Barack Obama Gallup Poll … 50% Job Approval, Will Healthcare, Tax Increases and Deficits Drop Obama into the 40′s?


The once 70% Gallup Job approval rating for Barack Obama is a distant memory in just eight short months. Obama finds himself with a 50% job approval rating and trending downwards.

The Rasmussen Report also has Obama hovering at the 50% mark. What will make Obama’s numbers tank altogether? When the CBO states that Obamacare will be so costly that tax increases will be required. Taxes on those who make less than $250K. Presently 59% of voters favor putting a provision in the health care reform plan that would prohibit any new taxes, fees or penalties on families who make less than $250,000 a year.

During the presidential campaign, Barack Obama said, “No family making less than $250,000 a year will see any form of tax increase. Not your income tax, not your payroll tax, not your capital gains taxes, not any of your taxes.” But 72% of voters say it is at least somewhat likely that taxes will be increased on those earning less than $250,000 during President Obama’s time in office. Fifty-two percent (52%) say it is very likely.

Only 20% say such a tax increase is not likely.

Republicans contend that the health care plan as crafted by the Senate Finance Committee with a $900 billion price tag for 10 years will violate Obama’s pledge of no new taxes for those earning up to $250,000. The unsuccessful GOP effort to add the tax increase prohibition attracted the support of one moderate Democratic senator and a key moderate Republican, “suggesting that the issue could resurface as the debate continues,” The Washington Post said.

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  • Comments

    16 Responses to “Barack Obama Gallup Poll … 50% Job Approval, Will Healthcare, Tax Increases and Deficits Drop Obama into the 40′s?”

    1. rightknight on October 7th, 2009 12:17 am

      How much do variations in poll ratings
      really matter to a man who is entrenched
      for a minimum of 4 years and afflicted
      with a desire to remake this Country in
      [H]is own image?

    2. Scott on October 7th, 2009 7:10 am

      Gee…who would have thunk taxes would need to be raised on families below $250K…DUH….

    3. dotratc on October 7th, 2009 11:00 am

      The headline asks the question, “Will healthcare, tax increases [which haven't happened], and deficits drop Obama into the 40′s?”

      I guess we now know the answer: NO. Latest polls show that Obama’s approval ratings are up to 56%.

    4. super dave on October 7th, 2009 11:03 am

      hate to get off subject but let me get this straight. there’s a picture of pakistanis burning our American Flag and obama is about to send them 1.5 billion dollars ?

    5. Scott on October 7th, 2009 11:43 am

      dotratc – keep pulling your numbers from left leaning sites idiot!

      He’s barely hanging in at 50%…if this healthcare bill is passed and WHEN not if taxes are raised on families below $250K it will DRAMATICALLY come down below 50…..

      who produces these idiots like this fool above?

    6. dotratc on October 7th, 2009 12:03 pm

      #5, I got my numbers (56% approval rate) from an AP poll. Do you think that the AP is skewing it’s poll results?


    7. Dawg1948 on October 7th, 2009 2:46 pm

      Your correct Scott. And, I can’t figure this garbage out, if you go into the online sites and put in your vote of no confidence the numbers are about 80% against the Presidential Fool in every category. That being the case I would have to say the mainstream media is cooking the books again for “The One” to get a 50% approval rating. Somthing is rotten in D.C.

    8. NewGirlBoston on October 7th, 2009 6:44 pm

      #3- Dotratc—Instead of splitting hairs now and arguing with you over poll numbers….why don’t we let the American Public speak for themselves.

      When 2012 rolls around and Obama does not get re-elected, then come back here and talk to us about the approval rating. LOL

    9. Basin on October 8th, 2009 12:11 am

      Obama’s approval has been steadily decreasing since Feb but it’s still too early in the presidency to tell if this week’s jump is a new trend. He is getting some support on the health care reform and he is trying to make a decision on the wars so a lot of people are responding favorably to this. If the economy doesn’t improve, however, in the next few months he might head down to the 40-50% range.

    10. Scott on October 8th, 2009 7:11 am

      Ah…what support for healthcare…the American people are VASTLY against it…Obamacare….

    11. dotratc on October 8th, 2009 9:17 am

      Latest Bloomberg Poll (a poll that is frequently cited on this forum) shows that Obama’s populatity has remained steady, in spite of constant attacks from the far-right (Bloomberg shows 50%) while the Republican Party’s numbers have nosedived over the last two months. Voters also trust Obama to do a better job on healthcare issues than Republicans by a margin of 16%.

      So there!

    12. NewGirlBoston on October 8th, 2009 10:23 am

      #11- Dotratc- I hate to rain on your parade and Obama Love Fest…however, not even one year in office and so much of what the President has promised has not come to fruition, in fact—JUST THE OPPOSITE of EVERYTHING HE PROMISED. There is a long way to go- but subjectively speaking (and without blaming the former Administration, please)- it does NOT appear as if President Obama is the miracle worker that so many who voted for him (fell for his BS) thought he was.

      Remember—”Change” you can believe in?? So—who cares about his popularity ratings in the polls? While I am a FAR from being an accomplished Political Analyst- it doesn’t take a Brain Surgeon to figure out that Barack Obama will not be re-elected again in ’12. The only way in hell that would ever happen is if, once again- the American public is left with a poor choice of candidate for the opposing party.

      Let’s wait & see what the next 3 years will bring—I, for one am holding my breath and saying a prayer for our Country!

    13. Scott on October 8th, 2009 11:16 am

      You idiot….popularity polls don’t matter you twit…look at his numbers regarding the matters…

      Funny thing you forgot this little tidbit in from the left leaning website who cites the left leaning…Red very seldom cites Bloomberg. I trust Rasmussen who poll expertise is a little better than some poll from Quinnipac University whose polled mostly Democrats. Any idiot can surmise that from reading the article:

      Here’s the tibit worth noting:

      “At the same time, voters disapproved of the way Obama was handling health care, 51 percent to 41 percent. His health-care plan was opposed by 47 percent, supported by 40 percent. ”

      Gee…how could on one had say they support Obama’s handling of healthcare over Republicans, YET in the same breath 51 to 41 they disapprove his handling and his PLAN?

      And you are such a ‘tard, that you a 50% approval rating is nothing to write home about. He has one of the fastest drops in popularity in presidential history.

      I tell you what, I wish these polling people would come to real America and not some democratic majority school, town or county. My in-laws voted for Obama and they are staunch Dems. Well, they are SBO and yesterday the LIGHT finally came on in their head and they are now having buyers remorse. This is happening all over the country, no matter what little poll you pull ot of your arse!

      Time to go back to Pre-K for you…

    14. dotratc on October 8th, 2009 1:47 pm

      Hey guys, I’m not the one that wondered if Obama’s poll numbers would drop into the 40′s. That was the question posed by the headline to the article we are all commenting on. I’m just the one that showed that the opposite is happening.

      Oh, by the way, Obama has not backed off his campaign pledge not to raise taxes on Americans earning less than $250,000 a year.

    15. NewGirlBoston on October 8th, 2009 4:53 pm

      #14- Ok, Dotratc—we get it. And, by the way—the taxes for Middle Class America WILL INCREASE. That includes Americans earning under $250,000 per year–so we’ll see.

      Economic Stimulus, My Ass. Have you any IDEA what this President has spent in Office yet to date? Where are all the jobs? Why are we still at War if he was so opposed to it? Please, Dot—don’t even get me started. This President is a JOKE!!!!!! An embarrassment !!! I’d list everything Obama has FAILED AT MISERABLY already, but I don’t have all night.

    16. Scott on October 9th, 2009 7:02 am

      Oh by the way, people making less than $250K will be hit the hardest if the Baccus bill is the one that passes. Do you not understand if insurance companies are “taxed” (corporations do not pay taxes, INDIVIDUALS do); they will have to raise their premiums which will in turn be passed down to the consumers, the MAJORITY of which make less than $250K. That’s called a TAX no matter how you, the vile libs, the martians spin it. It does not matter what type of political jargon you put on it, IT’s a TAX.

      Oh and by the way, if CAP and TAX I mean TRADE (LOL) pass, more taxes will be imposed upon you.

      Even Baccus said himself that TAXES will have to go up to help pay for it. To paraphrase what he said, he said ALL americans will have to sacrafice because ALL americans will be participating in this health reform….LOL!

      Oh and by the way, ILLEGALS will be covered no matter what the President says. If a public mandate is passed, there is a CONSTITUIONAL precedent that EVERYBODY be covered. Joe Wilson knew this, Obama the so called constiutional expert KNEW this too when he spoke to the joint session of congress. Guess what, who will be paying for the illegals? YOU stupid!

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