Poll: Do Americans want new health care law repealed?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
11 years ago

Poll: Do Americans want new health care law repealed?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. W33ZY

    With all the rhetoric you'd think that 95% of all Americans are in favor of repeal. I guess that rhetoric is a bit hyped up. Realistically ppl are pretty split on this issue.

    January 7, 2011 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  2. I Sure Don't

    I've written to my senators and congressman – the provision to provide health care for children up until the age of 25 needs to stay!!

    January 7, 2011 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  3. informed voter

    The new health care law is far from perfect, but it is a huge step in the right direction. To repeal this law (or even to attempt to repeal it) is a colossal waste of time, money and resources, and some people will die without the new provisions that are in this bill. People who support its repeal are either woefully ignorant or racially and politically motivated. Unfortunately there is a wide section of this country that is both ignorant and bigoted.

    January 7, 2011 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  4. Former Republican - Now Independent

    Taking back something from the American people is very risky.

    The Republicans may make their Health Industry donors very happy, but if they screw it up, the GOP can kiss the 2012 elections bye-bye.

    January 7, 2011 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  5. GGVT

    just goes to prove how stupid the American public really is

    January 7, 2011 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  6. shoegazer

    A quote I read the other day pretty much sums up the situation in the country these days,"The US has gone from being the Jetsons to the Flintstones".

    January 7, 2011 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  7. Sniffit

    46%? Soooo, the number opposed to the ACA's existing has dropped significantly? Wasn't it something like 65% or even 70% in some polls a few months ago? Interesting...

    Still won't happen and the gamesmanship of pretending like the Senate not passing the repeal or Obama vetoing it is somehow different than Obama and the Dems passing it in the first place is fairly ridiculous...I don't see it gaining the GOP any new converts. They've misinformed, angered and scared as many people angry about it as they will ever manage, and they won't be gaining new ones by engaging in a futile, useless, time & money wasting symbolic gesture designed solely to give them an opportunity to yammer and stomp their feet about Obama and the Dems "ignoring the will of the people." All just sound and fury, signifying nothing.

    January 7, 2011 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  8. Carmelle


    Not repealed.

    January 7, 2011 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  9. mama panda

    Wonder why the Gallup Poll never asks me? Lessee...plus or minus 4 percentage points...so it could be 42% repeal, 44% don't. Or 50% repeal, 36% don't. Or 50% repeal, 44% don't. Or 42% repeal, 36% don't. Or....gee. Maybe that's why Gallup never asks me? They know I tend not to perceive polls as fact?

    January 7, 2011 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  10. Anonymous

    Let's just let the millions of Americans go undercovered, uninsured and to die. That's pretty much what Republicans want. How we can say we have the greatest healthcare in the world, is beyond me. People need covered.

    January 7, 2011 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  11. Right Leaning Independent

    YES!!! YES!!! YES!!! And REPLACED with a meaningful reform that addresses all issues related to the rising cost of healthcare!! Oh, and lets do away with all of the bribery deals with pharmaceutical companies and states that were required to get the current deal passed!!

    January 7, 2011 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  12. Democrats Class Warfare - Destroying the economy and country

    DAMN RIGHT WE DO!! This massive new healthcare ENTITLEMENT is insane. Nobody in their right mind believes this travesty is going to save the government money. It'll cost TRILLIONS and that is TRILLIONS we DO NOT HAVE. It will also WRECK the healthcare system we do have and that 85% of the American people like.

    And if it was so damn good, then why is the Obozo Administration granting WAIVERS to hundreds of companys to exempt them from the law? This whole pile of healthcare horse dung concocted by the DemocRATS needs to be flushed straight down the toilet NOW.

    January 7, 2011 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  13. Adalbert

    Unfortunately, many Americans still have no real understanding of the health insurance reform. By now people should clearly understand the reasons for change. The fox, talk radio and the other propaganda stations, the well paid agitators and the liars are on the health insurance cartel’s payroll just to create confusion. We must understand that without a sound HC system, like Germanys or Japans, America can not compete effectively in today’s world markets. We must eliminate the overpaid middleman to reduce our HC cost.

    January 7, 2011 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  14. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Not if they know how the reform is structured, what it is comprised of, and how it affects them.

    So.......HELL NO.

    January 7, 2011 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  15. Jared

    It's too bad that 46% of Americans could care less that their country is the laughingstock of the health care world. Obama's health care reforms were still sadly lacking considering that EVERY First World country on Earth has some form of public health care, while God-fearing, Christian America prefers to see their fellow Christian neighbours lose their homes to medical bankruptcies or die an early death because they couldn't afford treatment. I don't recall Jesus asking for someone's health insurance card before healing them. This is a travesty...and what's worse are the millions of HMO lobby money that's gone into Republican and Democrat pockets to health bring about this possible repeal. This is nothing more than legalized bribery. Disgusting behaviour by the greasy pigs in Congress and the church going hypocrites who support them.

    January 7, 2011 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  16. Don

    Im really interested in the fact that 14% have no opinion....and this after 2 years of almost daily coverage! Do we even want people like that to vote?

    January 7, 2011 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  17. matytincinci

    bogus poll results bought for the GOP

    January 7, 2011 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  18. sara

    I really don't think polling 1,000 people, tells the real story. Over half of the people if not all already have health insurance, so they they don't care. Poll the people that matter, but they don't have phones, they can't afford them. Your Poll is not a true picture of how the American people feel. But the GOP thinks it is, sad very sad.

    January 7, 2011 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  19. Indy

    Meanwhile everyone that owns a cell phone does not want a repeal of helathcare.Anyone that bothers to research the truth on healthcare reform likes it. If you believe the filthy dirty lies that Republicans spew out about the new law you might want a repeal, but the truth has never been important to Republicans.

    January 7, 2011 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  20. cdavis

    Repeal health care is just like the gop nuts that they are just a bunch of nuts leave my health care alone I don't need them to tell me about my health care and how to spend my money that i work hard to get if anything they need to raise the working peoples pay.

    January 7, 2011 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  21. Bob Ramos

    I do not want the health care bill repealed but do want it improved. The Repubs have to take notice of the huge increases the health care companies are putting into effect in CA (59%) and elsewhere. These firms will not change their ways until made to do so.

    January 7, 2011 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  22. terry, va

    The 46% are people that work AND pay taxes. That number should be at least 53% as 47% don't pay taxes. If everyone contributed to society, the number favoring repeal would be 90% plus.

    January 7, 2011 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  23. Linda C - AZ

    Yep, scrap the whole thing!

    January 7, 2011 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  24. James Brooklyn N.Y.

    Well three days into the retarded rule in congress and they still have not done anything more than waste time.

    January 7, 2011 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  25. Dean

    OK, but were they also asked "why" they made their decision? Most folks today aren't even aware of what the new health care plan is about, or how it changes things. Only 1025 population was used, so the survey was weak.
    Me personally, I like the improvements and my family is benefitting by it. We also work full time, pay our taxes, and have insurance coverage. Thanks.

    January 7, 2011 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
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