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. simplefact

    Election losers are election losers!

    They didn't want to work with the Dems all along (offered soundbites & no comprehensive solution of their own); and rushed 100 amendments to make it a better bill! Yeah, right!

    This is ridiculous! It's great that Obama socked it to the GOP like he did to the 3 Somali pirates - of course, with no bullets wasted!

    I voted to Reagan (twice) & you can bet that I'll vote for Obama in 2012!

    March 29, 2010 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  2. Robin in Tampa, FL

    Fortunately, there aren't that many people who call themselves Republicans. So the people who are the most angry represent a relatively minor group of people who are already in the minority.

    March 29, 2010 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  3. Lydia Martinez

    I am an independent citizen of the United States and I am very glad that the Health Care Reform has passed and it is now a law. The only people unhappy about this law are the Republicans party due to the fact that they have good insurance, money, and they have become a very selfish group of people. During the 8 years they were the majority party in congress, they did not do anything but to waste money and send our kids to fight a war in Iraq that did not make any sense to us, but to the Republican. They did not oppose to ex President Bush's bad ideas and decisions. Republicans are playing with fire and they can get burned in the next elections. They think that the ordinary people of America is going to forget that the Republicans are they ones that mess it up and put us in a very difficult economic situation. We should be angry and not them.

    March 29, 2010 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  4. DerricksLaw

    How crazy is this – America now has health care and most americans don't want it- whats wrong how long can this country think its a leader with the world showing it that its a follower in many areas. Wise up folk as a country we are out of shape, out of touch, and out dated – get it together folk and read what happened to ROME – they too was in control but we don't hear much from them now do we.....

    March 29, 2010 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  5. gbd001

    States should just ignore this new federal law, much the same as they currently ignore federal laws that prohibit marijuana smoking/possession and illegal immigration. It was passed against the will of the people, only with bribes, extortion and other Obama corruption, and therefore the new law has zero credibility.

    March 29, 2010 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  6. wait a minute

    Many people disagree with the reform bill, because it doesn't do enough, not because they prefer status quo.

    It looks like the health insurance industry is trying to annihilate themselves with greed. Keep up the good work.

    March 29, 2010 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  7. Mark

    The program needs reworked either way you poll it.

    March 29, 2010 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  8. Disturbed

    Like it or dislike the health care bill, there is no denying that the Democrats have snubbed there nose at America. Most politicians feel the American public is too stupid to comprehend the complexities of the situation and therefore are going to do what your too stupid to do for yourself. Don't forget come November!

    March 29, 2010 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  9. Gary

    The bill passed with a majority in the House, then a super majority in the Senate, then a majority in the House, then Obama signed it. Both Houses were elected by a majority of the population. This is how it's supposed to work! If you don't like it vote for different representation next time, get a new bill passed, whatever you want to do. This is how it works! Nothing was rammed down anyone's throat, and if the roles had been reversed for the parties there would have been even less attempt at bipartisanship. So let's move on and see what the opposition can do in the next election. If you don't like that move out. Enough is enough. There are other things that need to be done.

    March 29, 2010 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  10. Avi Shlomo

    Today Americans are ruled by propaganda. Americans have little regard for truth, little access to it, and little ability to recognize it.
    Truth is an unwelcome entity. It is disturbing. It is off limits. Those who speak it run the risk of being branded “anti-American,” “anti-semite” or “conspiracy theorist.”

    March 29, 2010 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  11. minnie

    I'm quiet. I don't carry a sign. I don't belong to any protest groups.
    I just want millions of Americans to have access to affordable health care, including myself. And I want it now. I hope President hears the voices of the quiet ones.

    March 29, 2010 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  12. Jon

    It's time for a National Opt Out. If you really hate this reform, sign a document attached to your Social Security number that says if you are not insured, or your insurance does not cover a particular expense, like ER or hospitalization, you refuse treatment, sort of like a DNR. Then, if you or your uninsured child is run over by a bus, when you get to the emergency room, they run your SS# and see that you wish to be allowed to die rather than be treated, since you didn't think this was necessary. Otherwise, let the people who DO support basic national health insurance benefit. You can die happy, knowing that you have not partaken of this "obamination." Never have so many sheep been misled into being against protection against the wolves that prowl around the flock by their lying shepherd leaders. Sarah Palin and all the pretty people who are busy telling people how bad this is have blood on their hands already.

    March 29, 2010 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  13. Brink

    Question for your next poll; Do you approve of the tactics of the GOP?
    The only replacing that will be done in November will be of GOP incumbents.

    March 29, 2010 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  14. Kristi Swanson

    I was not called or e-mailed to do this survey. Only a 1,000 people participated in this survey. CNN should not make judgments of saying most people disapproving the bill. There are over 300 million people living in this country and all of us should be counted in this poll, not a select few.

    March 29, 2010 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  15. John, Sacramento

    This bill has some hidden "genius" in, whether intentional or non-intentional. It has been estimated that 62% of all bankruptcies in the US are all or partially or primarily because of health care expenses. Projected cost savings include court costs, credit drops, and lack of ability to finance post bankruptcy. The other major cost savings will be the reduction in divorces, which increase dramatically when combined with bankruptcy. The third major cost savings will be reduction in crime particularly white collar crime and theft which spike during bankruptcy explosions such as we are seeing. In my minds eye, the health care bill can stand on its own; it will prevent many rural hospitals from going bankrupt because they are the only ones who can treat the non-insured in their area and now will be re-imbursed for almost all treatment whether private or government re-imbursed at a lower rate. This is why almost all hospitals are for reform. Many disagree, but when you put some intelligence to the analysis of this bill and the moderation of the funding required, it may go down as one of the most intelligent pieces of legislation in history, notwithstanding the unanimous opposition by the GOP.

    March 29, 2010 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  16. chris

    Too early to tell, this law just passed and Americans need more time to digest. Most Americans do not know what is in it and do not know how it will help or affect them yet.

    March 29, 2010 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  17. Molly Weasley

    Of course, polls also show that people LIKE what's in the law when they learn what's in it.

    Come on, CNN - do your job as journalists. Drop the horserace garbage and spell out for people how the law will affect them.

    March 29, 2010 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  18. Aunt Bea and Opie

    It should have been SINGLE PAYER,PUBLIC OPTION,and it doesnt take effect soon enough.

    March 29, 2010 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  19. Four and The Door

    Just like most Americans wouldn't care much about what is happening to the price of a barrel of oil, they get really angry when they see $4.00/ gal when they pull up to the gas station.

    The problems with this bill will bring out anger when:

    1. Their insurance rates go up fast and far.
    2. They have to wait twice as long to get an appointment with their doctor,
    3. They see tax deductions from their paycheck getting bigger, and
    4. When they see in 2012 that unemployment is still high.

    Right now, these things haven't hit home yet for most people.

    March 29, 2010 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  20. simplefact

    At least they admit that they are "Angry." If they don't learn their lessons, they will be "silent" again after the next election! 🙂

    March 29, 2010 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  21. Peggy

    where are you getting your poll numbers???? Everyone I know is for health care??? I do not know one person against it? Of course, none of us have been polled!

    March 29, 2010 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  22. Madelynn

    I did a poll too and found out that no one that I know (over 1000+) were questioned for this poll.

    Who is CNN polling and where are they getting this pool from? As far as I'm concerned it doesn't represent me.

    March 29, 2010 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  23. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    How is it that a bill where "56 percent of the public disapproves of the new legislation, with 42 percent approving" can even get passed in both houses of Congress? How can the President, in good conscience, sign such a bill?

    The answer, of course, is that the Democrats betrayed not only the American people as a whole, but members of their own party as well.

    The last time this happened, it was one of the triggers of the Civil War.

    I don't think you Dems have the faintest idea what you've started.

    March 29, 2010 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  24. Jeff

    I never would have thought it was possible that our democracy would be vulnerable to a bullying type of propagandistic movement such as what we are experiencing from the far-right.

    Justifying murder of adults, casting shadows of fear and intimidation in many places and ways. I wonder if it is possible that we could slip into a militaristic society similar to nazism driven by the ignorant propaganda of FOX news.

    March 29, 2010 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  25. Sandy

    I guess that "hopey changey" think is working out just fine!

    March 29, 2010 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
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