September 28th, 2010
02:55 PM ET
4 years ago

CNN Poll: One-fifth say health care law will personally help

Washington (CNN) - Fewer than one in five Americans say the new health care reform law will help them personally, but a majority believe the measure will help families across the country, according to a new national poll.

A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Tuesday also indicates that the public remains split over whether the new law should be repealed.

Full results [pdf]

Forty-seven percent of people questioned in the poll say Congress should repeal most of the major provisions in the health care law and replace them with a completely different set of proposals. Forty-nine percent saying that the measure should be left as is, or that federal lawmakers should make additional changes to increase the government's involvement in nation health care.

"Three-quarters of Republicans and 83 percent of Tea Party supporters back repeal, but only one in seven Democrats do," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "Independents are split evenly on that question. A majority of men favor repeal; a majority of women oppose it."

The health care measure, passed by Democrats in Congress and signed into law by President Barack Obama just over six months ago, is arguably the single biggest legislative achievement for the administration. And while health care is now vastly overshadowed by the economy, it will be a factor in the midterm elections.

Nine percent of Americans say health care is the most important issue facing the country today.

According to the survey, 18 percent believe they or their family will be better off under the new health care law, with 38 percent saying they personally won't benefit but other families will.

Thirty-six percent say that the new law won't help anyone.

"Not surprisingly, lower-income Americans are more likely to say that the new law will benefit them personally," Holland noted. "But even among those making less than $25,000 a year, only 31 percent think their family will be helped by the new law."

The CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll was conducted September 21-23, with 1,010 adult Americans questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus three percentage points.

–CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report


Filed under: CNN Polls • Health care • issues
soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. Elle in Idaho

    I'm a big advocate of the new health care reform, but the problem is that rates are going to skyrocket from now until the Exchanges are set up. There's no way I can afford what my local companies are quoting me, so what to do for the next 4 years???

    September 28, 2010 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  2. GOP Scorched Earth Politics

    Yes don't believe all the stupid lies from the Right-Wing Fascists. Americans need healthcare reform and an even stronger public plan. Healthcare is NOT a luxury that only the wealthy or people that have employer-based coverage should have. Rather everyone should have access to it. If your righties want fancy NON-govt plans go ahead and buy it. The rest need something which is better than nothing.

    September 28, 2010 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    Sounds to me that people are coming around! So much for the nay-sayers.
    Imagine what they could have had if they had not listened to the lies and distortions and fear mongering by some.
    The things wrong with the bill are the things taken out and then things added tryingot appeaze Republicans.
    Remember what the Republicans gave you over the previouse 16 years of control- 400% increase in cost with no options for the uninsured.
    They cannot have it both ways- they cannot blame the Democrats for doing something and then sit back having done nothing. They gave us nothing but still ran up a deficit.

    September 28, 2010 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  4. Marcus

    "Three-quarters of Republicans and 83 percent of Tea Party supporters back repeal, but only one in seven Democrats do," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland.

    That is, until they do need some health care support and find out that the bill WORKS for them too...

    September 28, 2010 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  5. Rick McDaniel

    20% benefit is not sufficient to justify the cost increases.

    September 28, 2010 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  6. stufit

    It was not meant to help ordinary, hard working taxpayers. It was meant to help the people that don't work, take no personal responsibility for their lives, pay no taxes, you know, the Democrat liberal base. It was a way of stealing the money we work for and giving to people who vote Democratic. Democrats do not acknowledge, or probably even realize that it is our money, they think its theirs and they no how to spend it better than we do. That is why the SEIU, ACORN and unions got so much from the stimulus package. It wasn't stimulus, it was political payback for the corrupt organizations that put the liberals in power.

    September 28, 2010 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  7. J.Spruill

    The one thing that disturbs me about polls such as the one mentioned in this article. The people that health care would truly help probably, at this point, can't afford a TELEPHONE!!

    September 28, 2010 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  8. cman

    I'd like to see these poll numbers grouped by responses to the question.
    -> Do you feel confident that you understand America's Health Insurance Industry?

    ...I can't find anybody who would answer yes. Then polsters jump ahead and ask them these broad opinions of something they honestly haven't a clue what the situation is. The complexity is massive, this is the only information I consistently see from these polls. The public really hasn't a clue unless you literally spend a year studying the health care system.

    September 28, 2010 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  9. Kenneth

    The only thing I can add is that the Government has set it up so the insurance actuaries will control your cost; Means short term long term to be determined.

    September 28, 2010 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  10. Stuf this

    stufit gets his talking points from Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity. Last fall, California residents were looking at premium increases of over 50%. That did not happen, thanks to President Obama. If stufit was a hard working tax payer, he would see the need to have the almost 50 million people who have no insurance covered by a program that will reduce the deficit. There will be no caps, children can be covered, and people who had insurance and then dropped because they became ill, and students can remain on their parents plan up to age 26. It was the insurance companies that were stealing you twit!

    September 28, 2010 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  11. King

    These patriot baggers and repugs would rather see 30 million of their country men die like dogs rather than lift a single finger to help them. Even though the new health care policy cut cost and the budget, stimulate the economy with millions of job etc but because fox entertainment news said it wont happend, they beleive.

    September 28, 2010 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  12. Stuf this

    Even Rush 'The Large One' Limbaugh was thinking of moving to Costa Rica, as they have national health care.

    September 28, 2010 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  13. Sniffit

    1/5 of 310M = 62M. 62M people say that this helps them personally. Someone explain why that's a freekin problem.

    Now, add in all the people who fall into one of the following two categories: (1) all the people who have no clue about the HCR Bill (let alone much else) and wouldn't know whether it was helping them if it came to their house to deliver Publisher's Clearinghouse check and (2) all the people who will say that it's not helping them at all,and in fact is hurting them, simply because they're a partisan d-bag and that's the perception that has been beamed into their flat-surfaced brains through their tinfoil hats.

    Sooo, I'm guessing it's more like 100M, at the very least, getting helped personally. 62M or so recognize that they're being helped and at least 30-40M are either uninformed or a biased whackjob. Again, someone please provide a cogent, rational, fact-based explaination why this poll indicates a bad result.

    And if you want to make arguments about cost increases, please, keep a lid on it. Premium rates were rising 3-4 TIMES the rate of inflation before the HCR Bill passed. Blaming it for them continuing to do so until the cost containing measures take effect is blatantly retarded. If you can separate out a causal relationship between the bill and a portion of the cost increases without resorting to ideological vagaries, we'd love to hear it (but you can't).

    September 28, 2010 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  14. Sniffit

    BTW, keep in mind...the very nature of insurance is that it's not "helping you" unless you need it. You were paying a premium all along in hopes that you spent that money for no reason. It may not be "helping you" now, but I guarantee you that you'll view it differently the next time you crash your car because you were busy screaming along with Limbaugh about imaginary socialism.

    September 28, 2010 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  15. Conservative Tea Party Member

    This bill does NOTHING to control pricing of health care insurance. It raises taxes, that even experts have said can't fund the bill when they take effect. Fines people that DON'T WANT HEALTH CARE - gee, what happened to my freedom to choose what the hell I want, what happened to MY FREEDOM OF CHOICE?? GONE!! This farce of a law has only opened up the door for the government to take more of our freedoms away from us. Next, they'll tell us we have to buy cable tv instead of satellite, because cable tv is what they want us to have.

    So, I ask, why shouldn't the insurance companies jack up the price of coverage...it is a FREE-MARKET after all. Yay!! Go insurance companies! Jack to price so high that only the rich can afford it!! Woo-HOO!! Go make that coin insurance companies!! Go do what you are FREE TO DO!! Go make money!!

    Oh, that's right, all of you liberals want nothing more than a bigger government to hand you everything you ask for, instead of going out and getting it on your own!! Grow up, get a job,and get off of welfare - and quit wasting my tax dollars!!

    September 28, 2010 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  16. kowa

    And that means four out of five find it is of no help!

    September 28, 2010 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  17. kowa

    Those one in fivers are those who are freeloading on those who pay for their healthcare.

    September 28, 2010 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  18. Sniffit

    I'm sorry, but that photo of Clinton in the article below really needed the caption "Bubba Phone Home!!!" The lining up of his finger and that background stage light was classic.

    September 28, 2010 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  19. Chris-Chicago

    Why does it say that Independents, such as myself, are "evenly divided" when 51% of us, according to this poll, favor the repeal of the bill, compared to a combined 44% who either want the bill left alone or want more to be done? That is a differential of 7%. That is the exact same margin Obama beat McCain by in 2008, yet I fail to remember anybody calling that result "even." Can somebody explain that bias to me?

    September 28, 2010 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  20. Democracy NOT = free market capitalism

    Without this bill, health care costs have gone up 800% in 10 years..........I've been paying exorbitant emergency room charges in my premiums to cover the uninsured....... fine, some can't pay but get the freeloaders off the free ride.......make them pay their own health insurance which it sounds like this bill will begin to do just that

    September 28, 2010 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  21. LacrosseMom(the real one)

    1. Big Insurance is raising its price because..... they can! Its called ......capitalism.
    2. People who do not want healthcare.... and do not have healthcare cost Americans millions upon millions. Thus the penalty fee.
    3. IF YOU HAVE PRIVATE HEALTHCARE YOU CAN KEEP IT! (excuse the shouting!)
    4. No one is taking any one's "freedom of choice" away. Though the Republicans want to take a woman's freedom of choice away! Hypocrites!
    5. HOW is the Healthcare Bill which will SAVE countless American lives, taking FREEDOM AWAY???? HOW?

    BTW........ Tea Party Member...... under George W. Bush...... the U.S. government GREW MORE than at any other time in U.S. history!

    My husband & I had jobs, have money, we are college educated, and have worked hard all of our 58 years of life!

    September 28, 2010 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  22. Sniffit

    "Go insurance companies! Jack to price so high that only the rich can afford it!!"

    I know it's probably tough to grasp all these things quickly when you've only just come out from under your rock, but NEWFLASH: THEY WERE ALREADY WELL ON THEIR WAY TO DOING THAT.

    " MY FREEDOM OF CHOICE?? GONE!! "

    I won't bother to list all the examples of this that have been held Constitutional, but you can start by thanking your government that you never suffered Polio, cow pox, small pox, measles, mumps, etc.

    "Grow up, get a job,and get off of welfare – and quit wasting my tax dollars!!"

    I'll file this under the "just came out from under rock" heading again, but seriously, get off the "dope-smoking Oprah watcher" kick. If you knew how many of us who support social responsibility in the forms of progressive taxation, a public option and other measures you people mislable as "soshulizm"...how many of us are actually high-earning and successful individuals, you might actually feel some embarassment if it weren't for your insensate approach to life.

    September 28, 2010 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  23. jim germann

    this is another b.s.poll. if this was reg and likley voters the overwhelming vote is absolutely NO.So, cnn by polling all americans,and not telling you specifically,are trying to create an illusion that it really isnt too bad for democrats. pew said 57% of reg voters want the health bill repealed. rasmussen says 61% of likely voters want the bill repealed. so, once again you have to weed thru cnn's extreme liberal bias. havent you read how no one watches cnn and that they just fired there president. 50% think positively of bill oreilly and fox is the leading source from where americans get there politcal news. if you try to deceive and phony up stories and issues americans catch on. Can you say imam rauf. cnn still presents this bozo as a healer and angel. americans never bought it and oreillly had on imam rauf's 9/11 truther biz partner yesterday,and cnn still hasnt even told there clueless viewers that imam rauf is a slumlord and doesnt give a damn about his tenants.

    September 28, 2010 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |