Poll: Obama's Public Approval on Health Care Reform Slipping

Published July 20, 2009

| AP

A new poll suggests public approval of the way President Barack Obama is handling health care reform is slipping.

The Washington Post-ABC News survey says since April, Obama's approval rating on the issue has declined from 57 percent to 49 percent, with disapproval rising from 29 percent to 44 percent.

The president's overall approval rating stands at 59 percent positive and 37 percent negative. It's the first time Obama's approval rating has fallen below 60 percent in Post-ABC polling since he took office.

The poll has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

Obama advisers are urging critics of their health care overhaul to wait for Congress to finish writing legislation before issuing verdicts.

The president will hold a round-table discussion today with health-care providers at the Children's National Medical Center in Washington.