Americans divided on health care ruling
June 29th, 2012
05:45 PM ET
2 years ago

Americans divided on health care ruling

(CNN) – Thursday's Supreme Court ruling upholding President Barack Obama's health care law has Americans divided, according to the first survey following the landmark decision.

Friday's poll from USA Today/Gallup showed 46% of Americans agree with the court's ruling, with 46% saying they disagree. Opinions were predictably split along party lines: 79% of self-identified Democrats agreed with the decision to uphold the president's law, while 83% of Republicans disagreed with the ruling.

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Independents mirrored the poll's larger results – 45% agreed with the Supreme Court's decision, and 42% disagreed.

A CNN/ORC Poll taken at the end of May indicated 43% of Americans favored the Affordable Care Act, while 51% opposed the measure. Broken down, 13% said they opposed the law because it was not liberal enough, while 34% opposed it because it was too liberal.

On Thursday, the Supreme Court upheld Obamacare, saying the individual mandate, while not constitutional under the Commerce Clause of the constitution, was valid if viewed as a tax.

Following the decision, Mitt Romney, the presumptive GOP nominee, renewed his vow to eliminate the law if elected president, and House Republicans scheduled a vote to repeal the measure in July. That effort, which could pass the Republican-controlled House, isn't expected to get anywhere in the Democrat-controlled Senate.

The Gallup survey taken after the court's ruling showed 31% of Americans said they wanted the entire law repealed. Twenty-one percent advocated repealing parts of the law.

Another 25% said the government's role in health care should be expanded beyond the level stipulated in Affordable Care Act.

The Gallup poll was taken June 28 by telephone from 1,012 adults. The sampling error was plus or minus four percentage points.

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Filed under: Health care • Polls • President Obama
soundoff (172 Responses)
  1. John Hill

    It would be nice to see how many Christian don't want to give health care to the poor......I bet of that 83% Republicians 90% or so-called Christians....

    June 29, 2012 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    The Affordable Heath Care adt is a positive for all Americans

    June 29, 2012 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  3. TomTheTaxPayer

    I'm not sure anyone who supports this decision has noticed, but this nation is broke with a capital "B". The hard working boomer generation is retiring, my friends, and there are fewer and fewer non-government tax payers to pay for all these programs. Of course, if you are a Marxist, this is wonderful, because the government is by degrees stripping the free market of its freedom and capital. Unfortunately, Marxism and its friend, socialism, are universal failures. If voting Americans continue on this path, freedom and prosperity are history. We can and likely will return to the economic and personal slavery of big, all powerful, all intrusive government.

    June 29, 2012 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  4. John

    I've seen three polls now and none of them have the "agree" side with the majority.

    June 29, 2012 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  5. The Dude

    Anyone who claims to be a follower of the fictional Christ should have no problem with this bill and in fact should see it as an affirmation of their Presidents Christian morals.

    Jesus said, the greatest of all the commandments is to love one another as i have loved you. or some carp like that.

    June 29, 2012 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  6. jj

    The Dems do a terrible job of presenting their cases. If they want to gain more support from across the aisle, they need to present this healthcare bill with a human face. Show some of the thousands of people who are hard working family people who were put in a bad place not of their own doing...and who are being saved by this bill. Better still, you can bet your bottom dollar that a lot of so called conservatives are benefiting from the bill as well...show a few of them. We don't really get to hear any of the human story's. All we get is generalities...and statistics.

    June 29, 2012 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  7. John P. Tarver

    The best part about the SCotUS decision is that it not only kills obamacare as a tax in 2014, but also gives Romney an issue to run on. Romney then wins the 2012 election, running against himself from 4 years ago, the irony of it all.

    June 29, 2012 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  8. JPX

    I think the ruling is terrific! The only people who oppose it are people who have been fortunate enough to have health insurance. They have no idea how scary it is to live without it. If you want to complain about something, complain about Bush. I'm so proud to have a president who actually gets things done (e.g. killing Bin Laden, repealing "don't ask, don't tell", etc). It's impressive that Obama has been able to get anything done with the constant opposition from the party of' 'no'. I'm so pleased that we have Obama for another 4 years.

    June 29, 2012 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  9. Dang Ol' Yo

    To whom would Jesus deny coverage?

    June 29, 2012 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  10. otermbachmann

    Stupidity says if you need it its great, if you don't need it its dumb until you need it.

    June 29, 2012 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  11. kayode oliyide

    The highest court in land has given the go ahead. I think that should be respected. Modification can follow where it is needed. The nation took the first step, that is a plus.

    June 29, 2012 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  12. ruetienne

    The same arguments used against the Affordable Care Act was used aginst Medicare and Medicaid in the 60's and Social Security in the 30's. Conservatives yell 'socialism' without knowing what they're talking about. Or the 'end of freedom', described by Reagan if Medicare passed. I wonder how many Republicans turn down Medicare and Social Security when they turn 65? None, I'm certain. For them, it's all about fear, intolerance, hate, and greed. Let the losers whine. It will only get worse as Republican demographics shrink. Obama 2012

    June 29, 2012 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  13. Tom

    I was not surprised at all. I knew a "penalty" was really a tax from the get go. However the govt was sneaky. The govt knew it would win but did not want to use the tax argument because of his pledge that it wasn't a tax. In reality they wanted more of a power grab using the commerce clause. Thank God the SCOTUS didn't by that or else more freedoms would have been given away. Either way Romney is going to win and repeal this tax.

    June 29, 2012 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  14. Really?

    Spin it any way you want, the fact is, we LOST more of our freedom because of the ruling.

    June 29, 2012 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  15. joe

    Most people have no idea what is in this law, but as they begin to find out and understand the benefits, there will be wider acceptance. The Dems need to make sure real information gets out there to counteract the knee jerk BS being spread by right wing ideologues who just don't like Obama.

    June 29, 2012 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  16. Howard

    In spite of your misleading headlines ... Americans DO NOT WANT a tax increase ... November will tell the tale !!!

    June 29, 2012 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  17. mommytwice

    I cannot imagine why anyone would ever oppose making health care more available and less discriminating. What is wrong with people?? People with pre-existing conditions should NOT be turned down, or suddenly dropped without warning or explantion. This reform improves things for everyone...why oppose it? Just because Obama came up with it? It was a Republican idea in the early 90's! No one has been able to explain this mindless opposition to me.

    June 29, 2012 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  18. Mike in Texas

    For Republicans their first cry was Repeal the whole thing!. Then it was repeal and replace some of it. Now it's repeal and replace it with the same thing.

    The Republicans are no the losing side of this argument. All Obama has to do is hammer Romneycare as the same thing and force Mitt to give us his plan, which right now sounds like the ACA.

    June 29, 2012 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  19. Lobo

    unfair taxes. if i remember my fourth grade history lessons aint that one of the reasons the thirteen colonies split from england. maybe obama and his cronies should remember that true americans dont like unfair taxes and history always seems to repeat itself

    June 29, 2012 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  20. John

    It was a good decision because SOMETHING had to be done and by now we all know the party of nothing-should-ever-change was not going to be part of the solution.

    June 29, 2012 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  21. Larry L

    Romney's speech about his plans to repeal the law was quite revealing. He proposed leaving all of the provisions of the current law but removing the mechanism required to pay for those provisions. He is either stupid or dishonest. Those who expect insurance companies to pay for only the people in the high-risk groups are delusional. The math absolutely won't work. The math will also fail to work when the current rates continue to climb from 7-9% per year. The validated law is required unless we plan to provide healthcare for only the rich.

    June 29, 2012 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  22. Shomari nakubegeja

    Protect the law

    June 29, 2012 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  23. zapper

    Do any of you right-wingers really think the 13% of respondents who felt the ACA isn't liberal enough are going to vote for your guy? ;-) Obama will win in November.

    June 30, 2012 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  24. Indy

    83% of Republicans disagreed with the ruling.

    Is this a Party First poll ? Republicans don't dare think of their children or the future generations, Party First is all that matters

    June 30, 2012 12:07 am at 12:07 am |
  25. miles

    The polls follow the president, gay marriage,immigration and now "Obamacare". The Bishop follow the polls and end up on the back side of them. The president show's leadership in the face of polls s and the people reward that leadership by following his lead, even the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. The Bishop cant even stand by a statement he made yesterday a spokesman said"he misspoke". As president would he mis-speak with the 3am phone call?

    June 30, 2012 12:08 am at 12:08 am |
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