Poll: Do Americans want new health care law repealed?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
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Poll: Do Americans want new health care law repealed?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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  1. George

    Just when you thought Americans couldn't get more stupid, they surpass themselves. They complained for decades for this and now that it has happened, they are angry at the politicians who did what they were elected to do.

    January 7, 2011 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  2. Dan

    The problem with the poll is that it depends on how the question is asked.

    For example, do you support repealing the healthcare law knowing the CBO says repealing it will cost taxpayers $230 billion?
    Or do you support repealing healthcare knowing that it will result in seniors having to pay for the donut hole in Medicare?
    Or do you support repealing healthcare knowing that insurance companies will be able to refuse to pay for anyone with a pre-existing condition? (Remember, tens of millions have changed jobs, they will no longer be covered by insurance if the company can find they have a pre-existing condition).

    The healthcare law forces hospitals to open their books and show how much things cost. For example, where I live there are two hospitals. I just learned that one hospital charges 45K for the average baby delivery. The other hospital charges $26K. If the law is repealed, I will be in the blind and would choose the more expensive hospital because it's closest to me. Instead, I will go to the other hospital and keep my insurance costs down.

    January 7, 2011 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  3. ThinkAgain

    What continues to astound me is how many people refuse to see the blatant hypocrisy of the Republicans. They continue to claim that they represent the "will of the people."

    And yet, when they lost both Houses of Congress and the White House in 2008, did they respect the "will of the people" and help the President implement his agenda – which, by the way, kept us from falling into a Great Depression, is turning our economy around, resulted in signing the essential START treaty, passed real health care reform which is benefitting millions of Americans, etc., etc., etc.

    No, the Republicans emphatically DO NOT care about the "will of the people." Unless, of course, those "people" as defined by the Citizens United case, are domestic and FOREIGN corporations who only care about making money, regardless of the destruction it wrecks on our nation, her economy and her people.

    To the GOP and all of the yahoos that continue to be suckered by it: YOU are the enemy within, YOU are against the "will of the people." And YOU can all go to Hades!

    January 7, 2011 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  4. Marc

    Isn't it funny how, for the last umpteen years, the strategy of the GOP has been to publicize a plethora of silly, meaningless votes when they KNOW that the outcome of the proposition is not in doubt, and yet they act as if "principle" is involved? The GOP clearly favors symbolism over meaning, show over substance, and it's extremely difficult to find handful of syllables among them that indicates that they care about this country – regardless of their flag lapel pins and invocations of the usual propagandistic key phrases that Rupert Murdoch exploits on their behalf. Really – how can you be intelligent, Republican, and not throw up?

    January 7, 2011 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  5. Amazing

    Do Americans want the health care law repealed??? Of course we do. The intelligent, hard working ones anyway.

    January 7, 2011 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  6. southernbutnotstupid

    To all you conservative posters here – I'm quite sure Fox News didn't put this on the air, but the CBO has said REPEALING the health care law will add billions to the deficit – also, if you right wingers know so much, how come Pew Research and Univ. of Maryland reports both found that the most UNinformed voters in the US were Fox News viewers–

    Republicanism in America today is regressive, hate filled, racist as hell, and is leading us to be a third world, corporate led dictatorship, and all you righties will be right there with us serving as serfs for our corporate right wing leaders–

    January 7, 2011 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  7. PalmReader

    Not surprisingly, the new 112th House GOPers voted against disclosing which (if any) House members will be giving up their government run socialist health care. I'm guessing none. I'd point out the hypocrisy, but I doubt it matters. GOPTeaPers aren't exactly the brightest political bulbs that ever burned. I suspect being kept in the dark is exactly what the fools living in GOPerville land most treasure and are trying so hard to protect - their blissful ignorance.

    January 7, 2011 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  8. Lynmarbro

    They didn't poll me! I don't object to having reasonable changes made to the healthcare bill, but there are many provisions that should remain. Insurance companies should not be allowed to deny coverage for pre-existing conditions, and extending insurance to age 26 will enable children to complete their higher education degrees instead of dropping out of school to search for a job that will providential with the opportunity to purchase their own medical insurance. there are many other good provisions in the health care bill that should remain. Go to THOMAS.gov and search for your stateie representative and state senator. their phone numbers are listed. call them and ask to speak with the legislative assistant.

    they will make a record of your opinion, and share it with the representative or senator. Be your own personal lobbyist! Remember, you are paupying their salary, and they should be accountable to the voters. Let your voice be heard!!!!!!ww

    January 7, 2011 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  9. Marko

    They don't care. The repubs don't care. They just plain don't care about you and the 46% have no clue why they are even saying repeal, let alone what is in the bill. Now, go win the lottery and the repubs will start to care about you.

    January 7, 2011 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  10. Robert Cloosdoosch

    The majority of the 46% are FOX watching, death panel believing idiots.

    January 7, 2011 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  11. ART

    Well it just goes to show whos side the Republicans are on, maybe now they can go golfing with the multimillionaire medical insurance ceo's that they so desperately want to help

    January 7, 2011 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  12. kevin

    These are the most stupid polls ever. You speak to 1,025 people and you think that reflect the wishes of the entire country. Stupid polls, and who the hell are you polling. I have never been polled, nor my family and friend. Cnn your polls are dumb and your motives are stupid. Please cnn grow up and do real reporting and not make believe polls.

    January 7, 2011 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  13. Rsprings

    Here's the deal folks....there will be a new healthcare bill. It will maintain some of the good and throw out the bad. If Pelosi and Reid had tried this in a bipartisan way in the beginning we would not be discussing this now.

    January 7, 2011 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  14. mike

    talk about spinning the healthcare bill I find it interesting to say the least that win you have a commission that came out and said time after time that this healthcare bill will help tax payers save money its not about saving nothing but taking care of the insurance companies profits this is great we will never get out of this recession as long as corporations continue to hack there way in to the american publics pocket

    January 7, 2011 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  15. informed voter

    To wiredweirdoinSF: I am an honest, hard working, tax paying American who does NOT want this bill repealed. Your arguments lose all validity when you insult anyone who disagrees with you by calling them " drug addicts, entitlement frauds, victims of the NEA "babysitting" "education" system and the unions (they can and are opting out amazingly after stealing millions of their members money telling us how great this would be).or the Oprah watchers." BTW – I belong to 3 unions, have had health coverage with them for over 30 years, and I am thrilled that others who are not as fortunate as me will finally be treated as human beings and not as profit margins for health insurance companies!

    January 7, 2011 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  16. Lolo

    If only people would do research for themselves. The bottom line is that those that do not have health care the taxpayers are paying for it regardless. Also the republicans only agenda is to get rid of the middle class period. For you ignorant fools who voted them back in good luck to you. You don;t have to get insurance, but don't expect the tax payers to bail you. You really need to take a look to see who are the people that are on the government rolls. It is not just the poor people. Ask McCain and his other croonies. America is getting dumber by the minute, and it does not help that our politicians are dumbing us down the drain even further. It just so happens that the tea partiers fell for it line, sink and hooker, because they are the most vunerable of the American people. The Republicans used each and everyone of them and now they are trying to distance themselves. It is too late because now they are one and the same and the results are not looking good.

    January 7, 2011 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  17. XWngLady

    Those who want the Health Care Law repealed want it repealed for one reason, and one reason only....it gave President Obama a legislative victory and they can't stand it...When you ask them why they want it repealed, they say "because its a job killer"...ask, "in what way is it a job killer..what jobs have been killed?"...."Uh, well,...uh...". or they answer, "its unconstitutional, it violates the commerce clause..." but when asked, "In what way does it violate the commerce clause?"..."Uh, well, it just does."...or "My premiums have gone up since this bill became law", but when asked "Given that premiums have been rising rapidly over the last decade and that much of the implementation of this bill doesn't happen until 2014, can you show definitively that the rise in your premiums is a direct result of the implementation of the health care law?"...answer "no, but...."....not to mention all of the "its a government takeover of the healthcare system" crap that Republicans slung during the election (notice now that they have been elected and now that the 'government takeover" spiel has been publicly debunked that they aren't using that line anymore).

    January 7, 2011 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  18. Eric

    Wait until next year right about this time when the people start receiving their Obamacare rebates from their health insurance plans. As the health insurance companies can only make 20% rather than the 30% of received premiums as profit they have in previous years, the checks might be huge, but even fifty bucks would be notable.

    January 7, 2011 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  19. Jim

    Only an un-educated buffoon would call the new law an ENTITLEMENT. It's a REQUIREMENT to carry insurance in order to prevent the Government from having to pay for the un-insured. Only a person who doesn't research and doesn't read the facts would call this an entitlement. There is no public option, thanks to the Republicans. So, therefore there is no entitlement. But, since we are all raising a ruckus about entitlements, let's raise one about the tax cuts that got passed. Cost of said tax cuts over the next 2 years (The life of the extension)? $800 Billion. How are the Republicans paying for it? No one knows, even them.

    January 7, 2011 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  20. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    A waste of time...

    How come they're not working on jobs? Oh.. That's right... They're trying to change the health care bill to the "Job Killing" health care bill... Propaganda at it's finest... What a bunch of fools.

    January 7, 2011 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  21. james Miller

    Surprise ---- The insurers love the plan. The premium cost controls are weak and will prove to be unenforceable. AND everybody will be required to purchase insurance. What a gift to the companies. All the Repubs will do is chip away at the parts which cost the companies the most $$$$$, but will leave mandatory coverage for all in place. ---- Under the circumstances , this bill was (again) a win, win for the corporations.

    January 7, 2011 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  22. stevegee

    Repeal ObamaCare! The House should vote on repeal for principle sake, and then defund every aspect of it (every funding legislation going forward should spell out no money for ObamaCare). If there's no money budgeted for it, it will become a lame duck - just like the 111th Congress.

    January 7, 2011 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  23. Hmmm...

    Do Americans want the health care law repealed??? Of course we do. The intelligent, hard working ones anyway. Democrats are using scare tactics to try and frighten people into accepting this albatross that has already caused increases in healthcare, and all of it hasn't even gone into affect yet. That being said, there are a few (very few) good parts to it, such as no disqualification for pre-existing conditions.

    January 7, 2011 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  24. anonymous1000

    Two of my grandchildren, one with asthma and one with a non-functioning kidney will be affected if it's repealed but God knows, we don't want the insurance company lobbyists to stop stuffing the pockets of Republicans! Karma is a bitch Republican Party! You think you have the answers but you didn't have them before Obama so can't think why you've suddently become enlightened now. Your vision is so transparent at least to some of us who have a brain.

    January 7, 2011 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  25. gt

    of course they do ... doesnt the piggie say weee wee wee all the way home... start over....

    January 7, 2011 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
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