12/10: Confidence in Obama Wanes Amid Health Care Debate

December 10, 2009 by  
Filed under Featured, National, National Poll Archive, Politics

The president has lost support among registered voters nationwide in his quest to reform the health care system.  A majority of voters — 53% — disapprove of how Mr. Obama is handling health care while 40% approve.  When Marist last asked about health care in October, 49% disapproved of how the president was dealing with the issue, and 44% approved.

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While Mr. Obama’s Democratic base is firm, he has lost the backing of some Republicans and Independents.  8% of GOP voters say they agree with the president’s tactics in the health care arena while 87% disagree.  In October, 16% of Republicans approved of Mr. Obama’s approach on this issue while 80% did not.  Looking at Independent voters, one-third of voters support the president’s plan while 60% do not.  The proportion of Independents who disapprove of Mr. Obama’s handling of health care has grown.  In October, 53% of Independents disapproved, and 39% approved.  Democrats stand firm in their support.  70% of Democrats like the way Obama is dealing with health care while 22% do not.  There has been little change among Democrats since Marist’s previous survey.

Table: Handling of Health Care

Public Option Gets Nod from Nearly Six In Ten Americans

58% of Americans say the hotly contested public option is a good thing to include in health care reform.  27%, however, disagree.  Marist last asked Americans about the public option in October, and little has changed since that time when 60% supported its inclusion and 27% opposed it.

Looking at party, there has been some movement among Republicans.  More members of the GOP are uncertain about the public option compared with Marist’s previous survey.  Currently, 54% of Republicans think the public option is a bad thing, and 29% say it’s a good one.  17% are unsure.  In October, 49% of Republicans opposed the public option, and 40% supported it.  Just 11% were unsure.

Most Democrats, though, are in favor of the public option with 79% saying it’s a good inclusion in health care reform and 10% reporting it is bad.  There is little change among Democrats on this question.  58% of Independents say health care reform should include the public option while one-third thinks it should be omitted.  Similar proportions held these views in October.

Table: Public Option?

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One Response to “12/10: Confidence in Obama Wanes Amid Health Care Debate”

  1. Best Health Insurance on January 17th, 2010 1:32 pm

    Should Obama changes the the quest?

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