Poll: More Americans pleased if court deems Obamacare unconstitutional
June 26th, 2012
02:51 PM ET
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Poll: More Americans pleased if court deems Obamacare unconstitutional

(CNN) – Thirty-seven percent of Americans say they would be pleased if President Barack Obama's sweeping health care law is deemed unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court, nearly ten points higher than the number who say they'd be pleased if the law is ruled constitutional.

The survey from NBC News/Wall Street Journal showed 28% of Americans would be pleased if the Affordable Care Act is ruled constitutional, compared to 35% who said they would be disappointed if they court came back with that outcome.

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When asked about their thoughts on potential Supreme Court decisions, however, most Americans said they had mixed feelings.

The Supreme Court will decide Thursday whether Obama's health care law – one of the chief legislation achievements of his first three years in office – oversteps federal authority, particularly with the "individual mandate" that requires nearly everyone to obtain health insurance or pay a penalty.

Tuesday's poll indicated 35% of Americans polled think the law is a good idea, compared to 41% who say it's a bad idea. If the measure is overturned, 25% said the decision would hurt them and their families, while 18% say overturning the law would help and 55% say it wouldn't make a difference either way.

The most recent CNN/ORC poll, taken May 29-31, indicated 51% of Americans oppose Obama's health care law, compared to 43% who favor the measure. However, when broken down, 13% said they opposed the health care law because it was not liberal enough. Thirty-four percent said the law was too liberal.

The NBC/Wall Street Journal poll was conducted by telephone June 20-24 from 1,000 adults. The sampling error was plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.

The CNN poll was conducted by ORC International from May 29-31, with 1,009 adults nationwide questioned by telephone. The poll has a sampling error of plus or minus three percentage points.

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soundoff (39 Responses)
  1. Fair is Fair

    When it gets shot down on Thursday, this will all be moot.

    June 26, 2012 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  2. 1twinsfan

    And most people can't tell you one darn thing about it, either. "Obama can't make my buy healthcare! I can't afford my premiums at work and Obamacare, too!"

    June 26, 2012 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  3. Pander Bear

    Uh huh, and I'm sure a poll conducted in 1857 would have found the majority would have been pleased with the Dred Scott decision. Doesn't mean that it's RIGHT.

    June 26, 2012 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  4. Lionel

    Did they sample only people with health care coverage. What about the millions of students who can stay on their parents plan, pre-existing conditions or lower medicare cost.

    The questions should be

    Do you think that it is a good idea to stay on your parents plan if you are under the age of 26? (Yes/No)
    Do you think people with pre-existing coverage should be denied coverage? (Yes/No)
    Do you think insurance companies should charge women more for coverage? (Yes/No)

    Obama / Biden 2012

    June 26, 2012 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  5. obama victim

    duh?? only the leaches of society are for this

    June 26, 2012 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  6. California

    The majority never wanted it but Hussein and the demcorats don't care what the people want.

    June 26, 2012 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  7. once upon a horse

    well as a person with a pre-existing condition for both myself and my son, and the ability to keep my son now 18 and going away to college on my benefits I sort of like the new law so far. I blame some of this on the Democrats because as usual they let the GOP get the jump on them and spread half-truths and downright untruths about this law including "death-panels" nonsense and goverment take over where if you didn't take coverage you would be tossed in jail. And most of these folks whine about having their tax dollars pay for some uninsured person's healthcare whereas if you had an individual mandate that would come close to ending that situation. Yet they don't want that either. In fact I would be willing to wager that many that claim they don't like "obama-care" really don't know WHY they don't like it. They just listen to FoxNews, right wing talk shows and GOPers that tell them it's bad so they just follow like lemmings without doing research of their own.

    June 26, 2012 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  8. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    The courts ruling will mean more than just the ruling on Healthcare, standby because this country is in for a very bumpy ride.

    June 26, 2012 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  9. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

    More succotash about polls. What telephone? You have to have a land line to get polled? I'm sticking to my iPhone.

    June 26, 2012 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  10. wade

    I am not sure how these people did there polls but it is obviously way off. 54% Still Favor Repeal of Obama’s Health Care Law From Rasmussen and a little more from Gallop. So They must have done there survey in New York democrat territory as usual to get those numbers.

    June 26, 2012 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  11. anthony78

    Well.. some Americans are just gullible to the GOP noise machine. Confuse the general public into believing whats good for them is ba, so they can vote blindly for things that make the rich richer and the poor poorer.

    June 26, 2012 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  12. v_mag

    However, those same 35% will not be pleased when they are denied coverage for so-called "pre-existing conditions" and their adult children cannot be covered under their health plans. They will also not be pleased when the Repugs never come up with a replacement bill, and when costs continue to skyrocket in America while other countries have much better care at less cost.

    They will not be pleased at all the first time they have to go to the emergency room for something a doctor's visit would have taken care of easily, and they find they have to sell their house to pay the bill. They will not be pleased when they realize they are paying for expensive care for people who cannot pay, or who are too cheap to buy their own health care coverage.

    They will not be pleased when faced with a corporate "death panel" of insurance bureacrats who decide their care is too costly, and so they must "voluntarily deport" themselves to the graveyard. Then, they may wonder why they did not support a plan that is much better than what will have at that point.

    June 26, 2012 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  13. g

    why buy if it free

    June 26, 2012 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  14. rylandstewart

    I wonder how pleased they will be to once again be paying for all those who don't have healthcare coverage if the SCOTUS strikes down the healthcare law? My bet is that within 6 months of its failure, these same people will be crying foul and wanting the healthcare reform back. Dollars to donuts, those that do the most criticizing are the same ones getting the most benefits from the healthcare law.

    June 26, 2012 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  15. Marie MD

    If this poll is correct we have truly become a third world country in education and some of us have become the most STUPID people on Earth. We are in the 20s and 30s in math and science and in the bottom of the barrel in thinking clearly in general. That big teapublikkkan bubble is literally cutting off the oxygen from people's brains.
    Voting against your own best interest. Wait till some of these tea baggers get sick. You dont have to be oldnto get sick or die. Children, young adults, everyone needs medical card. Then again, we need a cleaning of the gene pool in this
    country!!!! Unfortunately the only ones who sill live are the rich!!!!

    June 26, 2012 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  16. Peter

    What's sad is that if people actually knew and understood what the law was and the reasons for it doing what it does, they would be for it 100%. This is all just evidence of the Obama hate machine coming from the right. You are all currently getting ripped off when it comes to health care just so you know. Obamacare aims to reduce how much we're all getting screwed over. Plain and simple. Do some research before you jump to conclusions.

    June 26, 2012 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  17. usualone

    How many of the commentators on this and within other articles have be polled? My friends, family, and I have not been polled.

    June 26, 2012 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  18. California

    It's apparent that liberals just want a country full of poor people. There are plenty of third world countries without turnign America into one of them.

    June 26, 2012 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  19. george_w_tush

    The GOP. Because America's big problems are the poor have too much health care, the rich pay too many taxes & Wall Street is over-regulated

    June 26, 2012 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  20. winky

    Your taxes and healthcare will rise. Who do you think pays for the people that go to the doctor and don't have healthcare! U dumb dumb!

    June 26, 2012 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  21. Eric in Denver

    Couple of facts for the people on here that are supporting Obamacare
    1. If you have continuous coverage and there is not more than a 60 day gap in coverage the pre existing clause does not have an impact. This was the law prior to Obamacare
    2. Children were covered if full time students up until age 25 prior to Obamacare. If you are still living with your parents and are a dependent at that age it must be the lack of jobs because unemployment for college grad are the highest at any point because of Obama's policies(Little side note)
    3 The cost of health insurance has increased since Obamacare came into play and if it stays as it is now it will really skyrocket once the main provisions kick in during 2014
    4. The republicans have presented numerous bills prior to the midnight vote of closure which was a disgraceful move by the socialist party. The bills were dead on arrival.
    5. If you think you can't get in to see your doctor now and you add 30 million approximately people into the system how long will the wait be at that point. Medicare is reimbursing doctors a lot lower fee because Obamacare so becoming a doctor is not going to be as lucrative and appealing to young people looking for work.
    6. We simply don't have the money to pay for this awful bill that is unappealing to the majority of Americans.
    7. Obamacare is the first step in settting up government run healthcare which doesn't work. If you don't believe this you obviously are uninformed and misguided by the democrats delusional comments on this bill.

    June 26, 2012 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  22. Anne R

    Than you Marie MD! My husband and I were both turned down last week for pre existing conditions. We pay $600 a month in premiums now with a $12,000 deductable while all the uninsured do nothing but go get free health care at emergency rooms! All you who are so against it need to get your heads examined!!!!!!! Oh, but you won't be able to afford that!

    June 26, 2012 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  23. Eric in Denver

    @Marie MD your comments are so ridiculous I have a difficult time believing the MD next to your name unless it stands for mentally defective

    June 26, 2012 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  24. Anthony

    About a quarter of the law's opponents are people who think the law does not go far enough. They want public option or single payer instead. These people are helping Republicans, who want the pre-Obama system instead. If Republicans win in November, we will end up with the pre-Obama system, and insurance companies will once again be able to exclude people for preexisting conditions and drop people from coverage when they become sick.

    June 26, 2012 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  25. Beezy

    after this is shot down this will all be moot. just like obama is. doesnt matter and pointless.

    June 26, 2012 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
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