UTICA, New York – As the United States Senate prepares to vote on its version of the healthcare bill, likely voters show a strong dissatisfaction with both major political parties. President Obama has the highest job performance rating with regard to healthcare reform legislation of the five politicians and parties tested, a paltry 39% approval.
President Obama still holds a healthy positive approval on the issue of healthcare among his base – 74% positive among Liberals and 73% positive among Democrats. The President’s performance on healthcare is also rated positively by half of all Moderates (50%), though 47% rate his performance as negative.
Congressional Republicans and Democrats fare much worse, even among their own base of supporters, with each group receiving a positive rating from fewer than one-in-five likely voters. Only one-in-three Conservatives (34%) rate Congressional Republicans performance as “excellent” or “good,” while two-in-three Conservatives (65%) rate the performance “fair” or “poor.” Congressional Democrats receive similar ratings from Liberals (38% positive, 59% negative).
Two members of the United States Senate frequently mentioned during the negotiation process, Senators Olympia Snowe (R-ME) and Senator Joe Lieberman (I-CT), receive nearly equal negative ratings. Senator Snowe receives a 14% positive job approval on healthcare, including 20% among Moderates, 13% among Independents and 15% among women.
Senator Lieberman fares slightly better with a 20% overall approval on healthcare with 18% among Moderates, 20% among Independents, and only 6% among Democrats. Senator Lieberman’s highest approval rating is found among Republicans, with 36% giving the Senator a positive rating.
This interactive survey of 2,293 likely voters was conducted November 4 -6, 2009. A sampling of Zogby International’s online panel, which is representative of likely voters in the US, was invited to participate. Slight weights were added region, party, age, race, religion, gender, education to more accurately reflect the population. The margin of error is +/- 2.1 percentage points. Margins of error are higher in sub-groups.