Poll: More Americans pleased if court deems Obamacare unconstitutional
June 26th, 2012
02:51 PM ET
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Poll: More Americans pleased if court deems Obamacare unconstitutional

(CNN) – Thirty-seven percent of Americans say they would be pleased if President Barack Obama's sweeping health care law is deemed unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court, nearly ten points higher than the number who say they'd be pleased if the law is ruled constitutional.

The survey from NBC News/Wall Street Journal showed 28% of Americans would be pleased if the Affordable Care Act is ruled constitutional, compared to 35% who said they would be disappointed if they court came back with that outcome.

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When asked about their thoughts on potential Supreme Court decisions, however, most Americans said they had mixed feelings.

The Supreme Court will decide Thursday whether Obama's health care law – one of the chief legislation achievements of his first three years in office – oversteps federal authority, particularly with the "individual mandate" that requires nearly everyone to obtain health insurance or pay a penalty.

Tuesday's poll indicated 35% of Americans polled think the law is a good idea, compared to 41% who say it's a bad idea. If the measure is overturned, 25% said the decision would hurt them and their families, while 18% say overturning the law would help and 55% say it wouldn't make a difference either way.

The most recent CNN/ORC poll, taken May 29-31, indicated 51% of Americans oppose Obama's health care law, compared to 43% who favor the measure. However, when broken down, 13% said they opposed the health care law because it was not liberal enough. Thirty-four percent said the law was too liberal.

The NBC/Wall Street Journal poll was conducted by telephone June 20-24 from 1,000 adults. The sampling error was plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.

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

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soundoff (39 Responses)
  1. Greg

    The nation will need more lawyers to litigate all this mess. Good thing Texas is opening 2 new law schools over the next 2 years. One at the University of North Texas and one at Texas A&M.

    June 26, 2012 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  2. The Real Tom Paine

    -Fair is Fair

    When it gets shot down on Thursday, this will all be moot.
    Yes, and so will your opinion when your premiums double, again. Hope you enjoy the wonders of the "market-based" reforms the Mittster will flacidly bring up, and how this will help the people whose wages he's helped to stagnate over the last 3 decades.

    June 26, 2012 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  3. The Real Tom Paine


    It's apparent that liberals just want a country full of poor people. There are plenty of third world countries without turnign America into one of them.
    Really? That's our plan? I guess I missed that one. I suppose things will be better when everything gets shoved down to the local level, with the corresponding increase in state and local taxes as well. That's what happened when Mitt was governor, but, I'm sure you've blocked out that little fact.

    June 26, 2012 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  4. lies from the right but mostly hate

    People don't realize that the taxpayers pay for the underinsured or those without, only under obamacare the doctors and hospitals won't be able to break it off in the taxpayers ass like they can now with no regulation. Those with no insurance go to the hospital now and get the best care and the taxpayers get charged whatever. Under obamacare there will be checks and balances to where the hospitals can't hurt the taxpayers as bad. Its like the old commercial, you can either pay me now or pay me later!

    June 26, 2012 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  5. California

    I'd feel sorry for democrats if they weren't so stupid.

    June 26, 2012 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  6. California

    The Real Tom Paine – I see you're ignorant on the fact that Hussein is literally ignoring laws and breaking is oath of office but then again OWS, Illeal immigrants and the Hussein administration are all for breaking laws heck why enforce them right?

    June 26, 2012 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  7. Rudy NYC

    All that the poll proves is that the consrvative spin machine is highly effective at bamboozling people. Republicans keep crying "Repeal and Replace". Replace it with what? Nothing. Go back to the old way with healh insurers jacking up your premiums at will, and with no limits. Go back to paying for health insurance all your life and being dropped when you finally use it.

    Go back to being dropped from your health insurance just because you turned 65. That last is exactly why Medicare and Medicaid were created in the first place, people.

    June 26, 2012 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  8. Dave

    Dahhhh! I could have told you this over a year ago. If you have to bribe senators with kickbacks then their is obviously something wrong with it.

    June 26, 2012 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  9. Elizabeth

    Thankfully, laws are not passed based on polls and opinions.

    June 26, 2012 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  10. anoel2005

    we need healthcare reform but Obamacare doesn't achieve this without giving govt. the final say in our health decisions and an enormous cost to an already over-tax'd nation.

    June 26, 2012 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  11. Daniel

    I wonder... If we sat those people down and educated them on what the law actually is, how many of them would still oppose it, and for what reason(s)? The only thing I hear when the right speaks is "I'm stupid and Obama's black!"

    I'm a former Republican proudly voting for Obama in 2012, because my former party has completely lost its collective mind.

    June 26, 2012 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  12. Eric in Denver

    @Real Tom Paine are you really that stupid? Health care costs have been rising each year and under Obamacare they have continued to rise. We know your a die hard liberal and you want the government to take care of everything for you but most Americans don't feel that way. You mentioned shoved earlier is that similar to the way this bill was shoved down our throats in the middle of the night through closure and a number of kickbacks to buy votes? You obviously are not familiar with the healthcare industry and the bill because your comments are plain ignorant

    June 26, 2012 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  13. Patriot Awesome

    I still don't understand why the Republicans liked this plan when it was their idea, but hate it now that Obama got it through.

    June 26, 2012 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  14. Four and The Door

    Rudy NYC
    All that the poll proves is that the consrvative spin machine is highly effective at bamboozling people. Republicans keep crying "Repeal and Replace". Replace it with what?
    State health care programs. This will work much better. I am sure you are not into listening to what Mitt Romney has been saying, but this is a key part of his platform. Better yet, he has already done this successfully.

    June 26, 2012 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
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