WASHINGTON (CBS DC/AP) — A new poll finds that more Americans believe that President Barack Obama’s signature health care law has been his biggest failure of his presidency rather than his biggest achievement.
Gallup shows that 36 percent of Americans consider Obamacare the president’s biggest failure so far in his administration, compared to 22 percent who believe it’s his greatest success.
“To this point in time, Americans’ views of Obama’s greatest achievement and biggest failure tend to revolve around the signature healthcare legislation that informally bears his name,” Gallup states. “This suggests that as Obama’s term in office continues through its final three years and beyond, Americans’ — and most likely history’s — assessment of his presidency could turn on the ultimate verdict of how well his healthcare law achieved its goal of making healthcare affordable and accessible to all Americans.”
Among his greatest achievements, 7 percent said it was ending the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan as 7 percent also said killing Osama bin Laden and his anti-terrorism efforts were. Rounding out the top five was stabilizing the economy and becoming the first African-American president at 3 percent. Twenty-three percent of those polled said Obama has not had a signature greatest achievement so far in office.
On the failure side, 9 percent of Americans polled said not getting along with Congress, specifically Republicans, has been his greatest failure. Others include lack of communication at 5 percent, lack of leadership at 4 percent and lack of immigration reform, getting troops out of war and the high unemployment at 3 percent. Eight percent said Obama does not have a signature failure in office, while 2 percent said “everything.”
Monday is the last day people can purchase a plan through the online insurance marketplace if they want coverage to be in effect on New Year’s Day.
A more significant deadline comes in March. That’s when federal law requires all Americans to get health coverage or face fines.
Gallup polled 1,031 adults between Dec. 5-8.
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