February 9th, 2010
05:15 PM ET
5 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.


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soundoff (77 Responses)
  1. Dennis

    Let's do something that actually addresses health care costs this time. Also increasing the number of health care providers needs to be addressed.

    February 9, 2010 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  2. Justen in Florida

    To the idiots who say the republicans have filibustered this bill, no they havn't, they have not had enough votes to filibuster it.

    To the other idiots who say "use reconciliation" why don't you go study what exactly it would take to use that approch. The democrats in the senate might actually try that approch, but the senate can't do anything untill the house acts to pass a compromise bill, wich the republicans in the house can not stop them from doing.

    The ignorance among the proggresives in this blog is astounding!

    February 9, 2010 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  3. Carrie

    So weird to hear people say that they cannot afford their health care now. so do not want reform because it will double when they have to pay for others(yep I 've heard that!)......
    People that is why we need reform , so those without can have it , and take the life and death decisions away from the greedy insurance companies and decrease premiums.
    And the one that gets me the most "I do not want the government fooling with my social security and medicare" As a spouse of a retired military man , I raised kids on military government run health care and now have Tricare for Life and Medicare. All my health care is because of the wonderful country I live in. It may not be the best at times but I am grateful for the heathcare I am provided, all due to this govenment so many seem to hold in disdain .
    Wake up and lets fix it , not keep tearing it apart!

    February 9, 2010 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  4. MaryJo

    Having read the letter that Boehner and Cantor sent to Emanuel for their terms which they want met in order to come to the health care table, I say, Democrats, these folks want it their way or no way. So reconcile and get on with the jobs you need to do to fix the economy and do what the government can do to spur job growth. These people are ridiculous and need to be held accountable in the next election for their obstructionism. They quote what the American people want and it is only what Republicans want. Add up the independents and the Democrats who want the same thing, and their whole premise is wrong. Then to have the audacity to make demands that the Democrats are to march to their drum beat is just unbelievable. Where I come from 51 percent is a majority. If the Democrats can scrounge together 51 percent to get something MEANINGFUL passed ( and I do not consider the Senate health care bill meaningful reform), then use your majority and get the job done. I am tired of this.

    February 9, 2010 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  5. found work without help of stimulus or obama

    what poll, what majority, Why are the polls so bias, ohhh thats right, this is CNN.

    February 9, 2010 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  6. D

    This says it all: Fifty-five percent of Republicans feel Congress should give up on health care reform.

    Bought and paid for by big insurance and Pharma. No public option. No jobs. Companies aren't going to continue to pay these ridiculous insurance costs, who can blame them. Has to be an affordable solution for people to get their own...until then, no job growth...so you can thank the GOP for that to.

    February 9, 2010 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  7. LacrosseMom(the real one)

    Congress has worked for NINE MONTHS on the Healthcare Bill. That's enough. THOUSANDS OF AMERICANS ARE DYING BECAUSE THEY DO NOT HAVE HEALTHCARE!

    GET ON WITH IT! And do not expect the GOP to have any solutions or ideas.

    Let's face it America, the Republicans are only interested in three things:

    1. Making sure President Obama fails.
    2. Making sure y'all are afraid.
    3. Making sure their buddies in the healthcare business do not lose a single dime!

    GOP IS AGAINST AMERICA!

    February 9, 2010 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  8. call me crazy

    Sometimes the polls actually come out sounding about right.

    The Americans DO want healthcare reform, regardless of what republicans want to believe. They thought because support dropped when the house bill was released that it was because of the issue, but it was about the bill congress put together.

    Its very simple congress. Come up with simple common sense solutions without the pork. The American people will support it and then if republicans block it, well as Obama said, "the elections will take care of themselves".

    February 9, 2010 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  9. Keith in Austin

    The ABC poll cited is soooooo misleading. Fact: Most Americans support healthcare reform. Fact: The overwhelming majority of Americans strongly oppose Obam"mao's government-controlled healthcare! SCRAP this miserable plan and start over. If Barry expects the GOP to openly accept his socialistic crap, his healthcare summit will be attended by left-wing sleazeballs like Reid, Pelosi et al only!

    February 9, 2010 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  10. N Miller

    I have had with the "Do Nuthing Republicans" – Each of these individuals have a great health insurance package for them and their families – with a major portion paid for by you and I. Each of the elected officials have the usage of a private medical facility within the capital – where they have the very best medical staff to address their issues. In order to use this service they are required to pay a small annual fee.

    According to these Do Nuthings – you and I do not deserve to have the very best medical treatment/insurance. I don't think that the American people are asking the government to pay 100% of their insurance premium – but they are asking the government to impliment some regulation that will not allow the Insurance Companies CEO's to make a million dollar bonus each year – while thousands of Americans go without decent medical treatment.

    February 9, 2010 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  11. ran

    If the Republicans do not work with this President after the 2/25/10 meeting then the Democrats should/must use the reconciliation process and just start getting thing done.

    I do not hold out much hope that the Republicans will because they are hoping if they can continue their fear/hate/obstructionism/purist ideology they will win in 2010/2012 because of the results after the ill informed voters of MA.

    We can not go back. we must go forward and the best way is to vote in true Democrats or Independents who want to find solutions to our problems.

    February 9, 2010 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  12. D. Tree

    The current healthcare reform bills include many GOP ideas; yet, the GOP still insists on obstruction. Its quite clear the GOP doesn't want ANY reform.

    February 9, 2010 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  13. Joe

    A lot more people will want health care insurance as a national bill but not the way the Democrats are doing it. They want to exempt a few states and let the burden fall on all the others. They want oto exempt unions until 2017!!! Well then who do you think is going to pay for it??? Get a comprehensive bill that all would support. !) no refusal for presexisting conditions, 2) allow sale across state lines, 3) allow the same pills we pay 1.00 for and in Canada yout get them for .10 cents, 4)limit greedy lawyers from getting obnoxious sums in court(of course we know theDemocrats won't allow that since they are all lawyers), 5) keep the governments out of health care and running it. Look what has happened to SSEC and MEDICARE. They are ready to go bankrput. What makes you people think the government can run it better. 6) allow forpeople who are retired or selfemployed to decut the cost of medical insurance from their tax returns. People in helath plans at work do not pay taxes on their premiums. It is directly taken off the gross earnings soo that it is not part of the calculation for taxes.

    February 9, 2010 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  14. rob

    Of course people want to continue working on a solution to the health care problems. They just don't want the Dems plans.

    But leave it to DNCNN to post absurd polls like this when in the last two months polls were showing continuing declines in support for the Dems health care proposals. Mean while the Senate Seat held by Ted Kennedy (the champion of Free Health care for all) was lost to a Republican who ran as the "41ST VOTE" AGAINST THE BILL!!!!!!!!

    The Republicans need to stay strong against the bill and demand that the Dems start from scratch because the American people have spoken.

    February 9, 2010 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  15. Fr. Raymond Burgoon-Clark

    So ... according to Republicans, the poor, the elderly, the disabled, and children should just die?

    How Christian!

    February 9, 2010 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  16. Fr. Raymond Burgoon-Clark

    @ Matthew & Matt:

    The tuberculosis epidemic that will result from shutting undocumented aliens out of healthcare will be FAR more costly than taking care of them

    February 9, 2010 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  17. Old Artillery Man

    Yes, I agree. We should just start over. And when we do our position should be: Either Medicare for all or single payer!

    February 9, 2010 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  18. George Guadiane - Austerlitz, NY

    America speaks AGAIN, will Republicans listen?

    February 9, 2010 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  19. Moe, NY

    The majority of Americans NEED health insurance...get off your collective butts, both republicans and democrats, and make health care for ALL Americans a reality. God forbid that you lame politicans would give up your lobbyist money and pass a progressive health care bill like progressive countries offer their citizens.

    February 9, 2010 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  20. Truth-Bomb Thrower

    Everybody wants reform.....as long as we don't change anything. Too funny!!! :-)

    February 9, 2010 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  21. m smith

    think of how much of a burden would be lifted off people if they did not have to worry about health care?? The repos are the party of No and it will be seen again by the public on the 25th. As for palin. She had 3 talking points and had to write them down so she wouldnt forget? Everyone complaines about the telepromter but the president gives many speaches each day ol Palin had one. So give him a break . His make sensewhen he talks and his grammer is correct something you cant't say for Palin. wink wink Reagan used a telepromter also or have you all forgotten that?

    February 9, 2010 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  22. ThinkAgain

    Important facts to remember:

    1. A majority of Americans elected Barack Obama President.

    2. The Democrats hold a majority in the House and the Senate.

    3. There are more registered Democrats in the U.S. than Republicans.

    4. The majority of Americans want meaningful health care reform, including a robust public option, no exclusions for pre-existing conditions, and no opt-out for the States.

    All the Democrats need to do is pass the bill – by reconciliation, if need be.

    And if reconciliation is good enough to pass irresponsible tax cuts for the wealthy under Bush (which greatly contributed to the record deficits he left our country), then it's good enough to pass real health care reform that will bring down costs for the average American and American businesses alike.

    February 9, 2010 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  23. proud mother and sister of soldiers

    @average american....there is a big difference between Obama's bill and health care reform. Rational, intelligent people want reform not a new gov run health care program funded by business and the 15% of this country 's population who actually pay taxes. Let Obama start with addressing the problems....one at a time. He may have to step on the toes of the lawyers and SEICU who are heavy dem contributors but so be it. Fair and equal payments for all and affordable health care for americans.

    February 9, 2010 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  24. Carl Justus

    The congress needs to finish the health care bill NOW. If the republicans want to be a part of it fine, if they do not want to participate then I say the democrats should use the nuclear option to pass it or if they want, have the house pass the senate version and fix the problems with it later.

    I have heard of enough of Boehner, McConnell, Cantor and others who are against anything and everything Obama or the democrats bring forth.

    The party of NO can go jump as for as I am concerned, they apparently need Palin, Limbaugh, Beck and Hannity to approve everything they can do before they can say they back it or not

    February 9, 2010 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  25. Nini

    Yes work to continue with a bipartisan approach not the Broadway show Obama is planning to put on.

    I am so sick of this administration insulting our intelligence, I have never seen a more arrogant bunch.

    February 9, 2010 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
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