November 6th, 2009
05:00 AM ET
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CNN Poll: Public wants Congress to keep working on health care

Nearly six in ten Americans want Congress to continue working on health care reform bills that have been passed through various committees, according to a new CNN poll.
Nearly six in ten Americans want Congress to continue working on health care reform bills that have been passed through various committees, according to a new CNN poll.

Washington (CNN) - Nearly six in ten Americans want Congress to continue working on health care reform bills that have been passed through various committees, according to a new national poll.

Full results (pdf)

Fifty-nine percent of people questioned in a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey say lawmakers should continue working on the legislation, a rise of 6 points since August. But only a quarter say those bills should be passed pretty much as is, with a third suggesting that Congress should make major changes. The poll also indicates that one in four say lawmakers should start from scratch and 15 percent want Congress to stop all work on health care reform.

The survey's release Friday morning comes one day before the full House of Representatives is expected to hold a floor vote on the Democrats health care reform bill.

"Most of the Democrats interviewed support some form of heath care reform, but the divisions within congressional Democrats are reflected in the party nationwide," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "Forty percent of the Democratic rank and file want Congress to approve the proposals that have passed through committee with only minor changes. But an equal number of Democrats nationwide want Congress to make major changes to those proposals before approving them."

According to the poll, 45 percent support President Barack Obama's proposals to reform health care, with 53 percent opposed to his plans. This is the first time since the president's early September prime time address a joint session of Congress on health care that a majority of people questioned in a CNN survey oppose Obama's proposals.

"Six in ten independents say they oppose Obama's health care proposals," says Holland. "That's a nine point increase since October."

The House bill that faces a probable Saturday vote contains a version of the public option, an insurance option administered by the federal government that would compete with plans offered by private insurance companies. According to the poll, 55 percent support the public option, with 44 percent opposed.

Rising health care costs could be a factor in support for Congress to take action.

"The appetite for some version of health care reform may be explained by the fact that 55 percent of Americans with health insurance say that their insurance company has raised rates, deductibles or co-payments within the past year," says Holland.
No House Republicans are expected to vote Saturday for the Democrats health care bill.

"With any health care bill likely to face near-unanimous opposition from the GOP, only one in three Americans say that the Republicans in Congress are doing enough to cooperate with Barack Obama. Is Obama doing enough to reach out to Republicans? Half say yes; half say no," adds Holland.

The CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll was conducted October 30-November 1, with 1,018 adult Americans questioned by telephone. The survey's sampling error is plus or minus 3 percentage points.

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soundoff (63 Responses)
  1. Kent in CA

    55% support the public option. The opposition party needs to listen to the people instead of the insurance company lobbyists.
    What people don't understand is that employer paid health care is going to go the way of employer paid pensions. In the next couple of decades, workers everywhere will find themselves in a situation where they will have to go buy their own insurance, unless employers are legally required to subsidize coverage.
    The problem is the insurance companies keep charging more and giving less. Look at their profit numbers in the last year. Some of them have seen a 15% jump in profit, in a tanking economy! Americans are being victimized by corporate greed. We must have an alternative, and the public option is it. In ten years, it may be the only affordable option you have.

    November 6, 2009 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  2. Drew

    Congress should pass the Health Care Bill without the stupid GOP's and let them see how much the health care bill is much needed in this country. All those who support the GOP's are stupid people who don't have any morals or respect for others, including themselves.

    November 6, 2009 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  3. g

    do away with the corperate party [republicans ] they sure don,t work for the middle class

    November 6, 2009 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  4. jimii

    Wow – now I really get it. I am 52 years old, do not smoke or drink much, and am on the slender side. (Not over weight!) Now that I have bored you with the details, I had partial hip replacement due to all my athletic efforts when I was younger. Yesterday I called a major insurance carrier to inquire about coverage. They said because I had hip surgery before I was 60 years old they would never write me a policy or cover me. "Pre exisisting condition". WOW! It is hard to have any sympathy for insurance companies – that is a polite way of putting it. America – we need health care reform!!!!!

    November 6, 2009 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  5. th

    Something needs to be done with health care. My insurance has been going up 11- 17% every year. With deductibles at $2000.00 before any insurance even kicks in.

    November 6, 2009 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  6. Ralph

    Tort reform, tort reform, tort reform, tort reform.

    Helloooooo.... Congress?

    Let them that have ears, hear.

    November 6, 2009 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  7. Terry, TX

    Yea...Americans want reform.....not the takeover of the medical industry...
    CNN polls again not taking the pulse of the Nation. DUH.

    November 6, 2009 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  8. Carol

    One of the reasons HR 3962 (health care takeover) sounds favorable to more Americans is because the unemployment rate is now at 10.2, the worst since 1983. Many unemployed have no choice but to accept whatever the government pushes through. And herein lies the reason for unemployment remaining so high. Once the health care bill is passed you will see employment improve. Mark my words.

    November 6, 2009 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  9. T. Allen Blackburn

    The party of "no" is still sulking and doing little to cooperate believing that their spin doctors will frenzy up the American people to put them back in power in 2010. Be prepared people for massive tax cuts for the wealthy, a larger deficit than what existed when Obama took office, the continued war in multiple locations, benefits that exist for large corporations that stopped providing jobs for Americans long ago, etc., etc.

    The Democrats are foolish and do not deserve power. When Bush and his crew wanted to get something accomplished they did not worry about partisanship. They rammed stuff through with little regard for the American people. Now that the Democrats have power they have enough infighting to keep anything from happening until power is taken away from them again. Pathetic.

    Obama needs to ram stuff through like the last party did. We voted them in to see some change, let's see the change. Get a health care bill passed, start treating the average citizen like they count, worry about American's jobs instead of farming stuff out to overseas markets.

    Penalize companies that utilize foreign labor as a disincentive to take care of shareholders above the general public. Start making America something to be proud of again. Instead of giving handouts to people make them work like the days of the Civilian Conservation Corp. Have them take care of the broken infrastructure in this country. Put them to work.

    November 6, 2009 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  10. DennisG

    Hopefully the lies and misleading catch-phrases are starting to wear off. If people will just listen, and UNDERSTAND, the intent of this plan they'll realize it's got to benefit them. (Unless of course they're an medical insurance executive). We are all tired of paying so much for health care so these guys can send their kid to high school in his own 7 series mercedes! If this plan wasn't going to work and their profits/our costs weren't going to be reduced you wouldn't see this amount of costly anti-plan advertising. For those yet unconvinced, DON'T BE SHEEP!

    November 6, 2009 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  11. Voted4HealthCare

    Where is the report on the CBO rating of the Republican so-called "plan" (Read: insurance company giveaway)? The GOP would insure 33 million LESS and cost $36 billion MORE than the Dem proposal.

    The majority of Americans still support a public option for increased competition and extending more affordable coverage.

    Health Reform Now For America

    November 6, 2009 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  12. areyoukidding?

    Why is it that conservatives always say that the people that they talk to don't want healthcare reform, so that must mean that no one does? Doesn't it ever occur to you that most people surround themselves with likeminded friends? I guess that would require too much rational thought...

    November 6, 2009 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  13. petey hatfield

    Well you are going to be charged for not having insurance how is that going to help people who already can't afford it?and if states elect out are we not going to have to pay the taxes for this crap?don't think so you will pay regardless I am a registered democrat and I think th
    is administration is a disgrace to the democrat party this age its about money and nothing but we are a broke nation come on let's just go ahead and let china have the rest of apparently our leaders don't care you know when your checking account is empty the take your check book wonder how long obama can pass our checks of on people if they drop them they cannot catch them for bouncing its a joke but we deserve all we get we elected this clown so hang on for the ride. Thanks jack petey hatfield gilbert wv coal keeps your lights on until obama nakes them turn them off

    November 6, 2009 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
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