Popularity

Obama Health-Care Ratings Slip

The clock may be running out on Obama's health-care plan, but Americans say they like how he has handled himself. As Obama pushes for health-care overhaul, a recent New York Times/CBS poll reveals a conflicted nation: 75 percent of people were concerned that health-care costs would spike if the government failed to create a plan, but 77 percent said costs would rise if the government did create a health-care system. Nearly two-thirds of respondents said they were afraid their quality of care would decline under the Obama plan. Yet, people still trust Obama—69 percent said he was trying to play nice with Republicans, while only 33 percent said Republicans were returning the favor. By a margin of 55 percent to 26 percent, people said Obama had better ideas about changing health care than Republicans did.