Poll: Americans Want Obamacare Repealed


Given a choice, 47% of Americans favor repealing the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, while 42% want it kept in place. Views on this issue are highly partisan, with Republicans strongly in favor of repeal and the large majority of Democrats wanting the law kept in place. …

In October, Gallup found 40% of Americans saying passage of the healthcare law was a good thing and 48% a bad thing.

Republicans are strongly in favor of repeal, and Democrats are strongly opposed, but it’s interesting to note that even 1/5th of Democrat poll respondents (21%) want repeal. And 48% of independents want repeal too, as compared to 43% who don’t.

But most telling result from this poll may be Obamacare’s apparent impact on the feelings Americans have about government’s role in health care (as noted by Ed Morrissey):

Obama’s efforts to do accomplish the goal of government-backed health care for all have soured people on government backed health care. Which isn’t surprising. As a concept, health care for all is appealing. Being introduced to the reality of the policy which imposes such a thing is a much different animal.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters.

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  • Jamermorrow

     Health care costs have become so high that hardly anybody can afford health care. One would think we should try to increase the supply of medical care to keep up with demand. The AMA limits how many doctors, nurses, and hospitals we have. Only so many medical schools are allowed to exist. So supply is fixed by the AMA. Inflation, lots of old people, third party payer, medicare and medicaid are raising demand. Simple economics will guarantee that health care costs keep rising in the United States.

    • Grizzler1

      Excellent point. The AMA is just another lobby group. Doctors are very much interested in keeping what they have, kinda like the auto workers unions. The difference is the AMA lobby has a vastly larger effect on the overall economy.

      • Jamermorrow

        No doubt, market forces are telling more young people to go into medicine. Many young people are trying but the colleges are limiting the amount. Look at any medical school or nursing school and you will see applications are through the roof. The problems is they limit how many they take.

  • http://realitybasedbob.sayanythingblog.com/ realitybasedbob

    The AMA limits how many doctors, nurses, and hospitals we have.

    Really? Do you have a link to somewhere I can read about that?

    • Jamermorrow

      Why do colleges not take more students in the medical field? Plenty of students want to go and get turned away. It is a monopoly set up to ensure medical personal are paid more. The amount of students let into nursing school and medical school are very restricted.

    • Jamermorrow
      • http://realitybasedbob.sayanythingblog.com/ realitybasedbob


      • borborygmi

        That is why my son went to  a DO medical school not an MD medical school.  Same training but the AMA doesn’t control them.

  • borborygmi

    Hmm That last part of the graph was that 50% think Fed Govt is responsible and 46% think it is not?

    • Demosthenes

      The actual question was:

      “Do you think it is the responsibility of the federal government to make sure all Americans have health care coverage, or is that not the responsibility of the federal government?”

      This question is actually very good as it doesn’t state if it should be government ran just that whether the government should enforce coverage. Again though the poll has and error +-4 percentage.

      The second question is where the meat is though.

      “Which of the following approaches for providing health care in the United States would you prefer — [ROTATED: a government run health care system, (or) a system based mostly on private health insurance]?”

      That polled at

      2011 Nov 3-6:  39 – gov  56 – priv   6 – NoOp

      This poll suggests to me that 1,024 Americans would like Private Health Care that is Government Enforced.


      As for the repeal part +-6 percentage points, take a look for yourself. Those number are very close and once again do not SHOW you that we would like it repealed. At the very best this SHOWS us that this is a very close topic of debate.

    • Grizzler1

      Hmm…. the graph doesnt say it depicts approval or repeal of the healthcare bill, it asks if the federal government is responsible for healthcare. Hugely different question.
       A substantial portion of the people who want to see it repealed want it repealed because they think it didnt go far enough, or dont like the way its being paid for. They still believe the feds should deal with it, they just dont like the law as it was passed.
       I wonder why this graph was used? It is a little misleading and confusing. Probably poor editing on the part of the original author, and Rob just cut and pasted without really noticing the inconsistency. Bad journalism all the way around.

      • Demosthenes

        Ha, I beat you to the punch.

        All kidding aside, there is a margin of error in this poll as admitted by Gallup.

        The repeal portion doesn’t say that at all with a +-6 percentage. All it says is that it would be darn close if it were voted on.

        Number fudging and poor journalism indeed.

  • Davoarid

    “Given a choice, 47% of Americans favor repealing the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, while 42% want it kept in place.”

    89% of Americans have an opinion on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act? That’s doubtful.

    When you ask people for an opinion, and then give them two options as to what their opinion on it might be, well, a lot of people are going to pick one of those two choices.

    Wear a suit and grab a clipboard, and ask 466 American adults the following question:

    “Should Congress keep the Federal Regulatory Assurance J45-R2 Directive Law in place, or should it be repealed?”

    80% of conservatives would want to repeal it and 80% of liberals would want to keep it despite the fact that it doesn’t exist.

    This has nothing to do with policy. It’s all labels. Once you understand that, you’ll understand how American politics work.

  • DopeyDem

    The 48% who want it repealed realize that they will be paying all of the costs for the other 42% who want it for free. Just like federal income taxes today where only 52% of earners pay them.

  • Hal837

    Now that we have passed the bill so we could see what is in the bill, WE STILL DON’T WANT IT!!