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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  1. Sharon

    poll by landline = incorrect poll.

    add all the cell # , then put out a poll number.

    add all the email poll numbers, then put out a bigger poll number.

    incorrect info = incorrect polls.

    try again..........

    now...........for all those that wish to take away health care reform.......

    this went through the House, the Senate, back to the Senate , back to the bill signed by the Pres.
    update bill to be signed by the Pres.
    End of this conversation.

    March 29, 2010 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  2. Pat F

    Please note the Cantor story: The ONLY threat against any elected official credible enough to lead to arrest was – wait for it – against a REPUBLICAN!!!

    Once again, the LEFT is the source of terrorists, not the right.

    March 29, 2010 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  3. Dean

    Like it or not we have a new health care bill. This next election let's get some new people in office who hopefully will have the interest of the people in mind and can fix the bill. We do need health care reform but not the kind Obama brought us. Both pqrties working together can fixs this. Sadly current members of congress of either party do not understand working together yet. Let's send them all home and make sure their replacements get the message.

    March 29, 2010 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  4. Jim Hendricks

    A thousand people do not in any way represent the country as a whole, guys. Knock it off with the tiny and utterly misleading polls. If you want to report how the country feels about something, please at least try to do a real poll with legitimate representation: at least ten times as large as this poll, and preferably a hundred times as large. Your poll is less than a thousandth of one percent of the population... so you aren't reporting anything substantive or germaine.

    March 29, 2010 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  5. jack

    Nothing is perfect the first time around. You build it, then improve on it with fixes later that make it better. This is done by the auto industry, the plane industry, computers, televisions, sports equipment, home furnishings and appliances, everything around you.

    This is the first working model and will only improve and get better with time.

    The GOP opposed social security when it passed. Now you won't find one single republican trying to repeal that. Anyone that did wouldn't be in office the next election.

    Chill out people, your going to find out that this is something that you really do want and need.

    March 29, 2010 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  6. Mark L.

    "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." That would include me !! I WANT TO SEE A PUBLIC OPTION !!

    March 29, 2010 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  7. Johnathan

    We never did like the taste of medicines as kids, no matter if it was in our best interest. No different here. Rage has yet to yield to common sense.

    March 29, 2010 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  8. Jim

    angry mobs attacked and even killed numerous people who were for the abolishment of slavery, too. being part of an angry mob is a sure fire way to ensure this bill remains passed.

    soooooo, lets just see how smart those angry mobs are ...

    March 29, 2010 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  9. Kathleen

    CNN, please tell these pollsters to ask, Do you object to this Health Care Reform because it doesn't go far enough with Single Payer or Public Option. Do you object because you think that this bill left "the money" in THE CORPORATE HANDS???? Just think how much money they make in Corporations. Take those billions brought in, with no bonus expenditures, no billions for the big wigs profit and the governments' would be for non profit.

    Even people who work for Insurance Companies, and see what is going on, first hand, say the SINGLE PAYER would have worked! and been the best way to go. American have the money only it goes to Insurance companies profits!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 29, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  10. Al Campbell

    George Wallace has risen from the dead. "The federal government
    cannot force us to integrate our schools." Today: "The federal government cannot force us to get health insurance."

    March 29, 2010 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  11. Nova

    I thought I would be relieved when healthcare reform passed, but the threats that Republicans are making cause me to worry that it will be repealed before some of the provisions go into effect.

    Healthcare reform didn't go far enough. If we had a public option, perhaps we wouldn't be facing an onslaught that will no doubt take place until 2014 unless congress acts to prevent it: outrageous premium increases from the amoral insurance industry.

    March 29, 2010 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  12. Josh in Rochester, MN

    I am so sick of all you libs getting "all up in arms" about the anger GOPers have for this issue. Does anyone remember the 2008 GOP convention were so called "fringe" liberals rioted? They threw bricks through the windows of buses, sending elderly convention delegates to the hospital. They dropped bags of sand off highway overpasses onto vehicles below. Fortunately, no one was killed. I live in Minnesota, I remember this well! What is your response to that you Liberal hypocrits!

    March 29, 2010 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  13. Kathleen

    I am retired on Medicare and I AM NOT the least bit "scared" that my benefits won't be there! I want a good Health Care Bill for our Children and Grandchildren! What do you think? That if our kids have great jobs and have health insurance supplied for them through their job, that they or their family, after obtaining all the riches in the world, could not go bankrupt over an illness. One Illness. One family at a time!

    That can happen to ANYBODY! Unless you can see the future of bliss.

    March 29, 2010 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  14. george

    Sounds to me like another very BIASED CNN poll to support the DEMS and the putrid OBAMACARE debacle....

    March 29, 2010 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  15. kyle from ohio

    So once again, Polls lie or can say what an author want them to say. 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. But at the same time you are saying 56 percent do not like the bill. Someone not doing their math??? Maybe while we at it can some explain the statement "We want our Country back? and from whom they want their country back from?" would that be from the 54 percent that vote for the winner in the last President election, that most people said was a American accomplishment.

    March 29, 2010 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  16. rs0505

    I still don't get why the Republicans are so against this health care bill. It was their idea in the first place. Richard Nixon proposed a similar bill in the early '70s. In the 1990s when Hillary was working on Universal Healthcare, the Republicans in Congress countered with a very similar bill to the one that just passed, manditory private health insurance with gov't subsidies to assist the poor. Yes, this was Newt Gengrich, Bob Dole, etc. Where was the Republican outrage then?

    March 29, 2010 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  17. james

    None of this matters because the Democrats are ignoring the public will.

    March 29, 2010 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  18. john

    You can't (won't) even report your owm polls fairly if it doesn't go the way you wanted it to go. Why didn't you just report that 55% were against and 40% for the new health care bill? You're reporting is so baised.

    March 29, 2010 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  19. billincalif

    O YEAH, QUITE AN ACCOMPLISHMENT. It only took a year to convince HIS party to vote for this UNREAD and as yet NOT FULLY UNDERSTOOD piece of socialistic tripe. THE REAL POLLS COME IN NOVEMBER. THEN 2012. RIP DIMRATS 2010.

    March 29, 2010 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  20. spitar1

    This survey is statistically insignificant and thereby has no value in truth. It surveyed about 1000 people which is only .0003% of the population of our country. Not representative in any way shape or form of the consensus of the general population.

    March 29, 2010 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  21. Astounded

    Most Americans do not "disapprove" ....your polling techniques are questionable and stand in contrast to Gallup. Why do you give the goons so much attention?

    March 29, 2010 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  22. Independant Thinker

    Those who are against this bill need to take the time to actually LEARN about it and not rely on talking heads to give them a slanted version of it's contents. In other words, make a decision based on facts not false information or emotions.
    As to "repeal of this bill" it won't happen. The senate would need 67 votes to repeal it and the ratio of Dems vs Repubs in the Senate is simply not going to switch overnight in enough numbers this November. Like any other major legislation that has passed in this country since it's inception, it will have to be amended to fix what the majorities in the House and Senate deem appropriate.

    People keep spouting that "this is a Democracy." Well, they're right. Things don't get changed by Populist Decree. It takes majority votes and in some cases....super majority votes.

    March 29, 2010 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  23. kevin

    Let's give it an honest try. We can change it later.

    March 29, 2010 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  24. Ed Doddy

    Proposed 28th Amendment to the United States Constitution:

    "Congress shall make no law that applies to the citizens of the United States of America that does not also apply equally, joint and severally to its Senators (members of the United States Senate) and to its Representatives (members of the House of Representatives), and vice versa: Congress shall make no law that applies to itself joint and severally, viz. to the members of the United States Senate and to the members of the House of Representatives that does not apply equally to the citizens of the United States of America.”

    March 29, 2010 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  25. annie s

    Angry? About what? The fact that this bill will save as many as 44,000 American lives every year? Or the fact that soon Americans will no longer be forced into bankruptcy as a result of medical bills? Angry that insurers will no longer be allowed to cancel your policy if you get sick? Americans are against this bill ONLY because they believe the lies and fear mongering of the conservatives. If Republicans promise to repeal it, that's a reason to never vote for another Republican. Ever.

    March 29, 2010 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
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