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. Jake

    @ Sharon T.

    Keep drinking the kool-aid and you're insurance will be dropped when you get cavities.

    February 9, 2010 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  2. Tom in FL

    So much for Republican claims that the public has rejected health care reform. If the facts don't fit their rhetoric, 'they just make stuff up'.

    February 9, 2010 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  3. MatthewDetroit


    No Free Healthcare.

    If you want healthcare then you better get a job so you can pay for it.

    No more free lunch. We can NOT afford it.

    Barack is spending more money in 4 years then ANY presidency ever.
    The guy is driving us into the ground so that he can push us into socialism.
    Funny how all the bums on the bottom keep asking for free things and they want everyone else to pay for it.

    The Democratic party is a joke.

    The Communist Party of America agrees with 95% of Baracks Politics and Programs.

    How Bad is that....95 %. Go Look it up... Unbelieveable...
    You people elected a communist..

    February 9, 2010 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  4. lou

    My sis just broke her foot. she had insurance but it was a real eye opener to see it in action. At least 50 people worked on her case, asked questions, got paid...but only a small handful actually touched her body and gave her care. Before anyone did anything to her they had to check her insurance company for permission. our system is so out of whack.

    February 9, 2010 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  5. Rebekah

    You people do understand that your senators have public option health insurance that we pay for and that they continue to receive a salary and health benefits even after they retire? Why is ok for them and not for us? Let's do away with paying their health care and see how they vote on the health care package

    February 9, 2010 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  6. B

    Please just keep it going and get it done for the American people.

    February 9, 2010 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  7. Independent

    Yes, keep working at health-care reform for the American people.

    Looking forward to the bipartisan meeting next week with President Obama and both parties in Congress.

    Health-care legislation is too important. Forge a constructive way forward to pass it for our country.

    February 9, 2010 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  8. Otto

    Only about a dozen comments on health care and over three hundred comments about Palin's cheat sheet. No wonder this country is screwed up. We deserve to be taken advantage of until the average citizen can get their priorities in order. The populace has become too stupid to govern itself and deserves to exploited like the stupid idiots that they are.

    February 9, 2010 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  9. NotFooledTX

    Hmmm....looks like the party of NO is on the wrong side of the issues. They've been too cute by half, and it's backfiring.

    Perhaps the republicans should step outside their alternate reality(Fox "News") – where up is down and black is white – and see what's really happening in the world. Just saying it's so doesn't make it reality. I think they've really overplayed their hand here.

    And on the 25th they'll have their butts handed to them again – do you honestly believe that theres one republican capable of having a comprehensive discussion on health care reform? I doubt it, they've been thoroughly immersed in propaganda and Frank Luntz talking points and haven't paid attention to the real issues. Stock up on Depends boys, you're going to need them.

    February 9, 2010 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  10. MsDp

    To MathewDetroit, for your information, Healthcare was never on the agenda as a freebie. This is why people like you should listen to something else besides FOX NEWS AKA FALSE NEWS. Any one with common sense and who pays attention to real news i.e. CSPAN, CNN, MSNBC, CBS, NBC knows this. Get informed dud, before I call you sarah palin! Or better yet listen to your President instead of looking at his color!!!!!

    February 9, 2010 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  11. mike

    time for Reid to reconcile and get the darn thing passed ...

    February 9, 2010 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  12. Kate

    The public is not stupid. The public can see that it is the republicans doing a "stall" job on health care. I think maybe if they lose theirs then maybe they would understand why it is needed.

    February 9, 2010 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  13. Total BS

    If the GOP wanted to do something with healthcare,they had their chance just like they had their chance with aborition..They didn't do squat so screw them...We need healthcare now...Keep calling out the GOP on everything !

    February 9, 2010 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  14. Apollyon

    These worthless Repubicans will do everything they can to defeat anything the Dems put forth, just like last year. Does anyone realize that the filibuster had been used more last year than any 3 years put together when Bush was President? Their whole objective is to drag the country down in the hopes that they'll be able to con the American people...... again. It's sad we have an awful lot of uneducated people in America, on both sides of politics. The one observation I'd like to point out is statistically the more uneducated you are, the more likely you are going to vote Repubican. If you don't believe that isn't pertinent information, I suspect you think Sarah is a genius.

    February 9, 2010 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  15. Republicans - Wrong about everything, Wrong for America (and GW Bush was the worst President ever)

    This can't be right. The talking heads on Fox News keep telling us that the majority of Americans don't want health care reform. Yes, the majority of Americans want their premiums to go up 10% to 15% a year. They want to be denied coverage. They want certain procedures and drugs denied. They want their insurance coverage cancelled if they get "too" sick. This poll must be wrong.

    February 9, 2010 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  16. Jane/Seattle

    COUNT ME IN THIS MAJORITY! Universall Single Payer Health Care NOW! Go Bernie, Go Dennis, Go Alan Grayson: Go, Go, Go and thanks for your honest service to America!

    February 9, 2010 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  17. This is not a takeover

    The uncontrolled cost of health care is something that effects every single American, and is a non-partisan issue. The disagreement revolves around the tactics used to control these costs. I hear a lot of fear about a "Government takeover of health care", but I don't see how the Senate bill constitutes that. There is no public option, single payer system in the Senate bill. Period. It isn't there. So why is everyone so afraid of something that has already been negotiated OUT of the reform package?

    February 9, 2010 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  18. hobart

    Well, duh. The Party of No so loves the polls of folks against the current Senate and House Bills, but fail to acknowledge that about a third of those who don't like those bills want a single payer, government run health care system, and NOT the status quo as they so fondly delude themselves.

    Whether we can get anything passed, however, is another story with so many competing interests. And that's not lost on the Party of No, who will say anything and do anything to assure the status quo. It's high time the main stream media pointed out their hijinks and held them accountable.

    February 9, 2010 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  19. Turn Texas Blue

    Use KY and jam it to the conservatives,just like Bush jammed it to us.

    February 9, 2010 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  20. Greg

    Can I ask those of you who are so opposed to a public option why a bureaucrat reviewing health care decisions is automatically insidious and evil but a middle manager at an insurance company doing the same thing is just fine?

    February 9, 2010 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  21. Slider

    ABC News/Washington Post survey...

    Really, you should have stopped right there.

    Of the five proposals for health care when this nonsense started, three of them were from Republicans. One of the three was a Republican funded study on health care and how to lower costs and provide good, decent health care.

    Have "any" of you bozos even heard of H.R. 3218?

    H.R. 3218 isn't "Obamacare"; that's why no one knows what it's about.

    February 9, 2010 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  22. Sniffit

    I guess that gives answer to all the wild claims from GOPers that we all bore witness to in other articles today...screamining vehemently as if repetition and volume will make what they want to be true into reality:

    "The majority of Americans want this bill scrapped and for Congress to start entirely from scratch!!!!"


    Thanks for playing "Wildly Flailing with Erroneous Dilatory Tactics." The GOPers have won the Giant Tootsie Roll consolation prize since they like to call Obama "obozo" all the time.

    February 9, 2010 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  23. Robin in Tampa, FL

    It is almost like the President is convening a summit between Israel and the Palestinian authority.

    February 9, 2010 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  24. Brian from NJ

    The Democrats had a Super Majority in the House and were filibuster proof in the Senate and still could not pass this nonsense! What does that tell you?

    If Obama wants to get this done, he needs to tell Pelosi and Reid to go on vacation... the Democratic leadership in both the House and Senate failed him, so he should do the next logical thing and just work with the GOP... that would create a moderate bill that could be passed by BOTH parties. It worked nicely in the 90's, so let's try it again!

    Sorry liberals, but you're not a big enough majority to demand whatever you want! Just like the Independents voted in Scott Brown, they voted in the Democrats in 2008. It was NOT the base that gave the Dems this big of a majority, it was independents... and they would do well to remember that fact! If independents would put a GOPer from MA in the Senate, no one is safe!

    February 9, 2010 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  25. EC

    YES WE DO and YES WE NEED healthcare reform in this country.

    Republicans continue to assume millions of HARD-WORKING Americans are stupid and don't KNOW the same OLD and TIRED game Republicans keep playing. It's the same old song and dance routine.


    February 9, 2010 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
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