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Poll: Americans Disapprove of Obama, Oppose Obamacare

5:02 PM, Nov 12, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
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A new Quinnipiac poll finds that the majority of Americans disapprove of the job Barack Obama is doing as president and oppose his health care law. According to the poll of more than 2,000 registered voters, 39 percent approve of Obama's job while 54 percent disapprove. That shows Obama in a worse position than Quinnipiac showed last month, when 45 percent approved and 49 percent disapproved of his job as president.

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Meanwhile, Obama's signature domestic achievement, the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) is doing just as poorly as the president's job approval. In the month since many of Obamacare's major provisions were implemented, 55 percent say they disapprove of the law (up from 47 percent in October) while just 39 percent support it (compared to 45 percent last month). In addition, 60 percent say they disapprove of the way Obama is handling health care issues, compared to just 36 percent who approve of his handling of health care.

Americans don't appear to have confidence in some of the central promises of Obamacare. A plurality, 43 percent, say their quality of health care will be worse because of Obamacare, while 33 percent say it will not affect them and only 19 percent say it will improve their health care quality. Seventy-three percent of those polled, including 70 percent of self-identified liberals, say the deadline for getting coverage under Obamacare's individual mandate should be extended past March 31, 2014, and most Americans (61 percent) say they don't believe the faulty Obamacare exchange website, healthcare.gov, will be fixed by November 30, which is when the White House has claimed they will have the site's bugs worked out.

Americans are split on the question of whether President Obama knowingly deceived the country when he said that people could keep their health insurance plan if they like it: 46 percent say they believe he did deceive the country, while 47 percent believe he did not.

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