Botched PPACA rollout still hurting ObamaNews added by Benefits Pro on December 12, 2013

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By Kathryn Mayer

A slew of polls dropped this week with similar conclusions: The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s dented President Obama’s approval ratings.

One of the more dire findings comes from a Quinnipiac University poll, which found that 62 percent disapprove of how the president is handling the country’s health care, versus only 34 percent who approve.

That’s a big hit from last month, when Quinnipiac found that 52 percent disapproved and 43 percent approved of Obama’s job on health care.

Quinnipiac said the president’s overall approval rating plunged in the last month as well, with a 57 percent disapproval and a 38 percent approval rating.

Quinnipiac pollsters interviewed nearly 2,700 voters between Dec. 3 and Dec. 9.

The continued flawed rollout of the exchanges also has hampered Obama’s perceived trustworthiness and honesty, the poll found.

Between the continually botched and questions over his initial promises about health care reform become magnified, more than half of Americans — 52 percent — say Obama isn’t honest or trustworthy.

Quinnipiac University Polling Institute assistant director Tim Malloy called the news “a rousing chorus of Bah! Humbug! for President Barack Obama as American voters head into the holidays with little charitable to say.”

The USA Today/Pew Center Research poll examined Obama’s perceived trustworthiness and found that just half of Americans trust the president, the lowest rating of his career.

On the other hand, the latest New York Times/CBS News poll found the president’s approval ratings have rebounded slightly over last month from his lowest approval ratings ever, after the botched exchange website rollout. According to their poll, 50 percent disapprove of Obama’s overall performance, while 42 percent approve. Last month, they reported 37 percent approved and 57 percent disapproved

But despite the rebound, Americans don’t seem convinced the problems plaguing PPACA are over. Only one in six Americans in the poll said the online insurance enrollment process was going very well or somewhat well, according to NYT/CBS News.

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