Only 19 percent believe Obamacare will improve healthcare

Steve Watson
Nov 13, 2013

Almost half of all Americans believe that the president “knowingly deceived” the public in declaring that Americans would be able to keep healthcare insurance plans despite the introduction of new laws.

The numbers come in the form of a Quinnipiac poll released Tuesday, which details the fact that 46 percent of people believe Obama knowing deceived the public.

Voters were split right down the middle with 47 percent believing Obama did not set out to knowingly deceive. Eight percent of voters said they did not know.

Among independent voters, the number who believe Obama did purposefully deceive rises above half, at 51 percent, with just 42 percent disagreeing with the notion.

The poll also found that more than half of all voters, 52 percent, now believe that Obama is “not honest or trustworthy”. The poll notes that as an 11 percent rise from the previous month.

However, the figures mirror a CNN/ORC poll from four months ago, before the healthcare debacle, which also found that half of all Americans think Obama is dishonest.

In an overall approval rating, the latest poll found that 54 per cent disapproved of the job Obama is doing, while only 39 per cent approve, the lowest ever figure.

“Like all new presidents, President Barack Obama had a honeymoon with American voters, with approval ratings in the high 50s. As the marriage wore on, he kept his job approval scores in the respectable, though not overwhelming, 40s. Today, for the first time it appears that 40 percent floor is cracking,” said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

“President Obama’s job approval rating has fallen to the level of former President George W. Bush at the same period of his Presidency,” Malloy added.

The Quinnipiac poll also revealed that most voters do not believe the White House’s assurances that the website will be fixed by the end of this month.

Sixty-one percent of voters do not believe it will be ready, while only 31 percent do have faith. A large majority of 73 percent also support extending the March 31 deadline for enrollment in the new healthcare exchanges.

Insurance officials with knowledge of the workings of the site have today declared that they also do not believe it will be fixed anytime soon.

Overall support for Obamacare has dropped to a low of 39 percent, the poll finds, a dip of 6 percent on last month. Even fewer, 19 percent, believe that the new law will aid their healthcare, with Forty-three percent saying it will likely have a detrimental effect.


Steve Watson is the London based writer and editor for Alex Jones’, and He has a Masters Degree in International Relations from the School of Politics at The University of Nottingham, and a Bachelor Of Arts Degree in Literature and Creative Writing from Nottingham Trent University.

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