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Health Care Reform Opinion Polls/Surveys



Polls / Surveys on Health Care Reform
  1. CBS / New York Times (Jan. 15-19, 2011)
  2. NBC / Wall Street Journal (Jan. 13-17, 2011)
  3. AP / GfK Roper (Jan. 5-11, 2011)
  4. Harvard / Kaiser Family Foundation (Jan. 4-14, 2011)
  5. CNN / Opinion Research (Dec. 17-19, 2010)
  1. FOX News / Opinion Dynamics (Dec. 14-15, 2010)
  2. USA Today / Gallup (Nov. 4-7, 2010)
  3. FOX News / Opinion Dynamics (Mar. 16-17, 2010)
  4. Kaiser Family Foundation (Mar. 10-15, 2010)
  5. CBS News / New York Times (Apr. 1-5, 2009)

1. CBS / New York Times (Jan. 15-19, 2011) 

"Do you think Congress should try to repeal the health care law that was passed last year, or should they let it stand?"

Repeal law Let it stand Don't know
40% 48% 12%

"Among those who say 'repeal the law,' what part of the health care law that was passed last year would you MOST like to see repealed?"

* None of the Democrats surveyed wanted to repeal the health care law
Republican Democratic * Independent
Insurance mandate 27% Not applicable (N/A) 31%
Everything 20% N/A 26%
Funding abortions 3% N/A 1%
Higher premiums 3% N/A 0%
Higher taxes 1% N/A 2%
Requiring business to provide insurance 1% N/A 1%
Gov't involvement 1% N/A 2%
Paying for uninsured 0% N/A 1%
Death panels 1% N/A 1%
No choice 0% N/A 0%
Cover children to age 26 2% N/A 0%
Cover pre-existing condition 1% N/A 1%
Medicare 1% N/A 1%
Other 3% N/A 4%
Don't know / Not applicable 36% N/A 29%
Subjects:  1,036 adults
Margin of Error: ± 3%
Source:  CBS News  and New York Times , "Repeal Health Care Reform?," (88 KB) , Jan. 20, 2011

2.  NBC / Wall Street Journal (Jan. 13-17, 2011)

"From what you have heard about Barack Obama's health care plan that was passed by Congress and signed into law by the President last year, do you think his plan is a good idea or a bad idea?"

Good idea Bad idea Do not have an opinion Not sure
39% 39% 21% 1%

"Would you favor or oppose repealing and eliminating this new health care law?"

Favor Oppose No opinion Not sure
45% 46% 7% 2%
Subjects:  1,000 adults
Margin of Error: ±  3.1%
Source:  NBC News  and Wall Street Journal , "Study #11023," (404 KB) , Jan. 2011

3. AP / GfK Roper (Jan. 5-11, 2011)

"In general, do you support, oppose or neither support nor oppose the health care reforms that were passed by Congress in March?"

Support Neither support nor oppose Oppose Don't know
40% 16% 41% 3%

"Do you favor, oppose, or neither favor nor oppose a law that would require every American to have health insurance, or pay money to the government as a penalty if they do not, unless the person is very poor?"

Favor Oppose Neither favor nor oppose Don't know
31% 59% 13% 3%

"Do you favor, oppose, or neither favor nor oppose a law requiring insurance companies to sell health insurance to a person who is currently sick or has had a serious illness in the past, which would probably cause most Americans to pay more for health insurance?"

Favor Oppose Neither favor nor oppose Don't know
50% 34% 17% 4%

"Do you favor, oppose, or neither favor nor oppose a law saying that an insurance company cannot stop selling health insurance to one of their customers if that person gets a serious illness?"

Favor Oppose Neither favor nor oppose Don't know
59% 34% 7% 1%
Subjects:  1,001 adults
Margin of Error: ± 4.2%
Source:  Associated Press  and GFK Custom Research North America , "The AP-GfK Poll: January, 2011," (146 KB) , Jan. 2011

4. Harvard / Kaiser Family Foundation (Jan. 4-14, 2011)

"As you may know, a health reform bill was signed into law early last year. Given what you know about the health reform law, do you have a generally favorable or generally unfavorable opinion of it?"

Generally favorable Generally unfavorable Don't know/refused
41% 50% 9%

"What would you like to see Congress do when it comes to the health care law?"

Expand law Keep law as is Repeal law & replace with Republican alternative Repeal law & not replace it
Democrats 51% 32% 3% 8%
Republicans 7% 8% 47% 30%
Independents 24% 16% 25% 22%
Total 28% 19% 23% 20%
Subjects:  1,502 adults
Margin of Error: ±  3%
Source:  Harvard School of Public Health  and Kaiser Family Foundation , "The Public's Health Care Agenda for the 112th Congress," (842 KB) , Jan. 2011

5. CNN / Opinion Research Corporation (Dec. 17-19, 2010)

"As you may know, a bill that makes major changes to the country's health care system became law earlier this year. Based on what you have read or heard about that legislation, do you generally favor or generally oppose it?"

Favor Oppose No opinion
43% 54% 3%

Now here are a few provisions in the health care bill. Please tell me whether you favor or oppose each one:

Favor Oppose No opinion
Requiring all Americans who do not have health insurance to get it 38% 60% 2%
Preventing health insurance companies from dropping coverage for people who become seriously ill 61% 39% N/A
Preventing health insurance companies from denying coverage to people with pre-existing conditions 64% 35% 1%
Subjects:  1,008 adults
Margin of Error: ±  3%
Source:  CNN  and Opinion Research , "CNN / Opinion Research Corporation Poll," (256 KB) , Dec. 27, 2010

6. FOX News / Opinion Dynamics (Dec. 14-15, 2010)

"Which one of the following comes closest to what you would like to see lawmakers do with the new health care law -- would you like lawmakers to repeal the law entirely, repeal parts of the law, expand the law, or leave it as is?"

Repeal it entirely Repeal parts of the law Expand it Leave it as it is Don't know
Democrats 4% 29% 26% 28% 13%
Republicans 48% 32% 7% 9% 4%
Independents 30% 37% 12% 11% 9%
Total 27% 32% 15% 16% 9%

"Some Americans choose not to buy health insurance even though they can afford it. The president's plan requires all Americans who can afford it to have some form of health insurance or else pay a penalty. Failure to pay the penalty would result in an even larger fine, a jail sentence of up to one-year, or both. Do you think the government should be able to require all Americans who can afford it to have health insurance or pay a penalty, or not?"

Yes No Don't know
Democrats 45% 50% 5%
Republicans 13% 85% 2%
Independents 22% 75% 3%
Total 28% 69% 4%
Subjects:  900 adults
Margin of Error: ± 3%
Source:  Fox News  and Opinion Dynamics , "Fox News Poll," (44 KB) , Dec. 16, 2010

7. USA Today / Gallup  (Nov. 4-7, 2010)

"Taking everything into account, do you think the new healthcare law – goes too far, is about right, (or) does not go far enough?"

Goes too far Is about right Does not go far enough No opinion
42% 20% 29% 8%

"Asked of those who say healthcare law goes too far:  Would you like to see Congress – keep the health care law in place but scale it back considerably, repeal the healthcare law and start work on a new healthcare bill, (or) repeal the healthcare law and NOT pass a new healthcare bill?"

Should keep in place but scale back considerably Should repeal and star on new bill Should repeal and not pass a new law Unspecified
7% 25% 10% N/A
Subjects: 1,021 adults
Margin of Error: ±  4%
Source:  USA Today  and Gallup News Service , "Gallup Poll Social Series: Health and Healthcare," (30 KB) , Nov. 2010

8. FOX News / Opinion Dynamics (Mar. 16-17, 2010)

"Some Americans choose not to buy health insurance even though they can afford it. The president's plan requires all Americans who can afford it to have some form of health insurance or else pay a penalty. Failure to pay the penalty would result in an even larger fine, a jail sentence of up to one-year, or both.  Do you think the government should be able to require all Americans who can afford it to have health insurance or pay a penalty, or not?"

Yes No Don't know
Democrats 48% 47% 4%
Republicans 11% 88% 1%
Independents 26% 71% 4%
Total 29% 68% 3%
Subjects:  900 adults
Margin of Error: ± 3%
Source:  Fox News  and Opinion Dynamics , "Fox News Poll," (44 KB) , Dec. 16, 2010

9.  Kaiser Family Foundation (Mar. 10-15, 2010)

"As of right now, do you generally support or generally oppose the health care proposals being discussed in Congress? Is that strongly or somewhat?"

Republican Democrat Independent Total
Strongly support 4% 52% 20% 28%
Somewhat support 9% 23% 16% 18%
Somewhat oppose 14% 6% 10% 9%
Strongly oppose 66% 9% 38% 33%

"Do you think you and your family would be better off or worse off if the president and Congress passed health care reform, or don’t you think it would make much difference?"

Better off Worse off Wouldn't make much difference
35% 32% 28%
Subjects:  1,208 adults
Margin of Error: ±  3%
Source:  Kaiser Family Foundation , "Kaiser Health Tracking Poll: Public Opinion on Health Care Issues," (1.8 MB) , Mar. 2010

10. CBS News / New York Times (Apr. 1-5, 2009)

"Beside the economy, which of these domestic policy areas do you want the President and Congress to concentrate on MOST right now - health care, energy, education, or Social Security?"

Republican Democrat Independent
Health care 22% 51% 26%
Energy 16% 9% 21%
Education 26% 17% 23%
Social security 19%  14% 18%
Something else / combination 12% 8% 94%
Don't know 5% 1% 3%

"Would you be willing or not willing to pay higher taxes so that all Americans have health insurance they can't lose, no matter what?"

Republican Democrat Independent
Willing 29% 73% 58%
Not willing 66% 23% 36%
Don't know 5% 4% 6%
Subjects: 998 adults
Margin of Error: ± 3%
Source:  CBS News  and New York Times , "Americans' Views on Health Care," (101 KB) , April, 6, 2009