March 29th, 2010
12:51 PM ET
12 years ago

CNN Poll: Americans divided on repealing health care law

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Most Americans disapprove of the health care reform law, a new CNN poll says."]
Washington (CNN) - Most Americans disapprove of the health care reform law, but that does not translate into majority support for the "repeal and replace" strategy backed by most GOP leaders, according to a new national poll.

A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Monday indicates that 56 percent of the public disapproves of the new legislation, with 42 percent approving of the bill that President Obama signed into law last week. Tuesday the president signs into law fixes to the original legislation that were approved by Congress last week.

Full results (pdf)

More than three in 10 questioned say they dislike most of the bill, with one in four saying they oppose all the proposals in the new law. Fifteen percent say they approve of the new law without reservation, with another one in four saying they support the new reforms but feel they didn't go far enough.

When it comes to health care, Republicans have made "repeal and replace" their battle cry, and Obama has said he welcomes the fight. At an event in Iowa City, Iowa, last week, the president scoffed at the GOP strategy, saying, "My attitude is - Go for it."

According to the poll, 47 percent agree with the Republican strategy and want Congress to repeal most of the major provisions in the bill and replace them with completely new proposals. But 50 percent are fine with the current law or want Congress to go back and pass something that would increase the government's involvement in health care even further.

The 47 percent who favor "repeal and replace" is significantly lower than the 56 percent who say they disapprove of the bill's passage last week.

"That's because opposition to the new law comes in many different forms and not all of them benefit the GOP," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "Some Americans continue to say that they disapprove of the bill because they want even more government involvement in health care than the bill created. Only a quarter are against the entire bill; one in three support at least a few proposals in the new law. And a handful of Americans appear to dislike the bill but don't want Congress to spend any more time on health care."

The survey indicates that half of all Republicans questioned say they are angry about the bill's passage, with another 38 percent saying they are displeased. By contrast, 29 percent of Democrats say they are enthusiastic, with another 50 percent saying they are pleased.

"The new law seems to have riled up Republicans without really getting Democrats fired up. Half of Republicans are angry about the new health care law; most Democrats favor the law but only one in three are enthusiastic about it," adds Holland.

According to the poll, the number who say the law would not help anyone in the country has dropped in the past week. Thirty-seven percent of the people questioned in a CNN survey released a week ago said the reforms would not help anyone. That number has dropped to 29 percent in the new poll.

Forty-seven percent say that this is a major victory for Barack Obama with another one in five calling it a minor accomplishment and one in three saying it was not a positive achievement.

The CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll was conducted Thursday through Sunday, with 1,009 adult Americans questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus three percentage points.

- CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report

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  1. GI Joe

    If they are so against it, why did the not do anything for Americans in the last 50 years?

    March 29, 2010 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  2. Sad

    Ok, I do not thin CNN should work on any more polls regarding any polical issue. The CNN poll consist of 1,009 adult Americans questioned by telephone. Really? This is a joke, which state did CNN poll takes call? How many Reps and Dem. did CNN call?
    I understand this is a random poll, but CNN should state the small amount of people called at the begining of the artical, so everyone reading the artical understand the amount of people taking the polls does not consist of even 1/4 of the USA population...Please CNN stop polling it is a waist of time if you are not going to do it properly.

    March 29, 2010 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  3. Jonny

    Everyone that I ever speak to about this that is against it, knows absolutely NOTHING about the Bills details.
    Everyone For the Bill, DOES know, are informed and support it.
    Too many people just listen to soundbites, talking points and headlines, without bothering to learn the facts that effect All Our Lives.
    Than vote in November.

    March 29, 2010 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  4. Obama

    Elections are for checking out whether polls are right. One is about 6 months away.

    March 29, 2010 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  5. Tired

    Every poll on this issue is different. How can anyone tell what people really think or want? Do we believe the "I can yell louder so I am right" crowd? Do we ask people who have no insurance? How about those we have insurance and are "sure" they will never lose their job and therefore their insurance? Do we ask the elderly (which includes me) if they hate or appreciate their Medicare? For the most part I think something had to be done in this country. Canada has not lapsed into anarchy and they have universal healthcare. The first step had to be taken. Perhaps now the Congress can work together to iron things out and make things better for everyone concerned. (That is if John McCain will shut up about not doing anything until after the November election. To think I used to admire the man and supported him in 2000. His choice of Palin got me off the fence and into the Obama camp in 2008.)

    March 29, 2010 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  6. SpringGambit

    Frankly, CNN, it doesn't really take much to *rile up* the T-Pers. It's in their genes.

    This is one of your better polls, though. Give everyone just enough kibbles and bits to keep them happy, no matter their political stance . . . eh, CNN?

    Keep up the great journalist integrity. It serves you so well.

    March 29, 2010 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  7. dorothy

    The propoganda machine is really working. Palin is back armed with tea bags and more twisted fiction...and the beat goes on. It is very tiring being an American right now. Tiring because people are so mis-informed and so disinterested in learing the truth. They prefer anger. A bi-racial Obama has become the scapegoat for a bad economy and a nothing short of an evil Republican party...or whatever they are calling themselves today. Race really is the issue here. The elephant in the middle of the room. He is not part of the old boy network...power, money, politics-and so he has to be destroyed. The ugly American has moved back home.

    March 29, 2010 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  8. Robrob

    "Angry Incoherent Mob"

    Yup... The future of the Disloyal Opposition Party.

    March 29, 2010 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  9. chris omu

    Most peopls oppose this bill because they expected much more than what is presently included in the bill. People wanted the public option.. In all, I think Obama and democrats will reap benefits from this bill come November 2010

    March 29, 2010 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  10. a health economist

    I think the most telling poll number isn't in this report. It is the recent Harris poll indicating that 24% of Republicans believe Obama may be the Anti-Christ. That sure is a comforting thought. I thought it might be higher. 🙂

    March 29, 2010 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  11. MJ

    Can this be any more confusing? CNN needs to lay out the exact questions asked and the responses in table form. Also need to include how may Dems or Rep or Ind. voters and how many from each state. This whole polling system is medea's way to trying to force their own openion to my openion.

    March 29, 2010 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  12. Steve McQueen

    for goodness sakes... let Congress move on to something else

    March 29, 2010 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  13. Dano

    So by my count of CNN's numbers, 88% of Rebublicans are angry or displeased with the health care reform bill, while 79% of Democrats are pleased or enthusiastic about it. This doesn't sound like bad or good news for HCR since no one really knows how much it will help or hurt yet. Take the poll in a year and it will be more relevent.

    March 29, 2010 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  14. Tierney

    Since I was a kid under Nixon, this has been going on. Health Care in this country is a shameful thing. I think it is the insurance industry that is fueling and funding all this noise. The people who are uninsured are not the ones causing problems. Come on people, share nicely.

    March 29, 2010 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  15. Jobless Recovery

    Obama may be the most polarizing president in US history b/c of his radical left policies & the arrogant, partisan way he goes about jamming his ideology down Amercan's throat. Hopefully his adoring advisors tell him to jam the jobs killing Cap n Tax energy bill or immigration reform/amnesty down our throats b4 Nov so every moderate & independent can see without a doubt that tranforming America into a liberal socialist state is what drives this community organizer.

    March 29, 2010 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  16. Givonna, New Orleans

    Who are these people polling? Most people I know are excited about this law- although we all agree that it is not perfect! I

    March 29, 2010 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  17. annoyed at CNN

    Can you please stop with the "new poll shows trouble for (insert party here)!" posts? Every week you're forecasting doom for one side or the other, depending on whatever poll you just pulled out of your hat. The election is 7 months away, and Obama isn't up for election until 2012. Polls are misleading at best, and mean exactly jack squat right now.

    March 29, 2010 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  18. Nick Mann

    Once people learn more about this Health Bill, which is just now beginning to be read.....they will be horified. This was passed without anyone reading it or knowing what was in it.....Very disturbing. You can only ignore the constitution and the will of the people for so long, before they wake up.

    March 29, 2010 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  19. Adalbert

    What we desperately need is an intelligent discussion on the issues. Unfortunately today, lies and treats are dominating American politics fueled by despicable propaganda on TV and talk radio. These irresponsible agitators should be held responsible for their actions in stead of allowing them to make millions off of their misleading statements and lies.
    Most people wanting to repeal the insurance reform do not even understand it.

    March 29, 2010 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  20. Nancy

    Why do your polls only count the Against and the For and not count the ones that said that the Reform didn't go far enough? Which means that the polls are all wrong and that there are more people for and not against the Health Care Reform? Why tell the American people a lie?

    Fairfax, Virginia

    March 29, 2010 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  21. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    Let's repeal all of Bush's laws and executive orders.... Then let's get Bush and Cheney in court for war criminal charges.....

    March 29, 2010 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  22. worry

    Absolutely disapprove Obama's Health Reform Law. I support any proposals that can stop this law. Obama is a liar. He said Middle class families will have no change, no extra tax, etc., but I will have to pay a lot more next year because of this law.

    March 29, 2010 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  23. Danny Cali

    Both party are tried to get Health care reform but failed so, now President Obama the one that CHANGE American and United States that's why GOPer so jealous about the Health care. Please go for Change American and support the one that have no Health Insurance.

    March 29, 2010 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  24. A True Centrist

    Why would this poll be a surprise to anyone? President Obama said during a meeting with Dems in Congress that they shouldn't worry about the polls or elections. He said at the time that their focus should be on passing the healthcare bill. Dems knew that they were ignoring the wishes of their constituents, they were just hoping to do it as early as possible so they could bounce back by Nov elections. I don't think it will happen however, the American people have short memories but not when blantantly ignored for power and party.

    March 29, 2010 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  25. TW

    It will NEVER be repealed, amended perhaps as it will need to be fixed from a funding stand point. Social Security and Medicare are two programs that the Republicans rightfully used the same platform of repeal and once in they never fxed it. Look at them both today Corrupt and broke, Social Security is in the red this year yet our President went with the foolhardy notion that we need another huge program that won't work instead of trying to fix whats already broken.
    We need to fix our broken Gov't, lets vote every single incumbent out of office and start fresh. Perhaps JUST PERHAPS Americans will actually be listened to when we say no.

    March 29, 2010 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
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