign up when you actually get sick, then cancel.
    It will add hundreds of billions to the debt (if not trillions over his remaining time in office).

    But the intelligent among us already knew that.

    November 20, 2013 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  14. The Liar

    This is the result of someone who is totally incompetent and covers his failures with lies....

    November 20, 2013 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  15. Rick McDaniel

    Frankly, Obama's approval rating should be zero.........literally.

    November 20, 2013 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  16. M

    Well, he's basically ruled as his immediate predecessor. Snowden is in Russia, Assange is held up in an embassy. He's still kicking down the doors of medical marijuana clinics. He's still engaging in military imperialism. He's signing free trade agreements to offshore more jobs. He hasn't done squat to paddle the people who tanked the economy in the first place. He's expanded his predecessor's privacy violations and on top of it all, he want's to take your guns. He's basically W on steroids and the left is mysteriously silent on his foreign and domestic intrusions, the same ones they were railing against for 8 years under the chimp. He was supposed to be everything to everyone, but he's thus far proven to be nobody to anyone.

    November 20, 2013 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  17. Poonky

    My opinion hasn't changed. It's always been low. Dang, I hate being right.

    November 20, 2013 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  18. Jobe

    That paper thin resume has finally started to catch up to Obama. Funny to think that people are finally starting to realize he is no Clinton or Reagan. The youth vote was a major factor in his election and they are going to foot the bills for Obamacare.

    November 20, 2013 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  19. Veritas

    New numbers in from the states. In North Dakota 30 people have bought insurance through the ACA...and 35,000 have had their policies cancelled. That means that for every one person who has gained insurance more than a thousand have lost it! And this is a success? Really?

    From news station WDAY in ND –

    ""New information tonight, on the number of North Dakotans signing up for health insurance, under the state's federally-run marketplace," says the local reporter. "The insurance commission says just 30-people have signed up so far."

    "Three insurance companies are doing business in the marketplace: Blue Cross Blue Shield, Medica, and Sanford. Those 3 companies say more than 35,000 people are, or will be, losing their existing health insurance, because of Obamacare."

    November 20, 2013 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  20. Lewis

    It's still way too high. The question is, how dumb are those in the 37% that approve of this disaster?

    November 20, 2013 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  21. Ghostonefour

    Maybe Ted Cruz was right after all. All the vitriolic statements from the president couldn't have helped his cause either.

    November 20, 2013 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  22. Ghostonefour

    Ted Cruz

    November 20, 2013 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  23. Lost

    We love you, Mr. President!! Chin Up! You are the best.

    November 20, 2013 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  24. Golden Policy!

    Funny but they never ask me. I bought my policy at and I couldn't be happier.

    November 20, 2013 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  25. Ghostonefour

    Maybe the Tea Party was right about Obamacare after all... eh CNN?

    November 20, 2013 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
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