March 25th, 2010
06:30 PM ET
13 years ago

Polls indicate support for health care reform up since vote

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="According to new polls, support for the health care reform bill has increased as a result of Sunday's approval the legislation by the House."]Washington (CNN) - Support for the health care reform bill has increased as a result of Sunday's approval the legislation by the House, according to three national polls conducted after the vote.

Two of the surveys, by CBS News and Quinnipiac University, asked virtually the same question about health care both before and after Sunday's vote, and in both polls support for the legislation rose by four to five percentage points.

USA Today/Gallup, the third poll conducted after the vote, did not ask the same question as they did before action by the House, but their results are generally consistent with the indication in the other polls that support for the health care bill has gone up.

How many people now support the health care bill? That is trickier to say because the polls asked very different questions.

USA Today/Gallup asked whether Americans thought "it was a good thing or a bad thing that Congress passed this bill."

This question concentrated on the passage of the bill, not the contents of the bill. Since Americans generally like to see their leaders take action, it's not surprising that this wording produced the highest positive response - 49 percent who approved of the 'passage' of the bill. The Gallup poll indicates that four in 10 say passage of the bill was a bad thing.

CBS asked what Americans thought of "the current health care reform bill." Quinnipiac asked what Americans thought of "the changes in health care passed by Congress." These questions concentrated on the 'contents' of the bill. CBS indicated 42 percent approving of the bill; Quinnipiac indicated 40 percent approval. Forty-six percent of those questioned in the CBS poll disapproved of the bill, with 49 percent of those questioned by Quinnipiac disapproving of the legislation.

"Some of the difference is no doubt due to the fact, noted in several CNN poll, that some Americans opposed the bill because it was not liberal enough." says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "It's likely that people in this group still dislike the contents of the bill, but are pleased that a Democratic Congress got something done on this issue."

The USA Today/Gallup poll was conducted Monday, the day after the House vote. The CBS News and the Quinnipiac University surveys were conducted Monday and Tuesday.

Tuesday, President Obama signed into law the health care legislation passed last year by the Senate and Sunday by the House. The House also passed a package of fixes that were added by House Democrats to the Senate health care reform bill. The fixes were passed by the Senate on Thursday, with some slight alterations. The House was expected to approve the Senate fixes late Thursday.

–CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report

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  1. Fitz in Texas

    "Polls indicate support for health care reform has increased since Sunday vote"

    HAHAHAHAHAH-– Lord I love a good joke!!!!

    March 25, 2010 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  2. GI Joe

    Can we tone it down to one poll a month? This is ridiculous.

    March 25, 2010 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  3. A Real American

    People have the freedom to see a doctor now without being discriminated against by the health insurance companies.

    AND the sky didn't fall.

    Of course it's gaining in popularity.

    Republicans will rue the day they called it "ObamaCare," because from now on, President Obama gets all the credit.

    March 25, 2010 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  4. Andrea

    I see nothing wrong with having health care for everyone. People are arguing over health care when we have troops putting their lives on the line EVERYDAY since 9/11. People act as if the President took away health care. We have bigger issues such as teachers getting fired, schools are closing and so on. Wake up America while you're throwing bricks and making signs. Our kids are seeing and hearing adults act like kids. BABIES!! Crying because people with cancer can continue with treatments. Sick babies aren't being sent home because their parents insurance company cancelled them. Single parents will be able to afford HEALTH INSURANCE for the whole family. Think people.

    March 25, 2010 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  5. RCasson

    And by November, people will realize what a good thing this is...Democrats will retain their majority and not lose nearly as many seats as predicted...

    March 25, 2010 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  6. mother in Pa

    Please explain to me how anyone can approve a bill that we do not know the contents of? I am still baffled by intelligent people voting to pass this bill believing Nancy Pelosi will fix later. I also believe those who approve do not have an understanding of the effects on businesses I pray the dems get voterd out in November, Comrade Obama looses next election and the US can rid itself of socialists! No one wins when we enable.

    March 25, 2010 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  7. gimme gimme

    spin it however you want; the fact STILL REMAINS that the majority oppose the bill!!

    March 25, 2010 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  8. Most Republicans - Wrong about everything, Wrong for America (and GW Bush was the worst President ever)

    The Republicans will spin this and say that America didn't want a Health Care Bill. They will not take into account that a percentage of the people didn't like this legislation because it didn't have a public option, or didn't go far enough.

    March 25, 2010 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  9. S Callahan

    The poll is not a true picture....that will be in four years.....that will tell a true story. With so many out of work now, and unemployement set to expire over the year for many, and small buisness not producing much in jobs at this point.......the real question will be ..who will have money to pay for it? Eventually, it may fall on 35-49% of the population to support this financially, maybe even less percentage. Let's hope for a miracle.

    March 25, 2010 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  10. Michael

    Yes, fearmongering tends to backfire when dire threats of immediate catastrophe fail to materialize.

    March 25, 2010 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  11. peggy

    As a Republican I am completely discussed with the party's position of not working with the Dems to work out a Health Care Bill that would benefit more of the American people. The overwhelming consensus of both parties was that the current health care system could not be sustained and needed to be revamped. Republican think tanks demanded rigid conformity, no dissent was allowed, and the conservatives came across looking brain dead. We missed a historic opportunity to be apart of reforming health care. I fear we will regret this position.

    March 25, 2010 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  12. Marcia Crise

    Healtcare reform needed more now than ever. I was not included in theUSA Today/Gallup poll. Now not only do we need Healthcare reform, Congress has passed a bill that makes illegal to not be government dependent unless you are earning a six figure income. Very discouraging for young people. This is supposed to be the land of opportunity. Our federal government seems to make that a hope for anyone but our own citizens.

    March 25, 2010 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  13. ran

    The action by the fear/hate/obstructionist/purity Republicans over this issue alone will be their undoing come election time 2010.

    I mean to propose an amendment to restrict erectile drugs to sex offenders. What were medical providers to do. A background check like for a hand gun. How much of an increase in health care cost would that have been?

    People we need to vote for either a true Democrat or Independent in the 2010 election and not reward a single win to a Republican.

    March 25, 2010 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  14. Deb n Texas

    That is why the GOP is making fools of themselves. They knew that once this Health Care Bill would pass – the public would love it.

    March 25, 2010 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |

    I support healthcare reform. I hope some republicans, radicals and members of the tea party would stop the needless violence. President Obama has not lied to the country. Healthcare reform was apart of his platform during campaigning as well as Hillary's. Where were the tea party when Bush Jr.spent trillions on 2 wars & tax cuts for the rich? Why isn't the media educating the public that the pharmaceutical & healthcare industry funded his campaign?

    March 25, 2010 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  16. April Garlow

    People will see that mandating people to buy Health Insurance does nothing to improve their healthcare. Physicians will not see patients with plans that don't pay them enough, they may sign on to the program to satisfy the government, but simply turn patients away saying we aren't taking new patients, which is their right. Coverage, and not being denied insurance, does not mean these companies will approve your tests, or care.

    March 25, 2010 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  17. AEJ

    So are we going to stop hearing the sore losers GOP saying "The American People do not want this health care".

    March 25, 2010 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  18. John

    GOP does not want healthcare reforms.

    GOP and Health Insurance Companies make huge profits by Plunder, Extortion, Scam and by depriving the insured of funds for medical treatment.

    GOP and Health Insurance Companies are spending million in false publicity and propaganda in opposing the healthcare reforms.

    This money in fact belongs to the insured, which they received in premiums.

    GOP and Health Insurance Companies are Thugs and Criminals.

    March 25, 2010 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |

    What President Bush wips hands off on President Clinton, not that he doesn't deserve it but this shows you how the Rebublicans think . They have whiped their hands off on the majority of americans by acting and keeping the rederic going.Take your losses and go back home and try to win next year and then make changes in the system.As far as I'm concerned we should put these politicians on a eight years and your out. I think they would get more done. At least they wouldn't start running for relection for four years.

    March 25, 2010 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  20. Adalbert

    The more that people will learn about this bill the better they will feel about it.

    March 25, 2010 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  21. Liz

    This obsession with poll numbers is ridiculous. Once people understand the law then ask what they think of it. The moron on SS disability that was opposed to "government run health care" is a great example of the information gap. Why doesn't CNN look into that?

    March 25, 2010 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  22. Jake

    Guess now 76% do not want it instead of 77%.Stalin Marx Mao Castro Hitler Obama

    March 25, 2010 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |

    Support will continue to grow as the American people find out just how much the GOP lied to them. Did anyone notice that the GOP Senators with their hundreds of amendments didn't offer even one that took out the death panels? The answer is very simple, you can't take something out of the bill that was never in it to begin with. Just another GOP lie. Did they offer an amendment to stop the government take over of the health care system? Again no, because it's not in the bill, just more GOP lies. The American people are finally starting to see the truth about the GOP and they will pay a heavy price in November for their lies and political games. The democrats are poised to pick up seats and that will be good for the country, instead of only hearing "no" from the GOP, we won't hear anything from them and things will get done. I for one can hardly wait.

    March 25, 2010 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  24. Desmond in Canada

    There you go: You have to be just a little intelligent, compassionate and just to recognize that this is an excellent bill, even if not perfect.

    March 25, 2010 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  25. I am the Great and Sociopathic Wizard of Rush and I Say . . .

    And it will become more popular as the people realize what a momentus thing Obama did.

    March 25, 2010 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
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