Poll: Majority of Americans Say No Health Care Reform Better than Passing Current Bill
August 19, 2009 - 12:14 PMAccording to a poll report released Monday by Rasmussen Reports, the majority of Americans believe that no health care reform would be better than passing H.R. 3200, the current reform bill in the House of Representatives.
When respondents were asked whether it would be better to pass the current bill working its way through Congress, H.R. 3200, or do nothing at all this year, 54 percent chose nothing at all. Thirty-five percent of respondents supported the bill, and 11 percent said they were still not sure.
Though more Democrats support the bill and more Republicans favor doing nothing this year, two thirds of unaffiliated respondents said they would prefer that Congress not pass the bill. Only 23 percent of those likely voters said they supported H.R. 3200.
The poll was conducted after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) co-wrote an Aug. 10 op-ed in USA Today assuring Americans that their reform proposal would mean positive change for American health care.
They wrote, “The first fact is that health insurance reform will mean more patient choice. It will allow every American who likes his or her current plan to keep it.” They also claimed, “Reform will mean affordable coverage for all Americans.”
In the same health care-focused poll, Rasmussen also asked respondents about those specific claims from the House leadership. The majority of unaffiliated voters, 54 percent, said they did not believe the bill would make health care more affordable for all. The plurality of all respondents, 45 percent, also believed that claim was false.
Respondents were far more skeptical of Pelosi and Hoyer’s claim that passing the bill would mean more choice for Americans. Only 27 percent of respondents agreed that would be the case, while 49 percent did not believe the top Democrats, and 24 percent were still unsure.
Those who already have insurance also showed concern about the bill, with less than half of them, 43 percent, believing the claim that they will be able to keep their current insurance plan after the proposed law is enacted.
Rasmussen’s interpretation of the results said that voters were “far from assured” by the House Democrats.
The poll of 1,000 likely voters was conducted Aug. 13 and 14, 2009 and has a margin of error of +/- 3 percentage points.
The results came on the heels of an Aug. 5-8 poll which showed that for the first time in two years, more likely voters trusted Republicans than Democrats on the issue of health care (44 percent vs. 41 percent). Fifteen percent remained unsure. That represents a 14-point change from June, when Democrats enjoyed a 10-point lead on the issue.