June 30th, 2010
01:56 PM ET
8 years ago

Poll suggests health care reform becoming more popular

Washington (CNN) - Nearly half of all Americans have a favorable view of the new health care reform law, according to a new national poll.

A Kaiser Family Foundation survey released Wednesday indicates that 48 percent of the public views the law in a favorable light, up seven points from May, with 41 percent saying they have an unfavorable view. One in 10 questioned said they were unsure.

President Barack Obama signed the legislation into law in April. Supporters celebrate the enactment of the landmark $940 billion measure, but critics insist it will do little to slow spiraling costs and say businesses will be burdened by a slew of new regulations and taxes.

Recent national polls by USA Today/Gallup, AP/GfK, and NBC/Wall Street Journal also indicate a uptick in support or favorable views of health care reform.

The Kaiser survey suggests a partisan divide, with nearly seven in 10 Democrats holding a favorable view of health care reform and an equal amount of Republicans saying they have an unfavorable view of the law. Forty-nine percent of independents questioned say they have a favorable view, with 41 percent holding an unfavorable view.

According to the survey, 35 percent say that a candidate for Congress who voted for health care reform would be more likely to get their vote, with 32 percent saying they would be less likely to vote for such a candidate, and 31 percent saying it doesn't make much of a difference.

The poll also indicates that nearly two-thirds of Americans believe that the disagreements between candidates of both political parties over health care reform is due to efforts to gain political advantage, with less than three in 10 saying that it comes from real policy differences.

The Kaiser Family Foundation poll was conducted June 17-22, with 1,066 registered voters questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus four percentage points.

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soundoff (65 Responses)
  1. Rick McDaniel

    Maybe they haven't got any health insurance at all any more........with the millions of unemployed.

    They don't really realize, they still won't.......if they have to pay for it.......because they have no means with which to pay.

    June 30, 2010 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  2. Victim of Dem stupidity

    .... Most people haven't been affected by the bill, yet.

    Obama planned it so that the trash doesn't hit the fan until after the 2012 presidential election. Obama may be a dope, but he's not completely stupid.

    June 30, 2010 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  3. conniesz

    As people get to take advantage of the benefits of the new health care law, its favourable margin will only increase. Hopefully it will exceed 50% before November – which would make it a whole different world for the Republicans running against health care.

    June 30, 2010 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  4. shawn

    Obviously, much needed healthcare reform is good for Americans. It will become more and more popular as people see the the benefits. Republicans, yet AGAIN, are on the wrong side of history.

    June 30, 2010 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  5. Lari

    That's because the public is no longer being bombarded with false information every day. Now the true change can be understood properly and appreciated despite GOP resistance. Poor GOP, no credit for anything positive. Bring it ON November!!

    June 30, 2010 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  6. key

    I couldn't believe that when it was being finalized that people wouldn't accept it. Its nothing more than a consumer watch dog on something everyone needs anyway. The more people in the less it cost.

    June 30, 2010 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  7. If We Can Defeat Him On HealthCare It Will Be His Waterloo

    And if you don't, it will be yours. LOL

    June 30, 2010 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  8. ST

    I am very proud of the President. He has a vision which most of us do not have. The more people see the benefit of Health Care Reform the more they will like it. I also see the fruits of my vote and I will vote for him again.

    June 30, 2010 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  9. glib lib

    Of course its becoming more popular. That's because people don't have republican leaders telling them what to think about it any more(at least not as much). They have been left to think for themselves. No more using falsehoods to describe the bill and scare the heck out of anyone. And while we're on this point why does everyone say it will cost over $900 billion. That is the total over the next decade. 940 billion makes it sound like that is the annual cost. But I guess 9.4 billion isn't nearly as alarming.

    June 30, 2010 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  10. CEvans, Texas

    This is encouraging news! If all of the negative minded people would just give our President a chance, all of his efforts will eventually make a difference. He has all of our best interest at HEART!!

    So, stop being BIGOTS & IDIOTS!!

    June 30, 2010 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  11. tpbco

    These polls mean little – except to the dimocrats that have to justify their existence. The truth of the matter is what has this done for the unemployement disaster that we have. The answer to that is it has contributed MIGHTILY. No one on the fence about hiring will do so as long as the dimocrats keep "kneecapping" business and therefor the economy with these entitlement programs that they can't pay for. See Greece , Spain, Portugual and the rest of the Euros heading down for the 3rd time.

    We ARE seeing the answer to the age old question...What happens to the socialists when they run out of "other peoples" money.

    And yes I would be very happy to drop out of SS and Medicare...IF you give back the money taken from me for this for the last 35 years! I can do MUCH better on my own!!!

    June 30, 2010 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  12. Peter E

    No surprises there. People always fear change, because they are told to by pundits who distort facts for their own agenda. But once people learn the facts their fear disappears and they can objectively evaluate the costs and benefits. The same thing happened back in the 60s with Medicare which was fought tooth and nail with propaganda by the republicans. (look up Ronald Reagan and Operation Coffee Cup) And yet now you'll have hard time finding people questioning the necessity of the program.

    June 30, 2010 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  13. Eric

    There is only one poll on any of these issues that truly matters, and that will be conducted Nov. 2, 2010.

    We'll see how popular any of these statist maneuvers truly are in the eyes of the only Americans who really matter... voters.

    June 30, 2010 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  14. Duck Fallas

    That's because they haven't formed the death panels yet.

    June 30, 2010 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  15. Bob in PA

    Yeah, right.
    Only because next to nothing has been enacted yet. Even if 50% like the idea, it was a very bad idea to begine with.

    June 30, 2010 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  16. Charlie in Maine

    And that's just becausebetter information is coming out. Just wait until people start to benefit from this law. I said all along that the reason the party of NO was against this was not because it wouldn't work it is because when it does they will look like idiots for opposing it. You would have thought they would have learned from thier experience with social security, medicare or medicaid. But alas scoring political points was more important to them than doing what's right for the American people. They have sowed the wind and I pray that they shall reap the whirlwind and that it keeps them in the pilitcal wilderness for another generation.

    June 30, 2010 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  17. Sniffit

    OK...setting aside that GOPers and conservatives apparently lack even the most remote of clues regarding sampling methodology and statistical analysis...here's what they just heard:

    "Poll shows that more misinformation about the HCR Bill needs to be disseminated pronto, louder shouting of incorrectly using the word 'socialism' needs to commence, and far more Obama-as-Hitler and Obama-in-White-Face signs need to be held up on street corners."

    June 30, 2010 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  18. Chipster

    People: Republicans and Democrats, claim to want smaller government but listen to what they say when they can't afford health care, when they want farm subsidies, when they lost their jobs and need unemployment and job training, when they can't afford to send their kids to college and Pell Grants have been cut, when oil fowls the Gulf or anywhere else...even when an Earthquake struck Haiti. "The government needs to do something!" They want National Parks to be open and enough FDA inspectors to keep their food safe.

    Small government? What a massive case of people fooling themselves. Republicans couldn't get home fast enough to attend groundbreaking ceremonies for stimulus projects that they voted against!

    Shut the door!

    June 30, 2010 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  19. anthony

    Republicans should remember that some of the opponents of the health care bill are actually liberals who think the plan does not go far enough to cover everyone. This is understandable, considering that the plan is based on Milt Romney's health care plan in Massachusetts, which in turn came from a proposal from the Heritage Foundation, the Republican think tank. Many Democrats would like to have a public option, but given opposition from Republicans and even some conservative Democrats, insurance companies will continue to be the only option the consumers have.

    June 30, 2010 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  20. David in Houston

    You mean to tell me that all of that "sky is falling" rhetoric the repubs were clamoring about has proven to be untrue?

    Well, well...imagine that!

    June 30, 2010 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  21. ex-repulican since McCain picked Palin

    My husband works from 0630 until 6-7 p.m. on some days. His work is extremely hard and he is out in the elements. He works for $9.00 an hour. To take off a skin cancer, (a very serious and aggressive one)I had to pay out of pocket and it was alot of money. I thank President Obama for this Health Care Reform. It will help hard working people who do not have Insurance. Those that have so much can not understand what it means to someone like him, they are comfortable in their little world and forget how so many have to do without the basics. I see Mr. Obama trying to help the middle class and doing a good job at it.

    June 30, 2010 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  22. ETM

    No surprise here, whatsoever. As people learn what is in the reform legislation–as opposed to what Republicans have said it does–they will find it a very good, albeit imperfect, improvement over our present health care system. And as people begin to enjoy the benefits of the provisions that go into effect soon requiring insurers to cover preexisting conditions and children up to age 26, it will become more popular.

    June 30, 2010 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  23. JJ

    Thank god the effects of the republican propaganda and lobbyist propelled hooey isn't sticking – the majority of the cournty is too smart to fall for their nonsense.

    In the last 16 months, the republicans true colors have been blindingly clear – have sided with Wall Street, the insurance companies and the oil industries. The up and coming candidates want to eliminate social security, medicare, the epa (during the biggest environmental crisis in history) and the board of education (so they keep the masses as dumb as they are). The future with republican leadership would allow the republicans to finish off the destruction of this country.

    Country first my arse.

    June 30, 2010 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  24. Marty, FL

    Support for health-care grows as more Americans understand the benefits of the legislation.

    For example, our nephew with childhood diabetes no longer can be denied for pre-existing; our niece has health coverage extended through college; and our parents had their donut hole closed in their Medicare prescriptions.

    Thank you, President Obama & Dems in Congress!!

    June 30, 2010 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  25. david

    ya it is popular with me as a business owner i fired 30 people,,,because of obamas nazi care,,,and i told them that they were fired because of obama,,and his liberal nazi's they should hunt any of them down and do the same to them

    June 30, 2010 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
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