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CBS NEWS/NEW YORK TIMES POLL

Health Care Law and the Supreme Court


June 10-14, 2015
CB-01. Do you approve or disapprove of the way the Supreme Court is handling its job?

Approve
Disapprove
Dont know/No answer

TOTAL RESPONDENTS
Total
Rep
Dem
%
%
%
41
42
39
40
42
42
19
16
19

Ind.
%
42
39
19

May13b

%
44
40
16

CB-02. In general, do you think the current Supreme Court is too liberal, too conservative, or just about right?
Too liberal
Too conservative
About right
Dont know/No answer

27
22
35
16

47
9
32
12

13
36
34
17

26
19
38
17

CB-03. In general, do you think the current U.S. Supreme Court Justices decide their cases based on legal analysis
without regard to their own personal or political views, or do you think they sometimes let their own personal or
political views influence their decisions?
Legal analysis
Personal/political views
Some do/Depends (Vol.)
Dont know/No answer

16
75
2
7

20
74
2
4

16
72
5
8

14
77
1
8

20
68
3
9

CB-04. When the Supreme Court decides an important constitutional case, should it only consider the legal issues, or
should it also consider what the majority of the public thinks about that subject?
Mar13b

Legal issues
Public opinion
Depends (Vol.)
Dont know/No answer

52
40
3
5

61
31
4
4

49
44
2
5

49
42
3
6

46
45
5
4

CB-05-CB10 for future release.

CB-11. From what you've heard or read, do you approve or disapprove of the health care law that was enacted in 2010?

Strongly approve
Somewhat approve
Somewhat disapprove
Strongly disapprove
Dont know/No answer

Total
%
24
23
14
30
9

TOTAL RESPONDENTS
Rep
Dem
%
%
6
43
15
27
14
10
58
12
6
8

Ind.
%
20
24
16
29
11

Apr15d
%
20
23
14
38
6

CB-12. Which comes closest to your view about the 2010 health care law?
Feb15b
The law is working well
and should be kept
in place as is.
There are some good things
in the law, but some changes
are needed to make it
work better.
The law has so much wrong
with it that it needs to be
repealed entirely.
Dont know/No answer

15

55

37

65

55

60

31
6

55
5

13
6

31
6

32
2

CB-13. The U.S. Supreme Court is deciding a case about the 2010 health care law that will determine whether the
government can continue to provide financial assistance to help some low and moderate income Americans buy health
insurance. Do you think the court should or should not allow this financial assistance to continue?
Should allow
Should not allow
Dont know/No answer

70
22
8

41
50
9

88
6
5

70
20
10

CB-14. If the U.S. Supreme Court rules it is not legal to provide financial assistance to help some low and moderate
income people buy health insurance, do you think Congress should pass a law that would allow this, or should Congress
not address the issue?
Should pass a law
Should not address
Dont know/No answer

Total Respondents
Republicans
Democrats
Independents

64
29
8
Unweighted
1007
229
310
468

45
47
8

79
15
6

62
29
9

Weighted
220
310
477