November 6th, 2009
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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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  1. They call me "tater salad"

    So much for John "Boner's" LIES about the American people not wanting Healthcare Reform!!!! Oh and as for the Republican plan?.....It Insures LESS people, is MORE expensive and offers FEWER benefits for people and INCREASES profits for the Health Insurance Empire!!! NICE TRY REPUBLICAN LIERS!!!!!!!

    November 6, 2009 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  2. Eric

    This is no suprise. I just got signed up for my Health Care benefits for 2010 and i am going to have to pay 20 times as much in deductible's as I did last year. Also my Health Care costs jumped a good 15% from last year.

    November 6, 2009 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  3. southerncousin

    It would be great if Pelosi would tell the truth about the cost, but then again this is the person who said the CIA lied to her and who has yet to find anything wrong with Charlie Rangel although the invesigation has been going on for a year. It would be great if Obama would fess up that it is going to add a lot more than a dime to the deficit, instead of the continuing lies from him. But they are liberals, and liberals lie, it is their creed. Fool the people every chance you get.

    November 6, 2009 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  4. CNN: The least trusted name in news!

    Hey CNN! Where's the daily update on Sarah Palin? I was wondering what she had for breakfast today and you're not letting America know.

    What about her choice of where she signs books. That's really big news?

    Okay, obviously the health care bill sucks! What can CNN do to promote it regardless. CNN needs another think tank. The liberal genius's are befuttled by that thing called TRUTH!

    November 6, 2009 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  5. JB

    These numbers are pretty pitiful if you ask me. 25% think that Congress should start all over again. 33% think major changes should be made to the existing bills (so extrapulating on that CNN- 58% or, the same number that want healthcare to push forward think what the dems have put together is GARBAGE). AND A WHOPPING 25% think the bills should be passed as is. When are the dems going to realize they do not think like the majority of Americans. Bet they push federally funding of abortons and illegal alien coverage. And in 2010, the dems lose 60 seats. And as Biden said "there goes our agenda". Dems are dumb. They had the next four years in their pocket. Their problem, they let nut jobs like pelosi decide what to do. She is not sane. Kick the crazies out of the dem party and lets get some stuff done.

    November 6, 2009 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  6. Richp

    Pretty cool, I guess those thousands of people who took off mid week to say NO are just nuts, be interesting to see how many for it would cough up the cash for the buses to get to DC from their home state, my tickets yesterday cost me $57 round trip from PA to DC.
    And then there was Kanjorski's melt down when we asked him a couple of questions and he responded with 'I'll vote way I want to vote, now how you want', now thats a shrub.

    November 6, 2009 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  7. jj

    I want congress to keep working on healthcare. look for more cost effective solution! government run healthcare is not the best answer to this! assess areas where cost cutting can take place! allow the private sector to compete in order for prices to go down for consummers. what's the rush when the most basic of assessments to why healthcare costs are so high has not even been done! asking citizens to pay over a trillion for a new healthcare system that does not lower costs and only cover an additional 13 million people is obviously not the best solution!!!!

    November 6, 2009 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  8. ran

    I say now is the time to pass : single payer non-profit universal health care . That will teach the Republicans about using fear/hate/obstructionism on this and every other issue confronting us.

    If your not going to be part of the solution then get the hell out of the way. Change is coming and no matter how much of a" temper tampering" you Republicans display it will not stop the change we need.

    November 6, 2009 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  9. Jason

    think the numbers are skewed. CNN has again taken a cross section of a liberally bias community and not one that is a true depcition of all Americans. That is not an accurate representation of the feelings I have seen. Americans I have spoken to want no part of a socialistic health care, that promotes mediocre health care much like the ineffective type you can find in countries that have adopted such policies. Government ran health care will do nothing more than destroy an already fragile industry. Maybe the Senate could do more by exerting energy on issues that could benefit America as a whole, rather than promote another socialistic policy brought forth by the executive office.

    November 6, 2009 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  10. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I saw that Congress should take a vote and see where it stands. The only way to get this done and to move onto other things is to have the House and Senate vote on their bills and then merge them in a conference committee. That is where the real action is going to happen. Why you ask? Once the conference bill is voted on and passed by both houses, then that is the bill that the president signs (or vetoes).

    November 6, 2009 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  11. Aunt Bea and Opie

    Americans will not forget Bachman and her brown shirts for Masquarading as patriots.This was a slap at true patriots everywhere.Her ilk are the people we need to keep a close eye on and we will.She must be making a fortune working for Big Death Assurance Companies.What a brainless twit,the people who voted her into office should be ashamed of themselves.

    November 6, 2009 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  12. Pee Wee

    I would think that these geniuses in the hallowed halls of Congress could bring something in at less than 2000 pages. Maybe they should just get the stuff about biofuels out of there and stick to health care. I think it could be done in about 5 pages, but of course I'm not a lawyer looking to constantly scratch my friends backs.

    What an utter disgrace. The plan that is supposed to improve our health is struggling with obesity right out of the blocks!

    November 6, 2009 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  13. Connie, Indiana

    But according to the ones at the "rally" American people don't want it..It is time the Congress and Senate start listening to the "majority" of Americans that want health care and not the far far right fringe want. Bachmann and her ilk should be booted out , this woman and her followers are just plan stupid, just kill the bill that is what they want regardless of what American people want. I would be embrassed to even admit I was from these idiots districts.

    November 6, 2009 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  14. Von Bismark

    I live in central Europe.Like any other optimist over here I thouht America has come a long way with the election of the country's first African-American President. But I must confess that the signs we are seeing at the so-called Tea Parties are very digusting to say the least.
    The personal attacks on Obama are reminscent of those days dark days in the south which the likes of Dr. King so courageously fought against. And members of Congress not only condoning but effectively taking part in it.

    This not only shocking,IT IS SHAMEFUL! It will not be surprising to wake one day to hear that he has been assassinated.


    November 6, 2009 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  15. miken

    OK 25% say start from scratch which means they don't like the current bill and 15% say stop altogether. So that is 40% who oppose this bill in its entirity. I'm with them. This bill will give health care to illegal aliens btw – so doesn't that mean that obama DID LIE?

    November 6, 2009 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  16. Michigan

    This bill will never pass as it is. All of the Republicans and many Democrats are against it.

    Health reform is a dead issue now. It needs to be set aside for later consideration so the attention can be given to more urgent matters, such as the skyrocketing unemployment rate, now at its worst since 1983. Nobody's going to care about health care reform when they have no job, no money, no food, and no home.

    November 6, 2009 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  17. PK

    "only a quarter say those bills should be passed pretty much as is"

    Wow, only a quarter. And note that it's not even "as is" but rather "pretty much as is."

    November 6, 2009 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  18. Lou

    The Republicans just don't get it!!! The majority of the country want health care reform. How can they keep going against the flow and now, also against the AARP and AMA? They are just "NO" sayers and not working for the best of the American people.

    November 6, 2009 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  19. dave g, Minneapolis

    Why don't they write a one page bill that would separate healthcare from your employer? Try this "small step" and see what happens. THere are so many things that they could do that are small which would create more competition and allow insurers to create packages tailored to groups of unique individuals. For example, I don't have flood or earthquake insurance–and the company that insures my house only caters to a specific region of the US, not prone to these problems...therefore I pay less than say someone in California. Health insurance likewise could offer packages to college students (who in general don't need alot of healthcare for major problems, and would then be cheaper).

    Start small...

    November 6, 2009 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  20. Party Purity will never bring Political Power!

    To all the neo-con “christian” pro-life taxpayers.

    This liberal pro-life taxpayer offers this compromise.

    We will add a check box to the tax return forms that allows you to opt out of having your tax dollars going to killing human life via abortions, if I can opt out of having my tax dollars going to killing human life via elective wars.


    November 6, 2009 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  21. Jeff

    OK, This is a CNN Poll, are any of the Dems paying any attention, Health Care needs to be reformed, but lets be slow about it and get it right for everyone, not just the few that don't want to use their own money for it.

    November 6, 2009 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  22. LacrosseMom

    After giving the matter some though, I don't want them to keep working on health care. I've come to realize that's healthcare is directly linked to personal responsibility, somthing I've and I'm sure many other have taken for granted. I no longer need or want the public option. Instead of blogging all day about the problem, I will make a solution. I'm going to pull myself up, go out, become better educated, find a job that provides benefits, and in that way provide myself with my own healthcare. I encourage all of my fellow Americans to do the same.

    November 6, 2009 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  23. P. D.

    If the Democrats falter and don't pass this Bill, they will lose their seats. The majority of Americans want Reform. I suggest the Dems not to listen to the pundits and the Washington elites. For crying out loud. PEOPLE are dying. And a bit of advice to the Blue Dogs. If you do not support this Bill, you will face a Primary that will knock you out of the water. Bet on it.

    November 6, 2009 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  24. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    The bill needs to be passed this year or it just won't get done.

    November 6, 2009 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  25. sharon, newport news, virginia

    Yet the Republicans continue to fight this bill. Even though they know t,or most of them know) the health care system is in dire need of reform, they continue to call it names, organize rallies(press conferences as that looney tune called it)in hopes of having those few thousand revolt, and fight it in any way they can. This isn't because they are clueless but for one reason only, it is a bill proposed by Democrats. Everyday they show how little they truly care about what the American public wants and needs. Maybe one of the main reasons is their total lack of knowledgable leaders. Yesterday the Minority House leader, Mr. Boener, stood before the crowd and the tv camerasand put his foot in his mouth as usual. He stood there waving the Constitution in his hand and proceeded to quote from it only his quote was from the Declaration of Independence. I guess this show he lacks knowledge in many areas. I guess if I was in his position and standing before a mick to express a point, I would atleast be smart enough to know what I was talking about. But he, like the rest of the leaders, just keep on rattling off speech that makes them look ridiculous.

    November 6, 2009 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
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