Health Reform Opposition Grows as Public Learns More

WASHINGTON, D.C. - 9/23/2010 - Today the American Action Forum released results from a national healthcare survey of 800 likely voters.  The polls conducted September 14-16, 2010 by Public Opinion Strategies have a margin of error of ±3.46 percent in 95 out of 100 cases.


Key Findings:

A majority of likely voters nationwide oppose the healthcare reform law.  Voters oppose the new law by a 54 to 42 percent margin, including 44 percent who strongly oppose it.

  • Independent voters oppose the healthcare reform law by a wide margin. Only thirty-seven percent of independents support the new law while 55 percent oppose it.
  • After learning more about the healthcare reform law, voter opposition grows.  As voters become aware of the provisions within the new law and how it is financed, overall opposition grows from 54 percent to 59 percent.

More than half of the country expects their health insurance coverage to change substantially as a result of the healthcare reform law.  As more parts of the new health care law take effect, only 41 percent of likely voters think they will be able to keep their existing health insurance while 50 percent anticipate their coverage will change substantially.

  • Of the Americans anticipating a change in their health insurance coverage, 82 percent believe the changes will be for the worse.  Even among leaning democratic voters, 68 percent expect plan changes to be for the worse.
  • A bi-partisan consensus appears among likely voters that businesses are likely to drop health insurance and let the government cover it.  Overall 58 percent of the survey respondents though businesses will drop health insurance.  This includes 77 percent of Republican, 51 percent of independent, and 42 percent of Democratic respondents.

"The American Action Forum will continue to conduct research to understand the opinions and attitudes of the American people.  The polling to date has been helpful in learning what public concerns policymakers need to address.  Voters think the country is on wrong track and in need of a course correction," said Senator Norm Coleman, CEO of the American Action Forum.

"These results are additional evidence that the majority of Americans firmly believe the recent healthcare reform is a step in the wrong direction.  The challenge remains to craft center-right policies that voters want, including those that lead to higher quality care at lower cost, while extending affordable insurance options," said Douglas Holtz-Eakin, the President of the Forum.  

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