February 9th, 2010
05:15 PM ET
8 years ago

Poll: Majority want work to continue on health care reform bill

Washington (CNN) - Nearly two-thirds of Americans want Congress to keep trying to pass a health care reform bill, according to a new national poll.

The ABC News/Washington Post survey released Tuesday afternoon also indicates that the public spreads the blame when it comes to a lack of bipartisanship in the nation's capital.

Fifty-eight percent of people questioned in the poll say that congressional Republicans aren't doing enough to seek compromise with President Barack Obama on important issues, with 44 percent feeling that Obama is doing too little to forge compromise with the GOP.

The survey indicates that 56 percent of independent voters say congressional Republicans aren't doing enough to try and work with the president and Democrats in Congress. Half of independents see the president as too unwilling to compromise and 28 percent feel both parties are not doing enough when it comes to bipartisanship.

According to the poll, 63 percent of Americans think federal lawmakers should keep trying to pass a comprehensive health care reform plan, including 88 percent of Democrats questioned, 56 percent of independents and 42 percent of Republicans. Fifty-five percent of Republicans feel Congress should give up on health care reform.

The survey's release comes hours after the president met at the White House with congressional leaders from both parties. Obama said that he doesn't want a February 25 televised bipartisan meeting on health care reform to be reduced to "political theater."

The president said he hopes to "establish some common facts" and reach agreement on what the most significant health care problems are. He said he's willing to consider measures such as tort reform, which "make my party uncomfortable."

But bipartisanship cannot only mean "Democrats give up everything they believe in," he added.

Obama indicated Tuesday he's open to "incremental steps" on job growth legislation, saying "it's realistic for us to get a package moving quickly that may not include all the things I think need to be done."

Obama said he hoped an initial bill would help "build trust" and allow Congress to then move on to other measures.

A recent CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll indicated that nearly half of the public was angry at both the Democratic and Republican parties when it comes to how the political parties have been dealing with the country's problems.

"The public seems fed up with both parties and there is more than enough blame to go around this year," said CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "That's not good news for incumbents on either side of the aisle."

The ABC News/Washington Post poll was conducted Thursday through Monday, with 1,004 adults 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: Congress • Health care • Poll • President Obama
soundoff (77 Responses)
  1. Average American

    YES WE DO! The current system doesn't work for regular Americans and is bankrupting this country. Duh! Of course we (and by that I mean rational people) want health care reform. Hopefully, the health insurance lobbyists don't hijack the discussion by speading lies through the lips of Palin. Death panels, seriously people get a brain!

    February 9, 2010 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  2. Bruce

    What's the big deal with Obama using a teleprompter. Only an out of touch nut job or someone who can't read would reject this technology...oops, sorry Mr. Past President.

    February 9, 2010 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  3. Sharon T.

    Sorry, but I don't buy that poll at all. I choose to go with Rasmussen (who has a near perfect score on races, moods of the voters, etc.) and Fox News.

    February 9, 2010 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  4. Sarah

    Yes the Health Care has got to pass maybe this time around the Republicans will be a little more forth coming with ideas and not to expect that we have to except the whole of their ideas but a combination of both the President , democrats and the GOP......this time no more Party of NO NO NO.......get off your cans and get to work for the people of this country that so badly need Health Care......

    February 9, 2010 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  5. Tulsa

    Typical Republicans..... Give up.
    Just like their "hero" Palin. Give up.
    Some Americans think a better tomorrow is worth working for. Thanks goodness the majority of Americans are NOT Republicans.

    February 9, 2010 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  6. Average American

    My favorite crazy right wing slogan, "Keep the government out of my medicare!"

    February 9, 2010 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  7. ThinkAgain

    Get it done NOW!

    It's a no-brainer that our workforce will be more productive and our economy stronger if people are healthy and not living in fear of losing everything they've worked for if, God forbid, they or a family member gets sick.

    The only ones who will "suffer" under meaningful health care are reform are the health insurance company CEOs who will somehow have to scrape by on less than an average of $14 million a year in salary.

    February 9, 2010 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  8. a little sad

    Well that puts the lie to the Republicans squeal that "most Americans don't want this"!

    We need health care reform to remain competitive in the world marketplace – why are we adding the 20-30% administration costs of private insurance to the cost of doing business for any employer who provides health insurance to their employees?

    A claims adjuster has never fixed a broken leg, the insurance marketers don't remove tonsils.

    All insurance companies add ot the mix is an additional layer of cost.

    February 9, 2010 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  9. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    Depends on what's meant by "reform." Tort reform, sure. Limiting the abuses of insurance companies, sure. Increasing competition among insurance companies, sure. Subsidising bums with "free" health care, paid for by the rest of us, no way! Giving control of the medical system to incompetent, intrusive, government bureaucrats, no way!

    February 9, 2010 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  10. Mark

    Majority also want Obama, Pelosi and Reed out of DC.

    February 9, 2010 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  11. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    @Average American

    Sounds like you'd be happier with a different ID, maybe "Average Cuban," or "Average North Korean."

    February 9, 2010 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  12. Mitchell from MS

    No, we don't want this socialist take over of our medical system! This is an ABC poll and who watches ABC? You are right CNN liberals.

    And as far as Robert Gibbs taking a shot at Palin for writing notes on her hand....she needs only a few words to help her give a presentation. Obama needs a telepromter and still cannot get it riot. Who is the real idiot here? My money is on the socialist!

    February 9, 2010 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  13. nolen e mayes

    When I wen't to school, we had Health ed & P.E. for 4 yraes. I think it would work well for the kids today

    February 9, 2010 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  14. montag

    In a few more years, health care costs in this country will be eating up 20% of our GDP. And Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield just raised rates in California nearly 40%! And right after their parent company had a $2.7 billion quarter.

    Wake up, people. This isn't a Liberal/Conservative issue. It's an issue that faces ALL Americans regardless of political ideology, race, religion, or anything else.

    We need a public option – better yet, single payer!

    February 9, 2010 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  15. MatthewDetroit

    Barack and his clowns on staff are a waste of flesh and time.

    The economy is in the hole and Gibbs is jerking around with the last VP candidate.

    Are you serious. Why dont you work on Iran, North Korea, The economy, unemployment, maybe something important.

    It is a shame that are teleprompter president is so so worried about a 45 year old has been. Maybe he needs to get it together the clown that he is...

    February 9, 2010 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  16. Average American

    That insult doesn't even make sense Henry.

    February 9, 2010 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  17. MatthewDetroit

    What America wants....

    Is lower cost health care...
    No health care for illegals...
    Tort reform to stop all the lawsuits....
    Medical savings accounts for disaster relief in case of sever illness...

    What America Does Not Want...
    Is increased spending..
    Increased Taxes....
    Breaks for only union members....
    Cronyism Again....
    Goverment Run Health care....
    Additional Debt like Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid...

    All the failing spending entitlement programs need to be cut now...

    February 9, 2010 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  18. Mike in MN

    Killing the current bills that a majority of voters have rejected and starting over on a new bill fits the definition of continue to work on health care. The current bills are too much of a mess to fix. Start over and listen to the people.

    February 9, 2010 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  19. MatthewDetroit

    Republicans want Medical Reform just like the American People....

    What they dont want is Goverment Run Health Care...

    What they dont want is a bunch of Democrats Lying about the cost and then taxing everyone to pay for it...

    What they dont want is a LIAR of a president who will give health care to illegals.

    What they dont want is a lousy medical system that Limits doctors and kills off all the drug companies and invention in the industry.

    What America does not want is the Medicare system which owes 40 Trillion to its debt base.... 40 Trillion.... Medicare DOES NOT work.

    IT is in debt... therefore it has FAILED.

    NOTHING IS FREE. You cant just GIVE people health care and you can NOT afford to give it...

    February 9, 2010 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  20. Mrs. S Callahan

    I agree, yet most people, myself included, think the best approach is piece meal....one project at a time in revamping....and clearly worded and understood by the citizens and insurance industry.....and worked on by BOTH parties. This is for all the citizens so 'all' our reps should be included in getting this done.

    February 9, 2010 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  21. Chtei

    Hey Bruce, you're right but clearly our President does not need a teleprompter after he single-handedly destroyed the GOP by himself on television...then again how hard could it be to look smart in front of a pack of losers like that. The nut jobs are the conservatives who seem to have been sleeping the last 8 years and act like THEY know what fiscal responsibility means. Where were the Tea Parties then!?!?!

    February 9, 2010 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  22. Four and The Door

    Start over. Throw out Obama's target $900 billion price tag. He must be thinking the economy is fully recovered and everyone's back to work? What's up with that? Come up with something that makes sense for 2010 America and forward. Start with a premise that whatever is done, the cost of health care is reduced and that's how access is improved. Don't abuse the guise of health care reform as an excuse to start just another bloated federal government bureaucracy. The idea is not to make government 25% bigger, it's to make health care 25% more efficient.

    February 9, 2010 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  23. usualone

    It is refreshing to know that the majority of Americans want some kind of health reform. The naysayers will criticize this poll and start their rants against this adminstration, resorting to calling them names. I would hope those folk who do not want reform never face the consequences that the uninsured face (although maybe they would learn from that type of situation?) If they don't agree with the poll, they have to be sarcastic and use terms such as socialism and other terms to tear down the presidency. The silent majority needs to speak out and don't let the fear mongers continue to hamper this administration.

    February 9, 2010 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  24. Tom in Wheaton, Illinois

    Message to Republicans, Libertarians and other fringe movements: If you will just shut up for a little while, we'll show you a vastly improved healthcare system that works better for YOU, and costs LESS than what we have. Then you can start ranting about something else. I don't know when the definition of "conservative" started overlapping with "troglodyte" and "reactionary". Besides, if our healthcare turns out to not suit a mojority of Americans, I'm sure you'll all elect Sarah Palin and she'll put the country back into the 18th century in a few weeks.

    February 9, 2010 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  25. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    If you have health insurance, just as predicted by President Obama, the rates have been increased and will continue being increased until you can't afford it for yourself or family members. Republicans have obstructed enough and have lied to the American people. Enough is enough.

    February 9, 2010 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
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