January 27, 2017 - Use A Scalpel, Don't Amputate Obamacare, U.S. Voters Tell Quinnipiac University National Poll; Voters Oppose Fund Cut For Planned Parenthood 7-1 Quinnipiac University Polling Logo
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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the quality and cost of their health care and say Obamacare, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) should be fixed, but not repealed, according to a Quinnipiac University national poll released today.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.

Planned Parenthood

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.

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30. Do you think President Trump and the Republicans in Congress should repeal all of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, should repeal parts of the healthcare law but keep other parts, or should not repeal any of the Affordable Care Act?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Repeal all           16%    36%     3%    13%    19%    13%    13%    22%
Repeal parts         51     58     39     57     52     51     52     57
Should not repeal    30      3     57     25     27     33     33     17
DK/NA                 3      3      1      4      3      4      2      4
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    NonWht
 
Repeal all           17%    12%    19%    14%    20%    16%    18%    10%
Repeal parts         45     51     54     52     55     55     55     44
Should not repeal    37     34     25     27     23     26     24     44
DK/NA                 2      2      2      6      3      3      3      2
 
 
31. If Congress decides to repeal Obamacare, do you think that Congress should repeal Obamacare as soon as possible even if they have not decided on a plan to replace it, or should they wait to repeal Obamacare until they have a plan to replace it?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Repeal now           13%    30%     2%    12%    15%    12%    13%    17%
Wait to repeal       84     69     96     85     82     86     86     80
DK/NA                 2      2      2      3      3      2      2      2
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    NonWht
 
Repeal now           13%    14%    15%    11%    17%    13%    15%    10%
Wait to repeal       85     83     82     88     81     85     83     86
DK/NA                 1      2      3      1      3      2      2      3
 
 
32. How important is it to you that health insurance be affordable for all Americans: very important, somewhat important, not so important, or not important at all?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Very important       84%    72%    95%    84%    80%    89%    84%    82%
Somewhat important   12     19      4     14     15      9     13     13
Not so important      2      5      -      2      4      1      2      2
Not important at all  1      3      -      -      1      1      1      2
DK/NA                 -      1      -      -      1      -      -      -
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    NonWht
 
Very important       87%    83%    84%    85%    78%    87%    83%    90%
Somewhat important    9     11     12     13     16     10     13      8
Not so important      2      4      2      1      4      1      2      1
Not important at all  1      2      1      1      1      2      2      -
DK/NA                 1      -      -      -      1      -      -      -
 
 
33. If your U.S. Senator or Congressperson votes to repeal Obamacare, will that make you more likely to vote for their reelection, less likely to vote for their reelection, or won't it matter much either way?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
More likely          24%    50%     8%    21%    28%    21%    23%    31%
Less likely          43      5     74     44     39     46     50     31
Won't matter         29     42     16     28     30     28     24     33
DK/NA                 4      3      2      6      3      4      4      4
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    NonWht
 
More likely          21%    17%    33%    23%    31%    24%    27%    17%
Less likely          42     49     37     45     37     42     40     53
Won't matter         34     31     26     26     28     30     29     28
DK/NA                 3      2      4      5      3      4      4      2
 
 
46. Generally speaking, do you approve or disapprove of the individuals President Trump has nominated to be a part of his Cabinet, or haven't you heard enough about them?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Approve              33%    74%     2%    34%    39%    28%    34%    48%
Disapprove           45      3     78     45     39     50     51     29
Hvn't hrd enough     20     22     19     20     20     21     14     22
REFUSED               1      1      1      2      1      1      1      2
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    NonWht
 
Approve              25%    27%    42%    39%    47%    36%    41%    14%
Disapprove           52     56     34     39     37     42     40     58
Hvn't hrd enough     23     14     23     21     15     21     18     27
REFUSED               -      2      1      2      1      1      1      1
 
 
47. How concerned are you about climate change: very concerned, somewhat concerned, not so concerned, or not concerned at all?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Very concerned       44%    10%    71%    44%    37%    50%    49%    33%
Somewhat concerned   30     34     24     32     34     27     25     34
Not so concerned     14     28      4     13     12     15     14     17
Not concerned at all 12     27      1     10     17      8     12     16
DK/NA                 -      1      -      -      1      -      -      1
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    NonWht
 
Very concerned       48%    47%    38%    43%    34%    46%    40%    52%
Somewhat concerned   29     28     32     31     34     26     30     30
Not so concerned     14     11     15     13     14     17     15      9
Not concerned at all  9     13     14     13     18     11     14      8
DK/NA                 -      -      1      1      1      -      -      1
 
 
48. How satisfied are you with the current cost of your health care: very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, not so satisfied, or not satisfied at all?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Very satisfied       25%    20%    30%    23%    23%    26%    25%    21%
Smwht satisfied      35     28     42     33     32     37     34     33
Not so satisfied     20     19     20     21     23     16     21     19
Not satisfied at all 19     31      6     20     20     18     18     26
DK/NA                 2      1      2      3      2      3      2      2
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    NonWht
 
Very satisfied       16%    24%    25%    35%    19%    26%    23%    30%
Smwht satisfied      41     29     29     39     33     34     33     37
Not so satisfied     24     23     18     12     23     17     20     19
Not satisfied at all 14     23     26     11     22     22     22     11
DK/NA                 4      1      2      3      2      2      2      3
 
 
49. Since the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, passed, do you think the cost of your health care has improved, has worsened, or has the cost of your health care remained about the same?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Improved              9%     3%    15%     8%     9%     9%     7%     8%
Worsened             35     60     13     38     38     32     39     40
Remained same        52     31     68     50     50     54     51     47
DK/NA                 5      6      4      4      4      6      3      6
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    NonWht
 
Improved             12%     8%     9%     7%     8%     7%     8%    13%
Worsened             28     37     46     22     42     38     40     22
Remained same        54     52     43     63     47     50     49     59
DK/NA                 6      3      2      7      3      6      4      6
 
 
50. How satisfied are you with the current quality of your health care: very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, not so satisfied, or not satisfied at all?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Very satisfied       44%    38%    53%    42%    42%    46%    48%    39%
Smwht satisfied      38     39     37     38     37     39     36     38
Not so satisfied      9     10      5     12     12      6      9     11
Not satisfied at all  7     11      3      8      8      7      6     10
DK/NA                 2      2      2      1      1      2      1      2
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    NonWht
 
Very satisfied       35%    43%    43%    58%    40%    46%    43%    47%
Smwht satisfied      47     39     33     34     36     37     37     39
Not so satisfied     10      9     12      4     15      7     10      5
Not satisfied at all  7      8     11      3      8      8      8      6
DK/NA                 1      2      1      1      1      2      1      2
 
 
51. Since the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, passed, do you think the quality of your health care has improved, has worsened, or has the quality of your health care remained about the same?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Improved             13%     3%    24%    12%    13%    13%     9%    11%
Worsened             19     35      4     18     20     17     19     25
Remained same        65     59     69     67     65     66     70     61
DK/NA                 3      3      3      3      2      3      1      3
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    NonWht
 
Improved             17%    13%    12%    10%    11%     8%    10%    22%
Worsened             17     14     26     15     23     22     22      9
Remained same        63     72     59     71     64     67     66     65
DK/NA                 3      1      2      4      1      3      2      4
 
 
52. How satisfied are you with the current cost of your prescription drugs: very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, not so satisfied, or not satisfied at all?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Very satisfied       28%    24%    35%    24%    24%    32%    26%    24%
Smwht satisfied      29     35     29     28     30     29     33     28
Not so satisfied     18     15     17     21     20     15     19     20
Not satisfied at all 18     18     14     21     19     18     16     22
DK/NA                 6      8      5      7      7      6      7      7
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    NonWht
 
Very satisfied       23%    28%    29%    33%    19%    30%    25%    37%
Smwht satisfied      31     29     29     29     30     30     30     27
Not so satisfied     19     20     16     16     23     16     19     14
Not satisfied at all 18     18     21     17     19     18     19     17
DK/NA                 9      5      5      5      8      6      7      5
 
 
53. Since the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, passed, do you think the cost of your prescription drugs has improved, has worsened, or has the cost of your prescription drugs remained about the same?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Improved             10%     6%    18%     7%    10%    11%     9%     7%
Worsened             23     37     10     26     24     22     24     29
Remained same        56     46     64     55     56     56     57     52
DK/NA                11     10      9     12     10     12     10     12
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    NonWht
 
Improved             17%     9%     8%     8%     9%     7%     8%    17%
Worsened             17     20     31     24     28     25     27     15
Remained same        52     61     54     57     53     56     54     59
DK/NA                14     10      7     11     10     12     11      8
 
 
54. How concerned are you that your health insurance would not cover a large, unexpected medical expense: very concerned, somewhat concerned, not so concerned, or not concerned at all?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Very concerned       32%    31%    36%    30%    30%    34%    21%    31%
Somewhat concerned   27     28     27     28     25     29     27     33
Not so concerned     19     18     18     20     22     17     25     17
Not concerned at all 20     20     19     21     22     18     25     17
DON'T HAVE INS.(VOL)  1      1      -      1      1      -      -      1
DK/NA                 1      1      1      -      1      1      2      1
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    NonWht
 
Very concerned       34%    30%    35%    27%    26%    26%    26%    47%
Somewhat concerned   25     22     30     31     26     34     30     21
Not so concerned     24     22     14     19     23     19     21     13
Not concerned at all 18     23     20     20     22     19     21     19
DON'T HAVE INS.(VOL)  -      2      -      -      1      1      1      -
DK/NA                 -      1      -      2      1      1      1      -
 
 
55. Since the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, passed, have you become more concerned about your health insurance not covering a large, unexpected medical expense, less concerned, or has your concern remained about the same?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
More concerned       21%    30%    15%    21%    19%    23%    19%    24%
Less concerned       12      4     19     11     10     13     14      7
Remained the same    64     62     64     65     68     61     64     66
DK/NA                 3      4      2      3      3      3      3      3
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    NonWht
 
More concerned       18%    20%    28%    15%    19%    23%    21%    20%
Less concerned       15     18      7      8     11     10     11     15
Remained the same    66     59     62     70     68     63     65     62
DK/NA                 -      3      2      6      3      4      3      3
 
 
56. Do you support or oppose cutting off federal government funding to Planned Parenthood?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Support cutting      31%    63%     7%    31%    37%    26%    30%    41%
Oppose cutting       62     28     90     61     55     69     66     50
DK/NA                 7      9      3      9      9      5      4      9
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    NonWht
 
Support cutting      29%    25%    37%    30%    43%    30%    36%    19%
Oppose cutting       66     70     57     61     50     64     57     74
DK/NA                 6      5      6      9      8      6      7      7
 
 
56a. (If support cutting off support q56) 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?
                     SUPPORT CUTTING OFF FUNDING Q56
                                          WHITE......
                                          COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Yes/Cut              38%    38%    39%    45%    35%
No/Don't Cut         59     59     59     53     64
DK/NA                 3      3      2      2      1
 
 
56b. (Combined questions 56 & 56a) Do you support or oppose ctting off federal government funding to Planned Parenthood? (If support cutting off support q56) 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?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Cut gov funding      12%    25%     1%    13%    14%    10%    13%    14%
Do not cut           80     65     95     78     76     84     81     76
DK/NA                 8     10      4      9     10      6      5     10
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    NonWht
 
Cut gov funding      12%    11%    14%    10%    17%    11%    14%     6%
Do not cut           82     84     78     80     75     82     79     86
DK/NA                 6      5      7     10      9      7      7      8
 
 
57. Do you think abortion should be legal in all cases, legal in most cases, illegal in most cases or illegal in all cases?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Legal all cases      28%    11%    44%    25%    25%    31%    30%    21%
Legal most cases     36     22     43     41     37     36     39     32
Illegal most cases   22     44      6     21     26     18     22     31
Illegal all cases     9     18      4      7      7     10      6     12
DK/NA                 5      5      3      6      6      4      4      4
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    NonWht
 
Legal all cases      38%    35%    20%    22%    23%    27%    25%    35%
Legal most cases     34     39     36     36     34     36     35     40
Illegal most cases   19     16     28     25     32     21     26     12
Illegal all cases     8      7     10     10      7     11      9      7
DK/NA                 2      3      6      7      4      4      4      6
 
 
58. In general, do you agree or disagree with the 1973 Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision that established a woman's right to an abortion?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Agree                70%    43%    91%    70%    67%    72%    74%    60%
Disagree             26     54      7     25     28     25     24     36
DK/NA                 4      3      2      5      5      3      3      3
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    NonWht
 
Agree                75%    75%    65%    67%    62%    71%    67%    79%
Disagree             22     21     32     29     34     27     30     15
DK/NA                 3      4      3      5      4      2      3      6