Poll says Americans more wary of Obama on health care

September 2nd, 2009 - 3:05 pm ICT by ANI  

Barack Obama Washington, Sep.2 (ANI): US President Barack Obama’s approval rating on health care has dropped six points since July to 40 percent, and now more Americans, 47 percent, disapprove of his handling of health care, according to a new CBS News poll taken between Aug 27 - 31.

As the president’s poll numbers sink on the issue, two-thirds of Americans remain confused about the health reform proposals on the table.

One-third say they are dissatisfied with the way the Obama administration is handling health care, and another 17 percent describe themselves as angry about it. Thirty-four percent are satisfied, and just 11 percent are enthusiastic.

Americans are not only sceptical of Obama’s handling of health care, but also of the effectiveness of reform. Americans are more apt to say the middle class and small business would be hurt, not helped, by the plans currently under consideration.

Still, the public continues to say the health care system does need reform, and that things will worsen if nothing is done. Americans strongly support government regulations on insurance companies, including cost controls and mandates for covering all applicants.

The bulk of the public does not think current reform proposals would help them. Forty-six percent say they’d have no effect on them personally and another 31 percent thinks they’d hurt. Just one in five thinks they would help. (ANI)

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