Poll: Do Americans want new health care law repealed?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Poll: Do Americans want new health care law repealed?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

    No. Just because the GOP wants a fight does not mean the public should suffer. Too many middle- to lower-level income people do not have health insurance and Obama's plan will help correct the problem.

    January 7, 2011 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  2. JOhn

    The problem with these polls is that the 46% that want it repealed have no idea what it actually is. Poll them on the actual things in the bill and it reveal that to many have fallen victims to the partisan lies of todays extremist right wing. False advertising works, especially on the ignorant and the eldery, Fox news target audience.

    January 7, 2011 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  3. fronko 123

    how stupid can republicans and tea party people be, repealing health care will cost 130 billion raising the deficit more.how stupid can the be.

    January 7, 2011 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  4. John G

    How soon they forget. The midterm was a referendum on not only this administratinos policies but the healt hcare bill was the main part of it. Did democrats go through a different midterm? Do they not listen? We already know democrats they don't listen to the people considering the last two years.

    January 7, 2011 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  5. malabar

    So there are more dems that want it repealed than there are repubs that dont. if all of these numbers represented somethng libs wanted, diane, katie, and brian wud declare vast majorities and talk mandate. odd how that works

    January 7, 2011 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  6. emma

    What do Americans want in health care regulation? Previous polls have suggested that Americans who do not like the reform, when asked about specific parts of it, agreed with it. We need more regulation of insurance profiteers- not less.

    January 7, 2011 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  7. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I don't like these polls that are only 1,000 or so people. The questions aren't given in two different ways to make sure that it is clear as to what the subject is. Do people know what the full extent of repealing the law means? I don't think so which is why there are so many people for the repeal.

    January 7, 2011 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  8. Vaniecia Ferguson

    My biggest concern is that all of the polls are used as what American's want, especially the latest gallop poll,which is based on telephone calls to 1,025 adults, my question is : are these adults on medicare? retired? drawing ssi, or disability? working, paying taxes? unemployed?Legal? ..... you get the point, the other concern is that out of 110 million taxpaying citizens, thousands of retired citizens, and millions of unemployed... only 1,025 people are justified as being able to speak for ALL of us???? I will pay attention to polls when the questions are asked by at least half of the citizens of the U.S. that is apprx half of 310 million..... then we will truly know what America wants.....

    January 7, 2011 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  9. mike4ever

    The time that is spent repealing this should be used to improve it and not repeal. The american people are not giving the truth about what this bill respresents. It is easy for those who do not have any medical insurance do not want to pay for it but yet will seek treatment when needed. Why? For the same reason they refuse to purchase it it means that they may have to give up some luxuries that is not a need but a want. Ask the question if you get sick or hurt will your luxuries items cover the cost, are you going to seek treatment and suppose you do not have the money to pay up front for your care do you think you should be treated. Remember hospital and doctors office no longer give credit you have to pay for service up front not after being services.

    The right questions is not being asked in the polls and those who cannot understand plain english do not know what they are voting? Maybe the wrong people are being asked these try asking those who have for years been paying for insurance and watch their premiums rise every before Obama and watch services cut before Obama. This not Obama insurance it is the people. But because of the skin color of the president there are those who don't want this to success and this is at the expense of innocent people who care less the skin color of this president. Wake up people before it is too late. We are not going to be able to keep undoing things that are bad for us everytime the republicans keep making them worst.

    January 7, 2011 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  10. Fed up in Texas

    Did the question include:
    1. Do you want $230B added to the deficit as a result of a repeal?
    2. Do you want to know the Republican plan before you vote "yes" or "no"?
    Apparently not, thereby results are partisan, uninformative, and stupid.

    January 7, 2011 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  11. Scott

    And if the repeal bill passes, Obama will veto it. Not enough votes to overturn the veto.

    January 7, 2011 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  12. Michael

    the 46% who want it repealed have health care. what about those who have no option for employer-based health care and can't afford it? are they just supposed to die? morons.

    January 7, 2011 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  13. kyle from ohio

    Even if it cost $236 Billion to overturn it, So where are the JOBS??? You all complain about the Dem's spend to much time on Health Care and not on Jobs, I do not hear you Now, where are you, Where are the JOBS!!!!

    January 7, 2011 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  14. chris24

    simply put, NO.

    we want it improved so people can get decent healthcare
    without paying 500. per month, per person.

    thailand has better healthcare than us. kind of a shame when
    we advertise ourselves as the leader of the free world and we
    can't even take care of our own citizens. (of course, congress
    gets free healthcare, and we pay for them. that blows)

    January 7, 2011 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  15. kyle from ohio

    46 to 40 is not a mandate from the American People; and what about the CBO numbers; Where are the JOBS!!!!!!

    January 7, 2011 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  16. November 2010

    The real spread is higher than 46% to 40%

    January 7, 2011 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  17. streaker

    It's an age old military tactic,if you keep your enemy confused and fighting eachother they don't have time to pay attention to what your doing.that's what our gov.has done to us.does anyone know about the fema trailer compounds with barbed wire pointing inward for your protection. I do.and they are located next to the railroad tracks.does this remind anybody What happened to the jews.its coming you people fighting over this dem.rep. Thing will never KnoW what hit ya

    January 7, 2011 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  18. Poser

    It would be interesting to have a poll on how many Americans have any idea what's actually in the law rather than "I heard it has death panels, rations care, gov't takeover of health insurance companies, etc." There have been so many lies spread about what the law says that most Americans don't have an opinion based on the reality of the law.
    A poll should be taken to quiz Americans on what's actually in the law. I bet there is a strong correlation between people who believe the lies and those that support repeal. When people read what's actually in the law, it's generally supported.

    January 7, 2011 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  19. Pretzel Logic

    Sorry but no way will I let the opinion of 472 adults (46% of 1025 people polled) decide whether 300 million people receive healthcare. Then add in the +/- of 4% and this potentially becomes 42% in favor of repeal and 44% in favor of keeping it. This is an utterly useless media article that adds nothing to the dialog about healthcare.

    January 7, 2011 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  20. MarkR

    One of the reasons we have a representative political system is that we expect those who are elected to have a big picture view of the needs of the country, and to avoid bending to the daily will of the people, most of whom have very little real knowledge of the issues from which to create and informed opinion. How many of those people included in either side of the poll have even the slightest idea of what the existing law does?

    January 7, 2011 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  21. vic nashville tn

    When the polls show less than 50% it means some thing wrong many don’t know what is in the bill

    Health care bill some good stuff some not good stuff for certain income group

    January 7, 2011 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  22. FM

    The question should not be who wants the health care law repealed. The right question should have been; "should we consider those who need health care accompanied with a law on it!!!

    January 7, 2011 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  23. john, PA

    The American people want the health care disaster bill repealed ! Democrats better learn; we the American people are going to vent again in 2012 when we will vote you and Obama out of office!

    This midterm election was a mandate to stop Obama and the Democrats in charge.
    You better learn to agree on a lot more of what the American people want:
    Repeal Obama care!
    Cut taxes!
    Close the border!
    End ear marks!

    Senate Democrats, when the vote to override Obama’s veto come up,

    January 7, 2011 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  24. Pam

    Less than half of all Americans want the healthcare reform repealed. So, how does that translate into "Americans want it repealed"? It is obvious that Republicans struggle with math!!!

    January 7, 2011 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  25. Rande

    I would be quite interested in knowing more of the demographic makeup of those polled. For example, I would like to know of those polled:
    1 – Are they currently insured?
    2 – Do they have concerns regarding getting insurance if they have pre-existing conditions?
    3 – Are you concerned about their kids having/not having insurance until they're able to find employment after college?
    4 – If they're concerned about the lack of insurance of many Americans, do they have an alternate plan that might address the issue?

    January 7, 2011 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
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