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. Ed

    What percentage of the 56 percent disapproval, disapprove because the health care bill is not liberal enough? This statistic is important because of its' political implications. It appears that statistic was available but CNN decided not to report it. Prior to passage this number was close to 15 percent, if it is still that high, it would be significant and not a good thing for Republicans as these people would replace with single payer or a very robust public option. Another poll should be done to see what people would want to replace the health care bill with and if they don't want to replace it how they would revise it.

    March 29, 2010 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  2. Martoon

    CNN, please just report the results of the poll. We don't need you to "spin" it for us. The bottom line is still that the majority of Americans oppose Obamacare and the majority of Congress doesn't care what we think. So vote for those that represent you in November!

    March 29, 2010 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  3. normajean

    I'd like to know where you get your information that most Americans disapprove of the health care plan.The so called polls are a farce. I don't know anyone that has even been asked how they feel about it anywhere at any time. The people that have care don.t need it so they might not care, but there are millions who are hoping for it to give them somewhere to turn if and when they get sick. Barack Obama is our president and the health care plan has been signed into law, so all you self indulged haters can just live As to the people who are fighting the Democrats on everything, if someone is killed because of all your hate, the Republican party will own that action.,

    March 29, 2010 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  4. GE in MD

    Any comments about the long range impact (good and/or bad) of the health insurance reform act at this time is shooting from the lip.

    March 29, 2010 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  5. Fedup

    The hark working American will have to squezze the budget so the lazy workers can stay lazy.

    March 29, 2010 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  6. Hannah

    This was the risk that President Obama took. He knew that it would be a risk politically and he did it anyway. I call that above and beyond bravery. No other president has been willing to do this since Clinton. And he did it for us. When people find out the benefits, can't be dropped for pre-existing condition, no caps on amount of health care, can't be dropped when you get really sick, your adult kids can stay on your policy until age 25, senoirs won't have to deal with the bush donut hole, they will come around. And 20 years from now they will say don't get rid of my health care.

    March 29, 2010 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  7. Liz

    I'm very gratified and relieved to see most of the posts about health reform are supportive of Obama and the bill. it gives me hope that saner heads will prevail in November and as many republican'ts as is humanly possible will be voted out . their do-nothing policy and constant lying and fearmongering are a detriment to the country they claim to love. the natural progression of time and history is forward, not backward. the constant attempts of the right wing to drag us backward is against nature itself. a society progresses or dies. here's a clue all you 'righties,' hot tub time machine is FICTION!

    March 29, 2010 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  8. Todd

    Funny last week it was reported the other way around. We need to get rid of both parties and the nut jobs like CNN. The tea party is not the answer also. Can sane people form a party that works for the people and keep peoples belives out of goverment. Lets stop spending over seas on issues that we always lose on in the end.

    March 29, 2010 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  9. richp the poconos

    Sorry, not buying that 50% want MORE government involvement unless the poll was taken at various government run entitlement centers.
    I'm just waiting for the article by article analysis of what was passed, I"m not up to learning the very specialized lawyers theft language that it was written in. LOL

    March 29, 2010 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  10. Matt

    You lead with "most Americans disapprove of the health care reform law," but leave it to a polling director's quote below the fold to clarify that "disapproval" is not 100%. This is too complex to leave to vague summaries like your introduction.

    Disapproving of the bill because it changes health care, and disapproving of the bill because it doesn't change health care enough are two vastly different perspectives, with a gulf of gray area in between.


    March 29, 2010 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  11. Brad - Ohio

    That fact that 1 in 4 (all Republicans no doubt) oppose all portions of the bill is proof positive that the GOP puts partisan politics ahead of the health and welfare of Americans. Shame on them.

    March 29, 2010 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  12. geecee

    Who did you poll? Just like during the campaign two years ago when Obama was w-a-a-a-a-y behind in the polls for POTUS, you poll only geezers in rocking chairs with their landlines. Do you poll people with cell phones. Just curious.

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

    Wont matter, the States have just awakened to figure out the the Federal government has usurped their Constitutional rights through bending, stretching and breaking the law to pass this abortion of a legislative nightmare. Obama won the 2008 elections by a small majority, roughly 4% I believe, so with ACORN now dead I wouldn't count on that majority vote turnout in 2012, he has pissed off too much of his centrist base. The Independents and taxpaying whites without jobs now see him for what he is, a socialist radical hell bent on destroying capitalism and spreading what they have worked for their entire lives. 57% of Americans do not want any part of this bill and are even more angry at the way the thing was passed, a mockery of bi-partisanship, passed through trickery, manipulation and bribery within the Congress. When all the little caveats of this thing are open to the public in its finality, it will be a Giant FAILURE for the American people, and the Dems own it all!

    March 29, 2010 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  14. rick johnson

    let^s give the bill a chance at least. Just because a bunch of wealthy republicans will have to pay a few more dollars in taxes is no excuse to repeal a decent law.

    March 29, 2010 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  15. dark days

    No one called or asked me. Everyone I've talked to likes what the Democrats accomplished. Slow news cycle day at CNN. We're all used to it.

    March 29, 2010 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  16. jm for sc

    This country is also divided on the number of people who have health care and the number of people who need it.

    As long as Republicans can keep fooling people, they will remain divided on this issue because some people refuse to read things for themselves.

    March 29, 2010 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  17. KC

    The bill did not go far enough, but it is a start. Hopefully one day health care in this country will not be a "for profit" venture so that everyone can get the care that they need and deserve as American citizens.

    March 29, 2010 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  18. katiec

    Unfortunately the republicans, with their lies, fear mongering and goals to destroy everything are believed by some. And, of course, these misguided people are the ones CNN seems to favor in polls and goes to for their input.
    I never put any creditibility in CNN polls as their support of the radical right is very obvious. They have a tendency to ignore other polls except those owned, dictated to by republican millionaires.
    The days of expecting fair and balanced reporting from CNN is a thing of the past.
    Meanwhile the republicans continue on their path towards becoming our country's most dangerous domestic terrorists.

    March 29, 2010 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  19. exasperated

    The bill and the method in which it was passed is a sham. The majority of us Americans have been ignored. I feel like Washington is now part of Chicago mob politics.

    March 29, 2010 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  20. Jon from NY

    If 50% say they approve and/or want congress to pass amendments increasing the government's involvement, it would seem to me your initial statement that 56% of those polled disapprove is somehwat misleading and that this isn't as bad for Obama as what you make it out to be ? Of course the support for the bill will grow as more people realize the benefits that will accrue to them and people they know and that there won't be any government sponsored grandma killing death panels coming between them and their preferred physicians as some would have us believe.

    March 29, 2010 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  21. Ron

    It is a big rip off good for lazy people bad for retired and woking people.It could have been a good bill if the democrats weren't so sociailst in there view.It will help kill the economy and cost jobs that's for sure.

    March 29, 2010 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  22. wait a minute

    President Obama should sign an executive order to outlaw denying insurance coverage to anybody, not just children, with pre-existing conditions immediately.

    We need Universal Health Care, because a weak Public Option is not enough to control health care costs.

    March 29, 2010 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  23. Jon

    This article seems to pick and choose which article they will cite. Thier have been nearly 45 polls from respected organizations all including between 1000 and 4000 people sample size. Most of which can be accesed on the web with site like real politics dot com. The majority of th epolls as of last night showed that upwards of 52% still dissaprove with few polls showing that the majoirt approves of this bill. However, CNN still decided to only cite the very few polls stating that the majority liked the bill. You also have to cite the standard deviations on the poll which show that when the 92% confidence level is shown it still tiles far in favor of those who oppose this legislation and the methods by which it was passed.

    March 29, 2010 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  24. MIguel Antonio Gomez

    It's funny. Liberal Lame-Stream Media CNN is shocked by the polls?

    March 29, 2010 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  25. VirginiaJeff

    Once again, the media overemphasizes oppostion to reform, from the teaser to their choice of photo. First, Obama's ratings are UP since passage, at around 56%. Second, from the poll itself: "Congress should leave the bill as it is ": 23% "Congress should make additional changes to increase the government's involvement in the nation's health care system" 27%. That's 50% who want this bill or more.

    March 29, 2010 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
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