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CBS NEWS POLL

For release: Monday, September 25, 2017
7:00 am EDT

*Embargoed Until Monday, Sept. 25 at 7am ET*
Most Americans Disapprove of Graham-Cassidy Health Care Bill
Four in ten say Republicans moving too fast; fewer than one in ten feel they’d be helped
September 21-24, 2017

Most Americans disapprove of the Graham-Cassidy bill, and it gets just 20% approval. Those
with an opinion disapprove by more than two to one. Fewer than half of Republicans approve,
and only 18% of independents do. Overall, over a quarter declined to give an opinion,
suggesting many people haven't heard enough about it yet.

Views of Graham-Cassidy Health Care Bill
All Rep Dem Ind
Approve 20% 46% 2% 18%
Disapprove 52 21 84 46
Don’t know 28 33 14 36

Those who disapprove tend to say they “strongly” disapprove. Even among the Republicans
who approve, more describe themselves as being “somewhat” approving than “strongly”
approving.

Views of Graham-Cassidy Health Care Bill
All Rep Dem Ind
Strongly approve 8% 19% 1% 6%
Somewhat approve 12 27 1 12
Somewhat disapprove 14 11 14 15
Strongly disapprove 38 10 70 31
Don’t know 28 33 14 36

A plurality of Americans says Republicans in Congress are moving too fast to try to pass the bill.
Four in ten Republicans think things are moving too slowly.

Graham-Cassidy: Republicans in Congress are Moving….
All Rep Dem Ind
Too fast 42% 18% 64% 39%
Too slow 23 40 15 19
About right pace 22 30 12 25

The Americans who feel the bill would impact them believe it will hurt them. Only 7% of
Americans think the bill would help them personally. Half of Americans, and six in ten
Republicans, see no personal impact either way.

Graham-Cassidy Will Mostly…
All Rep Dem Ind
Help me personally 7% 14% 2% 7%
Hurt me personally 25 10 44 20
Not have much effect 50 60 42 51
Don’t know 17 16 12 22
One area of strong partisan agreement: nearly nine in ten Americans – including large majorities
of Republicans, Democrats, and independents – think health insurance companies should be
required to provide insurance to people with pre-existing conditions.

Should Insurance Companies Be Required
to Cover People With Pre-Existing Conditions?
All Rep Dem Ind
Yes 87% 79% 92% 89%
No 10 15 7 9

Most people want the Affordable Care Act to be improved, not repealed. Three in four say the
law should either be kept in place (9%) or that it has some good things in it but needs some
changes (65%). One in four say it has so much wrong with it that it should be repealed and
replaced. Nearly half of Republicans are of this view, indicating partisan divisions still run deep
on this issue. However, about as many Republicans say there are some good things in the law
and only changes are needed.

Most people do place a higher priority on health care than tax reform as an issue for Congress
and the President to tackle. Overall, 74% prioritize health care policy, and only 23% prioritize tax
reform. The desire for tax reform is greater among Republicans and independents, but even
among these groups, the majority prioritizes health care policy.

This poll was conducted by telephone September 21-24, 2017 among a random sample of 1,202 adults nationwide. Data collection
was conducted on behalf of CBS News by SSRS of Glen Mills, PA. Phone numbers were dialed from samples of both standard
land-line and cell phones.

The poll employed a random digit dial methodology. For the landline sample, a respondent was randomly selected from all adults in
the household. For the cell sample, interviews were conducted with the person who answered the phone.

Interviews were conducted in English and Spanish using live interviewers.

The data have been weighted to reflect U.S. Census figures on demographic variables. The sample included additional interviews
conducted with African Americans, who had previously completed a survey as part of a random sample. The combined African
American and non-African American samples were weighted separately to match their group’s population characteristics such as
gender, age, education, region, marital status and phone use based on recent U.S. Census estimates.
The samples were then combined and weighted to the total U.S. adult population.

The error due to sampling for results based on the entire sample could be plus or minus three percentage points. The error for
subgroups may be higher and is available by request. The margin of error includes the effects of standard weighting procedures
which enlarge sampling error slightly.

This poll release conforms to the Standards of Disclosure of the National Council on Public Polls.
CBS NEWS POLL
Most Americans Disapprove of Graham-Cassidy Health Care Bill
September 21-24, 2017

Q11. Which of these should be the higher priority for Congress and the President to address right now: tax policy or health care
policy?

*** TOTAL RESPONDENTS ***
Total Rep Dem Ind
% % % %
Tax policy 23 27 16 26
Health care policy 74 70 83 70
Don't know/No answer 3 4 1 4

Q19. As you may know, Republicans in the Senate recently put forward a new plan, called Graham-Cassidy, that would repeal and
replace the Affordable Care Act of 2010. From what you have heard or read, do you approve or disapprove of Graham-Cassidy, the
new Republican plan?

Strongly approve 8 19 1 6
Somewhat approve 12 27 1 12
Somewhat disapprove 14 11 14 15
Strongly disapprove 38 10 70 31
Don't know/No answer 28 33 14 36

Q20. From what you’ve heard or read, do you think the new Republican health care plan, called Graham-Cassidy, will mostly help
you personally, will mostly hurt you personally, or don't you think it will have much of an effect on you personally?

Help 7 14 2 7
Hurt 25 10 44 20
No effect 50 60 42 51
Don't know/No answer 17 16 12 22

Q21. Do you think Republicans in Congress are moving too fast to try and pass Graham-Cassidy, the new Republican health care
plan, too slow, or is the pace about right?

Too fast 42 18 64 39
Too slow 23 40 15 19
About right 22 30 12 25
Don't know/No answer 13 12 9 17

Q22. Which comes closest to your view about the Affordable Care Act of 2010? 1. The law is working well and should be kept in
place as is, 2. there are some good things in the law, but some changes are needed to make it work better, Or 3. the law has so much
wrong with it that it needs to be repealed and replaced entirely?

The law should be kept in place as is 9 7 13 7
Some changes are needed 65 47 78 65
Needs to be repealed and replaced 23 45 6 24
Don't know/No answer 3 1 2 4

Q23. Do you think health insurance companies should be required to provide insurance to people with pre-existing conditions, or
should that not be required?
*** TOTAL RESPONDENTS ***
Total Rep Dem Ind
% % % %
Should require 87 79 92 89
Should not require 10 15 7 9
Don't know/No answer 3 6 1 2

Unweighted Weighted
Total Respondents 1,202

Total Republicans 283 299
Total Democrats 425 388
Total Independents 494 515