Poll: Do Americans want new health care law repealed?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Poll: Do Americans want new health care law repealed?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

    Absolutely. The only thing that will contain costs, is National Health Insurance. Anything less, is a waste of money.

    If we don't contain costs, in the health industry, no one can afford health care, or health insurance, either.

    ObamaCare did absolutely NOTHING to contain costs. On the contrary, it provided incentive to raise costs.........and it did......almost overnight.

    January 7, 2011 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  2. Bill, NY

    Big business and the very rich have convinced those who need the most to work against their own best interests. Soon the United States will be one big company store.

    January 7, 2011 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  3. LGNY

    How about a third position.... Improve the existing law.

    Going back to square one is a massive waste of time and resources.

    January 7, 2011 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  4. GOP Taliban Victim

    So let's get this straight. The Republicans claim to be patriotic and good at cutting spending. Then Bush and the Republican Congress presided over the greatest increase in spending ever seen. Now these same creeps are getting free Government Healthcare for themselves, yet refuse to accept the law of the land to allow 30 mil people get the same coverage?

    200 Billion $ added to the national debt? Boener refuses to accept the CBO report? Dream on Republicans. Keep serving up the raw red meat for your delusional Confederate base that hates the Government and doesn't even want to be part of the Union.

    January 7, 2011 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  5. roro

    No one asked me what I wanted. More importantly, 1,025 adults out of how many millions of adults in this country is hardly a reasonable sampling. CNN shouldn't make headline news out of such a ridiculously inaccurate poll.

    January 7, 2011 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  6. Dal From California

    Here we go again wasting time on some legislation that REpubs do not have an alternative proposal. They should be working or discussing how to create more jobs. Health care is needed by all. How many of these house members are willing to let go of their Health benefits which are gold plated compared to ours.
    Hey guys you were voted in don't mistake it for a permanent position you can be voted out in 2012.

    January 7, 2011 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  7. Bedtime for Obonzo

    OK, liberals, here's another chance to repeat yourselves. Some suggestions....

    No one polled me. Polls mean nothing. Voters are stupid. They only poll landlines, not cell phones. Sample size is too small. It's George Bush's fault.

    January 7, 2011 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  8. EddyL

    What a huge waste of time...... stupid republicans still don't get it....

    January 7, 2011 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  9. Lori in St Pete

    I want the names & addresses of each and every one of those 46% who want HCR reformed, and when my 23 year-old daughter with a preexisting condition that prevented her getting medical insurance at ANY cost is booted off her dad's insurance (she is currently covered until she's 26, thanks to "Obamacare" and can't be denied coverage when she's no longer covered), I'm sending THEM the bills for her medical care, and I plan to advise them that if they refuse to pay her bills, they will become her defacto "DEATH PANEL". That 46% also needs to give up any benefits that my daughter's tax dollars provide for them.

    January 7, 2011 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  10. R

    Notice the Republicans only put repeal to an up or down vote. They've acknowledged it's politically dangerous to vote on specific parts of the bill that are popular with the public, such as the provision banning insurers from denying coverage based on pre-existing conditions. Like this provision, the bill contains many measures that make sense and would contribute to America's long-term health. However, to pay for these good measures requires a large pool of people, hence the unpopular requirement that everyone buy insurance. Frankly, the health care reform bill is much better than the spiraling-cost, reduced coverage, profits-above-patients status quo we faced before.

    January 7, 2011 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  11. wiredweirdoinSF

    Yes, repeal this albatross. I have studied it. If you are an honest, hard working, tax paying American who takes personal responisibility for their life, it does absolutely nothing but take more money out of you pay check and add to your health care costs. I love it when the democrat liberals say the cost increases are not the fault of Obozocare. Remember all those "great" freebies they had Andy Griffith pimping, who do you think pays for them. I can guarantee it is not the drug addicts, entitlement frauds, victims of the NEA "babysitting" "education" system and the unions (they can and are opting out amazingly after stealing millions of their members money telling us how great this would be).or the Oprah watchers. I have seen my premiums rise by 20% this year and I didn't even get a vacation in Hawaii at taxpayer expense like Obama and Pelosi.

    January 7, 2011 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  12. Lori in St Pete

    Oops, that should have been HCR "repealed", not "reformed".

    January 7, 2011 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  13. CTinDC

    Phone poll? people still use those?

    January 7, 2011 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  14. ramtruck2500

    As far as I am concerned ya go with the republicans America. After your vote in November why the hell not. this country has gotten so selfish. Where else would one party condone people dying every 12 minutes for lack of medical insurance ! just do it what a bunch of creeps. How can I say this??? Becuase I am one of the up and coming 12 minute statistics. Don't believme walk in my DAMN shoes jerks! not only me but one of my children has been uncoverable. Why am I not covered??? I have a "NEW" contracted job" and guess what in addition to almost poverty wages iut does not off insurance! i hope you get contracted as well becuase your day is coming.

    January 7, 2011 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  15. Jacob

    No! i just want health care!

    January 7, 2011 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  16. Marla

    It seems to me that these polls aren't asking the right people. Instead of the self-satisfied, smug voters, perhaps they should be questioning those poor people with chronic, disabling diseases who can't keep or even qualify for insurance.
    I have a chronic disease, but I'm one of those lucky people who has good insurance. I could be smug and want this repeal, but I feel too much for my friends who can't get decent medical care and have to choose between buying their needed medications and buying food for their families.
    Don't repeal it, add the single payer option and improve it!

    January 7, 2011 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  17. Paqrat137

    If you ask 1100 people about anything, you can extrapolate any thing you want. The whole truth cannot be ascertained by 1100+ people. I say have a bi-partisan, apolitcal neutral group do a larger scale polling:
    • Do you know what the new health care law says? Have you read a precis of it?
    • Do you know when the different parts go into effect?
    • Are you aware that the greater parts to save money will not go into effect until 2014?
    • Which parts of the new law do you agree with and why??
    • Which parts of the new law do you disagree with and why?
    • You are being told that the new health care law is a "job killer". Do you know what that means and why it may be/not be?

    I would suggest that, like me, most people can't answer these neutral questions because we have not been given a clear concise simple to understand explanation – like simple charts, even simple Power Points. All any of us know is the demagoguery on both sides of the argument. Can't anyone tell us simple folks what it all means?

    January 7, 2011 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  18. Ken in NC

    I suppose that if you have health insurance, are healthy, wealthy or young, it doesn't much matter if the Health Care Act is repealed but there are those of us that had it, lost it, never had it and or need it that would love to be able to buy affordable health care. For many, it may even be the difference between life and death. As sad as it is, I even managed to laugh about it. You see, if the Health Care and Pharmacutical Industry moved the funds they are spending to fight against health care, from the fight to paying for health care they would still make a profit. It's a win win for them. The American public is the only loser.

    January 7, 2011 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  19. Michael

    I can't wait for Republicans to symbolically vote on this repeal which they know will add billions of dollars to the deficit. Way to go, Tea partiers!

    January 7, 2011 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  20. kd

    No! They do NOT want it repealed. Saying Americans want this overturned is just another in a litany of Republican lies. They lie about the costs of it (it will save money), they lie about how it is a 'government take-over (it is a private industry, free market solution), and they lie about it as a 'job-killer' (it does no such thing at all). Bottom line – it SAVES LIVES. And it serves our country best.

    What doesn't serve our country is the lying Republican Party.

    January 7, 2011 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  21. ThinkAgain

    No, they don't! The Republicans do, because they're in the pocket of the health insurance companies, who pay their CEOs on average $14 MILLION per year and continue to raise premiums and cut benefits.

    As health care reform takes effect, more and more people see the benefits of not being denied coverage for pre-existing conditions; of being able to keep their kids on their policy up to age 26; of not getting dropped when they get sick.

    Plus, Americans know that health care reform will REDUCE the deficit, as explained by the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO).

    Wake up, folks, and smell the coffee! The Republicans on this issue, like on virtually every other, are nothing more than lying SOS.

    January 7, 2011 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  22. kyle

    When you are in the pockets of the Insurance crooks, you will probably want to repeal healhcare.

    January 7, 2011 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  23. Darren

    What % of the people wanting a repeal are FOX News watchers? I'd lay odds it's >90%.

    January 7, 2011 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  24. Marc

    Just in case the conservatives need the information, 46% is LESS than 50%, which is NOT a majority. And the fact that only 78% of Republicans support repeal, and Republicans are NOT in the majority in this country, it's clear that a plurality (more than half the nation) SUPPORTS this health care law. Again, using the math skills – this means that those supporting repeal have lost the argument already. My prediction? More whining, more pointing to a MEANINGLESS vote as if it signifies a majority opinion (though I just proived it does not), and more pretense by a loudmouthed minority that volume somehow equates to smarts. Health care reform WON. It's OVER. Two decades of inaction by Republicans on an issue vital to this nation's well-being means that they defaulted leadership. Even if the courts overturn portions of the law, COngress will have to address reform – THERE WIL BE NO REPEAL. And attempting to celebrate the vacuum of no that the GOP represents is a waste of this country's time.

    January 7, 2011 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  25. maine liberal

    this is not about healthcare its about insurance and how to pay for the care.
    anyone can get care now, with or without insurance its how and what the insurace will cover.
    Insurance companies have no motivation to reduce costs, only their own to secure higher dividends and higher executive pay. They reduce costs by reducing coverages and placing higher premiums and co-pays and increasing no-pays.

    When have insurance rates in the past ever been reduced.

    January 7, 2011 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
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