January 26th, 2010
05:00 PM ET
5 years ago

CNN Poll: Half say start anew on health care bill

According to a new CNN poll, 48 percent of Americans want Congress to start anew on health care legislation.
According to a new CNN poll, 48 percent of Americans want Congress to start anew on health care legislation.

Washington (CNN) – Only three in ten Americans say they want Congress to pass legislation similar to the health care reform bills that have already been approved by the House and Senate, according to a new national poll.

A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey also indicates that nearly half the public, 48 percent, would like federal lawmakers to start work on an entirely new bill, and 21 percent feel Congress should stop working an any bills that would change the country's health care system.

Full results (pdf)

The survey's Tuesday release comes one week after Republican Scott Brown's victory in a special senate election in Massachusetts. The GOP win means once Brown is sworn in as a senator, the Democrats will lose their 60-seat supermajority in the chamber, making their chances of passing the current health care reform legislation extremely difficult.

"Opposition to health care legislation is highest among senior citizens," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "Twenty-nine percent of people over 65 want Congress to stop working on health care completely, compared to 20 percent of people under the age of 50."

According to the poll, Americans are equally divided on whether Congress will pass a health care bill by the end of the year.

Fifty-eight percent of people questioned in the survey oppose the bills previously passed by the House and Senate, with 38 percent supporting that legislation.

Would a stripped-down version win more support from the public?

"Yes, but a majority would still oppose a bill that would increase regulations on health insurance companies but not increase the number of Americans with health coverage," says Holland. "Support for a bill that only deals with insurance companies rises to 47 percent, but 51 percent would oppose a bill like that."

The CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll was conducted January 22-24, with 1,009 adult Americans questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus 3 percentage points.

– CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report


Filed under: CNN Polls • Health care
soundoff (63 Responses)
  1. Michael

    Starting anew would be a waste of taxpayer resources.

    The Democrats need to muster up enough guts to get the House to pass the Senate bill. Nancy Pelosi needs to make this happen like she saw to it that a statute of Ronald Reagan was dedicated in the Capitol rotunda.

    George W. Bush continued to pursue the two wars and taxcuts for the rich despite mounting opposition to both and he got re-elected.

    50% what to start anew with healthcare, I say what Dick Cheney said, "So what?"

    January 26, 2010 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  2. Lee

    Stop the maddness of employers being required to provide health
    coverage. Get rid of all health insurance policies. Go to a Universal
    health care system funded by the people. It can cover health, dental,
    and vision. I cannot understand why anyone, republican of Democrat
    has not figured a way to do this.

    January 26, 2010 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  3. True American

    Republicans and Big Corporation Dictatorship. Goodby America

    January 26, 2010 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  4. They call me "tater salad"

    It's funny, that they have all of these "alleged" polls that seem to happen quite frequently, But yet, everyone I know including myself, all of my family members, friends, acquaintances, and co-workers never seem to be polled about anything at anytime! Which leads me to believe that these farce polls are only being used as a means of convincing the uneducated, naive,lowest common denominator, trailer trash billy-bob demographic that this is truly how it really is out there in the world because they're to limited mentally to actually think for themselves and to lazy to actually look into anything on there own!!!!

    January 26, 2010 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  5. They call me "tater salad"

    And another thing.........Brown didn't "win" the election as much as Coekley "lost" it! She basically handed it to him for God's sake.....So get real.......It is what it is...........End of story!!!

    January 26, 2010 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  6. Jim from Seattle

    This is a meaningless poll because 90% of participants probably don't know anything about what the bills provide... they only know what the Limbaughs, Becks and other enemies of the people (i.e. corporate interests) want them to know.. i.e. 'death panels', 'funded abortions', yada, yada, lies.

    January 26, 2010 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  7. ricky williams

    Can you say a "Public Option"!!! The far Right Dummy's just dont understand that the only thing that can stand up to the Big Copr is BIG Govt...

    January 26, 2010 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  8. cmoore

    Not the big 3 Obama, Reid and Pelosi. They would backdoor this in a heartbeat. They make Richard Nixon look like the Pope.

    January 26, 2010 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  9. Ethan

    The Republicans poisoned the well with their lies. The polls about the entire bill are useless. PASS HEALTH CARE REFORM TODAY!!!

    Then force the Republicans to campaign AGAINST banning the exclusion of people with pre-existing conditions. Force them to campaign AGAINST banning rescission.

    Force Republicans to stand WITH the insurance industry and insurance lobby.

    Force the Republicans to show America how they stand AGAINST helping the MIDDLE CLASS.

    January 26, 2010 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  10. ivblackward

    "If you want something ruined..." is right regarding the IQ<100 issue. We as a nation have developed a minisule attention span and an even worse memory. That is also why Marko is correct as well. To Lilarose in Oregon, I do hope that your comments were made in jest. For if they were not then you, my dear, redefine the word obtuse. Moreover Lilarose, the next time you or a family member or someone you care about falls ill be sure to take your own advice...

    January 26, 2010 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  11. ib

    Obama is only making the mess that Bush left worse and worse. Start over? yes and do not ration healthcare for seniors like the current bill would. No cuts to medicare.

    January 26, 2010 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  12. Jane/Seattle

    Start Over and this time no giveaways to the Healthcare Lobby or any specific lawfakers! Everyone Alive needs health care. WE NEED Universal Single-Payer Health Care for all!

    Tell the Food and Drug Industries to Stop Selling Diseases. Diebetes Comes to Mind here. NO Mandatory Clauses for the further robbery of the Crap Wages we get paid by all the Corporate Buddies! .
    Health Care Should Not Be For Profit. It is a RIGHT of life. Get it figured out this time.

    Tell the People Daily that Republicans and Blue Dogs Find NO Fault with WARFARE Spending – the kind that kills other people's Families! Negotiate Drug Prices. No More Profiteering With Our Lives! Iif you don't get this done, you will be politicaal history soon enough.

    January 26, 2010 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  13. Elle in WA

    Apparently this poll didn't include me or ANYONE I know, because we all want healthcare reform and we all need it. I just don't get it. You Republicans are OK with coverage denial due to preexisting conditions? My son had chronic ear infections when he was 1 year old and STILL we get denied coverage for his ears 4 YEARS LATER. You Republicans think it's OK to go without coverage because you lost your job or have started your small business? It's too expensive to buy it for your entire family privately if you have little or no income and are trying to get ahead. You're okay with the "death panels" that the insurance bureaucrats have had for years????

    Has insanity run through this country? I think so.

    January 26, 2010 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  14. Objective Thinking

    Only people with an IQ under 50 would equate the current bills with actually solving America's health care problems.

    January 26, 2010 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  15. Dimslie

    Yes. Start anew. Tort reform. Portability. Buy policies across state lines. AND THEN STOP!

    January 26, 2010 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  16. Enough

    No kidding? We didn't need a poll to tell us they should throw out that piece of crap they wasted their time on and get to work on real reform that reduces health insurance and makes it affordable and available for anyone who wants it to purchase it? Yes purchase it, everyone needs to be responsible for themselves, enough with these entitlement programs.

    January 26, 2010 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  17. Albo58

    This Congress and this administration can't be trusted to reform health care so doing nothing is so much better than the piece of garbage bill that they have in Harry's and Queen Nan's locked desks!

    January 26, 2010 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  18. D

    At this point I've given up. I've watched my family and friends gradually had their health care slip away the past few years no matter how hard they try to make ends meet. As long as Republicans have ANY say in this, it will be more of the same.

    The GOP has said the system needs reform as well....their idea of reform, is no medicare, no social security period..everything is handed to the insurance companies...they have said this time and time again in interviews yet no one listens....the American people are about to reap what they've sown.

    January 26, 2010 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  19. Four and The Door

    They absolutely have to start over with a new premise: Reduce costs.

    America does not have $1 trillion laying around looking for a place to be used. In fact, we already owe many times that and we are paying huge interest on what we already borrowed.

    Americans do not have thousands of extra dollars every year to spend on increasing insurance costs. Go after the real cost: Caregivers. Insurance companies are not robbing us blind. The hospital companies are. The physicians are, especially the specialists. The drug companies are. Medical device manufacturers are. Go after those costs. They are what make it so expensive.

    Create something that allows all Americans to be covered by making it affordable, not by cutting deals and building unmanagable debt that will burden future generations.

    Reduce costs.

    January 26, 2010 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  20. Kate in San Diego

    I wouldn't have too much problem with more revision, but the problem i see is that the right does not want any health care reform at all and will do anything to make that happen. They don't care about anything except money in their pockets and have no concerns whatsoever about anyone except rich people.

    January 26, 2010 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  21. Cheryl

    I agree with ( If you want something ruined.)
    The republicans will do ANYTHING to make our President look bad.
    They sucked sooooooo bad is why we elected a democrat again.
    Now they are trying to blame they're disaster on him!
    This is very sad for this country, shame on you!
    THE BILL WILL PASS :)

    January 26, 2010 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  22. short-changed

    Folks are still blaming Republicans for the failure of healthcare....It's the Dems alone who had the votes to pass Obee's agenda, but they chose not to...
    IT'S THE DEMOCRATS WHO STOPPED HEALTH CARE!

    January 26, 2010 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  23. Terry

    What a suprise! I guess the millions of people who came out in protest of this government rip off health care bill weren't astroturf after all. How could we possibly have universal healthcare when the universal health care programs we currently have are $38 trillion in debt! and they only cover senior citizens and the poor! Did Obama forget that fact? Does he even care? It's time for people to get their priorities straight, buy health insurance for you and your family, don't buy an SUV with shiny rims or a house that you cannot afford. Family first, material items second.

    January 26, 2010 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  24. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Republicans should be horse whipped and ran out of Washington and those who agree with them should be ashame. These elected officials and their families have the best health insurance and we pay for it for their entire life along with their families.

    January 26, 2010 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  25. Gerry NH

    If you don't get all Americans involved in the health care issue you will never get the health care that we need. Bribing and extortion will not give us the health care we need. You can call each other all the name in the world but that wont fix anything. This IQ remark really shows your IQ.

    January 26, 2010 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
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