December 22nd, 2009
10:33 AM ET
6 months ago

Polls: Majority oppose heath care bill

New polls show Americans are opposed to the Senate Health Care bill.
New polls show Americans are opposed to the Senate Health Care bill.

Washington (CNN) - For the second straight day, a new national poll indicates that a solid majority of Americans oppose the health care bill that Democrats are pushing through the Senate.

According to a Quinnipiac University survey released Tuesday morning, 53 percent of the public disapproves of the proposed changes, with 36 percent supporting the bill.

That follows a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll released Monday that indicated 42 percent favor the Senate Democrats' legislation, with 56 percent opposed.

Both surveys were conducted last week through Sunday, as Senate Democrats were negotiating a final health care bill, but before a crucial party-line vote early Monday morning to end debate, a huge hurdle to eventual passage of the legislation that the Democrats successfully were able to jump.

According to the Quinnipiac poll, Americans by an 18-point margin disapprove of the job President Barack Obama's doing on health care.

"As President Barack Obama's numbers on health care have declined so has his margin over Republicans on whom American voters trust most on the issue," says Peter Brown, Assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. "In July he enjoyed a 20-point edge on the trust question, and that margin has been narrowing, to 45 – 40 percent today."

The Quinnipiac survey also indicates that while a majority of Americans oppose the health care plan, they back two options that were cut from the Senate bill. According to the poll, 56 percent support the option of getting coverage through a government health insurance plan, with 38 percent opposing the public option. And nearly two-thirds like the proposal to allow people as young as 55 to buy into the government run Medicare program, with three in ten opposed.

The Quinnipiac University poll was conducted December 15-20, with 1,616 registered voters from across the country questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus 2.4 percentage points.

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soundoff (299 Responses)
  1. malsburymichelle

    While this health care bill may not be the cure for all things that ail Americans, it does go a long way toward correcting some of the injustices that have prevented people from having access to quality, affordable, care. For that alone we should celebrate the democrats pushing it through before the Christmas holidays!
    Michelle

    December 22, 2009 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  2. dude palin

    Who are you people polling ? Everyone I talk to is for health care reform !!

    December 22, 2009 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  3. gl, From Pittsburgh

    That because most Americans what a Public Opition becasue they do not trust the Insuance Companies.

    December 22, 2009 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  4. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    For democrats, something is better than nothing. If you didn't pass anything, you guys will be in a world of hurt in 2010.

    December 22, 2009 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  5. patNY

    Most people opposed to it have no idea what's even in the bill. They still think its some kind of socialistic gov't takeover of the health system. And, if people oppose it because of its price tag, again, they aren't doing their homework, but instead, are listening to the lies from Fox News...the bill is defecit neutral and actually decreases the defecit over 10 years! And, the final bill has yet to be drafted to be sent to the President.

    December 22, 2009 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  6. Jeff in Virginia

    It is a pretty simple equation.

    The folks who made the mess are getting a huge windfall with the mandate. They will continue to sell junk insurance. The only difference is that now people will be forced to buy it.

    I am a progressive, and I do not support this legislation.

    Remove the mandate, and I will support this legislation.

    December 22, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  7. Joanne B

    This HC Healthcare is not for Americans – those not hurt will be Ins Companies, Pharmacy Companies and Congress inc the Whitehouse.
    They put through a symbolic program because Obama wants to brag.

    The hurt with the new taxes and Seniors suffering will be up front and thus I believe this mess will be rescinded. UP front taxes and cuts for four yrs and then some coverage. But you can bet the money will have been spent in four yrs that they collected as well. Since Democrats took over there has been a spending frenzy ! We thought Bush stunk on ice, Obama looks like he's trying to DESTROY America.

    Those who are truly in need of Ins ALL could of been covered w/vouchers for 4 billion dollars. Whole thing smells !
    Joanne B
    Mn

    December 22, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  8. Jerry in NC

    CNN, who are the pollsters polling???? EVERYBODY, I know, wants health care reform and right now the bill that is being worked on is better than what the American people already have. It's no secret, if you ask 100 vegetarians if they like meat, a majority will say, "NO!" Those so-called polls are just another tactic and tool of those who oppose ANY form of health care reform.

    December 22, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  9. MaryJo

    CNN, would you please stop reporting that the majority of Americans are against health care? When you say that, at least point out that it is the Senate plan with no public option that the majority of Americans oppose. I listened to Borger all day yesterday come up with reasons why the polls were the way they were and not once did she acknowledge that 56% of Americans favor the public option. I wanted to slap her by day's end. I don't appreciate this kind of distortion. If you ask me whether I support the Senate health care bill I am going to tell you no. If you ask me, I will tell you I will take that bill if I can't get anything else. I do not believe I am alone. Wake up, please.

    December 22, 2009 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  10. Chas

    Stop listening to those do-nothing Republicans.

    December 22, 2009 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  11. George

    CNN did you poll the Fox News listeners? Or the Palinites?

    December 22, 2009 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  12. Randolph Carter, I'm no expert but...

    Yeah, and the majority voted for Al Gore in 2000. I wonder if these polls distinguish between the slack-jawed republican base and those of us who see this bill as a big sellout to big business. We could have a single payer system like the rest of the world and it would be cheaper and more efficient in the long run. But I guess that's too much to expect in a nation ruled by large corporations who pay PR firms and consultants and lobbyists the big bux to misinform and fearmonger the ignorant masses. (Can fearmonger be used as a verb?) Anyway, I can't wait to see how our congress critters butcher meaningful financial regulatory reform and cave in to big carbon on climate change legislation. What a bunch of tools. Have a nice day, consumerbots. Don't forget to say a little prayer to the deity of your choice for your capitalist overlords tonite!

    December 22, 2009 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  13. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Polls are nice!

    The headline reads: Majority oppose health care bill. It begs the question: the majority of what/who? We fight for everything that would signify an improvement for OUR citizens here at home. History has this type of behaviour clearly documented. This is why we have elected leaders, because quite frankly, sometimes, the majority of "US" don't know jack squat about what's truly best for the common good.

    December 22, 2009 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  14. katiec

    Well, I most certainly would not put any stock in any poll CNN conducts. Their obvious support for the right, dedication to the failure of Health Care Reforn,hiding behind news you can trust while being run, dictated to by big business makes one realize they do represent We the People.
    Even our Jack, who we once admired and respected has gone to
    the extreme right. If you will notice their web headlines, how they constantly post the statements of the radical right and post more comments for them, even go to twitter to get statements from some
    radicals (have yet to see a posting from the twitter accounts of the left)
    and headline them much for often, it doesn't take a rocket scientist to realize their bias.

    December 22, 2009 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  15. phoenix86

    For you democratic representatives out there, that means that the majority oppose YOU.

    We all look forward to welcoming you back to the private sector in the midst of the democratic recession in January 2011.

    December 22, 2009 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  16. Teresa

    We need to give all Congress who sign on to this monstor their walking papers when we can.

    The answer for the dems is tax and spend for everything.

    December 22, 2009 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  17. Perry

    What does it mean that the majority don't like the bill, but the Majority supports measures eliminated from the bill (the Public Option and Medicare Buy-in).

    Seems the majority does not like a watered down bill.

    December 22, 2009 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  18. Jon

    So this poll should be that while the majority might not like this bill as written, they do want reform and were in favor of things that were removed.

    Plus, once they get past the GOP/Insurance lobby lies and actually see whats in the bill and feel the immediate benefits it brings once it is passed, the public will rather quickly turn back to favoring the bill and turn against the GOP.

    Now if the GOP had honestly and earnestly helped write health reform, there would have been far less problems no a days and it would have been passed a long time ago. Yet, the party of no only listens to the lobbyists and corporations over the voters.

    December 22, 2009 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  19. Enough

    And yet they insist on cramming it through, regardless of what the people want. Harry Reid is claiming victory..........what an out of touch old fool he is, along with Nancy Botoxi. Vote out all Democrats for the destruction of America. We want health care reform, not higher health insurance premiums and reduced coverage..........Morons.

    December 22, 2009 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  20. Four and The Door

    ...but somehow Harry Reid ( and I'm sure Barack Obama too ) can justify in their own minds that using hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars in pork spending in this bill to buy out the last votes for a minimum passage was the right thing to do??!!???

    I thought we had ethics committees looking over operation of our government. Have they been relegated to only considering politicians who have extramarital affairs?

    December 22, 2009 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  21. mjm

    As if Reid cares.

    December 22, 2009 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  22. The Lonely Libertarian of Liverpool NY

    So why is Health Care Con game going to pass then? Why did congress go to war in Iraq? Why did they pass TARP? Why did we pass ARRA? Why does election funding come from Special interest groups? (AARP) Why is it that the national debt is approching 13 trillion dollars. Who does our Government represent? Why is it that no matter if we have Democrats or Republicans the Freedom and Liberty of hard working Americans continues to be weaken? Why is it that hard work and honesty are no longer rewarded in America?

    December 22, 2009 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  23. shmeckell

    Don’t for get to call in after 12 to be apart of our afternoon poll and then again at 5 for our evening poll. Join us tomorrow as we start providing polls on the hour every hour.

    December 22, 2009 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  24. southerncousin

    Just remember it doesn't make any difference what Americans want to the Democrats and Obama. Just remember on election day 2010 and election day 2012. They think they can get them selves reelected by just telling more lies, like they did in 2008. So many Americans fell for the lies Obama told in 2008, that with the help of SEIU/ACORN and George Soros money, combined with the dumbing down of America by the NEA, the stole the election.

    December 22, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  25. bird

    These Fools do not care what the people they are supposed to represent want. They'll pass some cluster-bungle of a bill that benefits no one and then slap themselves on the back. Probably even sleep well at night thinking " I made a difference"... if it weren't so outrageous, it would be funny

    December 22, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
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