A new Fox News poll indicates that President Obama has taken a significant hit from the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which remains manifestly unpopular.
The poll shows Obama’s approval rating at 43 percent overall, an all-time low, including just 38 percent approval from independents and 7 percent from Republicans.
The president’s numbers reflect an enduring disapproval of the health-care reform bill he ushered through Congress. By a 54 to 39 percent margin, poll respondents disapprove of that measure — a spread that has barely moved since prior to the bill’s passage. That translates into a 53 percent disapproval rating for Obama on the topic of health-care.
47 percent of respondents believe the Affordable Care Act needs changes before implementation, while 36 percent favor full repeal. Just 12 percent think the bill should go into effect in its current form.
Nearly two-thirds of respondents believe the bill will grow the national debt. 56 percent believe it will increase health-care costs, and 46 percent believe it will reduce quality of care (compared to just 26 percent who believe it will improve care).
Passage of the bill could hurt Obama and other Democrats with independent voters in November. 39 percent of independents say they are less likely to vote for a Congressional candidate who supported the bill while just 18 percent said they’d be more likely. Perhaps just as crucially, a full 49 percent of Democrats said that their representative’s position on health-care reform would not influence their vote.
Obama’s approval on Americans’ key domestic policy priorities — job creation and the economy — remain upside-down, with 54 and 53 percent disapproval respectively. A robust 62 percent of respondents disapprove of Obama’s handling of the deficit.
Obama’s approval ratings remain strongest on Afghanistan and terrorism, where pluralities or bare majorities approve of his policies.