Poll: Do Americans want new health care law repealed?
House Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor scheduled a test vote on repealing health care Friday.
January 7th, 2011
11:34 AM ET
3 years ago

Poll: Do Americans want new health care law repealed?

Washington (CNN) - By a 46 to 40 percent margin, Americans want their representative in the House to vote to repeal the new health care law, according to a new national poll.

A Gallup survey, released Friday, also indicates that 14 percent say they have no opinion. The poll's release came minutes before an early test vote in the House on repealing the legislation, which was passed by the then-Democratic controlled Congress and signed into law by President Barack Obama last March.

But the GOP won a net gain of 63 seats in the House in the midterm elections and now controls the chamber. Friday's test vote passed the House by a 236 to 181 margin. A final vote to repeal the health care law, scheduled for next week, is also considered a safe bet to pass. But the motion is expected to not survive in the Senate, which is still controlled by the Democrats.

The poll indicates a wide partisan divide on the issue, with 78 percent of Republicans saying they want their House member to vote to repeal the law, with only 15 percent saying they want their lawmaker to vote to let the law stand. It's a different story for Democrats questioned, who say by a 64 to 24 percent margin that they want their House member to vote against repealing the law. Independent voters are divided, with 43 saying they want their lawmaker to vote to repeal them measure and 39 percent saying they want their House member to vote to uphold the law.

The Gallup poll was conducted Jan. 4-5, with 1,025 adults nationwide questioned by telephone. The survey's sampling error is plus or minus four percentage points.

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soundoff (147 Responses)
  1. Tired of the GOP

    No, the American people WANT the health care plan. What we don't want is the GOP who hates America and Americans to kill us slowly by denying us basic health care.

    January 7, 2011 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  2. keithrybick

    You know what You guys should stop complaining because, one the health care we have now isnt as good as it was supposed to be. also the law has just been signed so give it some time. so if u want to say u have the right to choose tell that to ur congress men or state official. If you do not have insurance and need one You can find full medical coverage at the lowest price by searching online for "Wise Health Insurance" If you have health insurance and do not care about cost just be happy it and trust me you are not going to loose anything!

    January 7, 2011 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  3. Marcus

    Considering that just yesterday the CBO showed how much it will COST to repeal the 'Obamacare' and some right wingers then posted (in various blogs) that the CBO had just said how much money the repeal will SAVE...
    No surprise, this debate had became (more or less) the same kind of stuff that I read about when I decided to learn a little more about the Prohibition. Those who were in favor of the Prohibition were for it, no matter how much wrong they were proven to be. The numbers and data against the Prohibition were fake, exxagerated or just plain fabricated.
    They were right and HISTORY would prove them right.
    History, and HBO's 'Boardwalk Empire' proves that they were wrong...

    January 7, 2011 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  4. John Herzog

    What if a bill was presented to Congress that would
    .insure about 2/3rds of the current un-insured
    .reduce costs by about 1 trillion over 15 years
    .allow people with pre-existing conditions, such as cancer, to be able to acquire insurance
    .allow college age and young adults, who have yet to get a job with benefits to be able to continue to get insurance
    .reduce by about 350,000, the number of bankruptcies in the U.S. every year
    .retain a "capitalistic" health care system
    .help to remove the US as the only one (of 19) top democracies to not provide health care to their poor citizens
    Would you vote for this bill?
    ............................................it has already been passed............................

    January 7, 2011 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  5. Bhari

    Many Americans are angry about legislation that was forced upon them through the use of bribery and dirty tricks.

    January 7, 2011 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  6. sonny chapman

    This is an "overwhelming majority" according to the GOP ? Either they're terrible at math or these noble men & woman of the GOP are trying to blow smoke up America's butt. More likely, in "their" world, (Country Clubs & Board of Director meetings) an overwhelming majority don't worry about health care.

    January 7, 2011 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  7. Fair is Fair

    You don't expect entitlement-minded social leeches to agree with this, do you?

    January 7, 2011 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  8. RationalFew

    Only the republicans could convince people they don't want healthcare!!! This will go down in history as the greatest political strategy. It's like getting a drowning man to refuse a lifeline.

    January 7, 2011 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  9. Anon

    I wonder, of all those who voted in the poll, how many could answer questions about what is actually in the law. How many can give an informed answer as to the details of the law that they do not like and why those elements of the law make it a negative, versus those who just say "OBAMA=BAD" (or "OBAMA=GOOD") like Phil Hartman playing Frankenstein on SNL?

    I wish you could somehow ask questions based on the law in the poll and group results based on levels on knowledge. "Those who were highly informed as to the details of the law voted mainly X, while those w/ little knowledge of the details of the bill voted mainly Y"

    This comment doesn't join either side for the debate, just an observation that we put stock into polls like this without really knowing if the people who are voting know what they are even voting for. But then, I guess all voting is that way, from polls to presidential votes.

    January 7, 2011 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  10. johnRJ08

    Yet, if the poll asks whether or not respondents want specific elements of the bill repealed, a huge percent say "no". If you ask Republicans if they want "Obamacare" repealed, most will say "yes". However, if you ask them if they want insurers to cover pre-existing conditions, nearly all will say "yes". These polls give a skewed and misleading view of how most Americans feel. Months of demonizing the bill by Republicans has paid off.

    January 7, 2011 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  11. blf83

    We DO NOT WANT IT REPEALED! WE WANT IT STRENGTHENED to single-payer. That is the only way to get costs down.

    January 7, 2011 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  12. SayWhat

    That means that 54% do not want it repealed. I thought the GOP was elected to create jobs. How about Boehner and Cantor or do you first have to pay off your debts to the Health care and Wall Street lobbyists who control you?

    January 7, 2011 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  13. Vet

    Lets see 1,025 adults nationwide surveyed sounds like a lot of BS to me, they should try surveying the 30 to 40 thousands American without health insurance or better yet randonlly survey at least two major hospital emergency rooms in every state, but then again that would produce facts instead of fiction.

    January 7, 2011 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  14. C-Mo

    They should have asked a follow-up question to determine what percentage of the people who want to repeal healthcare are already covered?

    January 7, 2011 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  15. anagram_kid

    Please stop with the polls of ~1,000 people. They are meaningless.
    If you must continue, at least modify the headline to reflect the participation – 472 Americans want their representative in the House to vote to repeal the new health care law.

    January 7, 2011 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  16. Dnick47

    Greed! That is why the GOP'ers want it repealed.... pure simple greed. The GOP'ers again show themselves the Party of the Lie.

    January 7, 2011 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  17. Jatovi

    What good would come out repeal? Absolutely nothing. It took years/ decades just to get a bill to pass. If you really think about it, say it were repealed when do you think they would fill the doughnut hole again, when would they stop insurance companies from dropping people from health care coverages for ridiculously mundane reasons, or for insurance companies from arbitrarily raising your rates 30%. These are just a few things that we'd go back to. I didn't even mention adding $230 billion to the deficit.

    January 7, 2011 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  18. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Whether the Republicans will be able to repeal or not I don't see them focusing on anything else in fact it appears they are incapable of mult-tasking. The World is moving fast while Republicans want to take the country back so they can create the same mess they are responsible for in the first place. We don't want another war just because these Republicans can't find anything else to do.

    January 7, 2011 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  19. NYC REPUB

    The health care law should not be repealed.......Why won't they focus on job creation.......And don't sell me the crap about the HC bill weighing down on job creation. It's a farce. It's cute for the GOP ran house to repeal HC bill, but it won't go anywhere after that......So GOP, get your rocks off. Repeal the bill in the house, then move on.......If you really have any ideas.

    January 7, 2011 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  20. Thersa

    The stupidity of the average American knows no bounds.

    January 7, 2011 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  21. Orlando American

    The true question should be:
    Do you want our health care repealed, which is unrealistic, or do you want our legislators working together for realistic improvements for America?

    January 7, 2011 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  22. Indie Woman in Denver

    These poll results only make sense when you remember that a huge number of people still believe the lies the Repubs spouted about the bill during the "debate". Come on Dems, speak up already! Talk up the benefits of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Point out that the only "death panels" are the insurance companies themselves. Remind everyone that Medicare & the VA are gov't run healthcare programs, and that members of the gov't (even most of the senators & reps who screamed the loudest against it) receive gov't run healthcare.

    January 7, 2011 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  23. Catie

    Look Americans didnt want an entire new system for cryin out loud! They wanted corrections to the top rated medical care and insurance in the world that we already have.

    January 7, 2011 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  24. a health economist

    So 46% want it repealed and 40% don't. The margin of error is 4%. With these data we cannot say that there is any difference between the percentage for or against repeal.

    January 7, 2011 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  25. TomInRochNY

    So, most people want insurance companies to be able to deny coverage for pre-existing conditions, drop people who get sick, not be able to pool together for lower rates and have their premiums climb higher. This is going to be interesting once people find out what they'll lose if the law is repealed.

    January 7, 2011 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
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