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July 20th, 2009
10:56 AM ET

Poll: Obama drops on health care

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Paul Steinhauser
CNN Deputy Political Director

As President Barack Obama begins a week full pushing for health care reform, a new national poll indicates the president is slipping on the issue.

Forty-nine percent of people questioned in an ABC News/Washington Post survey released Monday approve of the way Obama is handling health care. That's down four points from last month and down nine points from April. Forty-four percent disapprove, up five points from June and 15 points from April.

The ABC News/Washington Post poll is the third national survey to suggest that the president's approval rating on health care reform is under 50 percent, joining a CBS News poll and a Quinnipiac University survey.

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  1. Kay

    What planet do these Republicans live on people? A simple spreadsheet will show the huge savings that could be realized by all individuals or families. The average person or family is desperate for health coverage or needs better premiums and/or health coverage options. Families are likely to save a boat load of money with universal healthcare. I spend $35,000.00 for 6 people and that cost should go down below $10,000 with universal healthcare. I'm drowning in healthcare premiums (like so many folks) and desperately need to save for the kid's college. The only people not wanting this to go through are those with no real life experience in this area, those living in fear of change, big corps that will no longer be able to profit obscenely from the current broken system and/or those with alternate profiting motives.

    Everyone knows that the Canadian and European systems are much better than ours (even though there has been a lot of propaganda to try and make us fearful and to believe otherwise). The fact that Americans are sitting back and allowing this is just crap (just like with the U.S. car MPG issue). Thank God Obama is man enough to stand up and do the right thing. The Republican cowards certainly are not., but I'm sure doing the right thing wouldn't be profitable for them. It's a shame that things have come to this. Seems like there is only one person who is honestly interested in serving the people who elected him (Obama) unlike the typical politician that serves only those who pad his/her pocket.

    Who said Obama's approval rating is falling? It's going up per all the people I've polled. Who are you trying to fool? The polls must be surveying the health insurance CEOs.

    What a joke seeing postings of people not interested in a better healthcare system. Get real! Come out from under the rock, broaden your perspective, talk with someone who is being damaged by the problem and learn what the truth is. Then maybe you'll understand the needs that Obama is trying to address here. If things don't change, in time, you (and/or your family) will reach a stage in life that you'll fall into the healthcare problem gap(s). It would be unfortunate to gain an understanding by learning it the hard way. Time to get real, real fast!

    July 21, 2009 at 9:47 am |
  2. Nancy

    Everyone knows the welfare system is to blame for bringing states to their knees in balancing a budget. Politicians/news media hides the the amount of welfare money being spent on housing, healthcare, education, prison/jails, crime/drugs, childcare, truck pollution, and it goes on and on. Too many takers who expect continual handouts in the US and not enough awareness by these individuals, just self centered. Influential entertainers and those born with money are the ones promoting continual welfare drain on the US. Absolutely ridiculous, words don't describe what US citizens must swallow under this new administration. How long will this continue????

    July 20, 2009 at 4:33 pm |
  3. D. L. Hart

    I have a question to all who sit on the hill; if you receive healthcare paid in full by our tax dollars – why are you questioning the success of the package for the American people? We the taxpayers have/had/are paying for you and your family healthcare benefits are we not? Should we the taxpayers stop your benefits since it is considered to be socialist? Stop playing games with the American people mind and tell the truth!
    Step up and be who and what we thought you were when we selected you to sit on the hill. I have had enough of the games and would like for you to stand up for the America people of give up your healthcare benefis!!! Do what is right for all.

    July 20, 2009 at 3:00 pm |
  4. shirley

    Given all the budget issues we're having, why doesn't the welfare dept look into all the fraudulent cases of people collecting benefits? As an asian american, i know for a fact a lot of older immigrants from Asia put all of their assets under their children's name, then go on to collect monthly payments and full health benefits from the U.S. government- some even own properties back home. I'm sure this happens with all immigrants and citizens alike and there are more than one creative ways to abuse the generosity of our country. We should help the people who need it but not to anyone who's just plain greedy. By applying stricter guideline to address these abuses, we can save a lot of taxpayer's money.

    July 20, 2009 at 2:00 pm |
  5. JC- Los Angeles

    As an Independent who voted for Barack Obama due to deplorable alternatives, it's becoming crystal clear that he has repeated problems couching, selling and articulating his vision.

    While everyone believes universal healthcare is a minimum requirement, suggesting that hospice is the answer is deplorable.

    Outside of successfully running elections and negotiating book advances, it fells like Obama has now idea how to sell.

    July 20, 2009 at 1:21 pm |