March 22nd, 2010
12:00 PM ET
13 years ago

CNN poll: Americans don't like health care bill

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption =" The Capitol dome on the eve of the House of Representatives’ health care reform votes."]Washington (CNN) - A majority of Americans have a dim view of the sweeping health care bill passed by the House, saying it gives Washington too much clout and won't do much to reduce their own health care costs or federal deficits, according to a new poll released Monday.

A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll found that 59 percent of those surveyed opposed the bill, and 39 percent favored it. All of the interviews were conducted before the House voted Sunday night, but the contents of the bill were widely known.

In addition, 56 percent said the bill gives the government too much involvement in health care; 28 percent said it gives the government the proper role and 16 percent said it leaves Washington with an inadequate role.

On the question of costs, 62 percent said the bill increases the amount of money they personally spend on health care; 21 percent said their costs would remain the same and 16 percent said they would decrease.

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The poll's results about the bill's fiscal impact were particularly stark: 70 percent of respondents said they believed deficits would go up because of the bill; 17 percent felt they would stay the same and 12 percent said they would go down.

After more than a year of partisan debate, the House voted 219-212 in favor of a bill that the Senate had passed on Christmas Eve. President Obama is expected to sign it on Tuesday.

The measure constitutes the biggest expansion of federal health care guarantees since Medicare and Medicaid were enacted more than four decades ago. The House also approved a series of amendments to the bill through a separate so-called reconciliation bill. The Senate, which must pass the reconciliation measure for the full package to take effect, is expected to vote this week.

According to a preliminary estimate by the Congressional Budget Office, the overall reform legislation would cost $940 billion over the course of a decade. Offsetting provisions would reduce deficits by $143 billion in the first 10 years and by more than $1 trillion in the following decade.

The CNN poll also suggests that public opposition to health care will not necessarily be a boon to Republicans in the 2010 midterm elections in Congress.

Roughly one in five of respondents who said they opposed the bill did so because it was not liberal enough, and those people are unlikely to vote Republican. Take them out of the picture and opposition to the bill because it is too liberal is 43 percent.

"The Democrats have another advantage - most Americans also trust Barack Obama more than the GOP on health care," said Keating Holland, CNN's polling director. "That gives the president an opportunity - and seven months - to make the affirmative case for the health care bill."

The survey was conducted on March 19-21 through telephone interviews with 1,030 adult Americans. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

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soundoff (318 Responses)
  1. willard bullock

    Okay iam belived that amercia are keep playing games vote for obama about reform healtth
    Amercian are nothing paying for bills cause amercian are keep used drugs ocaine without pay for bill

    March 22, 2010 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  2. DeDe

    You poll 1,030 adult Americans and you say this small sampling speaks for most Americans. Shame on you CNN for taking such a small group and saying they speak for the majority of the population. The American Health Care System is broken and I applaud those who was willing to take a chance on trying to fix the problem.

    March 22, 2010 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  3. forgive me not

    Did not polled me. I love it and so do millions like me! Down with your poll CNN>

    March 22, 2010 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  4. No Incumbents 2010

    It is very easy to brainwash Americans if you spend enough money. That is why the same people who vehemently oppose HCR, were strident proponents of the huge new beauracracy and Medicare entitlement for presciption drugs, Part D, which Bush rammed through Congress. With hypocrisy like this by fiscally irresponsible Republicans, our deficits have been exploding ever since.

    March 22, 2010 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  5. GI Joe

    If CNN polls were correct, Hillary would be President and the Health Care Bill would have died forever in January.

    That's not a POLL it's a FACT.

    March 22, 2010 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  6. Ann Johnson

    Obama has become a dictator. The people have made it
    very clear that they don"t want this health care. He has bought
    off our represenitives. I will never vote for anyone who voted
    for this plain. The majority of the people feel the same way.


    March 22, 2010 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  7. Four and The Door

    I just hate what it is going to do to our economy and to the quality and cost of health care. Here are some guarantees:

    1. Unemployment will go up. Health care will be too expensive for companies to hire employees.
    2. The cost of health care will go up. For everyone except those that get it paid for by the taxpayers.
    3. Thre quality of health care will go down. There is nothing in this bill to keep that from happening and everything in this bill to encourage it to happen. More people to treat without the resources being in place or being added. You know how that works out.

    Americans just got shafted by political gamesmanship.

    March 22, 2010 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  8. Jerry - Florida

    OMG! CNN, did you folks just discover this. After watching small parts of your broadcast last night, I am speechless. Most of your reporters and commentators seemed to be in support of President NObama's health care debacle. Unfortunately, including Dr. Gupta.

    Oh well, you know what they say about "birds of a feather"...

    March 22, 2010 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  9. J Lewis

    When you say "Americans" what Americans are you speaking of? In other words what percentage of Americans were in this poll and where are they? I am an American and I wasn't polled nor was anyone I know or related to. Anyone I speak to in the store and/or the mall, at the movies or at a restaurant. No one in my near or far vacinity was included in this "POLL". So you can't just say "Americans" you must put a percentage of these "AMERICANS" and where they are to make sense of your so call poll. I am happy it passed and so are most of my polls of Americans that I have asked who are around me everyday and Americans I just pass by in grocery stores, malls, movie theaters and restaurants. Its a move in the right direction, a direction I know a lot of Americans (including me and my family) are numb to since we have been going in the wrong direction for the last 12 years, with the last 8 being the worst I have ever seen in my 46 years on this earth, and as an "AMERICAN". God bless American and may He keep taking the blinders off of the "Americans" that were in your poll, and allow them to see this is good for all "AMERICANS, not just for the rich and well off Americans.

    March 22, 2010 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  10. BS Bill Misleading Americans

    No, the overwhelming majority of American people do not like this Healthscare Plan nor did we want it. This is all about saving the hind of President Obama. Obama's corrupt, deceiving, threatening tactics will not stand in America. For him to threaten house dems with their career future is unheard of.

    The good part is that this is far from over. Obama will not make it for a second term once America see's just how damaging this bill will be, should it , in the end get through.

    March 22, 2010 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  11. kd

    this poll is more an indicator of how the right can manipulate the process through lies and at the high level of illiteracy among US citizens when it comes to laws' benefits and problems.

    March 22, 2010 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  12. Jai-hoe

    This congress has already proven many times over the past year that it doesn't matter what the American people like. That's why this bill has taken this long to get passed while the job's bill sits on the backburner.

    March 22, 2010 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  13. Mom in NC

    This bill will be studied for hundreds of years as the turning point of our country: the downfall of the American republic and the start of the American socialist nation. And by the way, what does student loan reform have to do with health care? On the bright side, I am eagerly awaiting the promised deficit reduction and employment increase that will come with this bill! HA!

    March 22, 2010 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  14. Judy

    Too bad for the Democrats that they don't care what the majority of the American people want. They'll pay the price come November. If they think it's going to be forgotten by then they are sadly mistaken. November can't come soon enough. Out with the bums!

    March 22, 2010 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  15. SoCalGal

    You know, if 59% of the people oppose the bill, that means at least 59% of the politicians as our representatives should have also. Since the politicians appear to be NOT representing their voters, i.e., voting their personal views, they should be immediately removed from office for fraud AND THE PRESIDENT SHOULD BE IMPEACHED!

    March 22, 2010 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  16. Sue

    Of course, CNN would not do/post their "poll" before the Democrats were able to shove this garbage down our throats.

    Also, CNN can see through their own poll what the majority in the country feels regarding this health care disaster and many other issues--but they continue to cater to the loony left.

    CNN will never be successful again........until it begins to figure out that the majority in the country are moderates to conversative (middle to right)--–NOT the loony left.

    In addition, based on these polls........It just goes to show what is going to happen in the November elections.

    March 22, 2010 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  17. Phil

    You actually think Congress cares what We the People think??? All they are worried about is ramming this down our throats so it can go into the history books. If it was such a great plan, why don't they participate??? I guess giving up their super health plan that WE pay for would be uncalled for. There are going to be plenty of unemployed Congressman come this November.

    March 22, 2010 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  18. Tom in Delaware

    Now the question....will your employer cut you free from your HC benefits and make you buy Insurance on your own and just pay the fine or continue to pay many thousands of dollars more on which you will have to be taxed.

    Congratulations've been snookered.

    March 22, 2010 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  19. Randolph Carter, I'm no expert but...

    Not surprising, given how misinformed and easily manipulated the average "real American" is. Have a nice day!

    March 22, 2010 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  20. SocialismBad

    "That gives the president an opportunity – and seven months – to make the affirmative case for the health care bill."
    The fool has given over 50 speeches, interviews, etc. 14 MONTHS worth of BS and more BS. And this imbecile thinks all it needs is ANOTHER 7 months to convince the American people this fiasco is good for them.

    The Amercian people have been more engaged THAN EVER. They know when they are being sold SNAKE OIL by a SNAKEOIL SALESMAN, aka Obama. They have seen their government raid and loot social security and run up an HUGE UNFUNDED obligation. They have seen Medicare near BANKRUPTCY while millions are supposed to be retiring and going on the plan. And now Snakeoil Master Obama wants to sell them yet another multi-TRILLION dolar entitlement plan.

    DemocRATS will be near extinction come next November. Obama will be handcuffed by a Republican majority. 2012 will see this one term disaster removed from office in humiliation.

    Thus will END America's brief socialist experiment.

    March 22, 2010 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  21. frank in Valparaiso

    So what. It passed. Its the law of the land.

    People in this country are ignorant. They have allowed Murdoch, Beck, Rush, Reagan and Bush to lead them around by their nose. Those people are only interested in NOT paying their fair share of taxes. Their kids go to private school, they live in gated estates, they can afford a health savings account (especially since its a tax shelter).

    Consider this, they believe evolution is a theory, man made climate change doesn't exist, man walked with dinosaurs, and there are ghosts. Mormons believe Jesus Christ walked with Native Americans.

    So we trust these rubes with opinions on health care? Get real. How about how much we have spent in Iraq and why Bush got us into that war?

    March 22, 2010 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  22. Rick in OP

    When politicians arrogantly thumb their noses at the will of the people, it is called TYRANNY.
    Do you remember what happened the last time someone tried that in this country?

    March 22, 2010 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  23. Gertie

    70% of respondents thought this bill would increase the deficit, but the CBO's report clearly stated it would reduce the deficit. Get the facts. Knowledge is your friend!

    March 22, 2010 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  24. Shelly

    I saw a poll that said 56 percent of Americans believe they saw aliens land it their backyard! We are a lost people when our moral compass and higher wisdom does not guide us anymore!
    When it is grand to spend a trillion dollars on an unnecessary war and kill thousands of Americans and Iraqis but whine and complain when we spend to save millions of our own citizens! Ridiculous!

    March 22, 2010 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  25. Jerry

    Dear Mr. Obama, I agree with you 100% that healthcare is screwed up and needs fixed. However, your "plan" does nothing to fix it. All it does is put an even bigger burden on the middle class. How does taxing benefits fix the problem? How does requiring people to get coverage even if they cannot afford it fix the problem? How does pooping on small business fix the problem? It doesn't. I hope you enjoy your only term

    March 22, 2010 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
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