CNN poll shows 56% still oppose ObamaCare

posted at 9:30 am on June 3, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

CNN released a small portion of its latest poll yesterday — oddly, almost two weeks after taking the survey — that shows that ObamaCare is just as popular as ever.  In a survey of over 1,000 adults (rather than registered or likely voters), the health-care overhaul legislation still trails its opposition by 13 points:

According to the survey, 56 percent of the public disapprove of the passage of the bill, with 43 percent approving of the new law.

“Opposition is highest among men, older Americans, and people who make more than $50,000 a year,” says Holland.

But Americans are more evenly divided over whether the health care bill will be good or bad for the country. Fifty-one percent of people questioned in the survey say the bill will hurt the U.S., with 46 percent saying it will help.

“That indicates that Republican candidates may want to make the midterm elections into a retrospective referendum on whether the bill should have passed, while Democratic candidates may prefer to focus on the future and what the health care bill might mean for the country in the long run,” adds Holland.

Technically, neither side should make strategic decisions about this poll because of the nature of the sample.  A poll of adults is the least predictive sample for elections.  Polling likely voters gives politicians a much more predictive look at voting behavior than registered voters, and a general adult population sample is relatively worthless when other pollsters provide the more predictive sampling techniques.  In fact, general-population polls tend to skew too far toward liberal policies and politicians — so this isn’t good news at all for Obama and his health-care plan supporters.

But a better question is why CNN chose to hold off the release of this question for almost two weeks.  A week ago, the news network released data on the immigration law from the same survey.  The older the data, the less relevant it is.  CNN appears to have wanted to pair it with results that showed support for the Obama administration — in this case, on financial regulation reform.  It doesn’t report the ObamaCare findings until the eighth paragraph of its release.

CNN still hasn’t released the entire survey, showing the sampling demographics and especially the partisan split in the sample.  After almost two weeks, one has to wonder why.


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To be fair though, this poll was taken at a dirt racing track somewhere in the south on Free Moonshine Day and we all know how “those” people are.

Next time CNN should poll the enlightened citizens of NYC or San Francisco to get the measure of how REAL Americans think.

Bishop on June 3, 2010 at 9:34 AM

Adults?

The real numbers must be UGLY.

I’m talking Kagan.

artist on June 3, 2010 at 9:35 AM

They got their instructions from dear leader….

cmsinaz on June 3, 2010 at 9:37 AM

CNN still hasn’t released the entire survey, showing the sampling demographics and especially the partisan split in the sample. After almost two weeks, one has to wonder why.

What’s next, Ed?

Are you going to demand the UVA release their AGW research data?

Sheesh!

artist on June 3, 2010 at 9:37 AM

CNN: full of useful idiots.

rbj on June 3, 2010 at 9:42 AM

Only 56% CNN? Every other poll shows a higher disapproval again Obamacare. Guess CNN needs to be somewhat relevant to stay a float.

b1jetmech on June 3, 2010 at 9:43 AM

This must be that new “reinvented journalism”

PatriotRider on June 3, 2010 at 9:44 AM

What is CNN?

50sGuy on June 3, 2010 at 9:44 AM

CNN… the most trusted name in news…

HA!

Epic fail…

Lying liars who lie…

Khun Joe on June 3, 2010 at 9:45 AM

But, as National Review reports, it doesn’t matter. The GOP has apparently decided not to make Obamacare an issue. Brilliant and courageous, as usual.

rrpjr on June 3, 2010 at 9:51 AM

CNN Translation: We still have a lot of work to do gang, now get out there and propagandize!!!

cntrlfrk on June 3, 2010 at 9:53 AM

Isn’t CNN the one with the murderer as an anchor?

faraway on June 3, 2010 at 9:54 AM

Fifty-one percent of people questioned in the survey say the bill will hurt the U.S., with 46 percent saying it will help.

Confirmed: 46% of those polled are morons.

BuckeyeSam on June 3, 2010 at 9:57 AM

CNN? Add about 15-20% to the against number and you’ll be pretty accurate.

kingsjester on June 3, 2010 at 9:59 AM

But, but when people learn what is in the bill law they will like it.

mwbri on June 3, 2010 at 9:59 AM

Bishop on June 3, 2010 at 9:34 AM

I just love your posts.

DrMagnolias on June 3, 2010 at 10:09 AM

Lying liars who lie…

Khun Joe on June 3, 2010 at 9:45 AM

. . .and the liberal loons that love them.

johnny alpha on June 3, 2010 at 10:11 AM

CNN still hasn’t released the entire survey, showing the sampling demographics and especially the partisan split in the sample. After almost two weeks, one has to wonder why

CNN still doesn’t understand that bad news still doesn’t get better with time…

ted c on June 3, 2010 at 10:16 AM

CNN is still carrying water for Obama. They gave up ‘reporting the news’ years ago.

GarandFan on June 3, 2010 at 10:17 AM

As Mark Steyn says, “CNN’s got the flight-delayed demographic wrapped up.”

parteagirl on June 3, 2010 at 11:18 AM

People have commonsense. This new reform bill is entirely too convoluted to be implemented properly.

It’ll be a disaster.

AnninCA on June 3, 2010 at 11:35 AM

To be fair, all adults will be impacted by ObamaCare, not just likely voters or registered voters. So, the poll is a legitimate tool in measuring public satisfaction with the legislation, just not a good tool in predicting ObamaCare’s impact on future elections.

tommylotto on June 3, 2010 at 11:46 AM

CNN still hasn’t released the entire survey, showing the sampling demographics and especially the partisan split in the sample. After almost two weeks, one has to wonder why.

Yep, if you can’t release it when it’s hot, then it’s not

If you only release part of the survey, then it is suspect

Which is why I take polls presented by interested parties with a grain of salt. There is no reason to tell the public you have withheld part of a poll. Who would know?

There is also no good reason to hold back a poll until the data is old

Polls have become the propaganda of our times.

This is why the Tea Party is so hated. The Tea Party is a visual poll that cannot be so easily suppressed.

entagor on June 3, 2010 at 1:33 PM

“56 percent of the public disapprove of the passage of the bill”?

Wait.

Wait ’til they have to pay the bill!

/s

RedPepper on June 3, 2010 at 3:31 PM