March 22nd, 2010
12:00 PM ET
5 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. normajean

    You must be talking to the "tea baggers' because I don't know anyone who has ever been polled or even asked their opinion on this bill or anything else So far everyone I have talked to is holding out great hope that this health care program will be worked with over time and prove to be a solid improvement over what little some of our citizens were trying to deal with. As for the Republicans, if they had ever cared about their own people they would have worked with the Democrats to make it work. That, however is not what the Repubs wanted from the start. They want power and money and don.t care whether their own people had health care or not. Just what have they done all this year and a half? NOTHING BUT OBSTRUCTION.NOTHING.

    March 22, 2010 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  2. usualone

    Many of us have never been polled about this issue. Those 32 million people probably are not counted or have any impact on the survey.

    March 22, 2010 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  3. call me crazy

    Here is one American who wasn't polled, but supports the health care bill. It isn't perfect, but it's better than nothing. The only reason support fell off was because they took out the public option. Before that the majority was in favor of the bill.

    March 22, 2010 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  4. Bubble of Sanity

    Wow, that article was produced by a master of spin. I've never seen a better done job at making facts say what someone wanted them to say. You have my utmost respect.

    March 22, 2010 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  5. Jim kowas

    I was born during FDR's 3rd term and have never seen a president and congress so totally disregard the people's dislike of this lousy bill that fixes nothing that's wrong with our current system; high tort liability cost, illegal aliens and wastage. Sad but
    it has also been rushed through Congress without proper scrutiny, in the face of overwhelming public opposition, and with not an ounce of bipartisan support."

    March 22, 2010 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  6. derrick804

    It's hard to believe that DNCNN could still find enough retards to admit they still support ObamaScare. Even with their left wing poll showing less than 39% favoring it and 59% having a brain and opposing it.

    All the other polls show over 63% STRONGLY OPPOSING IT.

    I guess their are still some uneducated socialists out there who think someone should give them something for "FREE".

    What's next for these dingbats? A whine about how water is a necessity, so someone else needs to be forced to pay their waterbill?

    Then after all of their needs are covered, they just have to pass "comprehensive crack funding" to get someone to pay for their "FREE" crack and they'll have no need to get out of the bed in the morning.

    March 22, 2010 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  7. davis

    Not me. I am super happy that the bill was passed. It is not perfect but it is a start.

    March 22, 2010 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  8. lolo

    CNN who diid you poll, because no one called my home. You should just stop puting your poll results on-line. It does not include all Americans. They are all lies. Shame on you.

    March 22, 2010 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  9. Obama Victim

    politically and philosophically I am opposed to this bill..but at least for today, I would like to thank President Obama. I bought a lot of health insurance stock Friday...and it is all up big-time today. I will sell it and go back to despising this travesty tomorrow. But at least for today, thanks Mr. President.....ka-ching

    March 22, 2010 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  10. Marie in California

    The bill is a disaster. Too much government meddling in people's lives. Too expensive.....America is already broke. Washington and the states have been spending like drunken sailors for a long time, using money they don't have, and this one tops them all.

    The day the bill passed was a sad one for this country, and may hail the demise of this great country.

    March 22, 2010 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  11. All the news that is fit to omit

    But, but, but, but the liar in chief said that this was a bill for the people and by the people as it had our blessing???

    Nah, just more lies by this gutless fraud, just like the 3000 percent decrease in our premiums or our premiums would GO DOWM $2500 per family LIES.

    How about the myth that we can KEEP our DOCTORS and INSURANCE MYTH that he ran around lying about and none of the gutless sheep (except for Brett over at Fox) questioned him on.

    He of course DIDN'T answer the question, he just whined like the gutless coward he is as the bad man was not letting him get away with his lies and speeches.

    Congrats Barry, you and Pelousy and Reid will bring the Republicans back into power based on YOUR arrogance and lies.

    See you in November.

    March 22, 2010 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  12. linda

    this an outrage, that we are on our way to becoming communists! They the government is getting away with everything our constitution does not stand for. our founding fathers and patriots are rolling over in their graves. everyone on nov. needs to take a stand. Or it will be too late.

    March 22, 2010 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  13. astro

    Good bye to dems in the fall.....I am sure most will be voted out of office.

    March 22, 2010 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  14. Diane Keichinger

    Who did CNN pole, You didn't poll me or any of the 39million
    uninsured people, or people with pre-existing conditions. Did
    the people CNN polled have insurance.CNN needs to say 500
    out of the 700 people polled, instead of America doesn't like
    the bill. I am America and I have medicare and I like the bill
    so please put me in your poll.

    Diane

    March 22, 2010 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  15. wilson

    Has Rush Limbaugh left the country yet...

    March 22, 2010 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  16. Avenell

    American people love the HRB, they want it and why do news people keep printing the opposite. Not a 100% of the people like it but majority do.

    March 22, 2010 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  17. normajean

    Every one I have talked to for months and months have said the same thing. WHAT POLLS? WHAT POLLS? Where do you get this stuff.? I have never seen anyone anywhere taking a poll of anything. NEVER. I don't believe that there is such a thing,.and you just make it up. Seriously, I've been a voter for over 50 years and have never been polled nor known anyone who has been and I live in a major city in a very large state.Sorry, this does not make any sense to me.

    March 22, 2010 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  18. george from alaska

    what a total load of horse manure. fox news has been hammering away at trying to make fools believe that most folks don't want the new health reform. if you believe fox news on ANY issue...you are just the type of idiot that would vote for palin as president.

    March 22, 2010 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  19. Joseph

    If the majority of American people do not want the OBAMACRE, it it about time to repeal it and impeach OBAMA. Rather than rescuing the economy and creating jobs for average Americans, As soon as elected, OBAMA single-mindly pursues a clear socialist agenda by spreading the wealth from those who have to those who don't, increasing the tax burden not only to to wealthy but also to average taxpayers and small business men and women, and destroying small business and job creation.

    March 22, 2010 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  20. badger

    Congrats to the Democrats, they finally got a pair, now maybe we can move on with more of the Peoples Business.
    To the News Media we don't need to rehash health care for the next year, move on to some other subject that needs attention.
    To the Republican's get over it and see if you can't try to work with this President.

    March 22, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  21. Keeth in California

    We elect people to govern, not polls.

    March 22, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  22. rositaCA

    was the poll conducted in DC or what part of the country? BECAUSE MOST AMERICANS THAT I KNOW SUPPORT ANY CHANGE RE: HEALTH CARE
    We finally accomplished something that is good for US not just for the Senators/Representatives/Government officials.
    THANK YOU MR. PRESIDENT we finally have someone that WORKS for the American people!

    March 22, 2010 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  23. hobart

    CNN, why don't you design some questions to find out why people are opposed to the bill?

    For example, how many are against it because of all its restrictions on abortion, and back door attempts to overturn Roe v Wade?

    How many are against it because it contains no public option?

    How many are against it because it isn't single payer?

    How many are against it because it rewards the bad behavior of the insurance companies?

    And most importantly, how many will continue to be against it next fall when none of the Republican lies about it come to pass?

    March 22, 2010 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  24. Texas Jack

    'HADES NO I DON'T LIKE IT", Contrary to what you OBAMA PEOPLE think I am not a Republican I was a Democrat for fifty years. NOW IN A YEAR OR SO YOU WILL REALIZE ALL THE BAD JOKES AND SNEERING REMARKS YOU MADE ABOUT SARAH PALIN WILL BE A SHAME. Everything she told you about the health plan will come true. The Elderly will be put on death watches for there will be no treatment forthcoming after they analize the amount of cost to the government to keep them alive. Medicare is the one they have taxed to pay for their program. Social Security no COLA's for two years while the medicare preminums rize beyond most paychecks the elderly receive now. You Obama People how are you going to pay for you elderly when you yourself don't make anymore than miminum wage. You have cut your throats all the while you jabbered slang at a woman who will walk into the Presidency in 2012. Maybe she can right this tremendous wrong. I don't see anyone else on the skyline capable of doing so. PALIN 2012.

    March 22, 2010 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  25. Jim from Seattle

    That poll reflects that a majority are misinformed.

    In 2004 most Americans thought Iraq instigated the 9-11-01 attack. And most thought Saddam had WMD. Grossly misinformed.

    By 2011 hopefully the cerebrally challenged will have discovered that this bill save the USA $130+ billion over first 10yrs and a trillion after that.

    And maybe a smattering of anti-abortion folk will actually discover that the Fed gov't will NOT be funding abortions.

    Of course that is wishful thinking. The ignorant will continue to be misinformed if their only source of information is FOX News and rightwing talk radio. And CNN – you could do a lot better – only 15% of Americans know of the CBO report that states we'll save $130 bilion over first 10 years – and CNN is complicit with keeping that truth under wraps, while giving a huge voice to big-oil, big-pharma, and big-religion$.

    March 22, 2010 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
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