Poll: Voters view health care law negatively
February 27th, 2012
10:54 AM ET
2 years ago

Poll: Voters view health care law negatively

Washington (CNN) - The majority of registered voters in battleground states and across the country consider the federal health care law "a bad thing," according to a new survey.

The USA Today/Gallup Poll released Monday showed 53% of swing state voters and 50% of voters nationwide have a negative view of the law, compared to 38% of battle ground voters and 42% of voters nationwide who consider it a "good thing."

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The figures come two years after President Barack Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the month before the Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments over its constitutionality.

However, the majority of respondents in both categories said the law has not affected their families, 72% to 69% respectively.

When asked about the affect of the law in the long run, 42% of swing state voters said it will have a negative impact on their families, while 41% of voters nationwide agreed. Twenty percent of voters in both categories said it would make their situation better while 34% of swing state voters and 33% of Republican voters said its impact would be minimal.

USA Today and Gallup surveyed voters of all political leanings in a dozen of the most competitive states in the presidential election: Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Virginia and Wisconsin, in addition to voters nationwide.

Previous CNN polling on the issue has shown that a more liberal segment of the electorate does not support the law because it does not go far enough, which accounts for a notable amount of negative findings.

The survey also showed Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney has a health care problem, with 27% of Republican and Republican-leaning independents in battleground states saying they are less likely to support his candidacy based on health care law he signed as governor of Massachusetts that resembles the current national law. Seven percent of respondents said it makes them more likely to back him.

The poll interviewed 1,137 registered voters between February 14 and February 21 in the battleground states and 881 registered voters nationally between February 20 and February 21 with a sampling error of plus or minus four percentage points.

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soundoff (59 Responses)
  1. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    >How can buying your own health insurance possibly be another government entitlement?

    Honestly Rudy, please don't try and say that the federal government isn't going to be PAYING for healthcare insurance for millions under Obamacare. Enough with the smoke already.

    >People argue that government should not be able to force you to buy something. They claim that that has never happened >before? The government makes you buy lots of stuff. For starters, they make you go out and buy clothes and wear them. If you >have a child, they make sure you clothe,

    Not true if you wish to remain in your home, or live in San Francisco. (loon central)

    >as well as go out and buy some food to feed your child

    Not true again. But if you purposely starve a child then you are commiting a CRIME.

    Really Rudy, such nonsense arguments?? I'm sure you can do much better.

    February 27, 2012 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  2. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    The idea behind parts (if not all) of the law is to make sure that the people who have insurance don't lose it while those that have conditions can get some health insurance. The more people that have and can afford it means a healthier work force. That healthier work force stays working longer which makes them more productive.

    February 27, 2012 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  3. diridi

    This is all drama by idiotic GOP thugs in the nation.....o.k, It is a law. That's it. Period.

    February 27, 2012 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  4. Emmy Skaddittle

    I think everyone having health insurance is a good thing, but if you opt out, you had better stay away from the emergency room

    February 27, 2012 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  5. Kevin

    1,137 people represent over 300 million. Yeah right, I believe this poll is very correct. NOT.

    February 27, 2012 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  6. Chuck in Jasper Ga.

    The only people that are opposed to the Affordable Health Care Act are those that are too biased or too lazy to have ever read it. A knowledge of brain surgery is not required to recognize this FACT. Simple minded sock puppets that are too lazy or just too damn ignorant.

    February 27, 2012 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  7. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    OK libtards, one VERY SIMPLE QUESTION.... If Obamacare is so darn good, then WHY have millions of Obama's union friends been granted WAIVERS from participating??!!!

    I can hardly wait for the answers.

    February 27, 2012 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  8. nothing new here

    Well, look, I am not happy with all this intrusive government either.
    The Federal government should not be mandating things that should be common sense.
    You cannot legislate common sense or morality.
    Personally, I think certain aspects of the healthcare law are going to be struck down by the SCOTUS. However, I think the healthcare law will be amended, and will be here to stay.

    February 27, 2012 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  9. diridi

    There is nothing wrong with Health Care Law. I am glad it is passed and signed into Law.

    February 27, 2012 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
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