Slide in support for healthcare overhaul slows, poll says
Public support for President Barack Obama’s healthcare reform initiative has rebounded slightly following his speech to Congress this month, according to an NBC/Wall Street Journal poll released on Tuesday.
Forty-five percent of Americans approve of the president’s handling of healthcare, compared to 46 percent who disapprove, the poll found. In last month’s NBC/WSJ poll last month, 47 percent disapproved and 41 percent approved.
Obama delivered a healthcare speech to Congress on Sept. 9 followed by a media blitz to revive his case for reform. His healthcare overhaul initiative suffered a setback as the hot topic in a summer of raucous rallies and public debate.
More people still believe Obama’s healthcare plan is a bad idea than a good one, 41 percent to 39 percent, according to the NBC/WSJ poll.
However, 45 percent now say it would be better to pass a healthcare plan than to stick with the current system, while 39 percent don’t want any change at all.