December 22nd, 2009
10:33 AM ET
8 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. Ryan

    No the majority does not disapprove of it, what they don't like about it is the lack of a public option. THAT was the WHOLE POINT but thanks to the Republicans doing the same thing that they did when Medicare was introduced... we basically have a watered down bill that they're hoping will provide evidence that we dodged a bullet when really we just half-assed the whole deal.

    However what people aren't understanding is that this bill – ANY bill that gives the public some leverage over the insurance industry is a trojan horse that will expand additional benefits in our favor.

    There are still a lot of idiots out there that believe the lies that have been put out there by the GOP – like the ridiculous death panels or the fact that they'll be taxed beyond reason – as if rednecks earn enough to be even remotely in the tax bracket of 500k+ a year. As if!

    December 22, 2009 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  2. John

    While the Senate has the right goal in mind, Democrats failed to address a key issue–tort reform. Until doctors do not feel threatened by erroneous lawsuits, the incentive to run extra tests (at the expense of patients' insurance) will remain.

    Unless true reform is made, the system is not going to be improved by the creation of a new government bureaucracy.

    December 22, 2009 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  3. Concerned American

    This is being decided by the Media backed by medical corporations on the right, and the democrats on the left who realize they will lose campaign contributions if they actually get it passed......I know cynical, but this has nothing to do with real americans, or what we really need, it is all about protecting the United States of the Corporations. This country is runined.
    The politicians and there family deserve nothing we taxpayers dont get. All I ask for is whatever coverage they have.
    My premium was tripled this year, I cant afford it, so it was cancelled.....so i guess I will let the taxpayers fund all my medical bills when I am injured or become sick, cuz I ain't paying them. Thanks taxpayers....you rock.

    December 22, 2009 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  4. bubba

    a good starting point for health care reform...........washington owes it to the citizens of this country to LISTEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    December 22, 2009 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  5. Bob Pacific Grove, Ca

    Pass this health reform bill now....Improve this by passing the public option/single payer later......Make it an issue in the 2010 elections......Vote out Blue Dogs.....

    December 22, 2009 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  6. Marie MD

    I would like to know who they are polling because nine out of ten of the people I speak to (friends, neighbors, co-workers) want health care reform that includes public option.

    December 22, 2009 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  7. If you want something ruined, put a republican in charge

    Doing the right thing for Americans may not always be popular.

    December 22, 2009 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  8. Nobama

    Well duh?

    December 22, 2009 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  9. Bob in Pa

    So why are our reps in DC continuing down this path ?

    December 22, 2009 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  10. GI Joe

    Now, quit stalling and get this over with so the nation can move on to the Jobs Bills and all the other things that the GOP has put on WAIT FOR THEIR SHENANIGANS.

    December 22, 2009 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  11. Bob of Lompoc

    Doesn't matter. If you polled Americans they would respond heavily against paying any income tax. If there was no income tax, the U. S. A. would collapse. Again, doesn't matter to Americans, who are quite selfish, don't look beyond the immediate and only care about "tax cuts" – thus the reason for an apparent anomoly – Bush as President for eight years.

    BTW, don't confuse being Americans "against the Health Care Bill" with some large groundswell of support, or new love affair, among our citizens, for The Republican Loser Sobbing Complaining Twit Party, or against a Real Health Care Bill. Not! Many of those against this bill are Progressives, who are against it because it doesn't have a Public Option, doesn't cover EVERYONE and is generally thought by them to be too weak, not a opressive "Government Run Health Care Program".

    December 22, 2009 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  12. LIE_berman

    RIghties just hate everything, as they are the party of no.
    The reason the polls have dropped is due to the socialists not getting public option. They will get over it and we here in the middle left will all vote in a super majority in congress again next year. Now on to CLIMATE.

    December 22, 2009 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  13. greg

    will a liberal ever listen to the majority yes because all of i want something for free group will run to them and say give,give,give.in about fifty years from now my grandkids will be paiding the freight on this by a tune of 95% tax on every one.

    December 22, 2009 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  14. Scott

    But this is sloppy reporting by CNN because nowhere does it mention the makeup of the opposition. Why not discuss that a reasonable number of the people opposing the legislation are on the left because the reform measures do not go nearly far enough? That is a reality that CNN is ignoring. Doing so twists the story to make it look like the nation opposes reform, when the truth is that a majority SUPPORT reform, but real reform with a public option.

    December 22, 2009 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  15. Carl

    Please, please remember this when the mid-term elections come next fall!

    December 22, 2009 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  16. Diandra

    CNN loves Hope and Change.

    December 22, 2009 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  17. Laverne

    Most Americans don't know what they want and just like the Republicans, have not taken the time to read the bill to even see what benefits it would mean for them and their families. I will give it to the republicans, they have done a good job at playing offense and pushing their usual scared tactics on the American people, it is a shame Americans keep falling for it. Once the bill is passed and some of the good things in the reform bill take immediate effect, the story headlines will be different so I am not impressed about what the polls show, they aren't accurate and who are they asking anyway because most of the people I know are definite for reform. Go dems go, don't slow down, don't quit, keep going until you get to the finish line!

    December 22, 2009 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  18. Matt H.

    If our elected representatives continue to act in opposition to the majority rule that is the foundation our republic, then it's time to elect people, Democrat or Republican, who are willing to **represent** the will of the American people instead of pursuing their own narrow interests and ideological agendas.

    December 22, 2009 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  19. Pat F

    Pass it, Senate Democrats, so Barry can sign it QUICK.

    Then in 2010, we can clean the barn properly, and shovel the Democrats out with the rest of the dung.

    December 22, 2009 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  20. Right Leaning Independent

    Funny how all the people wanting this health care plan are so willing to pay more for their health care! This plan is going to drive up your cost if you currently have insurance and it will force you to buy insurance if you do not have it even if you do not want it! I can not wait to hear the whining from supporters of the plan once they realize that their costs are going up!!

    December 22, 2009 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  21. Sniffit

    Are my eyes deceiving me? CNN is leading with the truth? Too bad the Dems are going to ram it up our butts anyway. I wonder if any KY comes with the health bill? Guess I wouldn't get it for four years anyway. Tax, tax, and TAX! No one has mentioned the Bush tax cuts expire in 2010. Middle class will be suffering.

    December 22, 2009 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  22. buckeye

    Majority opposes this massive corporate welfare bill, but it passes anyway. What happened to majority rule? Politicians cast block votes according to the will of party bosses and not their constituents. What happened to government of, for and by the people?

    December 22, 2009 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  23. Jeff

    We may not like the new legislation over what the house passed, but we are still pleased health care reform WILL pass. Is it a perfect bill, no, but it has protections for people who have healthcare and give healthcare to people that do not have it. If ANY republican would help out then it could have been a better bill, but they are so deep in corporate America's pockets that they will not do what is best for the people of this great nation. Instead they force the portions of the bill that would save the most money out and replaced it with a more expensive plan that only benefited the health insurance companies. The republicans only goal is to defeat anything the president wants, that is just sad.

    December 22, 2009 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  24. Brad

    Without a public option to compete with insurance companies, this bill is worthless. I'm just pretty much accepting that in 2 or 3 years, I wont be able to afford health care. That's just the way it's going to be until our representatives have enough spine to say no to the insurance lobby.

    December 22, 2009 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  25. Jeff in SoCal

    Merry Christmas from Washington! Your gift from Capitol Hill: A health care bill that the majority of Americans don't want. Sounds like the political equivalent of a fruitcake. No one likes it, everyone gets it, and it's about as worthless as my appendix.

    To my senators from the state of California: You're fired. Babs Boxer, you're gone year, and your partner in crime Dee Feinstein will be gone shortly thereafter.

    December 22, 2009 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
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