CNN Poll: Americans weigh in on health care, immigration
June 8th, 2012
05:00 AM ET
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CNN Poll: Americans weigh in on health care, immigration

(CNN) - A new poll released Friday gives insight on American attitudes toward two major cases the Supreme Court could rule on as early as Monday, one involving health care reform and the other on Arizona’s controversial immigration law.

On health care, a majority continue to oppose the sweeping reform measure, formally known as the Affordable Care Act, which was passed by Congressional Democrats and signed into law by President Barack Obama in 2010.

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According to the CNN/ORC International survey, 51% of Americans say they oppose the health care law, while 43% say they favor it. It’s important to note, however, that of those who disagree with the law, only a third oppose it because it’s too liberal, while one in six oppose it because it doesn’t go far enough.

The breakdown falls in line with the poll’s last results in March, when the Supreme Court began hearing oral arguments over the law’s constitutionality.

At issue is the fate of the law’s individual mandate that requires most Americans to purchase health insurance by 2014 or face a financial penalty. During the court’s March hearings, justices showed they were sharply divided in their views on the case.

As for immigration, the new survey indicates three-quarters of Americans support the contentious Arizona law that allows police to arrest or detain suspected illegal immigrants during the enforcement of other laws.

Asked if they support the measure, 75% of respondents say they are in favor of it, while 24% say they are against it, the poll shows.

Arguing that the state was overreaching, the federal government challenged the law in a suit, which made its way to the Supreme Court this spring. During oral arguments in April, however, justices appeared to be leaning in favor of the law.

Also significant, Justice Elena Kagan, who’s known for her liberal leanings, recused herself of the case, as she had been involved in the administration's initial legal opposition to the law as solicitor general.

Both immigration and health care have large implications in this election year. Obama frequently cites health care reform as a major accomplishment, while Republicans use immigration as a hot-button topic on the campaign trail.

The Supreme Court is expected to make decisions on both cases this month.

The CNN poll was conducted by ORC International from May 29-31, with 1,009 adults nationwide questioned by telephone, including 895 registered voters. The poll has a sampling error of plus or minus three percentage points.

- CNN’s Ashley Killough and Bill Mears contributed to this report.

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soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. TJeff1776 industry propaganda that causes some to vote against their own best interest.

    June 8, 2012 06:14 am at 6:14 am |
  2. Gurgyl

    This nation needs this healthcare reform very desperately. Polls are biased and Farce. Yes, we need stricter immigration reform. GOP drama may cause revolt in our nation. Yes, obama2012. Period.

    June 8, 2012 06:40 am at 6:40 am |
  3. works4me

    If we don't have any health care coverage, we'll all still be paying whether through taxes or overcharges of those that do. Manageability of the costs and rules are what is being played here.Either way we pay!

    June 8, 2012 06:42 am at 6:42 am |
  4. Marie MD

    To all you fools who think your insurance premiums have gone up because of Obamacare. It has NOTHING to do with 300% increases in some companies since 2007.
    As far as immigration, yes, they are here illegally and it's against the law but how many of you want to work the fields (somebody tried to hire Americans and nobody took the jobs) or mow lawns (for pete's sake per the bishop) seven days a week for low pay?
    Why don't we concentrate in the real issues, the teapublikkkans tanking the country just so that one of our best presidents fails. That's all they care about so they can put a flip flopper who will sign everything norquist and rove put in front of him regardless of the consequences because they don't want a leader (i.e., bin laden, drones, kill terrorists).

    June 8, 2012 06:47 am at 6:47 am |
  5. stan

    Right. If the poll shows that majority of people OPPOSE the healthcare law and VASTLY SUPPORT anti-immigration law, why are the democrats go against the will of the people?

    June 8, 2012 06:49 am at 6:49 am |
  6. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    It would be interesting to see how much it would change if the those that say it dosn't go far enough would support it if that was the only thing that they would be able to get. I know that I would like more to have gotten passed, that is just a wish. There were too many people who didn't want things to change.

    June 8, 2012 07:33 am at 7:33 am |
  7. rla

    I think both will go down to defeat but especially the immigration topic should be clear.. Liberals always harp on being fair but their stance on immigration is NOT hair to citizens especially after it has been so manipulated over the years for votes. The only ones who should feel guilty are those who encouraged this migration for power and ideology!!! They are suffering because of you and at some point will pay the consequence of your actions

    June 8, 2012 07:38 am at 7:38 am |