Politics

Support for Obama’s healthcare reform drops to lowest since passing

Public support for President Obama’s healthcare reform has dropped to the lowest it has been since the bill was first passed.

In a new Associated Press/GFK poll, just 35 percent of Americans said that they strongly supported the bill while 45 percent said they opposed it. There is stronger sentiment among the opposition – while approximately the same number of people said they ‘strongly supported’ the reforms as ‘somewhat supported’ them, a full two-thirds of those who opposed it felt ‘strongly’ about that.

Perhaps most devastating for the President, his support among seniors has reached its lowest point: fewer than 30 percent now say they support the law. Seniors are a crucial demographic for any politician.

It’s not just healthcare; polls suggest that Obama is losing support across the board. A Reuters-Ipsos poll released today found that 69 percent of the public feel that the country is on the wrong track. The number is up 5 points just since last month.

Ipsos pollster Cliff Young pointed to Obama’s loss of support in another important demographic – his own party. 73 percent of Democrats polled said they approved of the President’s job, down seven points since last month.