March 29th, 2010
06:19 PM ET

CNN Poll: Obama approval ratings up

 Passage of the landmark health care bill appears to have boosted President Barack Obama's approval rating, but it has not affected his re-election chances so far, according to a new national poll.

A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Monday indicates that 51 percent of Americans approve of the job Obama is doing in the White House, with 48 percent saying they disapprove. That 51 percent approval rating is up five points from a week ago, before Congress approved the health care reform bill and the president signed the legislation into law. Four in ten respondents say they disapprove because Obama is too liberal and 6 percent say they the president is not liberal enough.

See the full poll results (PDF) | Read the full story at CNN's Political Ticker

- CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.

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  1. William

    How dare this president fulfill the campaign promises for which he got elected. How dare the Democratic congress ram health care down the throat of the Americans who elected them by using the democratic process. What is this? This duly elected officials making policy by lawful means, well its practically totalitarianism. Not like President Bush (Praised Be His Name) who stood manfully by his Godly principles (if not the Constitution) in warrantless buggings, denying habeas corpus to American citizens, and claiming kingly authority over all other branches of governrnent even though his approval rating was way below Pagan Obama's. That was true democracy at its zenith.

    March 30, 2010 at 12:41 am | Report abuse |
  2. Mike

    President Obama spoke of a
    1) Transparent administration – what happened to the promise?
    2) Bipartisan legislation, not politics as usual – what happened?
    3) Remove troops from Iraq within 16 months – what happened?

    I have seen polls that say people are for / are against health care. Both sides are talking – but I guess we will see what the people really think in November.

    March 30, 2010 at 12:50 am | Report abuse |
  3. Chris D

    I am glad to see a politician do what they said they would do even at the cost of his popularity. As an englishman who knows what a proper healthcare system looks like this is the first step to giving all americans what they need. Decent healthcare at a decent cost.
    Yes, it's disappointing that more was not achieved but this was a first stumbling step.
    For all those who cannot see the greed of insurance companies and HMOs take a good look because one day you may need this healthcare coverage.
    For those following party politics wake up. For once in your life think with your intelligence and not your ignorance. This is about giving everyone a chance.
    Are you against that? Are you against progress? Do you not see your premiums go up and your coverage go down.

    March 30, 2010 at 2:47 am | Report abuse |
  4. Eddie Sullivan

    I did not vote for him, I voted third-party, so he has a long way to go to win my confidence, but I am gratified to see that American's are not as a whole, buying into the nasty rhetoric of the right-wing extremists, and the Tea-Baggers. If he can pull our troops out of the 2 wars we are in (like he promised during the 2008 elections) he may even win my vote in 2012...

    March 30, 2010 at 7:46 am | Report abuse |
  5. Renee Holmes-Jackson

    The President will go down in history as one of our great presidents. He is methodical and he has what it takes to stay focused on the job at hand. My prayers are constantly with him,

    March 30, 2010 at 9:13 am | Report abuse |
  6. Chris

    BS- his approval rating is going down because people realized that we cannot afford communism. The government does not have the authority to tell us what to buy (what limit? Will they tell us we have to buy GM next?)! They also do not have the authority to use taxpayer dollars to violate our freedom of religion by funding abortions (the executive order banning it was trumped by the actual law being signed).

    March 30, 2010 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |
  7. RJ

    Have any of you people that back this health care reform actually got online and read some of things that are in the bill? Apparently not because there is way more to this bill than he is making it sound like. There are hidden costs everywhere and if your health care doesn't fit what they want you have to go the governments way. This is so unconstitutional and nobody but us republicans are noticing that? I find that hard to believe. If this bill was so good wouldn't at least one republican have voted for it? And some of the Dems. voted against it!

    March 30, 2010 at 9:37 am | Report abuse |
  8. txconservative

    HA, how did this happen? The liberals must rate him every 10 seconds.

    March 30, 2010 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
  9. Dan Mahoney

    Where is self government? This president has trampled the constitution. Signing a bill into law that requires its citizens to buy health insurance or be fined is unconstitutional. Next up will be a national sales tax to try and pay for this obscene health care law. We are losing our wallets and our freedoms thanks to this president.

    March 30, 2010 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
  10. Brian

    I don't know who you've been talking to... as 30 something, I know about 9 of 10 (from both parties) that are deeply concerned that he just threw us a curveball.

    March 30, 2010 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
  11. Skip Gregory

    Someone commented on the rabid right - all polls showed that nearly twice as many people did not want the healthcare bill to pass as those who did. I thought this was a country where the majority vote wins.

    Someone commented on Obama's promises - maybe they should go back and watch the episode of SNL where they humorously, yet, correctly reviewed the list. Remember this is the fellow who received an Nobel Prize because of his apirations. That should say something - he is receiving accolades for nothing.

    Let's hope the man can finally do something worth being voted into the office.

    March 30, 2010 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
  12. estcst33

    Every day uninsured people go to an emergency room because that is the only way they know that they can get treated. We all know the insane amounts of money that costs each and everyone of us. These people will now be able to make appointments and practice preventative ways of taking care of their health. Just imagine the savings with this simple fact alone people. SERIOUSLY, ARE ALL YOU REPUBLICANS THAT FAT, STUPID AND IGNORANT THAT YOU ARE SO MANIPULATEDD BY THE HATEFUL LEADERS OF YOUR PARTY AND FAIL TO SEE THE BASIC FACTS ABOUT HEALTHCARE? Maybe you should stop concentrating on the emotions of hate and begin to actually bring some value to the table here...Yet again, another Nobel Peace Prize Winning Democrat President, here to pick up the mess of a former republican retard....

    March 30, 2010 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
  13. no_surprise_here

    What a biased report. Obama's ratings have dropped off substantially since the Health Care Bill. Gallup reports he's dropped from a 52/41% approval/disapproval rating on 3/02 to 46/46% on3/27 and trendas are heading down. As well, Rasmussen reports that he is at an all-time high as a partisan Democrat. Definitely not the direction he promised to take the country in and it's starting to show. I'm an independent and I voted for neither but I'm finding it harder and harder to stand behind this president ashis true colors begin to show. He's pro-government, pro-union, pro-partisan and outright disrespectful of the office. Thunbs down for me.

    March 30, 2010 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
  14. Bobby

    Thank you Mr.President.

    You are doing a great job!

    Keep doing what you feel is needed to make this country right.

    March 30, 2010 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Annoyed Conservative

    I think the last sentence in this article is blatantly deceptive:

    "Four in ten respondents say they disapprove because Obama is too liberal and 6 percent say they the president is not liberal enough."

    It should read like this:

    "40 percent of respondents say they disapprove because Obama is too liberal and 6 percent say they the president is not liberal enough."

    Unscrupulous readers may incorrectly see 4 vs. 6..6 is a larger number.I can't stand slanted phrasing like this. It's typical of the type of bracketing that is rampant in the liberally-biased media.

    March 30, 2010 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
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