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. Big George in Big D

    Just how in hades can they change their minds to "favorable" when none of of know anything about it yet; it isn't in force, etc? How stupid are the American public? Already its been published that deductibles are going up next near and health insurance premiums are going up 7% BECAUSE of the new bill.

    June 30, 2010 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  2. chaz in colo

    That would have to reflect the people who actually learn about what it really entails rather than listening to the fear mongering and lies of the talking heads and the GOP. Now if we could only get the Congress and Senate members to have to pay for their own coverage, as opposed to us, the taxpayers, we would see some real changes in health care costs and coverages.

    June 30, 2010 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  3. one voice

    This will only raise taxes on the MEGA RICH, it's about time they pull their weight after getting tax breaks from Bush ans his cronies. Can you remember the "reconsiliation act" of 2001 and 2003? (jam it down our throat) Didn't think so.

    June 30, 2010 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  4. all of america

    The only people that think that this is ok is obama followers. This is demacratic propaganda and they know it ! Every thing they try to pass has to be done right now without question, knowing full well if the people see what it is, it would fail.

    June 30, 2010 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  5. Juan Jimenez

    This is news? No. For those of us who believe in and strongly supported the bill, this is -as expected-.

    June 30, 2010 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  6. Sunshine

    Well I am not one in support of the health care reform. Obama lied in his pushing of the health care bill and his financial experts say it will cost taxpayers, much, much, more. As with everything that is being done in the Whitehouse today, the democrats have misinformed and lied to the American people. The worst is Baucus, Obama, Reid, and Pelosi.

    June 30, 2010 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  7. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Whaaat? You mean people are actually OKAY with having their children covered throught the age of 26? Not being turned down due to pre-existing conditions? Etc. etc.

    You mean that when the fear-mongering, Wall street-loving, GObP finally stopped lying about Obama trying to kill their granny common sense kicked in?

    Get out! You're kidding right?!

    June 30, 2010 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |

    Probably another bogus lib poll, which they love to invent to try and influence popular opinion! Since there has been no implementation of these devastating policies yet, then on what basis could any shift in opinion be made? Maybe it's Obama's deft handling of the oil spill cleanup? Or perhaps Obama's amazing performance in creating new jobs and growth in the economy? Those really give you a lot of confidence in government's ability to take care of your health, rather than you and your doctor...

    June 30, 2010 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  9. Darth Vadik, CA

    No crap Sherlock, people are always intimidated by something new, remember how long it took for you to show grandpa a youtube video, now grandpa can't get enough of it...

    ...same with this healthcare business, once people taste it, and see that there actually are NO DEATH PANELS like the Republicans kept lying about, people actually like what they see.

    Remember Republicans, at one point in our American history it was popular to say "those n... will not ever attend the University of Alabama..." ....now those guys sound as stupid as Sarah Palin sounds every day of her life.

    June 30, 2010 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  10. MikeSP

    Hmn, I will be closing shop at the end of the year. The extra paperwork require by this draconian law is not worth it.

    This ws the wrong way to do health care reform. When the bills start piling in people will change their minds again.

    June 30, 2010 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  11. Dennis

    The only thing I like about is that I can keep my 23-year old daughter on my insurance since she cannot find a job. Glad the stimulous is working.

    June 30, 2010 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  12. cardog

    To me this is not rocket science...why would any American citizen be aganist any American who does not have health insurance, not receiving assistance in obtaining it?
    Watching some of the tea party ralleys, you see signs that state "No socialized medicine" yet there has been no Social Security or Medicare card burnings on the part of these same people. Seems to me that it's "I've got mine, now you go out there and get yours".

    June 30, 2010 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  13. Jane

    The health care bill, financial reform and other measures are only part of the attempts the President and the Democratics in Congress are making in order to get our country headed in the right direction, one that is worthy of this great nation. This follows the disastrous previous administration in which our treasury was gutted, our debt rose astronomically, our families were left to deal with any number of personal tradgedies, and our image around the world was tarnished. Given enough time, our citizens will reap even more benefits from the new direction of the present administration and the Democrats in Congress will.

    June 30, 2010 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  14. Scott Lindsey

    The answer to the social security problem is so simple that we should not expect elected officials to see it. Simply raise the pay-out so that everyone pays their fair share,paying your fair share , What a novel idea.

    June 30, 2010 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  15. thor

    This story is pure garbage.I don't know of anyone that i've talked to since this legislation was passed that has a better opinion of healthcare reform.And most of the things in the bill have yet to occur.This is simply a story put out there to once again tell the American people that they should love what the government is doing for them, never mind that costs are going to continue to put healthcare out of reach for most people.This bill did nothing to address the real problem.

    June 30, 2010 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  16. Stop this outrageous spin!

    It's not, it's not, it's not! The American people HATE this costly, quality-destroying, wealth-redistributing scheme that's been rammed down our throats!

    June 30, 2010 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  17. Moderate

    When the bennifits of this law comes in, it will be like soc.sec., medicare, the veterns admin.


    Again the republicans will have tried to stop a popular program there to help the "American People"

    They obviously have no problem serving other countries such as Iraq where we spent billions to give every Iraqi health care under bush/cheney.

    Don't believe me? Look it up!

    Do some research for once in your life.

    June 30, 2010 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  18. Voice Crying in the Wilderness

    When health care reform is really understood, the favorable rating will really soar.

    June 30, 2010 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  19. tstorm

    I have self-employed friends who are waiting on baited-breath for this health reform bill to take place. It's far from perfect but better than what we have now!

    June 30, 2010 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  20. Mike in NYC

    My doctor recently told me that he had voted for the O-Man and now soundly regretted it.

    June 30, 2010 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  21. Lynda/Minnesota

    Looks as if the referendum on President Obama isn't going to get the GOPers the landslide victory they've all been praying for after all.

    The only referendum this year is which party is, or isn't, looking out for main street America.

    Considering the GOP push to stop Health Care Reform, Wall Street Reform, Immigration Reform, Energy Reform, Unemployment Benefits, and their efforts to protect BP from financial responsibility of the Gulf oil spill, it is becoming abundantly clear just who the GOP is protecting, or not, as the case may be.

    Add in all of the government agencies that this new Republican Party want to dismantle, including Social Security and Medicare, in an attempt to (their words, not mine) lower the deficit, it becomes ever more clear that the PRIMARY GOP goal is not to protect the deficit, but rather, give private corporate leaders more and more authority to police themselves without Government interference . . . the Wall Street crash and Gulf oil disaster notwithstanding.

    I don't know about the rest of you, but I think Main Street has suffered enough because of these fools and their nonsense.

    June 30, 2010 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  22. Hammerer

    Where in the world dis this group find anyone to say that they supported obamacare? Unless they have a copy of the welfare rolls. The lazy and the deadbeats that have their hand out for a free ride are the only ones that support the bill.
    Oh yes, and big business that can unload the healthcare cost on to the taxpayers backs. Big business will make a big profit by dumping the health insurance cost. The taxpayers (if anyone has a job) will be expected to foot the bill.

    June 30, 2010 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  23. Hey BIg Spender

    Are these the same polls used on the Daily Kos? I smell b.s. Everything about Obama is becoming unpopular.

    June 30, 2010 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  24. Al-NY,NY

    If true, then the scary "Obamacare" boogey-man that the GOP is gonna trot out come election time may not be such an advantage. Of course the true zealots and ditto heads will still go nuts over it, but it looks like people are actually coming around to see what it's supposed to do.

    June 30, 2010 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  25. Jess M.

    Yes, because they are finally seeing the benefits and not just listening to the conservative rhetoric spewed by the fear-mongers.

    June 30, 2010 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
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