February 24th, 2010
01:40 PM ET
12 years ago

CNN Poll: Health care provisions popular but overall bills unpopular

Washington (CNN) - Although the overall health care reform bills passed by the House of Representatives and the Senate are unpopular, many of the provisions in the existing bills are extremely popular, even among Republicans, according to a new national poll.

A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Wednesday also indicates that only a quarter of the public want Congress to stop all work on health care, with nearly three quarters saying lawmakers should pass some kind of reform.

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Twenty-five percent of people questioned in the poll say Congress should pass legislation similar to the bills passed by both chambers, with 48 percent saying lawmakers should work on an entirely new bill and a quarter saying Congress should stop all work on health care reform.

"Many provisions of those bills are popular, particularly restrictions on health insurance companies," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "Roughly 6 in 10 would like a bill that prevents insurers from dropping people who become seriously ill or denying coverage to people with pre-existing conditions. Seven in 10 favor requiring large and mid-sized companies to provide health insurance to their employees. Those proposals are popular among Republicans as well as Independents and Democrats. A cap on medical malpractice awards – something on the GOP's wish list that is not in the current legislation – is also popular."

According to the survey, Americans are split on a public option, and they don't like the idea of requiring everyone in the U.S. to have health insurance. The poll's release comes one day before a critical televised health care summit hosted by President Obama that will include top Congressional Democrats and Republicans.

The survey indicates nearly half of all Democrats say Congress should pass legislation similar to the bills passed by both chambers, with nearly 4 in 10 Democrats saying Congress should start from scratch and just 1 in 10 saying lawmakers should stop all work on health care.

A majority of Republicans questioned, 54 percent, want Congress to start from scratch, with just under 4 in 10 saying lawmakers should halt work on health care reform and just 6 percent saying Congress should pass into law the current legislation.

Fifty-two percent of Independents want Congress to start work on a new bill, with 27 percent saying lawmakers should stop all work, and 18 percent saying that the current legislation should be passed into law.

The CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll was conducted February 12-15, with 1,023 adult Americans questioned by telephone. The survey's sampling error is plus or minus 3 percentage points for the overall survey.

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soundoff (63 Responses)
  1. liberal wing nut

    Believe it or not the GOP has market reforms that would reduce premiums across the country. Obama's one trillion dollar welfare system will just bankrupt the country.

    February 24, 2010 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  2. Becky

    So Congressional Democrats...The ONLY reason you will loose in November is if YOU DO NOT PASS HEALTHCARE and if you keep bashing President Obama.

    February 24, 2010 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  3. Terry from West Texas

    Sorry, CNN. All your polls are wrong. Sorry Americans, what you think you think is not what you think. Republican leaders in Congress will tell you what you think.

    February 24, 2010 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  4. Mark L.

    Pass HealthCare Reform Legislation !! And PLEASE, By the Grace of God, PASS IT NOW !!

    February 24, 2010 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  5. Wake Up

    Everyone want health care for all. The answer is not ruining health care for everyone. Read Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan's plan. It is clearly the best option.
    However, you obamabots will keep call gop party of no.

    February 24, 2010 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  6. aproudmemberoftheunpatrioticmob

    LIberals won't listen, they are determined to finish the process of destroying this country they have started under that idiot president of theirs.

    February 24, 2010 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  7. Leanderjim

    It is amazing how uncontrolled corporate money can make people be against something they are fundamentally for. Legislating from the bench is a horrible conservative agenda. Are you listening Supreme Court?

    February 24, 2010 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  8. KLS

    Since the majority of Americans want AND need health care reform why does the GOP do everything in their power to stop it???

    February 24, 2010 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  9. jp,michigan

    Some things that should be incorporated in the ;health-care bill. 1. tort reform 2. be able to buy insurance across state lines 4. allow small business join together to get better and cheaper health insurance. 5. regulate insurance companies through states, not federal government. 6. NO! public option, keep the government out of making our choices. 7. make insurace companies be unaable to deny insurace due pre-existing health problems. 8. help the out of work be able to get medicaide 9. make it cheaper to buy medicare advantage plans. SDO IN OTHER WORDS, START OVER.

    February 24, 2010 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  10. Jerry

    A Rassmusen Poll out today shows that 71% of americans think Congress is doing a bad job!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So let me get this straight, democrats hold majorities in both houses of Congress and are pushing a left liberal agenda and 71% of americans dissaprove of the job congress is doing. Uh oh dems, I think I hear the fat lady singing, unless they start voting the way their consituents want and not what the president of ACORN wants they're political careers are over.

    February 24, 2010 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  11. Preston kk

    Pkm wy wife is at stanford univ hospital fighting for her life if i did not have insurance i would be in the street do you repubs under stand what im saying

    February 24, 2010 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  12. notfooledbydistractions

    The discussion of the content of the bill has been so skewed and distorted with outright lies and propaganda. When people learn the details it's much more appealing. The MSM – mainly Fox and the republicans have done a real disservice to their constituents. I look forward to them and their lies being blatantly exposed.

    February 24, 2010 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  13. Dr. Dirt

    The public does not like the bill because they don't understand it and because of the way it proceeded in Congress, not because of the content. Republicans are misreading the public here. Obama needs to use the opportunity at Thursday's health care summit to explain the elements of the plan and win back popular support for these elements. The public needs to understand that you can't have the popular elements without the whole package to pay for the popular elements. If you don't require everybody to participate, you can't have the popular measures enacted. It's that simple.

    February 24, 2010 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  14. Papasan in AZ

    The Government ( GOP & DEM ) will never bail out Main Street USA or create Universal Health Care. Here is the good part, we can start believing in ourselves, move forward with our lives, and tell Washington to drop dead, they need us more than we need them. There is a lot of power in relinquishing Washington's control over our lives and future.

    The Great Depression was the same way, Americans finally gave up on \" Help is on the way \" and created their own help called \" Self Reliance \". That's how Mom, Dad, Grand Pa and Grand Ma did it, and that's how we have to do it. Lets stop the whining and crying, get out there and make it happen, we are Americans, we can do anything! Good Bye, Good Luck, and don't forget to write!

    Papasan in AZ

    February 24, 2010 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  15. sonny chapman

    It's called political smear. The Repubs. excel at it.

    February 24, 2010 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  16. BK

    this poll only confirms my worries that people are stupid. how can you not like the bill but like most of whats in the bill?????

    February 24, 2010 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  17. Joel Miller

    Republicans are WRONG in claiming the majority of Americans oppose the health insurance reform. This poll and other polls that also prove the majority of Americans feel this way, including approval of the public option in addition to the fact that the Democrats are the majority party because that's how the majority of Americans wanted it should be enough to get them to shut up and pass this legislation that we all need NOW!

    February 24, 2010 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  18. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Republicans are running scared and making excuses not to attend the health care summit. Let's wait and see how many of these do nothing cowards will show to say NO.

    February 24, 2010 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  19. Ken, AZ

    It seems that what the American people don't who don't like a public option and don't like the mandate for coverage don't really understand that the things that they do like can't be achieved without these items. The insurance industries can't insure everyone, even those with pre-existing conditions, and keep premiums down unless everyone participates.

    February 24, 2010 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  20. Hammerer

    Where are the numbers for voters for/against taking taxes and buying insurance for the welfare crowd? Or is that something that is not to be discussed?

    February 24, 2010 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  21. rob

    Some provisions are popular but this paragraph says it all:

    "Twenty-five percent of people questioned in the poll say Congress should pass legislation similar to the bills passed by both chambers, with 48 percent saying lawmakers should work on an entirely new bill and a quarter saying Congress should stop all work on health care reform."

    All together 73% say either stop wor\k on health care reform or work on an entirely new bill.

    The headline should read:

    73% Of Americans Say They Don't Want the Current Health Care Reform Bill.

    Thanks for the spin CNN

    February 24, 2010 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  22. disgusted independent

    Yet republican and democrat senators and representatives can't simply extract these worthwhile provisions and pass a bill today that would deal with this. The stupidity of our egocentric government makes me wonder how are politicians remember to breath. This all or nothing, with us or against us crap makes a playground dispute over who gets to use the see-saw look intelligent.

    This shouldn't be about winning, inflated egos,left or right. I'll just keep voting for the opposite guy until these idiots get it right. Good luck with the independent vote come November.

    February 24, 2010 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  23. Recreator

    I want to know who said they want "to scrap their "job-killing health care bill" and start over. I was never surveyed. How can you make an all encompassing statement with a survey of less than 1500 people. I just turned 62 and was laid off by the Department of Defense. Two months ago I was notified that my insurance (Blue Cross Blue Shield) raised my premium 10%. On top of that I just saw where my co-pay went up from $20 to $30.

    Something must be done with this health system.


    February 24, 2010 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  24. Sniffit

    Sounds about right. In fact, sounds just about perfectly analogous to most of America's thinking in terms of the government taking action and being involved. Just look at how they behave in terms of "pork," i.e., "everyone else's pork is bad, but my pork is good." As with that, so with this:

    "I like tort reform because I hate lawyers, but I hate entitlement programs because I don't need them, so anyone supporting the subsidies for poor fools is a dope smoking oprah watcher"

    "I like removing antitrust exceptions and preventing the pre-existing conditions loopholes because those are common sense reforms, but I hate tort reform because my ex-wife's divorce lawyer took me to the cleaners"

    Yeah yeah. Shut up. We get it. You're gonna like some of it, but not all of it. That's called compromise. Accept it...because guess what? If we only passed bills through Congress for which we've removed all provisions that a minority of the population doesn't like, Congress would be pushing around blank pages all day. That is precisely the situation created by the power giant corporations and industries wield through lobbyists. For some, like the Teatards, who think no government is better than an active, involved government, blank pages would be their wet dream. For those of us living in reality, it's just not a practical option. Blank paper is for wiping.

    February 24, 2010 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  25. chris l

    OBOZO and the rest of The Criminal anti American Radical Fringe Libtard Party Members (aka The American Al Queda Party) are all disgraceful and disgusting animals. They should all be put in cages and displayed in a zoo somewhere.

    February 24, 2010 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
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