March 22nd, 2010
12:00 PM ET
4 years ago

CNN poll: Americans don't like health care bill

 The Capitol dome on the eve of the House of Representatives’ health care reform votes.
The Capitol dome on the eve of the House of Representatives’ health care reform votes.

Washington (CNN) - A majority of Americans have a dim view of the sweeping health care bill passed by the House, saying it gives Washington too much clout and won't do much to reduce their own health care costs or federal deficits, according to a new poll released Monday.

A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll found that 59 percent of those surveyed opposed the bill, and 39 percent favored it. All of the interviews were conducted before the House voted Sunday night, but the contents of the bill were widely known.

In addition, 56 percent said the bill gives the government too much involvement in health care; 28 percent said it gives the government the proper role and 16 percent said it leaves Washington with an inadequate role.

On the question of costs, 62 percent said the bill increases the amount of money they personally spend on health care; 21 percent said their costs would remain the same and 16 percent said they would decrease.

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The poll's results about the bill's fiscal impact were particularly stark: 70 percent of respondents said they believed deficits would go up because of the bill; 17 percent felt they would stay the same and 12 percent said they would go down.

After more than a year of partisan debate, the House voted 219-212 in favor of a bill that the Senate had passed on Christmas Eve. President Obama is expected to sign it on Tuesday.

The measure constitutes the biggest expansion of federal health care guarantees since Medicare and Medicaid were enacted more than four decades ago. The House also approved a series of amendments to the bill through a separate so-called reconciliation bill. The Senate, which must pass the reconciliation measure for the full package to take effect, is expected to vote this week.

According to a preliminary estimate by the Congressional Budget Office, the overall reform legislation would cost $940 billion over the course of a decade. Offsetting provisions would reduce deficits by $143 billion in the first 10 years and by more than $1 trillion in the following decade.

The CNN poll also suggests that public opposition to health care will not necessarily be a boon to Republicans in the 2010 midterm elections in Congress.

Roughly one in five of respondents who said they opposed the bill did so because it was not liberal enough, and those people are unlikely to vote Republican. Take them out of the picture and opposition to the bill because it is too liberal is 43 percent.

"The Democrats have another advantage - most Americans also trust Barack Obama more than the GOP on health care," said Keating Holland, CNN's polling director. "That gives the president an opportunity - and seven months - to make the affirmative case for the health care bill."

The survey was conducted on March 19-21 through telephone interviews with 1,030 adult Americans. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.


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  1. G

    hate this bill. Won't vote Democrat again. You guys lost me with this bill. bye bye

    March 22, 2010 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  2. Kevin in Ohio

    This is no surprise at all..... CNN finally publishes it after we've known the distaste for this government takeover for months!

    My doctor has already indicated to his patients he will be leaving private practice because of this bill.

    And I'm waiting to see if my insurer just plain out bails. If I were them, I would, because there is no longer a viable business opportunity for them.

    So much for choice and keeping my insurance......

    March 22, 2010 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  3. dan smith

    Nazi Democrats need to be voted out of office as soon as possible.

    March 22, 2010 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  4. Doug,lib jersey

    Your typical lib liar.

    Jim – "I am an independent voter and have voted republican for 2 presidents and several senators. but due to the incivility ( use of n word, barney franks sexuality, and calling stupak a baby killer) I will not vote for a Republican this fall."

    Hey Jim its libs like former Klan-grand wizard Senator Robert Byrd D-W. Virginia who use the N word, and Democrat plans at events where people like Sarah Palin speak (same ones who blow up DNC headcorders like in Colorado trying to blame it on the right).

    Robert Byrd was a Klan member and racist, you are just an idiot lib Obama-bot sheep!

    March 22, 2010 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  5. some guy in New Hampshire

    People don't like the bill but several polls find that a majority want the individual changes embodied in the bill. When people stop hearing hysterical politicians talking about killing your granny, they'll see that the features don't amount to a federal takeover of health care.

    What should concern us is how this is supposedly going to be paid for. More than half the cost comes from cutting payments to Medicare service providers. Can we trust Congress to stand up to the medical industry's army of lobbyists who will storm the capitol demanding those payments be increased?

    March 22, 2010 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  6. vicki San Pedro

    Is there a sale somewhere on crystal balls? Relax, people. The sky is not falling.

    March 22, 2010 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  7. Troy

    Now do a poll on how many Americans UNDERSTAND the bill. Gut instinct says that as comprehension of the language increases, so, too, will approval of the legislation.

    March 22, 2010 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  8. Death Assurance Companies

    Where did they do this poll,Alabama?Polls are nothing more than sheepdogs for the stupid.1005 morons out of 300 million.Wow.

    March 22, 2010 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  9. Equality for all

    The majority of Americans don't understand the bill, or are so afraid of any progressive change to their narrow lives and view points, and therefore don't like it. Once the real benefits kick in, these same people will be first in line to get their share.

    March 22, 2010 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  10. special kay

    Well, I wasn't contacted by any pollsters but I DO support the current health care bill (soon to become law 3/23). THANKS DEMS AND MR PRESIDENT!!!!!!

    March 22, 2010 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  11. The Great Northwest

    The poll must have been taken by CNN at Faux No News.
    Your so called poll has a margin of error of 100%.

    March 22, 2010 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  12. Chuck

    Polls! Polls! Polls! It is quite funny how we all hear about these polls that are taken but everyone that I talk to has never been called for their opinions. Get to the average guy our in Middle American and asked him or her. Most polls average around 1,000 calls. Call thousands of people and see what they think!!!!

    March 22, 2010 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  13. Rick McDaniel

    On the contrary, personal health care costs will rise significantly, and those who can ill afford to buy health care will be forced to buy it, or will be taxed if they don't.

    It is a huge travesty on the public.

    March 22, 2010 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  14. J.P.

    There was a vote last night.
    Now, we get to vote in November.

    Socialist kamikaze politicians are going to be defeated in droves in November.

    Then, we repeal this unconstitutional law, *IF* the Supreme Court doesn't beat us to the punch.

    Take a good long look at the Democrat Controlled Congress, because it's the last one you'll see in your lifetime.

    March 22, 2010 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  15. dan smith

    Get a job now all you welfare queens out there that supported this garbage of a bill.

    March 22, 2010 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  16. ThinkAgain

    The President and the Democratic Party just need to make sure they spread the word – frequently and loudly – of the successes and savings of the health care reform bill.

    We all know that Fox and the GOP and all their lackeys will spend millions of dollars spreading their lies and distortions – especially now that they got their way with the Supreme Court ruling saying that corporations are "people" and can give unlimited amounts of money to campaigns.

    Pretty sick when our country has a political party whose sole purpose is to make our President and our country fail.

    Because think about it, folks: The GOP is planning on doing all it can to make us suffer terribly and then blame the Democrats for our problems – all for the purpose of regaining political control.

    To do what? If the GOP is willing to harm us this much to get back into power, JUST WHAT THE HECK DO YOU THINK THEY’RE GOING TO DO TO US ONCE THEY GET THERE?

    Hint: A continuation of the tried-and-failed economic, military and foreign policies of Bush/Cheney. Remember them? They started two unfunded wars, brought our country to the brink of economic collapse, real wages went down, jobs went overseas, the Constitution was trampled upon, anyone disagreeing with them was labeled a traitor, and political discourse devolved into schoolyard name-calling and bullying.

    You really want that, folks? Wake up and smell the coffee!

    The GOP = Party Before Country

    March 22, 2010 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  17. Tram

    BULL! Look, I don't know where you're getting your information, but the real Americans where I live want health care reform. We know this one won't solve all the problems, but it's the first step. It get rid of the doughnut hole in Medicare - and believe me, that doughnut hole should never have existed. It gets rid of the pre-existing condition nonsense.

    Now if this bill charged insurance companies with manslaughter every time they actively sought to deny a legal and valid claim, then that would have been a grand slam for the American people.

    March 22, 2010 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  18. Eddie B

    I am so sick of these polls. They sway like the wind. I guarantee now that the bill is passed the new polls are going to say that Americans are for it. Also, they never poll the low or lower middle class. These same sentiments were expressed about Medicare and now it can't be touched.

    March 22, 2010 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  19. awaitingliberalizationbyCNN

    I am waiting for that $2,000 reduction in my health care premiums that Obozo and his Democratic stooges promised. Now that "the children" will be covered by this corrupt monstrosity, does that mean SCHIP and associated taxes that Obozo promisned would cover the "children" be repealed? How come the bill waits so long to tax the "cadillac" health plans of the unions? We know why, I just want to hear what the lying, corrupt liberal explanation is. How is that tort reform going? If Medicare and Medicaid have so much waste and corruption, how come we are just now going after it and exactly how will the go after it? In the mean time liberal liars, I am waiting for my health care insurance premiums to decrease by $2,000. Of course, I noticed my taxes increased this year in spite the great Kool Aid server in the White House saying they wouldn't. Wait till April 15th, explosion in America when people see what the big lying fraud has done to us. WHERE ARE THE JOBS IDIOTS.

    March 22, 2010 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  20. patricia cash

    You need to do a better job of polling . Your polling republican teabagger

    March 22, 2010 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  21. Fair is Fair

    Queue up the O-Blah-Blah supporters with their "I was never polled" comments...

    March 22, 2010 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  22. Merrick

    Rest assured CNN all the leftists that frequent these boards love the healthcare bill. The Independs like me and GOP members that do not miss voting in elections whether it rains or snows hate the bill. And if you are dumb enough to trust Obama who has not spoke one truthfull word except he would get you Gov. Healthcare. I will be maxing my contributions this year to my congressional member who voted no.

    March 22, 2010 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  23. Jack

    Does it matter. After last night's vote America has surpassed the democracy and entered a period of socialism where we are no longer represented but rather are ruled. Ruled by the professional politician supported by the minority special interest groups. Last night was the death of the individual originally held high within our own Declaration of Independence and Constitution.

    Sad time in American history when the politicians believe they know better rather than representing the majority.

    March 22, 2010 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  24. John

    I don't like it one bit......

    in time the Obama-lemmings on this website will realize the mistake..... too bad this had to happen this way. It could have been done so much better than this.... the rush to do it.... I will never fully understand....

    The "something is better than nothing" arguement is so weak..... someday people will realize the problems with this bill.... and it's not all getting 'fixed'.... I can assure you of that....

    It's just too bad it had to go down with back-room deals and bi-partisan 'against' and partisan 'for'.....

    March 22, 2010 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  25. Brink

    What percent of people who answered have any idea what is actually in the bill? What percentage of people have any idea how health care finance and reimbursement works? The Administration did a poor job of educating the public on what is in the bill and what the landscape of healthcare would look like with and without reform. This opened the door for special interests and their paid lackeys (the GOP) to spread misinformation and outright lies in order to try to maintain the status quo of health insurance profits. Americans did not like Medicare either, until they needed it. History will prove this to be the the right policy move. Public opinion will eventually change when the public figures out who were for the people of this country and who were out for themselves.

    March 22, 2010 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
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