Poll: Independents think Obama ‘knowingly deceived’ public

Voters are split on whether President Obama “knowingly deceived” the public when he said people who like their health insurance can keep it. 

A Quinnipiac poll released Tuesday found 46 percent of people believe Obama knowing deceived the public, while 47 percent think the opposite. Eight percent of voters are unsure. 

While the numbers break down on party lines, 51 percent of independents believe he knowingly deceived the public, while 42 percent disagree. 

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In a similar question that does not specifically address healthcare, a majority of voters, 52 percent, said the president is not honest or trustworthy — a spike of 11 percent in a month. Another 44 percent believe he does possess those qualities. 

The White House on Tuesday maintained Obama has said he wanted to let people keep their insurance. During an interview last week with NBC, he apologized for the millions of people who have seen their policies canceled despite his repeated promise that they could be kept.

The poll also found voters have come to a consensus that the HealthCare.gov website will not be fully operational by the end of the month, which the administration aimed for after the shaky rollout in October.  

Sixty-one percent of voters think it will not be fixed, while 31 percent think it will. Ten percent are unsure. An even larger portion, 73 percent, support extending the March 31 deadline for open enrollment in the exchanges. 

A majority believes Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, tasked with implementing the law, should not resign because of the botched rollout. Another 37 percent think she should.  

Support for the law had dropped to 39 percent in the new survey, down 6 percent in a month. And only 19 percent believe the law will improve their healthcare next year. Forty-three percent believe it will get worse, while 35 percent say it will make no difference. 

The poll surveyed 2,545 registered voters and holds a 1.9 percent margin of error.