Poll: Do Americans want new health care law repealed?
House Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor scheduled a test vote on repealing health care Friday.
January 7th, 2011
11:34 AM ET
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Poll: Do Americans want new health care law repealed?

Washington (CNN) - By a 46 to 40 percent margin, Americans want their representative in the House to vote to repeal the new health care law, according to a new national poll.

A Gallup survey, released Friday, also indicates that 14 percent say they have no opinion. The poll's release came minutes before an early test vote in the House on repealing the legislation, which was passed by the then-Democratic controlled Congress and signed into law by President Barack Obama last March.

But the GOP won a net gain of 63 seats in the House in the midterm elections and now controls the chamber. Friday's test vote passed the House by a 236 to 181 margin. A final vote to repeal the health care law, scheduled for next week, is also considered a safe bet to pass. But the motion is expected to not survive in the Senate, which is still controlled by the Democrats.

The poll indicates a wide partisan divide on the issue, with 78 percent of Republicans saying they want their House member to vote to repeal the law, with only 15 percent saying they want their lawmaker to vote to let the law stand. It's a different story for Democrats questioned, who say by a 64 to 24 percent margin that they want their House member to vote against repealing the law. Independent voters are divided, with 43 saying they want their lawmaker to vote to repeal them measure and 39 percent saying they want their House member to vote to uphold the law.

The Gallup poll was conducted Jan. 4-5, with 1,025 adults nationwide questioned by telephone. The survey's sampling error is plus or minus four percentage points.

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soundoff (147 Responses)
  1. TJeff1776

    ITS NOT ENOUGH for Repubs to say "lets repeal it". NOR is it sufficient for them to say "lets start over". The American
    public should demand to actually see in writing just WHAT they intend to replace the present bill with. Sheeeesh....the
    budget cutting propositions just reniged on by Repub should be a wake up call. COME ON Repubs drop it in front of us
    in black and white. Give us something to compare with the present bill besides BS.

    January 7, 2011 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  2. Patrick Lewis

    I bet that if you described what the health care law actually contained, they would not want it repealed, but call it Obama care and the right wing would tell you it's the worst thing ever. We are all such fools.

    January 7, 2011 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  3. Nick979

    The lack of understanding of some of these comments scares me! Obamacare is not healthcare for everyone... it's a new LAW that requires everyone to BUY health coverage.

    January 7, 2011 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  4. Duh

    And when in the last decade or so has half the American people proven to be smart enough to know what's good for them?

    51% of Americans re-elected George Bush for crying out loud.....

    January 7, 2011 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  5. Denise

    @ Anon
    You make an excellent point and that is a great suggestion to you pollers out there! Determine the level of knowledge the individual answering has – is the answer based on logic and facts – or merely hyped-up emotion and no facts at all! That said, I wish they would poll me – of course it is not perfect – the Republicans refused to work with the Democrats at all on getting it passed initially. Can it be improved? Of course. Should it be repealed. Hell no! You can't serve two masters. The fact that the insurance company are for-profit is a huge problem. How do they truly put the patients first and answer to the stockholders at the same time? It's a conflict in and of itself.

    January 7, 2011 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  6. DAVE

    repeel health care! why not we have to pay for the republican wars some how. they will be a cost of $4trillion dollars before its end. than when we are out of there we can start a new war with iran! we are already setting the ground work for reasons to go to war. lets by all means spend all of the federal tax dollars somewhere else in the world and stop all spending on the american people. better yet if we are not going to spend tax dollars on the american people lets stop all income tax collection and let the states fend for themselves. i am glade i live in michigan were most of this nations supply of fresh water is because my state will be in good shape with the revenues we will make selling that water! god bless states right and down with federal goverment mandates.

    January 7, 2011 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  7. addon

    I just don't understand how SO MANY AMERICANS, CAN BE SO VAPID AND SIMPLY STUPID. Even the sampled 46% probably are illiterate or unable to conceptualize, people go to emergency rooms for a virus, with complications of fever, for which there is no actual medication, but rather run up a bill for $5k or more. The uninsured simply walk away from the bill....AND THE REST OF US (TAX PAYERS) FOOT THE BILL!

    January 7, 2011 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  8. inofritzn

    You liberals are so freaking stupid it's scary.

    January 7, 2011 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  9. addon

    Think rationally...we cannot afford to continue to have people going to emergency rooms and running up $5k or more in bills just for cough medicine. Think that's not happening. Visit your area ER and ask to see a doctor

    January 7, 2011 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  10. Tim

    The poll is skewed Democrat, so those supporting repeal are a much greater margin. Plus Obama is out there daily lying about the cost and impact on the economy, and is also giving his supporters waivers so that they will stay in favor. This is everything that is bad about politics.

    January 7, 2011 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  11. Constructive Discourse

    In reality, Americans are presenting a very mixed message. Polls show that Americans want all of the provisions that they understand (such as insurers needing to provide coverage for children with pre-existing conditions and children being able to stay on their parents' insurance until age 26) by a large margin (60-70%). The GOP has worked very hard to misrepresent healthcare reform and make it confusing (and they provide NO alternative to fix our broken system). Other provisions that Americans are less aware of include requiring insurance companies to spend at least 80% of your premiums on healthcare (instead of their executive's bonuses). The only part people tend to be resistant to is the mandate to have insurance coverage. First of all, unless you WANT to have no health insurance coverage why would this bother you? The mandate is accompanied by subsidies to help people who cannot afford to pay for their own coverage. Second of all, people who could afford health insurance and choose not to have it are a drain on our system and end up having the taxpayers pay for their medical emergencies. Why should they be able to do this? Healthcare reform is necessary and reduces our deficit. The GOP keeps arguing against the NONPARTISAN CBO (the organization whom both parties have agreed is nonpartisan and whom the GOP certainly has no problem with when the information is what they want to hear) which says that healthcare reform will reduce the deficit. It will. Continuing to do nothing is bad for Americans and bad for our deficit. The GOP presents NO ALTERNATIVES and as usual is more concerned with catering to the big business interests that buy their campaign ads than doing anything that is helpful to the average American. President Obama will keep healthcare from being repealed anyway.

    January 7, 2011 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  12. Take America Back From the I.T.T Democrats

    Ummmmummmumm I wonder how the Libs on the Left will try to spin this one......;
    1. It wasn't explained well enough.
    2. The Public is stupid.
    3. The Right has tainted the issue
    4. Fox News has tainted the issue.
    5. The dog ate my notes

    The American does very well know a snake when we see a snake.....and ObamaCare is a SNAKE looking for someone to bite!

    January 7, 2011 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  13. SunriseTmr

    Most of the arguments I heard against the HC bill are “I don’t want to pay the medical bills for the drug addicts, the illegals, and the lazy people who don’t work…” I also heard that we have to control costs-can’t spend what we don’t have.

    May be we need to restructure the welfare, the immigration, stop the war. Are we addressing the right issues?

    January 7, 2011 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  14. addon

    @ John , PA, – You are either a GOP / Faux News pea brain or a complete dolt, which admittedly, could be one in the same. Are you trying to get Frank Luntz to hire you to work on parroting Re-dumb-likans talking points. Because you certainly are not representative of a thinking person.

    Further, what is this farce of a statement about "the AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE SPOKEN THIS PAST NOV"? This past election was dominated by retirees in fear of the apocalypse, death panels, and forced hip hop listening. Added with the toothless, trailer trash, gun toten, paranoids, they were able to take control of the house. Congrats to them. But there is a few other americans that will be showing up in bigger numbers on the next 2 years – intelligent people. And I, for one, believe America has more educated people that the sheep you and your ilk can scare into voting against what is best for this country.

    So good luck with your constant bashing of progress...but those days are numbered.

    January 7, 2011 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  15. Take America Back From the I.T.T Democrats

    How can anyone with any amount of intelligent even think that paying for millions to have Health Care in this nation (who do not now have any type of health care).....think that the Federal Government of the United States is some how going to magically "cut the deficit" by any amount at all??? If you really believe that will happen, I have a gigantic bridge in the San Francisco bay I want to sell you.
    Nothing the government has ever touched has "saved us money"!

    January 7, 2011 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  16. Beezus

    I am fortunate to have health care but my insurance company has nickeled and dime me every step of the way – trying to find any reason to deny me and my family treatment and care. Practically every doctors visit was a battle. I was so relieved a few months ago when I received a letter from my health insurance company stating that because of Obama's Health Care Bill they would no longer be denying care because of pre-exsisting conditions or that they would not set any limits on the amount of coverage one person could receive. Since getting that letter, dealing with the insurance company has not been the pain in the neck it has been in the past. Claims go through and get paid as they should. Wow – the nearly $1000 per month I spend to keep me and my family covered is actually working for me and not against me.

    If healthcare gets repealed I am afraid that dealing with the insurance company is going to go back to the nightmare that it was before – being bullied by companies who's bottom line is always saving a buck. Repeal means the corporations win – not people like me who work very hard to provide for my family and to keep them safe and healthy. I can't believe that 46% of Americas do not see how wrong that is.

    Wishing you all – Democrats, Republicans and everyone in between a healthy New Year!

    January 7, 2011 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  17. Take America Back From the I.T.T Democrats

    Obambi will throw in the towel with Health Care in order to get relected in 2012. He has to do something "very drastic" in order for people to think he has moved to the right......don't think so??? Just wait, watch, and listen!

    January 7, 2011 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  18. Anonymous

    I think CNN polls are bipolar or something. Just last week, didn't they say that a majority like the health care plan? I guess whatever gets people to click on the link right?

    January 7, 2011 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  19. JST

    People seem to ignore the fact that the existing health care system was about to collapse. Over the years we got less and less services for more and more money. The sad part is that most people who are against the health care overhaul don't know the facts. Hopefully, these people won't get sick anytime soon and find out that they no longer have sufficient health coverage...

    January 7, 2011 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  20. james Miller

    I don`t see where Boehner can quote this "recent poll" on repeal after all he said the CBO`s own report back to Congress reflected a projected savings of $230B under the new plan was "flawed". --- Just like all Repubs, just pick and choose whatever excuse handy to explain their actions.

    January 7, 2011 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  21. rosaadriana

    If when the repeal it they replace it with a universal single payer system then I am all for repeal. If they want to go back to people getting denied or dropped for no reason then repeal is not a good idea. Typical of republicans they can complain but don't have any real solution for the problem.

    January 7, 2011 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  22. VJT

    The problem with all the polls is that they don't ask why people might not be happy with the new health reform bill. There was vast support for the public option. When that got cut from the bill, I think a lot people felt like this was not real reform. The best thing about the new bill is the patient bill of rights. The problem with it is that is has no public option and does not go far enough to control costs.

    We will not be able to fully reform the quality and cost of health care in this country until we get rid of the middle-man i.e. the for-profit health insurance industry. Between the public receiving the health care and professional health care providers is this whole industry who make massive amounts of money by controlling and limiting our health care. They do not provide us any health care but take up approx. a third of every health care dollar spent in this country.

    Every industrialized western nation has socialized medicine because it is the only way control costs and provide adequate care for people across the social spectrum. It can be said that the U.S. has both the best health care in the world (if you can afford it) and the worst (if you can't) which is why we rank 37th on the world index in health care. I think we can do better.

    January 7, 2011 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
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