Americans divided on health care ruling
June 29th, 2012
05:45 PM ET
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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The Gallup survey taken after the court's ruling showed 31% of Americans said they wanted the entire law repealed.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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soundoff (172 Responses)

    Gonna be a real interesting election this Nov.

    June 30, 2012 07:42 am at 7:42 am |
  2. Johnson

    This was probably the wisest decision the Court made in decades. Many wrinkles will have to be ironed out and it will change radically; however tor the first time we never have to worry about being covered with insurance again or being rejected because of pre-existing conditions. The GOP will do anything to make Obama a one-term President. McConnel has been saying this since Inauguration Day. This is no way to run a country. Give the man a chance. They had their eight years and brought us two wars and financial collapse.

    June 30, 2012 07:55 am at 7:55 am |
  3. Journeyone

    Obama should be proud he helped so many American's get insurance and stopping insurance companies from their crooked ways (denying sick people and capping them – all the while having record profits) plus how many jobs this will create in the health profession. Now the corrupt medical schools should be dealt with for denying how many American school kids into medical school. (Another problem not talked about in the media) This will be fun watching the GOP telling the middle class and poor how wrong this is for you and why we need to get rid of it. Tell a parent they can't insure their child until they turn 26 or tell someone who can't afford the CORPORATE INSURANCE WORLD'S policy they can't get affordable insurance and how wrong this is for you. The week narrow minded will suck it up as they pray in church.

    June 30, 2012 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  4. Spanglish

    They should bring the Parguayan congress to Washington, they have guts and they are not a bunch of jerks as the democrats who only think is about their power.

    June 30, 2012 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  5. Phyllis G Williams

    "All the people wept, when they heard the words of the Law" (Nehemiah 8: 9-10)
    "neither be ye sorry; for the joy of the Lord is your strength (smile).

    June 30, 2012 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  6. Keyser

    U.S. Americans don't know anything about this...or any other subject for that matter.

    June 30, 2012 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  7. Paul

    Polls are stupid. Tell us about the sampling technique and then I might care.

    June 30, 2012 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  8. iceman6161

    The only thing that matters in my eye is now everyone can have health care. This means alot for the poor, even if it means i pay alittle more.

    June 30, 2012 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  9. Ann

    Obamacare is simply another way of redistributing wealth and will be an additional burden for the middle class. Those who pay taxes, will contribute either by being taxed or by buying insurance. Those who don't pay taxes (about 50%?), will just get health care for nothing. This is not helping the middle class, they will just feel the consequences of more people in the doctor offices. Of course the non-taxpayers will vote for Obama in November. The question is.. what will taxpayers do?

    June 30, 2012 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  10. CitizenAJ

    Since this ruling there has been laser focus on this bill now law by the media. Like always, they can never stop reporting on a story, case in point, 3 days later, here is yet another article on the Supreme Courts' decision. However, a lot has been revealed about the law, and what has been revealed by multiple sources, is how the law really does better health care in the U.S. Even medical professionals are saying how it will better health care access with a focus on reducing spending. One point that stands out, if you have insurance, you will use it when you have an ailment, thus catching major ailments early, preventing expensive treatments for those ailments. This, overtime, has to reduce cost just from the reduction of spending. Too many supporters of republicans who never wanted to support this law because it meant supporting the President, are not hearing this message.

    June 30, 2012 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  11. Former Obama Voter

    I believe we must have universal healthcare, but through completely different means. This law, regardless of the supreme court is an invasion of my personal finances, my body and my liberty. I will not stand for it. If Romney promises to repeal this law, than Romney it is for me.

    June 30, 2012 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  12. Paul

    So if one move those who don;t like the ACA because it does not go far enough, then you have 56% in favor, and only 38% against.

    Did you all know there is a clause in the bill that requires insurance companies to spend 80 cents of every dollar they collect on actual healthcare? If they do not they must refund the difference to policy holders. I consider that a huge improvement, as at least the industry will no longer be able to siphon off 25-30% of every healthcare dollar for thier shareholders and executive salaries.

    June 30, 2012 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  13. pbk

    It is now time for the Democrats to get off their butts and rebut the fallacy that the GOP and Karl Rove has spent hundreds of millions on: That the "majority" of Americans don't like this bill. The "majority" of Americans is over half of about 280 million of us?? Guess what? No one asked me and I can tell you that the GOP didn't ask 140 million Americans either. The White House can now put out information to millions of Americans explaining this law in full.

    June 30, 2012 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  14. NameJames Muschietty

    This is Saturday, June 30 I was watching the CNN comment with Christine talking to the senator about the health care bill. Thank you for asking those questions you hit the nail on the head and he didn't answer any honestly, we all know the truth about obamacare. you are the only news person that I've heard bring those questions to any of the politicans face-to-face thank you Christie. Effects only 4% of small businesses with over 50 employees, they want you to think that every little mom-and-pop small businesses affected and it's not their lying to the the American people. again thank you Christine and CNN news for trying to bringing the truth out.

    June 30, 2012 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  15. Bessy

    I have a feeling that once people see how this is going to help them, and they realize that all the lies the GOP is trying to hand them, is just that, lies, they will change their opinion of the plan. Everything takes time. Look at how people first felt about SS and Medicare.

    June 30, 2012 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  16. Frank

    These poll results are a direct result of an incredible amount of disinformation promulgated by the GOP, Fox News, and the followers of Rush Limbaugh. The Affordable Care Act is not perfect, but any law which effectively insures 30 million more Americans against health costs and saves a trillion dollars by 2020 (both per the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office) is good for this nation. Everything else is political nonsense.

    June 30, 2012 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  17. JonnyCant

    Well, I guess those that refuse – note 'refuse' – to have insurance are really upset. Free loaders will always be upset.

    June 30, 2012 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  18. jrm03063

    Divided yes – but not about the need to move toward universal coverage. As the article plainly indicates, only 34% think we should head in the direction of doing less or nothing. Last time I heard anyone from the media describe a 65/35 split, they called it a land-slide. Perplexing how the GOP thinks that a message of absolute no and repeal is going to ultimately be effective this Fall – they have NO PLAN that involves universal coverage.

    June 30, 2012 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  19. paul

    My daughter has been denied healthcare for years because of medical problems. She and millions like her will finally be able to purchase insurance so she can receive care. Thank you president Obama for helping the US catch up with the rest of the industrialized nations.

    June 30, 2012 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  20. Obama Mama

    Let us move on. We need to focus on jobs, economy, immigration, and debt. Lets quit the bickering and get on with it. Congress quit holding things up and lets move on.

    June 30, 2012 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  21. You Heard it worst on CNN

    Say goodbye to full time employment in the USA. We already have experienced a growing trend of companies replacing full time employees with temp agency staffing. Temp agencies provide companies with employees on a lower pay scale and removes any responsibility for providing health care by the employer. They also remove any responsibility toward job security by the employer as well. Obama saying this will help small businesses shows how ignorant he his about small business as well. Small business owners want to be and stay independent from other companies. This is part of what makes them a small business and not a corporation. Obama has officially surpassed W. as our worst president in history.

    June 30, 2012 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  22. bobby frank

    Most American's that are against Obamacare are wealthy people that have premium insurance. I have to say that this group is pretty selfish and out of touch with middle-class Americans that are still struggling in this economy. I hope that the Democratic party will educate middle-class Americans that this healthcare law is in their best interest and overwhelmingly re-elect Obama to protect it from being dismantled.

    June 30, 2012 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  23. nolimits3333

    Breaking News.... Conservatives planning to leave U.S., but can't find wealthy Western democracy without universal health care.

    June 30, 2012 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  24. C. K. Justus

    If Jesus Christ was on earth and wanted to insure everybody, the GOP leadership and their rich owners would be against it for they want to be like those in dictatorship countries and have the all those who are not in their crowd to be able have their work done for nothing while they keep; building bank accounts which they apparenlty think will make them better than all the rest of the country.

    June 30, 2012 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  25. Ancient Texan

    The weird ruling aside, the people will decide this issue and it's future or demise on November 6, 2012.

    June 30, 2012 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
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