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.