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 HealthCare.gov 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 Forty-eight percent say the health care law needs some changes, 43% want the measure repealed, with just seven percent saying it's working well.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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  1. truth hurts but reality bites

    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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    Oh what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to decieve.

    The American people hate liars especially when that lie directly affects their healthcare coverage, their doctors, them, their family, their wallet.

    Obama and the Democrats have really stepped in it this time. It is funny watching them try and lie their way out of it too. Making the hole ever deeper. They haven't learned their lesson about telling the truth yet. Getting tossed en masse in 2014 will be the only way they learn.

    November 20, 2013 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  2. ImvotingforHillary

    I guess the GOP is happy. No worries though. When they regain power people will see how horrible they truly are and they will get voted out again. HAHA

    November 20, 2013 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  3. mike

    And we all knew once Bush had lost the people he never got them back.............Welcome, Obama to your new reality.

    November 20, 2013 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  4. brian

    It's not a surprise, it should get worse as pepole sees that he is all politics and do not have America's interest in mind.

    November 20, 2013 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  5. dubrats

    what a shocker....oh wait.

    November 20, 2013 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  6. betterdays

    I suppose this could be called a natural disaster. It's a Democrat plan to provide for 15% by screwing things up for the other 85%, so naturally, it's a disaster.

    November 20, 2013 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  7. cscd1111

    If you think 37% is a bad approval rating just wait to americans start paying for Obamacare.

    November 20, 2013 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  8. newshound

    He doesn't care. His long term goal of "transforming America", particularly the hard-working middle class, is well underway. Wait until the corporate mandate kicks in.

    November 20, 2013 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  9. Frank S

    The poll can't really measure what people think because it hasn't been fully implemented. The website was a key blunder, combined with media constantly amplifying the Cruz/Tea Party/GOP anti Obamacare mantra has started affecting perception. We still need to see how it gets implemented in order to see what the actual issues are. I don't hear that it has failed in Massachusetts.

    November 20, 2013 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  10. MJ

    Obamacare is unconstitutional in the first place and then the government will penalize you if you don't apply for it. What is this country coming to ? He is stomping on our freedoms a little at a time. I want to be able to choose what I want and if I want. Obama promised he wanted to change this country to a socialist, Marxist country (not in those exact words, but that's what he meant) and nobody was paying attention. His charisma is what they voted for and that's all they got. It is a scary situation that the government knows better and will tell you what you need and if you need it.

    November 20, 2013 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  11. rick

    Why don't they just take it off the market, get ALL the bugs out of it, introduce it to congress, then get a vote and do it right? Get the public to vote on it, not just congress. Give us ALL the facts and details. This giving us a few details at a time is not how you do business. tell the truth for once.

    November 20, 2013 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  12. sammy750

    And we have Congress at an all time low, having done nothing since Boehner took over the house in 2010. In fact, Congress is not even in session for most of the year. 126 days in 2013 and then 116 days planned for 2014. Boehner is saying he has no work to do. They stay on vacation week after week. And the Republicans in the senate has just obstructed every bill. Reid must stop this action. We elected them to serve and help the people.

    November 20, 2013 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  13. Otis

    This is what change looks like.

    November 20, 2013 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  14. Shmitty

    This is no surprise. Its only surprising that it took this long for people to wake up.

    November 20, 2013 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  15. NorCalMojo

    It's going to get worse. The state exchanges were the only hope for Obamacare. That story about the Washington woman was a grim sign.

    November 20, 2013 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  16. Jim

    Can't imagine that people would be angry by being lied to and then have the gross incompetence on top of the lies...

    November 20, 2013 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  17. Kenman

    They're not "approaching" Bush's numbers, they're there!

    November 20, 2013 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  18. Pat

    "He's only the most transparent President we've ever had." – Said no one ever....

    November 20, 2013 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  19. Matt

    There are seriously 7% of people that are so stupid that they think Obamacare is working well? My guess is they are now Medicare recipients and have to pay nothing for their health insurance.

    November 20, 2013 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  20. Anonymous

    Part of the poblem with the public image of Obamacare is that the media coverage of the issues surrounding the Affordable Care Act has been ridiculous. Where are the stories of the millions of people who are paying less for health insurance? Where are the stories of the people who have successfully purchased health insurance for the first time in their lives? What about the thousands who’ve gotten coverage through the Medicaid expansions and the millions who won’t have access to health insurance because Republicans have refused to expand Medicaid coverage in their states?

    November 20, 2013 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  21. Just_One

    The failure just keeps getter...........more failier.......

    November 20, 2013 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  22. McBob79

    Amazing he's that high.

    November 20, 2013 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  23. styx

    Obamacare has failed on numerous levels- if recent polls are remotely true, it has lost virtually all support among independent voters, not just republicans.

    I voted for Obama, but I have to say this is the height of ineptitude by our government- comparing it to Katrina is fairly apt- realizing of course that Bush didn't spend weeks trying to blame the GOP for FEMA response being slow and unsteady.

    November 20, 2013 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  24. Gord

    .....and in other news unreported by CNN, Bloomberg is reporting that " Barack Obama faces new charges that U.S. jobless numbers were manipulated before 2012 presidential election"

    November 20, 2013 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  25. DaveinJersey

    Here is CNN once again trying to put 'lipstick on the pig" of ObamaCare. ObamaCare is a trainwreck, disaster and failure.. And this is Obama's signature achievement.. LOL. What a failure and a fraud Obama is.. CNN can't even save him now.. Looks like Ted Turner and his band of liberal drone 'journalists' better get a BIG spoon to eat all this crow... Obama is a loser as are his supporters.

    November 20, 2013 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
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