August 20th, 2010
06:00 AM ET
4 years ago

Health care legislation remains unpopular, poll says

President Obama’s health care bill remains unpopular, according to a new CNN poll.
President Obama’s health care bill remains unpopular, according to a new CNN poll.

(CNN) - A majority of Americans favor President Obama's proposal on tax cuts, but his health care bill remains unpopular, a new CNN/Opinion Research Survey suggests.

On taxes, three in ten believe that the Bush-era tax cuts should be continued for all Americans, according to the new poll released Friday. Just over 50 percent say those tax cuts should be continued only for families who make less than $250,000 a year, as Obama has proposed. Nearly 1 in 5 meanwhile say the tax cuts should expire for all Americans.

Full results (pdf)

Not surprisingly, Republicans tend to favor tax cuts for all, while Democrats prefer Obama's proposal. Half of all Republicans surveyed want tax cuts on all income brackets to be extended while only 13 percent of Democrats feel that way. Meanwhile, two-thirds of Democrats are in favor of rolling back tax cuts for wealthier Americans while only 40 percent of Republicans are.


On health care, the new law remains unpopular, partly because of the new mandate that all Americans must have health insurance (56 percent oppose the mandate). Other provisions in the new bill are popular, however. Nearly six in ten, for example, favor restrictions on insurance companies that require them to cover people who become seriously ill or who have a pre-existing condition.

Overall, 56 percent oppose the new law, but not all of that opposition is likely to turn into votes against Democrats in November. Among those who oppose the legislation, 41 percent oppose the health care law because it is too liberal. But another 13 percent oppose the law because it was not liberal enough.

"That second group may not vote at all this year, but most of them are likely to be too liberal to vote Republican this fall," CNN Polling Director Keating Holland said.

The survey included interviews with 1,009 adult Americans conducted by telephone on August 6-10. It carries a sampling error of plus or minus 3 percent.


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soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. MAC

    The democrats want the money to spend on more Social/Welfare/Entitlement programs, Not To Pay Off The National Debt.

    August 20, 2010 06:36 am at 6:36 am |
  2. bernice

    Health Care is unpopular with those that have health insurance....I pray for all those against health care to be hit with a disease & loose their coverage...

    August 20, 2010 06:37 am at 6:37 am |
  3. LGH

    How can these polls even begin to be realistic. This country has over 300 million people and they poll just over a thousand. Due the polls on the internet and you will see different results, do it in the south, different results. These companies need to quit wasting money on polls.

    August 20, 2010 06:52 am at 6:52 am |
  4. LGH

    A majority of Americans favor President Obama's proposal on tax cuts, but his health care bill remains unpopular, a new CNN/Opinion Research Survey suggests.
    The survey included interviews with 1,009 adult Americans conducted by telephone on August 6-10. It carries a sampling error of plus or minus 3 percent.

    This is a majority?? Get real!

    August 20, 2010 06:53 am at 6:53 am |
  5. Milton Nelson

    100% of Americans approve of phone survey results according to a phone survey.

    August 20, 2010 07:00 am at 7:00 am |
  6. marlene

    American voters are very "me" focused. If something benefits "me", then I'm for it. The health care reform had been promoted by every President since Harry Truman. But since the recent health care reform didn't render immediate benefits for "me", voters don't believe that the law is a good one. They don't understand the law, don't care to inform themselves, because it doesn't immediately benefit "me". Pick an issue in today's political debate and if it benefits "me" I'm for it. Marlene in Mich

    August 20, 2010 07:12 am at 7:12 am |
  7. Roger from CA

    Because the media is so gutless in the face of the organized onslaught of the Right, no one has the courage to explain to the public the fundamental contradiction between a health reform plan that is (a) private (b) disallows exclusion of pre-existing conditions and (c) allows healthy people to opt out of participation. It is simply impossible to make the economics work if, effectively, only the sick are covered by health insurance: indeed, premiums would have to go up, since there are no healthy folks diluting the impact.

    This is SO ironic and pathetic that the Right inveighs against the mandate, when they were the ones so intent on keeping all health care finance running through private companies. The only other way to bring about true and affordable universal health care is a single-payer system.

    August 20, 2010 07:13 am at 7:13 am |
  8. jules sand-perkins

    ALL Bush-era tax cuts need to remain in effect.
    When it is impossible to become truly rich because taxation prevents it, AMBITION DIES.
    Without aspiration to wealth, the economy ceases to function.
    The present state of our economy is caused by a change in our thinking. Some of us want excessive pay for rather easy or mentally undemanding work; many Americans have been manipulated (by professional advocates) into believing that they deserve a living wage from the government just because they were born.
    The REAL "workers," persons of ambition who are willing to work enough to achieve substantial wealth, are overly taxed to support those who don't work.
    LEAVE THE TAX CUTS IN PLACE.

    August 20, 2010 07:18 am at 7:18 am |
  9. Clwyd

    Because of the massive size of the paper work that explains the Health Care Bill people don't know how it will affect them. Thus the result of, "I don't know so it must be bad!" It will cover millions who are not covered at this time. It will prevent hospitals from going broke because of having to take care of all ER patients whether they have insurance or not. Americans are sometimes just ignorant. I think it is the result of too many of them watching FOX and its lies!

    August 20, 2010 07:25 am at 7:25 am |
  10. tony

    The Health care bill made it possible for me to get affordable Insurance. I'm paying less than $200 dollars when it would have otherwise cost me over $600. Go figure!! The only ones against it are those who can pay and want to keep their money in their bank accounts and have someone else pay for them not having any coverage. My rates where determined by my ability to pay. In other words what I Could Afford.

    August 20, 2010 07:42 am at 7:42 am |
  11. jpmichigan

    To bad that the one thing that would put Obama in the History Books, 'Change of the Healthcare in America' may not happen, there willl be changes, but not Obama wants. Dream on Obama!

    August 20, 2010 07:45 am at 7:45 am |
  12. anthony

    It is odd that Republicans want to attack Democrats on health care. After all, the Obama health care plan is modeled on the Massachusetts health care plan, enacted in 2006 by former Massachusetts governor and one of the leading contenders for the 2012 Republican nomination, Mitt Romney. The Obama health care plan contains a number of ideas, individual mandate and health care exchange, which were Republican ideas. Jonathan Gruber, an MIT economist who was a leading architect of the Massachusetts plan, was a consultant for the Obama health care plan. But Republicans are moving to the right and trying to disown their own ideas, now that they have won the policy debate and Democrats have embraced the same ideas. What were Republican ideas are now socialist.

    August 20, 2010 08:07 am at 8:07 am |
  13. 4merRepubCT

    Polls, polls – why does my phone never ring with a poll??? Connecticut has just announced that federal funding will be providing financial support to help persons with pre-existing conditions purchase health insurance. For example, it's not unusual for an adult male who has had a heart attack to have to pay upwards of $20k/yr in premiums. In addition, people who are low-income, but not low enough to qualify for state programs, will get some assistance in their purchase. In the wealthiest country in the world, this is long overdue.

    Mandating health insurance is no different than mandating car insurance. It protects all of us in the long run.

    August 20, 2010 08:15 am at 8:15 am |
  14. Willy Brown

    No one but the lazy people and Union Bosses wanted this huge tax hike of a bill.

    August 20, 2010 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  15. Bob in Florida

    CNN, I have to question your polling. It seems Kaiser Foundation has found significantly different opinions on that. They find, as of the latest July poll, 50% have a favorable opinion, while 35% unfavorable. And those opinions have been steadily changing. Last month, 48% favorable, 41% unfavorable.

    August 20, 2010 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  16. Andrew

    So more than half think either favor healthcare reform or think that it should have gone further. In other words a majority of Americans do not agree with going back to where we were before. Yet the media constantly tell us the simple message that a majority oppose this reform.

    Do the pollsters ever ask if we want it repealed? I think the headlines would be different then.

    August 20, 2010 08:29 am at 8:29 am |