March 29th, 2010
12:51 PM ET
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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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soundoff (204 Responses)
  1. PC

    PLEEEESE STOP SAYING MOST OF AMERICA...when the majority voted for the democrats in 2008. this just burns me up that so much coverage is given to polls that DO NOT represent the majority of americans!!! i have never been polled nor anyone i know have ever been polled so please stop the ignorance of thinking 1000 people [mostly republicans] are against everthing president obama does. the proof in the pudding will be obama's next term when he is elected again in a landslide from the real american people.

    March 29, 2010 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  2. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    In that 56% that disapprove of the new legislation does that also include those who approve but disapprove due to no public option. The polls previously had to be corrected due to this same error of lumping the disapproval all in one without separating the above mentioned. If this is the case the disapproval percentages would be lowered significantly. DO THE RIGHT THING.

    March 29, 2010 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  3. Jg

    I love the repeal and replace slogan. It is absolutely absurd. The more people realize what's in this the more they will realize "big brother" isn't running their healthcare and it actually improveas their life. I can't wait for Republicans to explain why they would repeal the whole thing only to put back 95% of it. That's a hefty barrell of snake oil to try and sell.

    March 29, 2010 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  4. Thomas McGowan

    The headline here is somewhat misleading because it infers the disapproval of the health care bill by 56% to 42% is bad news for Obama. If you read the story, however 25% think the bill did not go far
    enough...i.e. they wanted a public option. This means of the 42% opposing, only 17% think it went too far. That 25% stays with Obama in 2012, and the 17% is close to the number of teabaggers.

    March 29, 2010 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  5. Repeal? I Dare You!

    If republicans are running on repealing and replacing this bill, they are in for a rude awakening come November. That's a baseless platform. It's political suicide if you ask me. Go ahead and be my guest republiklans.

    DEATH OF THE GOP 11/10

    March 29, 2010 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  6. Dawn

    Hmmm, it would be interesting to know the people that
    they are polling.

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

    When are we going to STOP running this country on what the "public opinion polls" say and start listening to what people are saying? Polls are not an accurate science and those that place all of their choices in life on what a poll says or doesn't say are leading lives of deception because this is all the information, even if wrong, that they receive and steadfastly use in their decision making process rather than gathering the facts and making an informed decision. The media supports polls because it requires less work by their talking heads in information gathering. You cannot tell me that in a country of over 200 million people that 1200 people interviewed by a pollster with a plus or minus of 5-10 points margin is an accurate gauge of the American people thoughts and feelings towards a particular issue. Anybody that has taken a course in statistics know full well how data can be interpreted and skewed to achieve a result.

    March 29, 2010 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  8. Willy Brown

    Buh bye democrats. See you in 60 years!

    March 29, 2010 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  9. shastalady

    It seems everyone wants the "perfect bill" that has all they want in it and nothing else. However what one person wants or needs may not be what someone else does. At least we now have the bill signed into law. It can now be refined further just as Medicare was. I bet all our good lawmakers who are or will soon be enjoying their Medicare benefits would agree that it is a bit of socialism that has turned out very well for Americans.

    March 29, 2010 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  10. truth

    Obama's next 'reform' will be Immagration to allow all illegal immigrants be legal, so we will need more money to cover those 12 million people. There will be more tax waiting for us. Obama's health care law will bankrupt this country.

    March 29, 2010 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  11. Michael

    What is it with you people and polls? Who's up today? Who's down? Trouble for GOP? Trouble for Obama. For God's sake, let time pass, let the dust settle, and give it a rest.

    March 29, 2010 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  12. Patrick Era

    It is too early for any meaningful polls! People are still influenced by all the lies told by the opponents of the bill for a period of over one year. As time goes on the goodness of the bill will come to the fore and then, more and more Americans will come to appreciate the good works of President Obama, Speaker Pelosi and Reid – who stood their ground for the common good of Americans which the LANDMARK legislation has come to represent. It is just as simple!

    March 29, 2010 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  13. Lynn

    Where are u getting this "most of Americans" from? No one has contacted neither me or any of my friends/family, etc. to ask us our oppinion! That just goes to show the distortion of the information released to the public. What fool in their right mind would disapprove of having Health Care!????

    March 29, 2010 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |

    Repeal Obama Disaster Care. Remember vote Republican in 2010 and 2012 and get all these Democrats out of office before they do any more damage to our economy. Reid, Pelosi and Obama YOUR FIRED in 2010 and 2012.

    March 29, 2010 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  15. Ferret out the BS

    It's absolutely amazing that the Republicans couldn't come up with a way to support the health and well being of Americans except to go to war. With, by the way, no way to pay for it. But now they want to repeal legislation that has passed and will benefit us without killing us by guns, knives, bombs etc.. All because their wallets and prosperity are supposedly threatened. They still don't have any plan, they just want to get rid of the one just passed. When will the people wake up and see the Republican politicians for what they are ... lying, fear mongering hacks that just want to destroy and not build for the good of America.

    March 29, 2010 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  16. Mr. Nelson, Colorado Springs

    I would say some of America disaprove of the health care reform law not most. What is wrong with having health care insurance. The Republicans are angry about the new health care law because they didn't pass health care first. The Health Care Reform Bill is a major victory for Preisdent Barack Obama. Go For It

    March 29, 2010 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  17. Indy

    The important thing to remember is that the will of the people was to vote Obama into the Whitehouse to pass healthcare reform, and that also means the will of the people was to tell Sarah Palin and John McCain, thanks but no thanks and for them to go home.Palin still has not re found Alaska
    Every country that has passed major health care reform into law saw the polls dip at the begining, and every one of them also saw the polls rise after the fires were put out. You have to remember that Republicans have done nothing but lie about this bill and once the truth prevails there will be much more support and Obamas poll numbers will rise. It should also be noted that not one country has ever had a population that would want to give back their entitlements of healthcare once law has passed. This will all change once people realize the good of the bill far outways the bad. Don't ever underestimate the middle class, who will stand strong to protect this new law.

    March 29, 2010 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  18. uzalex

    It would have been nice to know what exactly they disliked about the bill. A follow-up question would have been appropriate. I bet most don't even know what's on this bill but the soundbites from all the talking heads. What a shame!

    March 29, 2010 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  19. Squigman

    The sign in the picture says it all, I.E. Angry Mob. The really sad part is this. When angry mobs are gathered, few if any brain cells attend the gathering. Mob mentality, should never be allowed to rule any situation, let alone direct the focus of our nation. The people making up these so called mobs should be aware that they are partaking in an activity that could be considered treason.

    March 29, 2010 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  20. gene

    Very few should take anything the CNN pollsters say seriously – they have very little credibility

    over the weekend i tuned into Candy Crowley – she was trying to get David Axelrod to admit that Obama was contributing to the heightened rhetoric by making appointments in recess.

    Of course bush did it too and at that point in his presidency 5 appointments were held up. At this point in Obama's term he has 77 uvnfilled vacancies. The repubs have obstructed beyond anything that has ever happened before.

    And Candy CNN – who i always thought was okay – was pressing Obama on inciting the rhetoric – and the brick throwing.

    No wonder everyone is leaving and they are picking up the far right nut cakes.

    March 29, 2010 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |

    Bad title once again to another CNN article. What isn't the US democrats and republicans divided over. Gee the republicans aren't happy. What a surprise! If you look a the numbers in this poll, the vast majority either liked the bill or wanted more. The repubicans just continue to show their true colors.

    Where were these fiscal conservatives during the Bush years spending us into the ground on a war in Iraq that was based on lies, Our tax money given away to no bid contracts with Cheney's companies, Haliburton, KBR, Kellog, etc.


    March 29, 2010 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  22. Mike

    The bill needs to be cleaned up, in particular starting with the pork that bought votes of demorats. There are a few good things in the bill but not enough to keep the entire package. Repeal and replace with a bill that does not bankrupt the country. The federal government cannot run social security,medicare,medicaid or the va hospitals and some fools want the government to run health care? Heck no.

    March 29, 2010 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  23. Sophia

    WAY TO GO CONGRESS!! About time the Democrats stand up and do something for the good of the country instead of their pockets. I would also like to see the public option back on the table. These insurance companies are not going to fall into line easily.

    March 29, 2010 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  24. earl weidner

    over 50 disagree with the health care plan...and most have not read it...and 10% probably still believe the world is flat!!! its time to wake up...Obama is light years ahead of the previous 8 years where that president would do well to get a "c" in high chool civics.

    March 29, 2010 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  25. Ted Stearns

    You mentioned a "poll" and only comment-show us the poll!!

    March 29, 2010 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
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