As many of you know, President Obama’s numbers on healthcare were taking a nosedive up until he gave his address to a joint session of Congress Wednesday night. Now after some earlier results from less reliable polls that showed a jump, CBS News is showing that the post-speech bump is real.
Last week, just 40 percent of these adults approved of how the president was handling health care. More, 47 percent, disapproved. After the speech, 52 percent said they approved and only 38 percent said they disapproved. Those are the best assessments for Mr. Obama’s handling of health care shown all year by CBS News Polls.
President Obama’s speech was particularly successful in unifying Democrats. Now, 85 percent of them approve of his handling of health care.
Approval rates also rose among independents and Republicans, but independents are still divided and only 17 percent of Republicans approve of the president’s health care actions.
The only area of the poll where the president is still weak are on the details, details, details. Even after the speech people wanted more specifics on the healthcare bills that are still winding their way through Congress.
Before the speech, just 33 percent said Mr. Obama had clearly explained his plans for reform. That rose to 42 percent afterward, but 43 percent still said he had not clearly explained his plans.
… Still, most Americans remain skeptical about how reforms currently under consideration in Congress would affect them personally. Just 22 percent of Americans think the reforms under consideration in Congress would help them personally. Twenty-seven percent think the new plans would hurt them. Those numbers have hardly changed at all since last week.