January 27, 2017 – Most American voters are satisfied with the quality and cost of their health care and say Obamacare, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) should be fixed, but not repealed, according to a Quinnipiac University national poll released today. And voters say 84 – 13 percent that Congress should not repeal the ACA until there is a replacement plan in place.
Only 16 percent of voters say President Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress should repeal all of the ACA, while 51 percent say repeal parts of the law and 30 percent say don’t repeal any of the ACA, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University Poll finds.
A total of 96 percent of American voters, including 91 percent of Republicans, say it is “very important” or “somewhat important” that health insurance be affordable for all Americans.
American voter attitudes about their own health care are positive:
– A total of 82 percent are “very satisfied” or “somewhat satisfied” with the quality of their care;
– A total of 60 percent are very or somewhat satisfied with the cost of their care;
– A total of 57 percent are very or somewhat satisfied with the cost of their prescription drugs;
– Since the ACA, the quality of their health care remained the same, 65 percent say, while 13 percent say it improved and 19 percent say it got worse;
– The cost of their health care stayed the same since the ACA, 52 percent say, while 9 percent say cost improved and 35 percent say cost worsened.
A total of 59 percent of American voters are “very concerned” or “somewhat concerned” that their health insurance will not cover a large, unexpected medical expense. That concern has remained about the same since the ACA passed, 64 percent say.
“Obamacare is not a ‘disaster,’ suggests a vast majority of Americans who want hands off the Affordable Care Act until a sufficient alternative is in place,” said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll.
“Yes there are concerns over cost of coverage and major, unexpected illnesses, but selective changes to the current program is far more palatable to Americans than the wholesale dismantling of Obamacare,” Malloy added.
In a question with no mention of abortion, American voters oppose 62 – 31 percent cutting off federal funding to Planned Parenthood.
After respondents are asked, “If you knew that federal government funding to Planned Parenthood was being used only for non-abortion health issues such as breast cancer screening, would you still favor cutting off funding to Planned Parenthood,” the result is 12 percent in favor of cutting funding and 80 percent opposed to a funding cut.
In this second question, no listed party, gender, educational, age or racial group supports a funding cut. Republicans oppose a Planned Parenthood funding cut 65 – 25 percent.
Offered four choices on abortion, American voter attitudes are:
– 28 percent say abortion should be legal in all cases;
– 36 percent say abortion should be legal in most cases;
– 22 percent say abortion should be illegal in most cases;
– 9 percent say abortion should be illegal in all cases.
American voters agree 70 – 26 percent with the U.S. Supreme Court Roe v. Wade decision.
From January 20 – 25, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,190 voters nationwide with a margin of error of +/- 2.8 percentage points. Live interviewers call landlines and cell phones.
The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts public opinion surveys in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Florida, Ohio, Virginia, Iowa, Colorado and the nation as a public service and for research.