Staff | October 10, 2009
Additional Summary via CBS News release:
- 47% of Americans approve of how President Obama is handling health care, while 42% disapprove - little change from last month. Majorities disapprove of the way the Democrats (60%) and Republicans (67%) are handling health care.
- Compared to past debates on major issues, 45% view the current health care debate as more negative -- four times as many as say it has been more positive (11%). 36% say the debate is similar in tone to past debates on major issues.
- Most Americans (61%) would be disappointed if Congress doesn't pass health care reform this year and the system continues as it is; 29% would be pleased if reforms do not pass.
- 42% approve of the President's handling of Afghanistan, while 34% disapprove. His approval rating was 44% in late September and 48% in August.
- Americans remain divided about what to do in Afghanistan. 37% of Americans want troop levels increased while 38% want them decreased. Just 17% want troop levels kept as they are now.
- Most Americans (57%) think Iran is a threat that can be contained with diplomacy, though the 19% who think it is a threat that requires military action now has risen six points since February.
- 43% approve of how President Obama is handling Iran; 35% disapprove.
33% Democrat, 22% Republican, 45% independent (chart)