December 22nd, 2009
10:33 AM ET
4 years 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. Stephen Falk

    America is quickly becoming a joke.
    Attitudes and ideologies in the year 2009 that are still
    connected to the McCarthy era.
    America is still a country (politically) based around paranoia,
    suspicion and fear.
    You have a health care system in ruins, politicians lying through
    there teeth about health care systems in other countries to instil
    fear in its' populace about any kind of change to the status quo...
    Your economy is in ruins, and any attempt at embracing change
    is quickly rejected by your sheep like populace.
    You've given your president one year to turn around a mess that
    your former president had 8 years to create and are astonished that
    he can't "fix" everything in 12 months.

    December 22, 2009 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  2. TCM

    CNN – you're fudging numbers again; more than 53% are against this fiasco of a health plan....don't confuse healthcare reform with this does nothing but favors for liberals from the top down, and burden the hardworkers of America with higher taxes...there's nothing wrong with the quality of availability of healthcare in this country. What the problem is, as usual, illegals and minorities, both who reproduce at a high rate, and add little if any to the tax base, are burdening the system....that's what the majority of this country, hard working conservatives, do not like.

    December 22, 2009 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  3. Grahame

    Which just points out that Americans can't read anyway. These morons, each and everyone, will only believe 30 second sound bits anyway since they a concentration window of thirty seconds. Anything after that and their minds wander. Ya gotta love the American Education system...............................What Education system?.

    December 22, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  4. Chris

    there is one very simple explanation for this.....people here are too stupid to understand. It's not OK to have 40M people w/out healh coverage and anything that will alliviate that it better than the Republican's solution: DO NOTHING AT ALL or oppose everything.

    December 22, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  5. mike ross

    I really dont trust all these polls. I think there's more people for the bill than not!!!

    December 22, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  6. Big Ron

    I suppose you would get those results since the only people aggressively voicing their "opinions" everywhere are republicans and the even more a-whole "conservatives." Do you really think the majority of people don't want health care coverage???

    December 22, 2009 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  7. Mike

    Our current government leaders don't care that the American people don't want their version of healthcare reform, they think we are just a bunch of dolts who would appreciate what they've done if we were only smarter. Their arrogance will soon get many of them thrown out of office, just as it did with the Republicans in 2006. Absolute power corrupts absolutely, and the shady way in which this legislation has been pushed through demonstrates that those in power have become corrupt in that they believe they are above the people they represent.

    December 22, 2009 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  8. PaulMoATX

    The problem is that most folks don't understand what the bill actually does. It extends health insurance to 30 million people, lowers costs due to competition and lowers the debt tremendously over the next 20 years. It takes away insurance companies "right" to revoke service for pre-existing conditions and young adults could retain coverage longer under their parents’ insurance plans – through age 25 in the Senate bill and through age 26 in the House version.

    December 22, 2009 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  9. JH

    The latest twist is the Reid is changing the Senate rules to make it "out of order" to amend or repeal this monstrosity. This is the end of democracy in the USA. I have never been so afraid for my country. To shove this down when a vast majority of the country is strongly opposed, to burden states with Democrat Senators too stupid to make their own hundred million dollar deal pay for those who did deal. For the first time, I am ashamed of America and what it is becoming.

    December 22, 2009 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  10. charles reilly

    Dear fellow Americans,
    Please see that our nation must take steps to support its disadvantaged members, and in so doing join the other developed nations who already provide universal healthcare. Let our law and policy reflect the compassion for others that we embrace as individuals. Moreover, the bill reduces our deficit substantially. Finally, please understand that many Republicans recognize the problem and would be supporting a solution, if the RNC had not declared healthcare as a "toe the line"issue.

    December 22, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  11. e.c.coleman

    Remember this, folks!

    Make certain that not one single Democrat is re-elected or elected
    in your next election.

    This Congress, not to exclude obama, are the most CORRUPT
    and DISHONEST representatives and senators this nation has
    ever had in government.

    That this Congress does NOT listen to the majority of Americans and that obama is out to 'MAKE HISTORY TO LEAVE HIS MARK WITHOUT
    cabinet and his advisors which are exactly what The Chicago Gang and Chicago Corruption is all about.


    DON'T FORGET THAT obama is nothing but a CROOK and has LIED, LIED, LIED and LIED AGAIN to American Citizens.

    December 22, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  12. chelle

    Well of course the majority disagree!!!! What the poll doesn't show are the reasons....Some people disagree because they wanted a single payer system – Some people disagree because they don't want a "socialized medical system" and of course there are the ones who think that the insurance companies actually care about them and not the bottom line.

    December 22, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  13. David in Oregon

    A very misleading poll. I would bet that a large percentage of the respondents who are dissatisfied with the current bill are dissatisfied because the public option is not in the bill. I believe the majority of people in this country really want health care reform and reform that includes a public option.

    December 22, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  14. Bubble of Sanity

    Hey, wait. The people that post in here are telling us that the whole country wants these measures, except for a small pocket of Bible thumpers in Idaho.

    Who am I supposed to believe?

    The truth is, we are getting mugged big-time by thugs who stole senatorial elections and now want to steal more of our money, all in the name of "helping the poor."

    The only way they will help the poor with the black hole they are voting on is by creating more of us.

    December 22, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  15. Brian

    People don't even know what the bill says. They're just listening to the idiots who cry on television about socialism. Forget about it.

    December 22, 2009 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  16. Susan

    So, what did the republicans ever do to improved health care? NOTHING whatsoever.

    If people are so opposed to socialized medicine (as the republicans like to call it) than I suggest we do away with Medicare, Medicaid and, while we are at it, social security. Heck, why don't we just "toss out" everything.

    I firmly believe that, once it's a done deal, the citizens of this country will come to love health care reform. After all, it will become better as it is tweeked and refined. This is just the first step and I, for one, am delighted that the democrates have taken it on.

    December 22, 2009 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  17. LacrosseMom

    The "majority" ??????? As usual with polls they can not reach the majority of Obama supporters who use only cell phones.

    Also, there are millions of us, totally disgusted that SOME Democrats have sold out to Big Pharma & Big Insurance! Those BLUE DOGS will be gone in the 2010 elections!

    We NEED Healthcare now! 45,000 Americans have died this year because they did not have healthcare.

    I am amazed that we, as a Nation grieve for the tragic losses of 9/11 or Fort Hood massacre, however, WHO grieves for the .......45,000...... who die EACH YEAR?

    December 22, 2009 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  18. Cindy

    I'm sure there would be a lot more people in favor of this legislation if we actually knew what was in the bill!! A few key points have been brought to light, but with the bill being almost 2000 pages long, I think a majority of America wonders about the smaller points that may or may not impact their healthcare. If this bill was all they are making it out to be in terms of helping out American citizens who either have no form of healthcare, or are seeing their premiums skyrocket and coverage dwindle....why all the secrecy???? I think America wants to be more informed!

    December 22, 2009 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  19. Harold Trainer, USAF RET

    Healthcare reform is not reform. It is a gift to the insurance industry who take premiums and invest them in other investments, derivitives, CDO's etc. If their profits are stressed by health care reform it will be like AIG and other investment companies being stressed and it will prevent the recovery from moving ahead. It is too big to fail. The people can organize but when it comes to something important the Democrats and Republicans are the same. It is a big dance, a game, smoke and mirrors, lobbyists and payoffs for votes. It is an oligarchy and except in very extreme circumstances the people can organize until they die and it does little real good. Obama offers little change and hope and is now part of the oligarchy. That is another reason why we are escalating the Afghan War. Harold Trainer

    December 22, 2009 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  20. CNN is being dishonest with this poll...........Let's be honest!!!!

    The simple fact is that the majority of Americans oppose the Senate (Max Baucus) bill now because it weakens the public option or medicare expansion. Inversely, the majority of Americans support the Congressional Health care bill. This article manages to exclude this fact. So it gives one the false impression the majority of Americans are against the Health care bill Insurance reform overall. No way !!!!This is not true. The majority of America is for Health Insurance reform with the public option or medicare expansion. But the statistics for this data is being excluded on this issue.

    December 22, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  21. Grin and Bare It

    Like thieves in the middle of the Night, Democrats are raiding the American peoples pockets and Freedoms. These people are acting as if the American people have no say. Well they will find out in 2010. Remove them all from office I say. If ever there was a time that showed that they are crooked politicians, this is it.

    December 22, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  22. robwestchester

    rubbish. it's how the polls are worded. the majority are for reform. the drop in public opinion is due to some progressive liberals being against the bill now that the public option has been dropped.

    December 22, 2009 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  23. Nebraska

    If the country is this devided on the bill why are the democrats still trying to ram this thing through! If this legislation is as important as they say it is, then why not take the time to do it right?? I am from Nebraska and I am appalled at the action of our Senator Nelson. It just seems to me that they are just trying to get anything passed to appease Obama! If you Repub or Dem you cannot tell me this garbled mess of a bill is a good thing, or else why would they have such a hard time passing it with a Dem controlled congress?? Can anyone offer a logical explanation of this??

    December 22, 2009 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  24. DH Mid MI

    The majority is opposed to the Senate & House versions of health care and our voices will be heard on election day.

    December 22, 2009 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  25. Darko

    Party First!

    They're proving it everyday.

    December 22, 2009 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
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