Poll: Voters view health care law negatively
February 27th, 2012
10:54 AM ET
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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. Dan from Tx

    So we have to stop using our local emergency rooms as "free universal health care" units and everyone must invest in the future health of this country. What's not to hate?
    Too bad that the Insurance companies kept their hands in our wallets while denying single-payer coverage through influencing legislation...

    February 27, 2012 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  2. Malory Archer

    I recently injured myself in a skiing accident and had to have surgery to reattach the ligament to my thumb. The medical bills so far have amounted to $22,600, and I haven't gotten the bill from the surgeon. Without the surgery I would have lost the use of my thumb – on the hand that I write with no less! For those who take issue with the individual mandate; what are you going to do when you have an accident that has the potential to render you unable to do ANY kind of job without medical intervention? IMO, there should be a "conscientious objector" clause, and anyone against the individual mandate should be REQUIRED to opt out – even those who are offered free coverage through their employers, and when they show up sick or hurt in the ER ($1489 for the visit & 3 x-rays – yikes!), they should be required to pay cash or be turned away.

    February 27, 2012 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  3. Thomas

    @Dan from Tx
    So we have to stop using our local emergency rooms as "free universal health care" units and everyone must invest in the future health of this country. What's not to hate?
    Too bad that the Insurance companies kept their hands in our wallets while denying single-payer coverage through influencing legislation...

    I agree with your post.

    You can't have a healthy economy , with out a modern health care system..

    February 27, 2012 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  4. kakaraka

    Make senses due to the huge misinformation and lies the GOP spinned about the law although the benefits outweights the cons.

    February 27, 2012 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  5. Jrdz

    It sounds like one sided polling if you ask me its to bad they never poll those with cell phones???

    February 27, 2012 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  6. Taran

    The public will like it even less when the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) begins rationing health benefits to reduce Medicare spending. A "death panel" by any other name. The people that were for this fiasco chose not to actually investigate what was in the bill and did not listen to the people that did read it and tried to give warning. Now unless it is repealed, all will pay for it, elderly first. The will be allowed to die due to lack of money to spend on their care, as they are no longer "useful" to society.

    February 27, 2012 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  7. Emmy Skaddittle

    The President has done a very poor job of telling us about this health care, and republicans ( i mean the shills for big healthcare) have vilified if loudly and often

    February 27, 2012 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  8. Emmy Skaddittle

    so if you don't want healthcare perhaps you shouldn't be able to go to the emergency room when something goes wrong. I am sure you will change your mind about it then.

    February 27, 2012 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  9. Mikey

    Most voters do not understand what is in the law. They are basing their opinions on what they have heard and most of that is based on very thin or biased analyses. This law can certainly be improved upon. It is not the end all to be all, but it is a step forward. I love how the GOP candidates and high profile legislators and pundits keep calling for the repeal of AFA (the inaccurately named "Obamacare"). Has anyone said what they are going to put in its place to address our very real healthcare system cost problem? The one that has been eating at our national competitiveness for decades. Are we going the end up back in the same place 20 years from now wondering why we did not deal with this problem now? Wondering how the American public got taken once again by the insurance lobby and the politicians they influence?

    Don't tell me you want to "repeal Obamacare". Tell me how you are going to solve the problem.

    February 27, 2012 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  10. macrasta

    who are they polling?? and you are right kakaraka ...the mis-information was always front page news..and sound bites..
    and Malory Archer glad you are doing better.. and you make a great point... infact.. why don't we start with the repub congressmen who promoted the racial overtones and misinformation during the healthcare battle............why do we make them opt out of their own government health insurance programs....and along with all their family members...

    February 27, 2012 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  11. diridi

    This Law is a nation's dire need. It is a desperate need. Greedy GOP idiots are playing drama with this law. Yes, it is a law. Once the real law kicks in 2014, mandating all the congress, senate and everyone to buy through either State Operated health care Exchanges, or through Insurance companies, Insurance companies automatically drop the premiums, or else you will go to state exchanges and buy at an affordable rates. This is what we need to do with Oil companies too. Just Nationalize all Oil companies. Rate drops at pump. God bless Obama. And the USA. Obama2012.

    February 27, 2012 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  12. Fair is Fair

    Just like Pelosi said, "you have to pass the bill so you can see what's in it". And as more people are finding out what's in it, the more they dislike it.

    February 27, 2012 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  13. d

    I like the healthcare law! and when people actually look into it they for the most part will to! they just have to research it themselves instead of listening to gop and news org. that are trying to get rid of it

    February 27, 2012 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  14. judy

    like everything else the repos spin. Most people are ignorant as to the benifits of health care untill they need it. How many people asked had a pre existing condition,or a child over 21 with no insurance or a senior fighting with perscriptions and the donut hole clause in current policies? Sure there are bugs to work out but from day one the repos have complained about the same health care romney put in effect in Mass. They like in that state it why can't we work to make it better. Do the insurance companys have to get all our money? They hollar socialism if we all get health care but it is ok to take away a womans rights on contraceptives and family planning. Thats not socialistic? Obama 2012 Women get togeather on this or we end up with one of the crazy repos in office.

    February 27, 2012 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  15. Anonymous

    Unless this poll broke down the reasons people didn't like the law, the poll itself is worthless. Past polls have shown significantly different reasons for disliking the law. Many will take a "negative" view of the law because it didn't go far enough. So unless this poll captured those important distinctions the poll is a waste of time and money, and just more political theater.

    February 27, 2012 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  16. Drew

    I find it intriguing that countries like Cuba, Canada, France and most of Europe can supply universal health care and not run it through the insurance companies. They are the one's who drive up the cost and cut coverage. I want universal care but under a single payer plan not under the Republican's idea of healthcare. Yeah that's the compromise the Dems made to get it through, the mandate throught health care corporations.

    February 27, 2012 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  17. Malory Archer

    No Taran, what it means is that a terminally ill 87 year-old cancer patient in hospice with a 3-week life expectancy will no longer get that $100k hip replacement surgery. Those types of surgery were tantamount to Medicare fraud and it's high time the taxpayer stopped paying for them. BTW, the pharmacutical industrial complex is the death panel of the day and they've chosen Juvenile Lukemia and breast & ovarian cancer patients to be the first onto the iceberg by halting production of lifesaving drugs used to treat them.

    February 27, 2012 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  18. Fair is Fair

    "Once the real law kicks in 2014, mandating all the congress, senate and everyone to buy through either State Operated health care Exchanges, or through Insurance companies, Insurance companies automatically drop the premiums, or else you will go to state exchanges and buy at an affordable rates. This is what we need to do with Oil companies too. Just Nationalize all Oil companies."
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    You really don't have a clue, do you?

    Who do you thing is going to be selling insurance at the "exchanges". The insurance companies. And nationalize the oil companies? What a good little communist you are.

    February 27, 2012 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  19. Four and The Door

    This purely partisan bill was based on political expediency rather than good or efficient and affordable health care. We can do much better. And we will. But it should be done at the state level, not as a bureaucratic national program. Romney 2012!

    February 27, 2012 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  20. logicnLA

    Taran – it sounds like you are the one who is misinformed. Every bipartisian group that has looked into this says the
    " death panel" argument ( started by Sarah Palin) is a lie. Sitting down with your provider and discussing how to manage terminal illness is the exact opposite of what you're claiming. For a change there would be a plan to fall back on when the person is too sick to make decisions. And had they not cut all the funding options out of the bill,it would have been self-sustaining, including the Republicnas claim that 500 billion in cuts from medicare were part of the program. They were and replaced with better funding from a diffent source, but that didn't serve their purpose, it never gets mentioned. Remember- the Democrat are the one you cliam want to spend MORE, not less!

    February 27, 2012 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  21. MTATL67

    50% really. In other words is comes down to is the glass half full or is the glass half empty.

    February 27, 2012 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  22. Fair is Fair

    "50% really. In other words is comes down to is the glass half full or is the glass half empty."
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    No, not at all. It's once again the 50% who are paying nothing versus the 50% who foot the bill. The math isn't really all that difficult.

    February 27, 2012 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  23. 1crusader

    The GOP has been on a misinformation campaign about this bill from the start, with talk of death panels, and the likes.Just as they were against Social Security, and Medicare from the outset, and many would like to dismantle or privatize them, instead of tweaking them by fixing problems with them, they have wanted to repeal the law, on ideological grounds.Most people wouldn't be effected at all by the bill, only the uninsured.Most of the uninsured use ERs for their health care, which is much more expensive than private health care ;and taxpayers eat the cost.The bill would eliminate that.The bill should be given a real chance.The GOP said that Social Security and Medicare were Socialistic, and would be destructive to America, but the public sees them now as needed institutions of our country.The president's bill , given a chance, could have many positive effects on our health care system.

    February 27, 2012 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  24. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Gee, what's to hate about Obamacare?!

    Well, just about everything we've seen so far from Obamacare has been a disaster, why wouldn't we expect a mega disaster when it hits in full force? Waivers for millions granted to Obama's union friends, the longterm care portion that was supposed to provide nearly ALL of the claimed savings deemed impractical and stopped, employers looking to simply drop coverage and pay the fine, and on and on. Yeah, you'll be able to keep your healthcare alright! As Joe Wilson prophetically yelled, "YOU LIE!".

    Get the government OUT of healthcare entirely and watch healthcare costs decline. Government money has been nothing but a bottomless well of taxpayer money to raid. Medicare is $500 BILLION today will be sky rocketing as the baby boomers retire. The country will not be able to afford THAT let alone the 50 million that Obamacare will give free healthcare to.

    February 27, 2012 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  25. Tom from Canonsburg

    The bottom line really is that the GOP is scared of any kind of change. So they have pounded the general public with the claim that it is bad. What we had was terrible. It allows for much corruption. No Obamacare is not perfect, but is for sure a step in the right direction.

    February 27, 2012 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
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