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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soundoff (318 Responses)
  1. Augustine

    "62 percent said the bill increases the amount of money they personally spend on health care"

    The height of ignorance or the consequence of persistent GOP/FOX mischaracterization of this bill.

    March 22, 2010 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  2. Wanda in Montana

    When the sky fails to fall, the people who listened to the fear mongering Chicken Little (dressed up as a FOX), will feel sheepish.

    March 22, 2010 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  3. Connie Burkhart

    Thank God the Dems finally passed it. it will turn out to be a good thing for Americans. It's too bad there wasn't a public option to give the Insurance companies some competition. They will still be making too much of a profit on this! And there still needs to be tort reform, but maybe this a "foot in the door".

    March 22, 2010 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  4. mishmarsh is sick of polls

    Who gets these so called polls anyway...moderator.. moderate!

    March 22, 2010 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  5. Big John

    I think once it's implemented and we all start seeing the benefits of health care it will become the same as medicare, a good program.
    The sky won't fall and all the fears of those who oppose it will subside.

    March 22, 2010 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  6. beevee

    I do not know wo the CNN survey interviewed regarding the healthcare bill, it seems like it is very biased. I think most people will like it once they are given full account of the bill. Tidbits of details are selected by media and some of them are used to scare people. For one I dont' see the bill as unlikeable. There are a lot of good things in it.

    March 22, 2010 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  7. Bob (Illinois)

    Before running another sill poll, why don't you wait until the general public has a better idea of what is actually in the bill?

    March 22, 2010 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  8. It's time for another change!

    59 percent of those surveyed opposed the bill, yet the Democrats have chosen to shove this bill down our throats. The American people's time will come though as we will shove it in a difference place next elections. Then perhaps we can really enact some legislation that is meaningful and not break the country.

    March 22, 2010 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  9. AndyF

    Just goes to show the GOP tactic of repeat a lie enough, than enough people will believe it. What this law starts to do for small business is huge, but the real winners are the American people, including the 59%that have bought hook, line, and sinker the GOP BS machine that this law will ruin the country. Perhaps they are looking for a scape goat for passing huge tax breaks during the costliest war in American history? Bottomline, those independent number crunchers have confirmed this will aid in lowering the deficit, yet enough Americans allow themselves to be conditioned by the repeating of a lie over, and over again. Imagine our country without Fox News, the only way truth would have a chance to be behind the decisions we make.

    March 22, 2010 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  10. Peter s

    Mr.Rich Barbieri, Sir, are you in anyway affiliated with insurance industry? if Yes stop misleading the public. Your survey is/was biased, it's inconclusive and it makes CNN looks like fox news! please go to fox thats where you belong! you manupilative good for nothing sucker!!

    March 22, 2010 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  11. nwcanadian

    Big, big mistake, U.S. Congress. The American people wanted reform that would help create higher-quality, more affordable health care for patients.The bill that passed will not accomplish either goal. All it's done is give the green light to another massive government boondoggle, more bureaucratic inefficiencies and waste and more red tape. Do those who voted aye even know what exactly it is they voted for? Even the President couldn't articulate specifics when he was pressed for answers.

    March 22, 2010 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  12. Badnews

    This bill will be the death knell for small business. All this weekend vote amounted to was a big smoke and mirror show by people who don't have a clue how to manage a yard sale, much less something that amounts to 1/6 of the economy. Get ready for tax hikes like we've never seen before and an overloaded medical system. All so the arrogant, so called leaders of congress could get their names in the history books. None of these politicians were listening and all we can hope for is they get sent packing come next election.

    March 22, 2010 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  13. Marcus Tate

    All I know is that I personally will not be voting for anyone who voted for this legislation, which takes money out of my pocket to buy healthcare for welfare recipients and illegal immigrants.

    What have we come to when we punish hard working people because they have jobs that afford them healthcare? This is not about who has healthcare and who doesn't – its about the government overstepping its authority, its about the government telling people what they will buy, and its about the government punishing those who are successful on behalf of those who are not. That sounds like Socialism to me.

    March 22, 2010 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  14. Southern Poll

    Where was this poll taken, in Texas? In the south, I would expect results like this, but not nationwide. However, there are a lot of poorly educated people here in the states that have no idea why they are against the health care reform, so this could be accurate.

    March 22, 2010 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  15. ray

    the health cares bill according to the racists, immigrant haters,bigots,red necks on the right is no good, hahahahahah it will be good for them when they starts to reap the benifit. hahahhahah i wish i had the power to round up all these hypocrites racists on the right who cares about babies who aren't born and not the childer n who dont have health care, who are starving as we speak , who parents cannot afford to buy them medicine when they are sick. god , i beg you, wipe these racists on the right who pretends they the bible is there saviour. wipe these people off the face of the earth so this country and world can be a better place.

    March 22, 2010 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  16. Wisconsonite - Stop Smoking the Tea Bags!

    Do another poll in a week or two, CNN, and I predict you will see very different results. By that time most of the people polled will have time to see that all of the things they are "opposed" to about the bill are lies told to them by the Republicans because they do not have a vested interest in helping the working class of this country.

    March 22, 2010 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  17. Marcus Tate

    I am hoping the Supreme Court can overturn this legislation by finding parts of it unconstitutional, but then I am not holding my breath.

    March 22, 2010 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  18. NYCitizen

    Will we angry folks remember this come Midterms??? I for sure will. Regarding the House passing the HCR Bill: the pre-existing condions clause should immediately be extended to EVERYONE of EVERY AGE, not just children. Taxing Cadillac plans: I am just a secretary living in NYC, I worked hard all my life to just be able to afford a high-end insurance policy through my employer and I am not rich at all. Now in a few years, I will be taxed heavily for efforts. As far as health insurance itself, does it do away with the authorizations you have to get to go to a specialist? And, the $250 seniors are supposed to get to cover the doughnut hole in the prescription plans, is that once a year? and for how long? It doesn't seem to me that $250 really helps that much. My freedom of choice is taken away from me by FORCING me to have health insurance. If I don't get insurance, I will be fined increasingly in larger amounts every year. Cheaper plans do not necessarily mean better quality of care or more facilikty and physician choices, eithert. My employer offered several types of health plans, one of which was enticingly cheap. However, there basically was only one facility to go to in the Borough, and was severely limited in physicians who took the plan. What about prescription drugs that are new on the market? Will my insurance cover them or will I have to pay out of pocket for a new drug, and if I can't afford that, I am FORCED to take some other drug? Will there still be a three tier prescription drug system, as quite frankly, the three tire system bites! I am waiting for Nicvax to come out to help me stop smoking. Will my insurance pay for it, or would they rather spend a fortune in my future cancer treatment instead? Paying for the Nicvax certainly would be more cost effective. As an aside, I am on the younger-age of the Baby Boomers. By the time this reform is in full effect, I could be dead by then. Or maybe that what's this Administration has in mind!

    March 22, 2010 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  19. Ryan

    That is so ridiculousy slanted because I sure wasn't polled and nobody I know was polled. We're all FOR healthcare!!
    The majority of Americans voted for Obama specifically because his platform was all about reform. So to say people don't approve of thier chosen candidates main cause clearly doesn't add up.

    Learn math CNN.

    March 22, 2010 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  20. bmw

    "the contents of the bill were widely known"??? Give me a break. Most polls on the popularity of the reform legislation follow up with questions about specific provisions in the bill, and find that people who originally said they were opposed to the bill in fact like what they hear about the contents.

    All that these polls are measuring is how influenced some people are by the Republican lies and scare tactics.

    March 22, 2010 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  21. Boston Irish

    But NOBODY who voted YES listened. Well, come time for their re-election, they will have no choice as the voice of the people will be heard loud and clear.

    March 22, 2010 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  22. Navy Vet

    After a year of misinformation and outright lies from the Republicans about this bill I'm suprised anyone would support it.

    It doesn't matter though a little time down the road people will find out what the reality is and will come to be thankful for it.

    March 22, 2010 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  23. Hud

    Obamma's changes are "change for the sake of change", not change to help the people – and obviously not the changes that the MAJORITY of people in this country want!! Hopefully, things won't be messed up too much before he can be voted out of there!!!!

    March 22, 2010 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  24. Raff from NC

    They didnt like medicare before, after that they love it. And just like new dish, they dont like healthcare, but once they taste its sweetness they will fforget any nasty words they ever said.
    Republican people will be republican, they will not change even when they know they are wrong.

    March 22, 2010 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  25. I Love America

    Why even poll us simpletons? The democrats are going to do whatever serves their own selfish interests. I picture them everyday getting up and thinking to themselves...."let them eat cake".....

    March 22, 2010 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
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