December 22nd, 2009
10:33 AM ET
11 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. dar

    You would think that if the people of your state didn't want this bill, and you worked for them that you would say NO.

    So why aren't they listening to us?

    I guess they think that they know what is best for us and are telling us to STFU

    I do know what we the people are going to say in 2010/2012, YOUR FIRED

    December 22, 2009 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  2. T

    You just don't get it do you? Quit trying to cancel the coverage I already have at a price I can barely afford! I don't want my bill to go up over $300 a month if that is all it will go up even!

    December 22, 2009 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  3. Just Say No to Socialism

    The only good thing about this bill is thats it clearly around the necks of the democrats and 2010 and 2012 cant come soon enough

    December 22, 2009 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  4. Chris

    If I may quote Dick Cheney, the "Conservative of the Year"' when it comes to polls and what a majority of Americans want, "SO!".

    December 22, 2009 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  5. Suzy

    The Dems are on a suicide mission - too bad they will bankrupt the country in the process.

    December 22, 2009 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  6. Dead Fish Rahm going ballistic!

    What amazes me is that CNN is pointing this out!

    I even heard CNN cover Climategate recently, of course they covered for the definition of "trick" by explaining that to favor those who have "tricked" us over the climate data. But at least CNN covered it.

    And now CNN is touting this fact that is against the democrats???

    Will CNN cover the bribery going on in Washington to pass this? It's Chicago style politics at it's worst!

    December 22, 2009 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  7. Jonita Mitchell

    I'm sure those who oppose it have insurance:My elderly parents are spending the bulk of their money on health care and that is simply not right...

    December 22, 2009 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  8. USN

    It is no longer WE THE PEOPLE. It's how much for my vote and you dems think wall street is bad,

    December 22, 2009 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  9. Reformed Republican

    Forget the misdirection in the title of this article, the next to last paragraph states plain as day what the majority in this poll want.

    December 22, 2009 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  10. geecee

    The Grand Obstructionist Party has done a pretty good job of scaring old people, stupid people and the American public in general. Once level-headed people come to their senses and realize this health care bill is better than what they have now and would have in the future if nothing got fixed, they will get over it. Lying and spreading fear are two tactics the GOP has down to a science. They would never be bi-partisan, they hate Obama and all Dems. and would never cooperate with them. They wouldn't give Obama the time of day so why should be go out of his way to get their approval? Bunch of haters and spoilers. Let's not forget – there were nearly 59Million idiots who voted for McCain/Palin. Can you imagine this country today had they won?? OMG!!!

    December 22, 2009 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  11. Bill

    How many polls have to be taken? Clearly Americans do not favor the bill s that are in the Senate or the House. However, politicians in their arrogance feel they owe more to the Democratic party than they do to the people the are obligated to represent.

    There is a need to control the cost of health care. Making health insurance affordable is just part of the overall problem. The problem is too complex to be rushed through the Congress simply because some "leaders" feel there is a need to have one of the more expensive bills to the American taxpayers completed by a certain date without measuring the true economic and social impact it will have on this country.

    December 22, 2009 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  12. Georgia Patriot

    Some of us that oppose the bill do NOT agree with the Republicans – we want the public obtion. Please do NOT lump us in with the party of NO. We are still happy that something will pass.

    December 22, 2009 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  13. James Vermillion

    Any polling on such an ill-defined issue that has 98% of the population on one side or the other is, at the very best, highly questionable. Who believes that only 2% of the population aren't well-educated enough on the bill to have an opinion? I know if I were asked, I wouldn't be able to take a side - although I do have a philosophical leaning. It sounds like the CNN professional pollsters were on vacation and those left came up with questions that more addressed one's political leanings on health care reform than the specifics of this bill that is in the Senate. Heck, most people in this country couldn't identify the differences between the House and Senate versions as of today, much less have an informed opinion on what of these bills they support.

    As a reader with a Ph.D. in statistics, I imagine this was a pretty unprofessionally designed and conducted survey. Makes you look bad, CNN!!! Hire some professional researchers ... you look like you need them!

    December 22, 2009 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  14. Buckel Down

    CNN has supported the Democrat Party in its drive to destroy our health care system. After the elections of 2010 oust the Dems we turn our sites on the state run media.

    December 22, 2009 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  15. Bill

    Has anyone mention the fact that this bill is a mandate for insurance. In this bill you will be required to PURCHASE insurance or face fines and possible jail time. No one will be given insurance or coverage. Some people will be given subsidies but money will still have to come out of their pockets to make up the difference. Since the senate bill will have provisions in it to allow private insurance companies to sell you this insurance it seems to me this is a BIG bailout for the insurance industry. AARP is now advertizing it brand of insurance for those under 55 years of age , they stand to make billions out of this deal!!!!!!

    December 22, 2009 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  16. yen

    If as they have said, the plan covers 30 million more Americans, who ever is responssible has my full support. Those who stand in opposition will not go for one day without their insurance.

    December 22, 2009 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  17. billy123

    Look with the GOP fillbusting everything in sight and the Insurance Loby paying every GOP and Dems in sight right now this is the only bill that will pass. I just hope the GOP remembers what they have done when the next GOP President is in office and the Dems do the same thing.

    I live in Nevada and Senator Reed has moved Health Care Reform better than any Majorty Leader ever has. Yes I will vote for Senator Reed in 2010 election.

    December 22, 2009 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  18. socalgal

    The Obamegalomaniacs will follow this pied piper til the end – even as he dismantles us piece by piece. Wake up America!!! Boot out him and his YES Czars.

    December 22, 2009 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  19. John

    The biggest reason that I'm opposed to a health care bill is it's requirement upon penalty of a hefty fine for not purchasing health insurance. That should not be a part of the bill. Making things more fair and equitable for health care insurance purchasers should be the main focus. Beyond that, requiring anyone to purchase insurance under penalty of law is nothing but legalized extortion.

    December 22, 2009 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  20. Hillbillicus

    The Will of the People.... Indeed. How about the Will of the people who do not want to work. I have worked hard for over 35 years to achieve my "richness" (50k+) and while I don't mind at all my tax dollars helping the less fortunate...helping the less inclined is just about more than my stomach can stand any longer. Someone needs to speak up for the middle class in this country. I don't care what party you are affiliated with.

    December 22, 2009 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  21. socalgal

    You know the bills are bad when even the Dems have to negotiate within themselves to get the votes.

    December 22, 2009 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  22. Charles

    Everyone look at your first paycheck next year and know that that extra $$ going to federal government is a ponzi scheme – and by the time that money is suppose to be used (2014) there will be nothing there. A bill to bankrupt America is about to be passed. Better start coming up with an excuse to tell your kids/grandkids 20 years from now on how you let this happen.

    December 22, 2009 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  23. Richard Drew

    Polls are quite often manipulated through the kind of questions asked. I always wonder what were the exact questions asked? I beleive that President Obama see's the need to change things, however with Republicans doing nothing but complaining and being obstructive, you have to assume that they beleive no fix and keeping the status quo is acceptable. So obviously the compromises that were required to at least start fixing our healthcare, made not only all republicans unhappy and some democrats unhappy would get you this type of poll results. Republicans and democrats and all the lobbying groups, special interest etc can hash out changes in the future. Meanwhile bravo to the Prez for at least trying.

    December 22, 2009 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  24. tim

    This is just AOL putting a right wing spin on things. All Americans want a change in the healthcare system. Only an idiot would want the sytem to remain as it is now.

    December 22, 2009 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  25. Dennis

    I'm opposed to the healthcare "reform" bill also. The American people aren't easily fooled and they know that this bill will be a disaster. The only silver lining is that the Democrats should lose heavily in the 2010 elections and Obama should be a one term president. Hopefully this bill can be repealed in the future.

    December 22, 2009 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
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