CNN Poll: Will Obamacare help you?
October 1st, 2013
06:00 AM ET
7 months ago

CNN Poll: Will Obamacare help you?

Less than one in five Americans say their families will be better off under the new health care law, according to a new poll.

But a CNN/ORC International survey released Tuesday morning also indicates a majority say the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, will help some people, with 37% saying the law, which is gradually starting to kick in, won't help anyone.

According to the poll, four in 10 say the new law will make their families worse off, while 41% believe it will have no effect.

Seventeen percent think the measure will be a good thing for themselves or their families.

The poll's release comes on the same day as a key element of the health care law takes effect, as Americans without insurance can begin enrolling in state insurance exchanges.

And it comes hours after the shutdown of the federal government courtesy of a bitter partisan battle over the new health care law.

According to the poll, 36% say they won't benefit from the new law but other families will. If you add to that the 17% who believe Obamacare will help them personally, the survey indicates that most Americans see some good coming from it. Some 37% say no one in the country will benefit from the measure.

As the exchanges open for business, 52% say the health insurance system created by Obamacare is a disaster waiting to happen, with 45% saying the system will eventually work.

The poll was conducted for CNN by ORC International September 27-29, with 803 adults nationwide questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

With most components of the health care law not taking effect until 2014, many Americans still don't have a full grasp of Obamacare, and a couple of surveys from other organizations conducted in September indicated that only a minority said they knew a lot about the law.

– CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser contributed to this story.


Filed under: CNN/ORC poll • Congress • Government Shutdown • Polls
soundoff (408 Responses)
  1. Neutral Observer

    Anyone who works for living and is not super wealthy will be far worse off, they will pay much more and receive much less in health benefit. People who don't work, illegals and members of professions that are not significant in health care (ie lawyers and govt administrators, irs employees) will most surely gain.

    October 1, 2013 06:05 am at 6:05 am |
  2. adam six

    Who do you have taking you so called poles let me get in on this if the republicans are going to uses you poles to make decisions for or government why don't they use a pole from real people

    October 1, 2013 06:19 am at 6:19 am |
  3. Joshua b

    You reap what you sow. Shouldn't have voted blindly for socialists. The politicians can care less about the impact of the bills at the end of the day. They are nearly exempt by being provided massive subsidies.

    October 1, 2013 06:59 am at 6:59 am |
  4. Tampa Tim

    With the rumors of drinking coming out of the repub house caucus last night, I am reminded of the end of the movie "Animal House," where the frat boys are today's GOP.

    October 1, 2013 07:17 am at 7:17 am |
  5. Ray Price

    100% it will help you.

    October 1, 2013 07:18 am at 7:18 am |
  6. Maripil

    Republicans hate Obamacare as the law will be successful and help the people unable to afford health insurance! The tea party are in bed with their wealthy donors and have no sympathy for the middle and lower class! What a shame!!

    October 1, 2013 07:20 am at 7:20 am |
  7. Name

    If this law is bad like republicans say why fight the law at the end,if it bad let the democrats take the blame for their bad idea,i guess the republicans know when the American people see all their lies and hypocrite

    October 1, 2013 07:21 am at 7:21 am |
  8. Maripil

    Republicans in congress just put a gun into the heads of all Americans!!

    October 1, 2013 07:22 am at 7:22 am |
  9. Name

    It's going to help those same red states that don't pay any taxes, they hate government but at the time they take more the government

    October 1, 2013 07:25 am at 7:25 am |
  10. K Archambault

    This shut down in disgraceful, this was planned by the GOP right after the.last election, they were on the record stating, there goal was to shut it down, a recall needs to begin for everyone of these republicans, plus all of their pay should stop until they start working

    October 1, 2013 07:40 am at 7:40 am |
  11. david

    I just lost my pay check, but I would prefer that to Socialized medical care

    October 1, 2013 07:54 am at 7:54 am |
  12. Downhill We Go

    I find it ironic on how the GOP is getting the blame for this. Granted, pushing legislation to defund the entire ACA is fruitless – it'll never pass. But, look at the latest House-passed bill that was denied late last night by the Senate and really look into who is playing the spoiled brats here – the POTUS and the Democrats. They are the ones unwilling to compromise with their my way or the highway mentality. The bill stated that all members of congress, the WH, and their staff would relinquish their lucrative tax-payer funded healthcare plans and would need to seek out the ACA Exchanges the health care, the same plan being forced down are throats – and what was the result? "No way, I'm not giving up my plan". Wake up people, bypass the media bias and look at the details. The GOP was smart to push this legislation, unfortunately it'll get tucked on page 17 in the liberal media. As a veteran, I always believe in the "lead by example" rule – the Democrats and the POTUS should just do that. If the ACA was so great, do it yourself and lead by example.

    October 1, 2013 08:03 am at 8:03 am |
  13. Rick McDaniel

    Obama care started to hurt me within 6 mos. of the passing of the law. It has continued to make my medical care and insurance worse, ever since.

    October 1, 2013 08:06 am at 8:06 am |
  14. 1twinsfan

    Yeah, well, people aren't too bright. More people prefer the ACA over Obamacare. People at work have said they can't afford both the employer offered coverage and Obamacare. Yeah, real brainacs.

    October 1, 2013 08:11 am at 8:11 am |
  15. nuclear mike

    The Pollsters add the numbers up as they interpet their own assumptions to be able to use the word "most" to give the conclusion they wanted from prior to the poll..."the survey indicates that most Americans"...not true!

    October 1, 2013 08:14 am at 8:14 am |
  16. texas77562

    Than you Republicans for speaking for the people. And don't worry we all know you founded the budget and tried your damn best to negociate with king o and company we don't want obama care and we will not comply. Obama, reid are responsibles for the shutdown like for the sequester.

    October 1, 2013 08:15 am at 8:15 am |
  17. JV

    No one. Thats should be obvious by now.

    October 1, 2013 08:17 am at 8:17 am |
  18. PtBarnumBoy

    How many of these people actually know what the law will or won't do? How many only know what they've heard on FOX or talk radio?

    October 1, 2013 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  19. mally

    This shutdown is horrible. My daughter and son-in-law with have been trying to buy their first home. They are people in the medical profession and just had their first daughter, my beautiful grandaugher. This process of home buying has taken almost a year as everything they can afford has been snapped up by investors with cash. Well, as it turns out they finally found their dream house and are in the middle of escrow with an FHA loan. Now their dream home may not happen. I am so sick of these people who make the wrong decisions for us. I say fire all of them! We will not forget what you've done!!!

    October 1, 2013 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  20. MasterWooten

    So when Democrats keep saying that "Obama won the election in 2012" implying that the Affordable Care Act was the central issue in the election or that people voted for it, they are simply misrepresenting the truth. In 2012 people felt that Barack Obama would make a more effecttive president than Mitt Romney. Rightly or wrongly that decision did NOT factor in Obamacare which based on this CNN poll only 19% of Americans now support. There's a reason why the American political system so often produces divided government. To assume that because one man becomes president or that one party romps to power in congress that the American public as a whole wants that man's or that congress' entire political agenda without reservation would be to demonstrate a deep ignorance with respect to American democracy.

    October 1, 2013 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  21. Rachel

    Obama named it after himself how good can it really be it seems he is out for fame and only he can Benifit

    October 1, 2013 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  22. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    It most certainly will.

    October 1, 2013 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  23. Anna

    I don't know about better or worse, but we found out today that our current corporate health insurance isn't going to continue beyond Jan 1st. Company of about 20 employees- the insurance company is stopping our plan, not sure yet of what our human resources is going to do.

    October 1, 2013 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  24. J.M.

    I am an Iraq/Afghanistan war vet. My wife has to take care of me because I am disabled. She would finally be able to get insurance through the Affordable Care Act, except that Governor Bentley is not expanding Medicaid here in Alabama, despite the fact that over 2/3 of Alabamians support this expansion. I wish politicians would think about the common folk instead of playing these political games. It's time to vote these self-centered tea-baggers out of office.

    October 1, 2013 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  25. Sam Lincoln Jr.

    Such polls are the uninformed opinion of an untried health care system. Therefore, the entire article has no pragmatic meaning nor basis with reality. Obamacare is a health care plan which punishes the American people by penalty if they do not comply. Rotting socialism in action trying to bury Democracy and free choice. There will be no getting away from the penalty – for it will be taken out of your tax refund or if you have no tax refund you will be demanded a check from the IRS. Obama care is the ultimate dregs of socialistic demand upon the people and the injure and insult to freedom in America. The rotting corpse of a welfare state being promoted by a President who does not understand the American way and others in Washington D.C. with no vision for the future of America.

    October 1, 2013 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
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