David Plouffe: Obama’s Approval Ratings ‘Will Recover’

Former White House advisor says "people trust this president"

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Former White House advisor David Plouffe believes President Barack Obama will bounce back from his poor approval ratings following the botched rollout of the federal healthcare plan.

Plouffe appeared on ABC’s This Week With George Stephanopoulos and said he was “confident” that Obama’s approval rating would increase in the next few months because “people trust this president.”

Recent polls reveal Obama’s lowest approval rating in his presidency after a failed attempt to launch his healthcare website. Thousands of Americans were unable to access the Affordable Care Act’s marketplace when it launched Oct. 1.

“This has been a tough task,” Plouffe said. “It’s not just health care. The shutdown affected everybody’s confidence in government. But let’s fast-forward to the State of the Union and the months after that: healthcare working better, a lot of people signing up, the economy continuing to strengthen, hopefully no Washington shutdowns. I think the president’s numbers will recover. I think people’s confidence will recover.”

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Tanit
Tanit

The website is the least of Obama's problems. When Obamacare kicks in for employers and millions more are dropped from their healthcare plans the lies, misinformation, and pure incompetence will make Obama's poll numbers today look fantastic.

KevatLarge
KevatLarge

“That means that no matter how we reform health care, we will keep this promise to the American people: If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor, period. If you like your health-care plan, you'll be able to keep your health-care plan, period. No one will take it away, no matter what.”  ~  President Obama, speech to the American Medical Association, June 15, 2009

DanMarks
DanMarks

who gives a darn, he's not running for re-election.

flamer180
flamer180

his approval rating 'will recover', oh my this is bad news 

former white house advisor says "people trust this president", who exactly? the corporate bankers above him?

ge_shawn
ge_shawn

my friend's sister-in-law makes $60 hourly on the computer. She has been out of work for ten months but last month her check was $13733 just working on the computer for a few hours. . .......:>   JOBS60.­­­­O

Curious_Quiche
Curious_Quiche

This article and articles like it are the best thing in the world for affirming your contempt for your fellow citizens. Slightest hint of trouble, and half of the independents flee to the Republicans and the Republicans start actively sabotaging the democratic process. One day, that website is going to work, but these people will still be mincing, craven cowards. Good Lord, how I hate them.

WesGosnell
WesGosnell

Plouff been hitting that crack pipe again?

benebeth
benebeth

Does anyone in this administration read the paper? It's all over the place...people do NOT trust obama and believe nothing he says. Actually, we'd like to know who IS running 1600 since obama says he doesn't know which way is up. God help us all.

grape_crush
grape_crush

> "I think the president’s numbers will recover. I think people’s confidence will recover.”

For most people.

For others, the ACA rollout is just another in a long line of imaginary and/or overhyped failures that started the day Obama took office. Nothing's going to change the minds of that ~27% of the population who are convinced that the president can do nothing right. They know what they know, dammit, even if fact and evidence prove otherwise.

steve001968
steve001968

Anyone who still trusts the liar and chief is too stupid to be allowed to vote. Period.

Curious_Quiche
Curious_Quiche

@steve001968 Anyone who can't manage to pound out a puerile "liar-in-chief" without f___ing it up is too stupid to be allowed. Period.

steve001968
steve001968

@Curious_Quiche@steve0019683 more people liked it than liked your prattle, little Bamabot :). I can understand why you're upset though, likely being one of those who should be barred from voting. 37% approval and plummeting like a lawn dart :).

steve001968
steve001968

Oh and BTW I guess you missed your president's Thanksgiving address, where the president of these 57 states where people can keep their insurance coverage even when it fails to meet the PPACA requirements he never bothered to read, plainly refers to himself as "commander AND chief".  No wonder it went right over your head, as I suspect most things do. You probably don't realize that the moron-IN-chief's own literary agent is the source of the claim that he was born in Kenya either. Obama's own literary agent is the original "birther" LMFAO. Bama was just as incompetent at management then as now, so incompetent in fact that the error went uncorrected for YEARS.

LyleMiller
LyleMiller

It used to be that “people trust this president.”  I swear, the man must have been covered in Teflon.  Nothing was sticking to him.  The thing is this:  “people NO LONGER trust this president.”  Look at the Polls.  Gallup shows that his trust and likeability numbers are falling fast.  Rasmussen Reports, (that the Left Poo Poos for being a conservative mouth piece, BTW) has the most favorable reporting that Real Clear Politics ( http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/other/president_obama_job_approval-1044.html) covers on this subject.  THAT trust has plummeted almost in lock step with his approval ratings.   The Teflon has worn off, it seems, and the stink of past wrongs is really starting to hang over this man, much like it did around Nixon just before he stepped down from office.  I don't see Obama resigning.  He would have to be caught in a scandal that nobody could survive to have that happen.  I mean, I don't know what he has in the closet, but neither did we on Nixon before it all started to unravel on him either.

The Liberal Left and their Lackeys in Mainstream Media would like this to not be the case, and are likely to do everything they can to prop up this presidency.  That may not be such a bad thing if the King falls off his Throne despite their Herculean efforts.  Their undying support of the man will discredit them and their ideals and agendas.  That would be a good thing.

sailhardy
sailhardy

Doubtful.  Minimising the hurt caused by insurance cancellations reveals the president in a most shameful light. He doesn’t care., not really about other people. It shows.  Telling people their perfectly good insurance was inferior doesn’t help. People know better.  I had thought the President to be intelligent. Apparently not.

barneydidit
barneydidit

@sailhardy "perfectly good insurance"? That's a typical response from someone that either doesn't understand the purpose of the ACA, or doesn't care. The purpose was to first and foremost, make sure everyone in the country could get insurance....something the rest of the world has taken for granted for nearly half a century now. In order to accomplish this goal, certain standards had to be met, without those standards, insurance companies were still free to not cover pregnant women, or drop your coverage after you get sick. 

You can't have it both  ways unfortunately. You can't demand that you be covered by the old rules since they suit you best, but then be prepared to use the new rules if they suit you better sometime in the future. 

steve001968
steve001968

@barneydidit @sailhardy Yeah, because me and my 53 year old wife really need coverage for pregnancy. And no, no specific coverage was required of all plans. People are perfectly capable of choosing plans with the coverage they need. Of course Obama and democrats in general absolutely hate and despise anything that looks like freedom of choice (unless abortion is involved) since they, the morons who passed 20,000+ pages of idiocy they HAD NEVER EVEN READ, think they know better than the people actually buying the coverage.  The idiot and chief (who CLEARLY  didn't read the legislation he signed) still hasn't even managed to figure out that it's PATENTLY ILLEGAL for him to modify the PPACA by 1. Delaying the employer mandate beyond it's required 1/1/2014 implementation date and 2. Not enforcing the disasterous aforementioned coverage requirements.Both of these things are  impeachable offenses. The PPACA is an unmitigated disaster, big surprise. Gee 20,000+ pages of legislation nobody actually bothered to read: What could possibly go wrong?? [snicker]. We haven't even gotten into the question of how the federal government, which is being driven to the brink of fiscal destruction by existing Medicare obligations alone, is going to be able to afford the massive subsidies required under the PPACA. But hey, to mindless irresponsible Democrats, ridiculous out of control spending is NEVER a problem because they live in a complete fantasy world where out of control exploding debt is sustainable forever. The backlash is coming, and it's going to be vicious.

barneydidit
barneydidit

@steve001968 I don't even know where to start addressing the inaccuracies of your post steve, so I guess I'll just ask- "what's the Republican alternative again?"

Stand_With_Rand
Stand_With_Rand

@barneydidit @steve001968 There is no "republican" alternative...there is however a CONSERVATIVE alternative, and the reason you knew nothing about it is because you're a typical liberal and you worship your party and anyone with a (D) next to their name.  YOu will defend, defend, defend, just like the idiots who still defend Bush.


The CONSERVATIVE alternative is health care savings accounts.  With the money already spent on funding ACA, the website, and all the legal legislature that went into it, we could have just GIVEN every adult over 18 $5,000 to put in their account to start.


Go read for yourself how much better this plan is.  Rome was practicing socialism too....just before it fell.

Stand_With_Rand
Stand_With_Rand

@Curious_Quiche @reallife @barneydidit @sailhardy ROFL!  So you actually BELIEVE that the government is the only entity that can get anything done, and the private sector is no good?

ROFL!  Name ONE THING.....just ONE THING that the government has NOT screwed up.....let me give you an idea of a few failures....


FEMA, Dept of Education, War on Drugs, Fast and Furious, Super committees, Czars, Obamacare, Glass-Steagle, NDA, SOPA, PIPA, NSA, TSA.....want me to keep going?  

 I'm just getting warmed up....

jason024
jason024

@Stand_With_Rand @barneydidit @steve001968 "health care savings accounts"....which we will force people to enroll in? Otherwise it is useless. 

Let alone it completely avoids the necessary regulatory changes that the ACA included but then again you don't care about those going bankrupt do you?

jason024
jason024

@Stand_With_Rand @Curious_Quiche @reallife @barneydidit @sailhardy Private sector has done much worse Stand..but hey if you think the for profit private sector has  your best interests at heart then you are beyond naive.

steve001968
steve001968

@barneydidit @steve001968 We can start with what I've done for years: BUY A POLICY AND PAY FOR IT. If you didn't want the insurance you were perfectly free to pay for medical expenses out of pocket. I did that for years too. Yes I know, anything that remotely resembles supporting oneself or taking personal responsibility is absolutely horrorific  to democrats and the free loaders who support them. The government is not your nanny and it is not the government's place or purpose to solve every problem you may encounter, including holding your hand to get health insurance, which is good because it fails miserably when it tries more often than not anyway. Finally,  it's no surprise you couldn't address any inaccuracies, since there were none, hence your vague mindless babble as opposed to anything specific.

steve001968
steve001968

@jason024The American government and those who run it and suckle at it's teets are without a doubt the biggest for profit operation in the history of the world. The money flows straight from the suckers like you to the politicians and their well healed supporters. The funniest part of Obamacare is going to be listening to the wailing of people like you when you finally realize that that "for profit" insurance industry is posting higher profits than ever before since people are now legally compelled to buy their product and are forced to pay a penalty if they don't. A dream come true for any "for profit" industry. So far of course this has sailed right over your head, since you aren't very bright. It's hilarious listening to someone to clueless to understand that insurers are without a doubt, bar none, the biggest winners under Obamacare babbling about people being naive.

steve001968
steve001968

@Stand_With_Rand @Curious_Quiche @reallife @barneydidit @sailhardy  

He can't even figure out that the "for profit" insurers he is whining about are the biggest beneficiaries of Obamacare since people and businesses are now compelled to buy their product or pay an ever increasing penalty.   Given that level of stupidity I doubt anything you say is going to sink in no matter how warmed up you get....

Stand_With_Rand
Stand_With_Rand

@jason024 @Stand_With_Rand @barneydidit @steve001968 No, the idea is that you can opt out of it, like if yo'ure young and healthy for instance, but the money just sits there in your account until you need it.


What "regulatory" changes were made?  ROFL!  

You're absolutely INSANE if you STILL defend the Obamacare TAX! 

Stand_With_Rand
Stand_With_Rand

@jason024 REALLY?? Do you have an example of the private sector doing "much worst" as you say?


How about THIS for example.  In the early 90's, lasic eye surgery was about $1200.00 per eye, and the costs were high because the vast majority of people were using state or federal insurance.

The medical board soon deemed this type of surgery a non-necessity, so it instantly became private.

Now that the government nipple is gone, the doctors compete...that's what free market means!

Next thing you know, prices are dropping....in fact they are now around $400 per eye average AND those bad doctors with poor equipment were shoved out by the free market.  That would also neve rhappen in your precious government controlled system.

You need to learn something before you embarrass yourself again....go look up the difference between Austrian and Keynesian economics.

MaxWright1
MaxWright1

"Thousands of Americans were unable to access the Affordable Care Act’s marketplace when it launched Oct. "

Make that 'tens of thousands' at least. perhaps hundreds of thousands.

"...Obama’s approval rating would increase in the next few months because people trust this president.”

Um,. actually polls show people have lost their trust in this president. And I believe that once you lose someone's trust, it’s very hard to win it back.

It’s convenient that David doesn't define what he means by "recover." Is a 2 point increase a "recovery?" What if the president "shot up" to 45% approval rating? Would that be a recovery?

"But let’s fast-forward to the State of the Union and the months after that:... "

Yes, please. Lets fast forward through as much of this president's term as we can. Because when i look ahead, I see more fights with republicans, more governing with no budget, more lies, more scandals, higher health care costs, high taxes, more government intrusion into your life via the health care law, and far more troubles abroad.

But hey, let’s just talk about the President's approval numbers, since that's all that really matters, right?


 

barneydidit
barneydidit

@MaxWright1 While you're fast forwarding Max, don't forget to see Republicans putting forward "tax cuts" and "reduced regulations" as their answer to everything...followed by another Democrat in the White House. 

joplingirl
joplingirl

@MaxWright1 Then why dwell on the media's fascination with poll numbers.?? Here is the deal. Republicans in Congress are now polling at 7% approval....Do you see any Sunday morning talk devoted to that???? The media made it's choice after this President went after one of their own for outing a covert spy in North Korea. I'm with the President on that call--someone died because a reporter needed a big headline. He even knew it was highly classified and printed it anyway.

So, when as a citizen, you start being concerned about the news NOT being talked about, that will be the biggest deal. The worse component of our Democracy these days is OUR MEDIA. They ceased to be true journalists when large corporations bought them up and corporate board rooms started making those decisions about what gets covered...and what gets ignored.......So, kick up a fuss about that 7%....I look forward to watching John Boehner explaining those numbers for me....

steve001968
steve001968

@joplingirl The 7% figure doesn't mean much of anything. Congress doesn't run for re-election, individual senators and congressmen do and those polling numbers are what count and they are never anywhere near as low as the polling of the body as a whole. Only extremely naive people like you fail to understand this, which explains the lack of media focus on it you are lamenting. This president is completely incompetent and has presided over BY FAR the largest increase in national debt in American history. He is well on track to double the record debt Bush, the previous record holder managed to accumulate. That alone makes him a complete failure. The idiot clearly did not even read the PPACA before he signed it. If he had he wouldn't have repeatedly babbled about people being able to keep their plan when the PPACA CLEARLY made that impossible for many plans. The drooling imbecile signed legislation into law without even knowing what was in it. And no, sorry, the idiot and chief does not have the authority to modify the PPACA to approve any plans that don't offer the coverage it requires. Only congress can do that. This is just another example of the arrogant stupidity of the fool in the whitehouse who seems to think he can modify any law at will just because he was too stupid to know what was in it before he signed it.

steve001968
steve001968

@barneydidit @MaxWright1 Tax cuts and reduced regulation are the answer in many cases. Unfortunately there are a large number of jealous, envious and generally lazy people who want to see other people punished for their success. Ultimately though the joke is on these people because the cost of all those endless taxes and regulations democrats demand is ultimately passed right back to the workers and consumers in the form of higher cost of goods and services and lower wages. That's why the middle class has been absolutely decimated under Obama while the rich are richer than ever. Obama's rich friends got an ILLEGAL 1 year delay in the employer mandate under the PPACA. The middle class gets to pay a penalty if they don't get insurance. No one year delay in the individual mandate. Democrat policies DESTROY the middle class since that's who ultimately pays the cost of their tax increases and absurd amounts of regulation.
Suckers like you bend over, grab both ankles and say: "Harder please".

Stand_With_Rand
Stand_With_Rand

@MaxWright1 Bush's approval numbers were talked about in your precious corporate controlled media EVERY SINGLE DAY!

Stand_With_Rand
Stand_With_Rand

@joplingirl Whoa whoa whoa....REPUBLICANS in congress?  Where'd you get that info from, The View?

CONGRESS's approval numbers are at 7%....that includes everyone...repubs and dems.

How do you manage to function in society with that obvious lack of critical thinking skills?