Americans divided on health care ruling
June 29th, 2012
05:45 PM ET
8 years ago

Americans divided on health care ruling

(CNN) – Thursday's Supreme Court ruling upholding President Barack Obama's health care law has Americans divided, according to the first survey following the landmark decision.

Friday's poll from USA Today/Gallup showed 46% of Americans agree with the court's ruling, with 46% saying they disagree. Opinions were predictably split along party lines: 79% of self-identified Democrats agreed with the decision to uphold the president's law, while 83% of Republicans disagreed with the ruling.

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Independents mirrored the poll's larger results – 45% agreed with the Supreme Court's decision, and 42% disagreed.

A CNN/ORC Poll taken at the end of May indicated 43% of Americans favored the Affordable Care Act, while 51% opposed the measure. Broken down, 13% said they opposed the law because it was not liberal enough, while 34% opposed it because it was too liberal.

On Thursday, the Supreme Court upheld Obamacare, saying the individual mandate, while not constitutional under the Commerce Clause of the constitution, was valid if viewed as a tax.

Following the decision, Mitt Romney, the presumptive GOP nominee, renewed his vow to eliminate the law if elected president, and House Republicans scheduled a vote to repeal the measure in July. That effort, which could pass the Republican-controlled House, isn't expected to get anywhere in the Democrat-controlled Senate.

The Gallup survey taken after the court's ruling showed 31% of Americans said they wanted the entire law repealed. Twenty-one percent advocated repealing parts of the law.

Another 25% said the government's role in health care should be expanded beyond the level stipulated in Affordable Care Act.

The Gallup poll was taken June 28 by telephone from 1,012 adults. The sampling error was plus or minus four percentage points.

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Filed under: Health care • Polls • President Obama
soundoff (172 Responses)
  1. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    DeMint is encouraging governors to not implement the ACA at the state levels. Fortunately for Jindal, Brownbeck and Walker, there are no uninsured people in LA, KS, and WI. This may be DeMint's "Waterloo."

    June 29, 2012 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  2. Walt

    Get over it GOP and alexithymic Mitt-it is useless for both of you to keep crab-walking BACKWARDS. GOP on the wrong side of history, as always.

    June 29, 2012 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  3. Nwvotes

    Will Romney or Obama's campaign get a boost by the passing of the Health Care law? Vote at

    June 29, 2012 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  4. kat

    Of course they are, those who work and those who take!

    June 29, 2012 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  5. Marie MD

    Hey bishop. You can't do whatever it is you think you are going to do when you DON"T GET ELECTED IN NOVEMBER!
    Go home. Those cars need their daddy to help them up and down in that garage.

    June 29, 2012 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  6. GOP = Greed Over People

    Those numbers are going to make it tough for the GOP to "take back our country".

    June 29, 2012 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  7. SafeJourney

    When Americans are asked about the individual parts of the ACA, Most Americans like it

    June 29, 2012 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  8. incredulous

    They didn't mention the polls that indicate that Americans who don't like the law have little or no comprehension of what's actually in it.

    June 29, 2012 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  9. Betty

    I have never been polled. How do they pick the people they poll? Randomly?

    June 29, 2012 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  10. mari

    Mr. President, Please focus on creating jobs first, so I can have the money to cover the insurance payment.

    June 29, 2012 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  11. Ramon F. Herrera

    We are honored to welcome the United States of America (finally!!) to our exclusive club.

    -Signed: The Industrialized Countries of the World

    June 29, 2012 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  12. King

    I. laugh when the repubs act like they are underdogs. the repubs have 65 percent of the white voters, including the 1 percenters, they have fox news, CNBC, fox business news and 90 percent of the radio talk shows all the dems got is MSNBC .. Obama has 35 percent white including the Hollywood factors, and a bunch of black and Hispanic minority voters, without power. folks are wondering why the repubs always seems to capture the narrative, even when their rants rivals lunacy. now you know America, they are the party with the real power, owe and dont let one of these mainstream media talk about Obama in a positive light, they will go Bunker calling them the lame stream media, and refuse to have a interview with them.

    June 29, 2012 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  13. Chipster

    How many of them like the Republican health care plan? – oh, that's right, Republicans have no plan. Their plan is to continue to support health insurance and pharmaceutical companies with ever higher premiums and prices. And, if some poor schmuck doesn't have health insurance and cannot or will not pay for their emergency care, GOP members don't care if taxpayers are forced to pick up the tab. Their donors get rake in a fortune anyhow.

    June 29, 2012 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  14. Tonya

    Makes me wonder what the government will force us to purchase next (provided THEY think we can afford it) and penalize us if we do not. That's one way to minimize national debt. I am ashamed of this ruling, and it's implications. I am terrified that it put the nail in the coffin of our freedom.

    June 29, 2012 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  15. MesaMax

    It is time to repeal and replace. Taxing people just for breathing is bad policy. Surely, surely there is a better way than this the so-called "Obamacare". The American people deserve better.

    June 29, 2012 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  16. Anonymous

    I wonder if the poll results change if they first ask people to name and explain five things that are in the bill. My goes is that most people's opinions are very un-informed. I don't know which way the numbers would move if they only polled those who could pass a short test. I know you can also get biased answers by the way yo ask the question. For example: "Do you want to be forced into a government run health clinic?" or "Should insurance companies be able to drop you if you get sick?" Polls don't been much unless you know how the question is phrased.

    June 29, 2012 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  17. jannet

    Way to go.....gobama.. thank you john roberts ...

    June 29, 2012 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  18. lyn

    During 4 yrs. of the 1st Bush and 8 yrs with Junior, not one mention of health care insurance. Hillary was stopped with her's, but now when someone had the backbone to stand up to Boehner and Kanter, the Repubs bellyache. Making promises of repealing and replacing. Are we stupid to believe that, God I hope not.

    June 29, 2012 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  19. Bob

    You have to do something given the current cost of health care. I just had a "pre insurance" bill of $100,000. It was either have surgery or not walk, and at 59 that was not an option. Luckily I had insurance. This law is just one of the options one could take. Give it a chance. That, or socialize the entire medical system for everyone in this US.

    June 29, 2012 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  20. beevee

    The republican leaning americans are either ill informed about the healthcare or they are too biased to accepted what the president of the USA Mr. Obama is trying to do for the greater good of all of us. That is what happens when you only believe the crookish politicians of the party you favor. Thnik for yourself without emotions getting in the way of your better judegement. Dont be blindfolded.

    June 29, 2012 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  21. judy

    poll numbers are better now then they where. When people get the real story no the one the repo retards are putting out maybe they will understand all the benefits. They have better health care in saudie arabia for gosh sakes. This is good for the majority of Americans Forward.

    June 29, 2012 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  22. James

    Open your eyes, you Americans and look at Healthcare all over the world, especially in the developed countries and you will see that your system costs too much, is too profit-drive, dictated too much by the insurance companies and does not deliver the goods as you are way down the list in infant mortality, longevity, and overall healthiness.

    June 29, 2012 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  23. Sandy

    This is great news! People are starting to come around on healthcare. Before there were more people against it overall, even though when broken down into parts, an overwhelming majority support it. Now it's tied or slightly ahead.

    June 29, 2012 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  24. Ron

    The polls will probably change to be against the decision after the super pacs backing the right wing spend their millions of dollars spreading misinformation about it. Unfortunately we live in an age of sound bites, not real debate and discussion. And the people with the most money win the sound bites

    June 29, 2012 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  25. Don Green

    The only piece of the health care bill that should be changed is that there should be no requirement to pay into it. However it should have also included the line that all medical facilities and medical personal can refuse you entry into a medical facility if you are not paying into the system. So even if you are bleeding to death they can refuse to treat you.

    June 29, 2012 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
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