December 22nd, 2009
10:33 AM ET
3 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. gt

    harry and his henchmen have ram this piece of garbage up america s rear .....it full of speical deals for certain states.. it leaves out to many people... its a sell out to insurance companies , drug companies,, it a sham and americans know it,,,,,

    December 22, 2009 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  2. Erin

    We oppose because we want it to be done CORRECTLY, not thrown together as fast as possible!

    December 22, 2009 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  3. Thomas

    What else do you expect? I work in health insurance business; health insurance companies had hired smartest people in this country to mold the propaganda to kill this bill long before Obama became president.

    Why do you think United States were not able to do this since the time of Roosevelt?

    The Health Insurance Company I worked for had hired McKinnesy consulting firm to figure out different scenarios based on who get elected and how to tear them down “18 months before the actual election”. Insurance companies are not fools, they like their profits; they are scheming right now to figure out the loopholes.

    December 22, 2009 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  4. George Guadiane - Austerlitz, NY

    With the understanding that this bill, as written, and as it will be voted on WILL BE IMPERFECT,
    Just A Thought:

    Everyone who opposes a health care reform bill should make a pact with themselves...:

    Whatever happens, to anyone in my family, at any time in the foreseeable future, I will not, nor will I let my family partake of any of the advantages that "might" come as a result of the pending "Healt Care Reform" Bill.
    1) If I have the opportunity to pay less in premiums, I will continue to send the full amount, and any increases to the insurance company.
    2) If denied coverage by said insurance company, I will not use any helpful aspects of the new bill, no matter how that decision might impact my health and well being or that of my family.

    I'm sure that there should be other considerations/exemptions from use of the bill, but you get the idea. If you are willing to try and deny the country the much needed changes in our Health "Care" system, then you should be willing to do without them when the rest of us (who want them) get them.

    It won't be all we want, or need, but once we admit and accept that big business should not have their current right to refuse and deny, that profits are NOT more important than people (even if you don't know their names), that the Health "Insurance" INDUSTRY should NOTbe exempt from Antitrust LAWS, for any reason, we can amend the bill or replace it, as needed.

    December 22, 2009 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  5. Carmen

    I am confused with this whole polling thing. No one i know is ever polled. Who exactly are taking these polls? And how does 1616 people count as a majority of Americans?

    December 22, 2009 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  6. t22

    Clearly this latest "deadline" to get the bill passed is designed to ensure that Senators won't waver when they get back home over the holidays and start to hear it from the people they allegedly represent. Time to start over, re-state what the goals are and get the Republicans on board for a plan that will actually work without doling out pork to buy votes.

    December 22, 2009 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  7. ed

    How is this bad news for Obama, this is bad news for the right how forced a compromised bill and guys like Lieberman who has served his last term.

    December 22, 2009 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  8. Beloved

    I have a question about these polling do they poll all over 300 million people or do they poll about 1000 people in this Country and state that they speak for the Majorty of people help me understand these polls..because they are misleading.

    December 22, 2009 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  9. Tom in FL

    A majority of the American people don't believe in evolution or the evidence for global warming, either. Half of them think that their God is going to show up and murder anybody who doesn't go to their church. Old people who depend on socialized medicine (aka Medicare) claim to be terrified of it. We truly are a nation of idiots. No wonder we can't solve anything.

    December 22, 2009 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  10. Jq

    It's no wonder. Healthcare has been twisted to be the most evil thing in history. When it's healthcare. You'll never convince the proponents of this idea otherwise, all you can do is be depressed at their dishonesty, ignorance, and willingness to pass on every talking point they hear.

    It looks as though they've soured the opinion of America in general. Which is sad, as soaring healthcare costs will be the straw that breaks our budget someday.

    Country second.

    December 22, 2009 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  11. mary

    I am for reforms that guarantee care, offer coverage to those who can't afford it based on income tax/social security, coverage made mandatory through employment, special coverage for illness and disease so no one has to go bankrupt to take care of their loved one; however, I am not for government healthcare to everyone because many people who can afford to pay for it, should pay for it, and we shouldn't bankrupt our great country letting the government take over things that they are not qualified or competent to run.

    December 22, 2009 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  12. Jay

    It's clear why the majority of Americans disapprove of the Senate's version of the "healthcare reform" – because it doesn't improve health care for the majority of Americans. All it does is give the insurance indusrtry 30 million more customers – who will be forced to PAY for insurance – even though they still might NOT be able to USE it because co-pays and deductibles still make medical treatment unaffordable (more so because we will now be forced to pay that premium to the insurance company while ew won't be seeing any increase in our income). This bill will make me poorer, but not healthier.

    December 22, 2009 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  13. Vijay

    The majority do not like the health bill because the bill has been so badly mauled, flawed, and effectively discriedited both by the solid 'NO' from the Republicans and the tactics of the Lobbyists of course. The 'Give and Take' in both houses was an ugly spectacle and people just got turned off. Treating women's right to choose abortion became another sacrificial lamb, which I am sure also turned off many voters.

    December 22, 2009 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  14. Duck Fallas

    People are bombarded with lies from the insurance company funded commercials.

    December 22, 2009 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  15. R.J in tucson az

    Once again we see how the dems are not in touch with americe there own socialist agenda comes befor the true peoples will on health care.They will suffer a great defeat at the polls for this travesty.when will the libtarded dems realise we dont want there socialist agenda !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    December 22, 2009 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  16. james

    Not surprising, considering an entire party in our 2 party system is dead set against it from the start. They sling lies about it, they put up every scare tactic imagineable and still only half the people are gullible enough to believe it. The adults in the room are getting something done that needed to be done for a long time. When it takes effect, and 30 million more people have insurance, I wonder where THEIR votes are going to go....;-)

    December 22, 2009 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  17. Chris

    How is this bad news for Obama? A strong majority prefer either the current proposal or a more liberal one, to nothing, just like the President.

    December 22, 2009 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  18. Anonymous

    Agree with majority -med plan propsed changes are way too expensive –Dem members will pay dearly at the polls !!!!!

    December 22, 2009 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  19. barbara

    I dont get it i really dont. IF all the polls show that the AMERICAN PEOPLE do NOT want this sham of a reform bill, then WHY arent the politicians listening? I can only assume it is because THEY do not care what AMERICANS want they only care about taking control of this huge part of the economy. In that way they will then own 46% (approximately) of this country's wealth and on their way of controlling the masses. I am scared, I really am. Wont somebody somewhere do something?

    December 22, 2009 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  20. Andy from CA

    This legislation lets insurance companies off the hook. I do not see why allowing them to sell their wares across state lines is a non-starter. Let them go national and then give the people a public option. That way everyone gets their wish and true competition is brought to bear. Why is this so hard? What am I missing here?

    December 22, 2009 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  21. Matthew

    Of course the majority are opposed to this bill. Which is why they are pushing it through in the dead of night.

    Obama and the dems in Congress should be tried and jailed.

    December 22, 2009 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  22. Change In America

    Who is taken these polls nobody ask me if I support the health care bill...I am for the reform health care bill. So add my vote to the poll.

    December 22, 2009 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  23. Then, why are they doing this?

    Do they think that they (and I include Al Franken) are smarter than the American people? Do they think we do not know what we want or what is good for us?

    I guess we'll have to show them in November. And we'll start with giving Harry Reid the boot.

    December 22, 2009 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  24. Peter

    The Democrats are so out of touch with the populace... Americans don't want to pay more taxes and lose more freedoms by being forced into health care programs. Our deficit is out of control, and no one believes the "savings" hogwash that we create by spending more money. Yeah, right! This legislation hurts businesses and will make the unemployment situation even worse.

    December 22, 2009 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  25. Matt from Richmond VA

    I wish they would ask the people who say they oppose this bill where they get the majority of their news from.
    The ask them if they know what's in the bill and what parts of it makes them oppose the bill.
    Then ask them if they currently receive Medicare or Medicaid.
    The results would be very predictable.
    I have NO doubt that the majority of the people who oppose when asked where they received their news and information from would answer FOX aka Faux News.
    And if asked what;s in the bill that they oppose you would hear the Republican Tea Baggers talking points that they got from Faux News, Rush and the dim witted liar of the year Sister Sarah, Higher Taxes and Death Panels which this bill does not contain. And without a doubt I would bet everything that over half of them receive Medicare and Medicaid now, a evil government program that they use and love.
    Amazing no doubt.

    December 22, 2009 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
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