Fifty-Eight Percent of Americans Disapprove of Obama’s Handling of Health Care, Only 37 Percent Approve, Says Gallup Poll

January 13, 2010 - 11:43 AM
Fifty-eight percent of Americans say they disapprove of the way President Barack Obama is handling the health-care issue, while only 37% say they approve, the lowest level of his presidency, according to the Gallup poll.
Fifty-eight percent of Americans now say they disapprove of the way President Barack Obama is handling the health-care issue, while only 37% say they approve, the lowest level of his presidency, according to a Gallup poll released today.
 
The 37 percent who still say they approve of Obama's handling of health care is buoyed by the fact that 64 percent of Democrats say they approve. Only 11 percent of Republicans and 31 percent of independents say they approve of the way the president is handling heath care.
 
The same Gallup poll indicates public approval of Obama’s handling of the economy has plummeted since last summer. Currently, only 40 percent of Americans approve of Obama's handling of the economy. In August, 59 percent said they approved.  This number is also buoyed by Democratic respondents, 69 percent of whom said they approve of the way Obama is handling the economy. Only 17 percent of Republicans and 31 percent of independents say they approve of Obama's handling of the economy.
 
As Obama has pushed his health-care plan, an increasing percentage of Americans have told Gallup they disapprove of the way he is handling the health care issue and a decreasing percentage have said they approve.  In August, 50 percent said they disapproved of the way he was handling health care, now it is 58 percent.  In August, 44 percent said they approved of the way he was handling health care, now it is only 37 percent.
 
President Obama and the Democratic leadership in Congress would like to hold a final vote and pass their health care reform bill before the president gives his State of the Union message later this month.