December 22nd, 2009
10:33 AM ET
9 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. Jamie

    Stop taking these 'Every 5 Second Polls', does Turner and 'corporate' really think that is CNN's largest contribution to news?

    December 22, 2009 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  2. ian in Boulder CO

    Congratulations to the Republican party. Their campain of desinformation and obstructionism has been a major success. They have also succeded in helping conservative Democrats to take as much of a meaningful reform as they could out of the bill. Yet, the Congress is on the brink of passing a historic legislation that will help tp move our country forward.

    December 22, 2009 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  3. Black Viper

    Put a public option in the Bill, cancel the mandate and penalties and Open the market for prescription drugs and you will see Smart People supporting the bill.
    It's true we cannot make the Good the ennemy of the Perfect and their should be a Start but when you want to built a house you search for a solid foundation that will hold your house for years.
    It's sad we have LEGAL CORRUPTION of the government in USA. This country is worse than Afghanistan in corruption matters.
    Politicians bought, paid for and working for big Insurance Companies banks and Contractors to enslave the american people. Power and Greed is going to destroy this country. Imagine our founding fathers being influenced by popularity, money and the desire to be law makers for life. What would this country would have been?
    They have the Media supporting them in their shamefull practices in misleading the american people because everybody know the american people are too lazy to search for facts and base their vote on rumors, emotions and lies.
    It's sad but true. CNN hope you post my comment

    December 22, 2009 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  4. JTN

    I think people are starting to oppose it because what began as a great idea has become nothing more than a political payola. The current health care bill that is getting ready to be jammed through is 90% junk, pork and payoffs (to get the remaining holdouts to sign off) and only like 10% actual functional health reform. The current bill accomplishes virtually nothing and only stands to further entrench the insurance companies. This is NOT the reform people want, all it is is "business as usual" from Washington and their big money lobbyists.

    December 22, 2009 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  5. LOUIS

    Its very obvious that this Democratic government doesn't care what the American people want or don't want, they're just going to ram down our throats all their unpopular agendas and stupid bills.
    I'm just looking forward to November 2010.

    December 22, 2009 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  6. Lynda/Minnesota

    It's high time for the lobbyists to take a break. I've enjoyed the antics, the fake polls, and the lies. I've enjoyed the gnashing teeth and wringing hands.

    However, enough is enough, and quite frankly, it's over.

    I wonder how many lobbyist dollars went to CNN and other media to publish this junk science? One only needs to read the raw data to understand just how crooked these numbers usually are and have been from the start.

    When the data is provided, of coarse. Most no longer even provide the the raw numbers.

    December 22, 2009 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  7. RPortia

    Of course they oppose it because of the lies the GOP has spread about what the health care bill is about. Check with the people who have no health care. Check with those who have lost their coverage; who have filed bankruptcy because of medical bills due to a major illness ...see how THOSE people like the new health care bill. GOD BLESS YOU President Obama and the brave Democrats who are fighting for those with the least in this country, that was founded on the principals of equal opportunity for all.

    December 22, 2009 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  8. Fellow American

    The best thing for America, VOTE OUT EVERY MEMBER of CONGRESS!

    December 22, 2009 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  9. Nelson Colorado Springs Co.

    This is the most leading statement!!! a new national poll indicates that a solid majority of Americans oppose the health care bill. Quinnipiac University poll was conducted December 15-20, with 1,616 registered voters from across the country questioned by telephone. The statement should say Quinnipiac University survey released Tuesday morning, 53 percent of the public disapproves of the proposed changes, with 36 percent supporting the bill out of 1,616 registered voters from across the country questioned by telephone. These few people all 1,616 registered voters don't speak for majority of Americans.

    December 22, 2009 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  10. FedUpInSeattle

    How can the democrats with a straight face say they are doing this for the good of the country. It is very obvious that Dems are only pushing this bill because they believe they may never be this close to getting it passed. Even though I am a slightly right leaning Independent this exactly the type of thing that made me vote a straight conservative ticket her in Washington. Democrats need to see that this type of game they are playing in the other Washington is exactly why many in the middle are turning away from Obama and the Dems even though they voted for them in Nov. The same centrist I warned in October of 08 that this is what you would get. I said I know McCain is not ideal candidate but be carefull not to vote against him just because you hate Bush, that is the trap Dems are trying to create and once they get in to office, it will be the same thing we have always seen from the most left in the party. Sad to say we are exactly where I said we would be, Stimulus and payoffs to the Dem districts, bad laws and NO CHANGE!

    December 22, 2009 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  11. MsDp

    I think most of Americans are opposing because there is no final bill as of yet. Every one I speak with regarding this legislation indicates, there is not enough information about the bill. I think Americans will like this bill more, when there is a final bill!!! Let's give it time to complete.

    December 22, 2009 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  12. hawkeye

    What a skewed headline for a story that CLEARLY indicates a strong majority of Americans want a public option. NOTHING in this piece (except some spin quote) indicates Americans trust Repubs more than Obama.

    December 22, 2009 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  13. walleye

    The only reason the polls show lack of support for this bill is because of the lies and negative ads on TV that the GOP has sent out. Once the bill is passed and results in Health Insurance for all Americans, the public will see it's merits and support it.

    As an example, in eight states plus the District of Columbia, getting beaten up by your spouse is a PRE-EXISTING CONDITION. Under the cold logic of the insurance industry, it makes perfect sense: If you are in a marriage with someone who has beaten you in the past, you're more likely to get beaten again than the average person and are therefore more expensive to insure.

    December 22, 2009 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  14. Gene

    Steele is right.

    December 22, 2009 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  15. Susan

    Who do they ask these questions of for these polls? I have not agreed with any of them. I think Obama is doing the best he can with a bunch of self interested politicians and a nation that has got the "me-me" s. If it isn't about what it will do for them they do not like anything. America is going to grind to a halt with nothing getting done if things do not change soon.

    December 22, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  16. Robert

    Since when do people know what's good for them. The public opposed giving equal rights to minorities so does that mean we should have kept segregation.

    December 22, 2009 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  17. These polls clearly show.....

    that the Democrats sold out to the Insurance industry by not including a public option and not lowering medicare to age 55. This is proven by the fact that insurance company stocks have risen to their highest level of the year.

    December 22, 2009 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  18. Chris Watters

    Who are you calling for these polls? What time of the day? Are they generally land line phone numbers? The younger, working class citizens who voted for Obama, specifically FOR healthcare reform, DO NOT HAVE LAND LINES. The majority of the people who do not have healthcare and DESPERATELY NEED THIS REFORM BILL are not represented because they ONLY have CELL PHONES.

    These so called "National Polls" only represent the white collar, stay-at-home, retiree crowd who are already receiving Government run healthcare (medicare) BUT OPPOSE HEALTHCARE REFORM. Go figure, they don't want things to change because the current system works well FOR THEM (not that I don't think that they deserve the benefits of medicare (because they do) but I do believe that they are simply scared of change... the fault of "Tea Parties" and Fox News).

    Anyway... my point is... these national polls don't fairly represent the views of the American public.

    December 22, 2009 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  19. RLA

    This "not hearing" what the American public is saying about healthcare (the majority don't want the reform package as formulated and do not approve of HOW it was formulated) will mean a lot of Democratic members of the house and senate will be joining the masses of unemployed next fall after the 2010 election.

    Of the people, by the people, for the people has become OF the people, BY the Democratic House and Senate, FOR the Democratic House and Senate.

    Nancy, Harry, Barney, time to touch up your resumes.

    December 22, 2009 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  20. JA/TN

    the majority opposed the war in Iraq, we got it despite, who are you polling, the people with or without healthcare, polls and prediction said Barak Obama wouldn't win the presidency

    December 22, 2009 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  21. David, MA

    I bet Obama and his fellow demacrats will very soon change their positions again once they hear about this poll numbers – that CHANGE WE CAN BELIEVE IN is all about.

    December 22, 2009 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  22. k.c.

    Love the transparency in this presidency..anyone have any idea what is really in this health bill? Oh, that's ok, we don't need to know, just pay for it. Amazes me how people think the congressmen and senators would pass a bill knowing the "rich" are going to fund..wouldn't that include them? I'm not that niave.

    December 22, 2009 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  23. sine

    Lets not kid ourselves --that "majority that opposes the health care bill" is opposing the fact that the healthcare bill currently being passed does not have a public option. It's because the bill doesn't go far enough...I hate when people try to skew things just to make it into news.

    December 22, 2009 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  24. Paul from Phoenix

    Hmmm, I wonder if the Dem leaders will care about this. Probably not.

    Interesting that Obama is not trusted much anymore. That is what happens when you run as a moderate, win the moderate vote (like mine), then Govern as an extremist.

    December 22, 2009 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  25. steveo

    and how the heck do they even know whats in it???

    probably like anyone else not in bed with the insurance companies
    the negatives involve nixing of the public option for which lieberman
    needs to be hung publicly like mussolini.

    December 22, 2009 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
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