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CNN: 59% Of Americans Oppose ObamaCare

As Congress was debating, and ultimately passing, the health care reform bill, CNN was conducting a poll that has some very interesting results:

20. As you may know, the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate are trying to pass final legislation that would make major changes in the country’s health care system. Based on what you
have read or heard about that legislation, do you generally favor it or generally oppose it?

Mar 19-21 2010

Favor 39%
Oppose 59%
No opinion 2%

21. (IF OPPOSE) Do you oppose that legislation because you think its approach toward health care is too liberal, or because you think it is not liberal enough?

QUESTIONS 20 AND 21 COMBINED

Mar 19-21 2010

Favor (from Question 20) 39%
Oppose, too liberal 43%
Oppose, not liberal enough 13%
No opinion 5%

This is pretty extraordinary.

I don’t think there has ever been a time in American history when such an unpopular piece of legislation has become law by such a narrow, and completely partisan margin. The political consequences could be very interesting.

H/T: Don Surber

26 Responses to “CNN: 59% Of Americans Oppose ObamaCare”

  1. [...] POLL: 59% of Americans oppose ObamaCare. Doug Mataconis comments: “This is pretty extraordinary. I don’t think there has ever been a [...]

  2. RebeccaH says:

    The political consequences will be interesting, but not surprising to anybody who’s been paying attention (which excludes Congress and our President, apparently).

  3. depechefesse says:

    Ummm, 39% in favor plus 13% who want more government intervention equals 52%.

    52% support some type of Government intervention in healthcare. How do you think that 13% will vote in November? For Republicans? Really?

  4. Sean says:

    You do realize that between “Favor” and “Oppose – Too Liberal”, you have 52% vs. 43% in opposition.

    None of those 52% will be voting for Republicans campaigning against this bill.

    Sorry folks, but this tea you like to party with, it does not have the flavor that you thought it did.

  5. rob sama says:

    Yeah, if that poll is to be believes, 53% want something akin to single payer. I have trouble believing that, especially given the source.

  6. Sean says:

    Eek, I meant “Oppose – Not Liberal Enough”.

  7. Mavs says:

    Really Sean??

    You’re basic math is fine, but your advanced math & knowledge of history is terrible.

    40% even bother to show up to vote in the mid-terms. The rest are listening to iPods, or pretending all is well in the world. Lets say (to keep it simple) that the total pool is 100 people. 40% (which is the average) of your 52 people (52%) will show. Which means 20 people will show for you.

    I think it’s safe to say that roughly 60-65% of those 43% who feel like just got the biggest shaft of their lifetime jammed doww their throats might me motivated to show come November. 62% (in the middle) of 43 people is 27…… That 58-42 % us/them ratio will spell absolute disaster for the Dems this fall.

  8. Sean says:

    As a note, the survey is for “adults”, not “voters” or even “likely voters”.

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  10. TW says:

    “None of those 52% will be voting for Republicans campaigning against this bill.”

    We’ll see. Stranger things have happened. To say “none” of the 52% is too strong of a claim, considering the back room shanigans over the last 14 months.
    The Democrats own the dishonest claim of being bipartisan.
    Even winning enough seats by moderate Democrats to get Pelosi removed as speaker and reduction in the majority would be a fantastic move in the right direction.

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  12. Vast Variety says:

    It would be nice to see a poll along side of this one asking if people actually understand what is really in the bill. I’m guessing that a majority of American’s haven’t got a clue of what is really truly in the bill and are basing their judgments mainly on what they have heard from the media.

  13. nitpicker says:

    In other words, 52 percent of Americans believe that the Health Care Reform is either just right or not liberal enough, while only 43 percent think it’s too liberal. Suck it, righties.

  14. Sean says:

    “Really Sean??

    You’re basic math is fine, but your advanced math & knowledge of history is terrible.”
    I don’t need much history to see back to 2008, when President Obama was elected with 68% of the electoral vote (and whalloped McCain by 7% in the popular tally)…

    when the American people saw to it that the Democrats in the Senate went from numbering 52 to 60 and earned a supermajoirty…

    when the American people saw to it that the Democrats in the Hourse went from 233 to 257 to secure a 60% majority…

    The Democrats did not shy away from Healthcare reform during the campaign. The people wanted this.

    And come 2010, I’d wager there are more of those with something to lose now in this election (i.e., newly acquired healthcare coverage) than there are voters who really care enough to vote in a off-year election.

    You don’t seem to get it. People fight for something once they have it and someone threatens to take it away. Millions of indifferent people now have a benefit worth thousands of dollars, and you can rest assured they’ll get involved now that they have a real, live dog in this fight that wasn’t there in 2008.

  15. drillbit says:

    Gotta agree with Sean here. Obama ran on health care reform.
    That’s what the people wanted. If 39% favor health care reform and 13% think it’s not liberal enough, that’s 52% who want some kind of health care reform. That’s the majority, dude.

  16. You are comparing numbers from two different poll questions and reaching conclusions that might not necessarily be true.

  17. Mwalimu Daudi says:

    “That’s what the people wanted. If 39% favor health care reform and 13% think it’s not liberal enough, that’s 52% who want some kind of health care reform. That’s the majority, dude.”

    OK – so if Democrats lose 52 House seats in November, does that mean 13 of them were because the bill was not liberal enough?

    I guess this is the same math that allows Obama to count gutting Medicare by $500 billion twice when trying to hide the increase in the debt.

  18. gk1 says:

    Hilarious to see the lefties spin this poll as anything other than what it is. Obamacare was passed with only 40% of the country’s support along narrow partisan lines. I guess the proof will be in the pudding come November, eh comrades?

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  20. Robert says:

    Sean says,
    “You don’t seem to get it. People fight for something once they have it and someone threatens to take it away. Millions of indifferent people now have a benefit worth thousands of dollars, and you can rest assured they’ll get involved now that they have a real, live dog in this fight that wasn’t there in 2008.”

    Not if the benefits are in thousands of Zimbabwe dollars.

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  22. Florence Schmieg says:

    “Oppose too liberal” will vote Republican, you ninnies. you need to take a basic course in logical thinking. So, by your ridiculous analysis, The Rs would be drawing the 59% disapprove plus the 43% oppose too liberal. 92% total.

  23. Keith says:

    Obviously those favoring a heavy government hand in health care would want any movement toward that and so would answer that they favor the bill, even with its shortcomings, i.e. you take what you can get.

    So why did those 13% (not-liberal-enough) not support it?

    Choose one:

    A. They are completely irrational,

    B. The moonbeams indicated their displeasure this month, or

    C. Pork, fraud, insane cost, government takeover of 17% of the economy, rationing, economic instability, deficit instability, relinquishing choice to a faceless entity that sucks at just about everything it does (oops, that last one was mine).

  24. Mavs says:

    Hey Sean… In response to #14

    Let’s revisit in November…… I’m willing to place a friendly wager the Dems get clobbered as the result of combination of a pissed off, motivated electorate looking to gut DC and a apathetic base that lightly attends.

    Voter turnout……… NO HIGHER THEN 43%.

    Book it.

  25. Bull says:

    He also ran on the economy. Howzat going for him?
    http://www.barackobama.com/issues/

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