October 17th, 2007
12:30 PM ET
13 years ago

Majority of Americans support SCHIP

WASHINGTON (CNN) – A new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll shows a majority of Americans want Congress to override President Bush’s veto of the State Children's Health Insurance Program, otherwise known as SCHIP.

The House will vote on Thursday on whether to override the veto. The poll shows that 61 percent of Americans want Congress to override it, while 35 percent do not.

"The bill that Bush vetoed appears to be nearly as popular among moderates as liberals,” explained CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. “Conservatives are in the president's camp with only 43 percent support overriding the veto."

President Bush held a news conference Wednesday morning, and explained why he vetoed the bill saying the White House was not engaged in developing the bill, “we weren't dialed in. And I don't know why. But they just ran the bill and I made it clear we weren't going to accept it.”

The program provides health insurance to children in families with incomes too great for Medicaid eligibility, but not enough to afford private insurance.

The Bush administration has decried the spending increase primarily supported by Democrats as unnecessarily subsidizing middle-income people as part of Democrats' "goal of government-run health care for every American."

The poll was conducted on October 12-14, 2007 with a sample size of 1,212 adult Americans and a margin of error of +/- 3 points.

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Filed under: Congress • President Bush • SCHIP
soundoff (89 Responses)
  1. sonny c. v.p.,la.

    Bush says the SCHIPS legislation passed by a Democratic Congress adds too much to the Fed. Budget Deficit(which was a surplus when he took office). But when a Republican Congress busted the budget for tax cuts for the wealthy & to finance a war he just had to have, then that was ok. The Republicans should change their symbol from an elephant to a hippo–as in hippocrite.

    October 17, 2007 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  2. Ryan, New York, NY

    I'm sorry, but do you people have any concept of statistics? If you do, what's wrong with the poll? Even your precious Fox polls have credibility with me if they're done correctly.

    Secondly, it's always the same people complaining about the polls (therealist, Henry Tucker, etc.). Why do you people even bother trolling CNN if you hate it so much? You're just keeping their hit count up. I look at Fox's news and some conservative blogs, but I sure don't waste my time on their message boards.

    October 17, 2007 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  3. john williams san diego, ca.

    let's go ahead and override the veto...i live in the war zone in san diego and it's impossible to go to a hospital or emergency ward and find anyone who speaks english..the illegals are guaranteed FREE medical care, why not u.s. citizens...hillary and teddy and el presidente jorge bush will help pay for all of us

    October 17, 2007 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  4. theteam, Tejas

    As one thousands of the smokers that is funding a similar program in Texas, I fear either the people that were polled are sheep or the Dems sold them a bill of goods or both.

    I agree with spinstopper – with a salary of $40k I look forward to my new low-income tax-bracket refund.

    October 17, 2007 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  5. Ray, Rochester

    Fudning for the SCHIP increase would come from raising the tax on tobacco. The demographics of smokers is primarily made up of lower middle class adults.

    Let's tax poor people to pay for health care for rich kids from households earning $83,000 a year.

    Nice plan Dems.

    By the way, after 2011 funding for SCHIP drops to 65% of where it is right now. Any guesses on where that new shortfall will be made up??? How about higher taxes on smokers and non-smokers.

    Weak on Defense and Pro-Tax, Democrats at their best.

    Sustain the veto Repubs and send Pelosi back to the drawing board.

    October 17, 2007 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  6. Informed American, Tampa, FL

    If that pollster would have asks those same people if they had ever heard of SCHIP before the call I would bet that 95% of those polled would have said no. The bottom line is that Americans are uninformed and don't care, so most political polls come with loaded questions that mislead the uniformed american public.

    October 17, 2007 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  7. Craig, Newton, Mass

    Good strategy realist: when you don't like the result, try to discredit the data gatherer. The good news is that a majority of Americans DO realize that helping out those who are less fortunate is not only morally right, but beneficial for society as a whole.

    October 17, 2007 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  8. jh - NY, NY

    There are over 300 million Americans. 1,212 people were polled.

    Majority of Americans, huh? Riiiight.

    October 17, 2007 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  9. Jo, Atlanta GA

    Stop wasting your tim eon this polls. Majority of American also oppose the war in its current form. Nothing has happened on that. Majority of American oppose G. Bush.

    Find another story.

    October 17, 2007 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  10. Scott Swanson GR MI

    The government has built in checks and balances. The President is the president!! Thats who "We The People" elected to be our president. The government under the president is there to support and keep policy in line with the ideals of "We The People", ...who by the way, elected the republicans to run the country, for those who havn't figured it out yet,if you dont like it impeach the President. Untill then the President is still the president. Unfortunately, when the Democratic party won a few seats in the house and congress, which, by the way for those who dont understand, is a supporting role for our government, they think that every issue is unnegotiable and now warrants a "Coup De Ta", by standing in the way of our government business. Its OK to tell the boss you dont like the way he does things. When he then takes your advice, but decides to do things his way....Thats his perogative, HE'S THE BOSS. (put into that position by "We The People". Stop holding our government entities hostage just because you want things your way(as if we dont know who I am talking about....democrats. In most countries that would be TREASON, and punishable by death. Maybe we need to change some laws to hold our elected officials responsible.

    October 17, 2007 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  11. Ashely, Columbus, GA

    At $80,000/year, a family would pull in around $6,000/mo after taxes.

    The average cost of treating childhood cancer for one month without insurance is $7393.25.

    The expansion of prescription drug coverage under medicare by the Republicans carries a price tag of $400 billion over the next ten years.

    Until we have a better solution for controling our healthcare crisis, I suggest we protect our children. Maybe they can solve these issues before we're bled out of every last penny in our old age by healthcare costs.

    October 17, 2007 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  12. Gorbashov, Long Beach, Ca.

    According to Republican Senators like Grassley, and Hatch the Adm. was "dialed in", and changes put forth by the Republicans and the Adm. were taken into account in this bi-partisan bill.
    Dumbya, and his hysterical fear-mongering (the socialists are coming, the socialists are coming) apologists are wrong once again on another vital issue for this great nation.

    This is about health insurance for those that don't have it!

    Compassionate conservative? Yeah right!!

    The Republicans will pay at the polls for this moral and political blunder!

    October 17, 2007 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  13. Evan, Milwaukee

    therealist – Care to provide any examples of those "corrupt polling techniques"?

    October 17, 2007 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  14. Max, Austin, TX

    Headline should read: "Majority of Americans have no idea what SCHIP is."

    October 17, 2007 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  15. therealist

    Sorry dems, its not going to work.
    Try a less partisan approach next time if you really want to help poor children..

    October 17, 2007 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  16. DH

    Unfortunately 61% or more are uninformed and think they can get something for nothing.

    October 17, 2007 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  17. Andy Norton, Blacksburg, VA

    Do you know how many uninsured children are in Pennsylvania? Do S-CHIP participants pay premiums? Who runs S-CHIP (hint: What does the "S" stand for)?

    There's no need to trust politicians or polls. Get the facts about S-CHIP:


    October 17, 2007 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  18. Henry Tucker, Ga

    Man I'm really glad I'm not conservative. It must be so hard to be a conservative these days with your leader constantly making himself look like a total clown.

    Posted By Curtis, Indiana : October 17, 2007 1:07 pm


    LOL – yeah, you get to be proud of YOUR leaders: Nancy Pelosi (impeachment off the table), Harry Reid (more concerned about fighting Rush than meaningful legislation), with the heart & soul of your party being represented by wackos like Cindy Sheehan and Code Pink!

    Gosh, how can I join such a prestigious organization? Perhaps making an illegal contributions to Hillary will qualify me???

    October 17, 2007 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  19. Andy Norton, Blacksburg, VA

    Here's another great informational site (this one is nation-wide):


    October 17, 2007 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  20. Natalie, Fresno, CA

    Take it from someone who knows, this bill is worth the cost. My middle class family had college funds for my three siblings and I and retirement plans for themselves. When I got cancer at 15, all of that disappared. The hospital where I was treated saw many similar cases, and I watched other families suffer through similar ordeals.

    How dare anyone say this program is a waste or a bad idea. How dare you fail to consider the well being of other human beings in favor of saving on your taxes.

    October 17, 2007 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  21. ben, rutherford ,nj

    why keep saying $35b instead of only $7b a yearthe cost of 5days war in Iraq.now republican can you over ride the veto????

    October 17, 2007 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  22. Jack Chapel Hill, NC

    Why is Bush complaing that this bill costs too much? Does any realize that the Medicare bill passed a couple years explicity prevents the government from "shopping around" for the best prices on prescription drugs? The Veterans Administration does and saves taxpayers millions of dollars each year. I don't like to pay taxes but when my house is on fire, someone is breaking into my house, the roads are horribly congested, I'm glad I do. I am tired of billions for defense and nada for child health care, education, taking care of the elderly. When you cut taxes, you cut services. As simple as that!!

    October 17, 2007 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  23. Rickey, Arlington VA

    For all those people who think $480K is a lot of money. $80K maybe middle class in the sout and midwest but try living out of $80K in Californial, New York or Washington D.C. People live in those areas will tell you it close to poverty. If you think its so much money than why do the congressmen and senators who live in Washington DC and keep voting themselves a pay raise even though they already make $162K a year. I can tell you because they know you can't live out that small amount of money in those areas.

    October 17, 2007 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  24. Dillusional Realist

    The House votes 265-159 in favor of SCHIP

    The Senate votes 67-29 in favor of SCHIP

    These are facts "the realist". A mojority of Republicans and Democrats voted in favor of this bill. The Seante already has the votes to override George Bush's veto and the House is only shy 15 votes to override. Try breaking down these percentages and you will note that they significantly exceed the Poll numbers that you assume are one more conspiracy. Please please please – go home – lock you doors, curl up in the fetal position and rock yourself to sleep listening to Fox News – your final island of safety which is the only "truthful" news station left.

    October 17, 2007 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  25. Karl, San Francisco, CA

    I find it curious that the conservative Christian, pro-life party is neither. Denying health care to needy children is not Christ-like and not caring if a child has health care after it is born is hypocritical. Adding the psychological molestation of children who participate in a pro-SCHIP ad campaigns by "outing them" to the point of getting death threats is despicable.

    October 17, 2007 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
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