PPP: North Carolinians on Repeal

Reposted from Tom Jensen at Public Policy Polling:

North Carolinians have complex feelings about the health care bill passed last year that don’t fall simply into either the ‘repeal’ or ‘don’t repeal’ categories.

Only 33% of voters in the state support a full repeal of the bill. Another 21% are in favor of repealing certain parts of the bill, but not the entire thing. That’s consistent with PPP findings during the debate about whether to pass it last year-while North Carolinians said they were opposed to the overall bill they were very supportive of several of its major provisions. The largest group of voters in the state, at 36%, actually wants the bill not just to stand but also to be strengthened. Only 7% want the bill to be kept intact exactly in its current form.

Legislative Republicans are in line with their party base by supporting a full repeal- that’s the stance of 62% of GOP voters in the state. They are not, however, on the same page as independent voters whose overwhelming support of Republican legislative candidates gave the party its new majorities. There are more independents- 35%- who want to see the health care bill strengthened than there are- 33%- who would like the bill to be completely repealed.

This issue is a great example of where Republican could cause themselves trouble this year by over reading their mandate. Independents may have voted for them last year but that didn’t mean they agreed with everything in the GOP agenda and this is a case where there’s some tension between the priorities of the new majority and the voters who made it possible. Many more issues along these lines will crop up over the course of this year’s session and how the Republicans handle them may determine whether their new power lasts only for two years, or for many more years to come.

3 Comments

  1. HunterC

    February 1, 2011 at 10:15 am

    The most telling part?
    “Only 7% want the bill to be kept intact exactly in its current form.”

    NC Democrats would do well not to waste time defending this horrible health insurance fiasco.

    NC Democrats *should* focus on the wasted money the NC GOP wants to spend joining a lawsuit that’s already headed to the US Supreme Court.

    That’s the winning argument on House Bill 2.

    And may the Court strike down this health insurance nonsense, so Democrats will act like Democrats again, and we’ll get to single payer quicker.

  2. jamesolney

    February 1, 2011 at 10:20 am

    I am very thankful for our health insurance, and even more thankful that we found an affordable one through wise health insurance online. It has been 6 years that they have not increased my premiums. Having health insurance gives us a peace of mind

  3. Adam Searing

    February 1, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    We couldn’t even get a majority of Democrats to agree to support a public option health plan – so it’s not very likely a single payer system is going to sail through Congress even if the Ds get back in charge again.