CNN Poll: Will Obamacare help you?
October 1st, 2013
06:00 AM ET
10 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. JT

    This bill is terrible, taxing the poor for being poor.

    October 1, 2013 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  2. Deb

    People who ACA will not help should keep in mind that they could VERY EASILY find themselves in the position where ACA WILL HELP THEM IF THEY NEED IT. That is the problem with this country (and our species in general), WHATS IN IT FOR ME is all people are worried about.

    October 1, 2013 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  3. larry

    Who will it help is not the question. Whom will it destroy? is the question. It will destroy the middle class that has to pay for it.

    October 1, 2013 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  4. billbfit

    The Unaffordable Care Act stinks.They should re-term it Obamaunderwear instead of Obamacare.

    October 1, 2013 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  5. Lauradet

    Rejected for having a pre-existing condition, the ACA will help me a great deal. Thanks, Obama.

    October 1, 2013 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  6. jen

    this is a disgrace. i really don't care about any of this anymore, help the poor, give more to the rich, and keep padding their own pockets, screw the working middle class......bunch of thieves.....all of them....

    October 1, 2013 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  7. suedee

    Crap...crap...crap...where do they get these statistics. Is everything a marketing game anymore. How about 46 uninsured Americans? I understand why we don't trust politician or NEWS anymore, both deliver crap.

    October 1, 2013 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  8. Aaa comment.

    Went to the doctor yesterday. As of Jan 1, they will only be accepting certain insurances. So all of you who think obamacare is your new salvation, just remember, it only guarantees that you can get insurance, it doesn't guarantee that you will find a doctor who will treat you with that insurance

    October 1, 2013 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  9. mike Lake Orion Michigan

    In the end Obama Care will hurt everyone!

    October 1, 2013 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  10. Daniel Dubrowski

    I'm looking forward to my $827 monthly premium going down to $266, including vision, dental and 15 years of Term Life insurance. If you have a chronic health issue, you will benefit from this the most. Screw you Golden Rule! You're Fired!

    October 1, 2013 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  11. DMurf

    I hear a lot of fear and complaint about the Affordable healthcare Act, but when anyone does dig into which is rarely seen in any media these days most components of the act are designed to help all Americans lower the cost of healthcare. I do not understand how so much partisan misinformation is published and promoted by so many. Is Mr. Obama so evil they have to resort to distortion of the truth to ensure Republican victory next election? There seems nothing average, intelligent, caring citizens can do about it either. I mean we did vote major usually rules until next time. This whole checks and balance seems out of whack. Recalling John Adams seemed to say he hated the 2 party system and thought it would ruin the little nation. Well, maybe he was right it just took 200 hundred years to do it.

    October 1, 2013 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  12. Steve

    This will help no one. Create 30 million jobs and people can buy insurance through work just like the rest of us. The working class, and not a welfare class, should be the foundation for a strong middle class.

    October 1, 2013 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  13. Rudy NYC

    Most people know very little about the law. I find it appalling just how little most people know about it, and the questions they ask the most echo the lies that have told for the past four years.

    October 1, 2013 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  14. Daniel Benefield

    oboma care is a joke if they cant make decision`s for them self`s how can they make decision`s for us

    October 1, 2013 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  15. joeusavotes

    We are borrowing the money to pay for this program along with many others with the intension of never paying it back. As long as there is an endless foreign and domestic printing press to borrow from what is the problem?

    October 1, 2013 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  16. Adam Neary

    Rather than continuing to ask Americans what they think, why don't you provide some facts so that Americans have a better way to understand whether it will improve their lives. Will it generally drive up premiums? Will it generally reduce or improve quality of care? Will it prevent most Americans from getting rejected for pre-existing conditions? Perhaps it absolutely benefits all Americans in some ways, but most Americans don't know that because they are more often asked for their opinions without being provided the real facts.

    October 1, 2013 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  17. Joe

    This is totally useless. A poll regarding something literally no one understands. The Affordable Health Care Act is the beginning, a place to start for the US to finally take care of its own. Every other major democracy has some form of medical care even if it is little more than a safety net. Give Obamacare a chance and over the next generation we'll have a fair and reasonable system for taking care of the health needs for all citizens, not just those with good jobs and money.

    October 1, 2013 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  18. Jerry

    These posts that say GOP has put a gun to the head of Americans are so biased and drawn to every word OBAMA and the DEMS put out they don't realize that the DEMS are only pointing out the FEW good things about the ACA. They got evryone focused on these few good points they don't see the big picture until it's too late.

    October 1, 2013 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  19. DragonMaster6

    We do hope the hypocrite Nancy Pelosi has a firm understanding of Obama Care after it was passed! Remember she stated at congressional debate; "We must pass this 1700 page bill so we can understand what's in It!" This was knowing full well that she and her other criminal friends in both houses and president would be exempt and it would only effect taxpayers and not her. Fire all career criminals [whoops We mean politicians] and replace them with honorable citizens!

    October 1, 2013 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  20. What Now

    Sadly, many of the people that it will help have listened to the extremists mythical versions of ACA for so long that they don't even know what it truly can do. This bill will help our society as a whole as does our military. If we all used the criteria for keeping programs and laws that the extremists use, we wouldn't have a Department of Defense because not every single person thinks we should have to pay for military functions.

    October 1, 2013 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  21. Jerry

    These posts that say GOP has put a gun to the head of Americans are so biased and drawn to every word OBAMA and the DEMS put out they don't realize that the DEMS are only pointing out the FEW good things about the ACA. They got evryone focused on these few good points they don't see the big picture until it's too late. WAKEUP!!

    October 1, 2013 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  22. What Now

    Name, you make my point exactly.

    October 1, 2013 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  23. Francisco Decastro

    Washington is split on Obamacare.... The polls are split.... This country needs to get rid of parties. No one knows if Obamacare is good since it only came into effect today, which means only a year from now we can tell if it worked or not.

    October 1, 2013 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  24. Word Games

    "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."

    Clever phrasing. Why not, "40% say the new law will make their families worse off, while 41% believe it will have no effect". Sounds like the CNN writers/editors were trying to mask that 40% believe they will be worse off compared to the 17% who believe they will benefit personally.

    October 1, 2013 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  25. Bill the Cat

    I love how some of the comments here claim that it will help everyone, but most people have no clue what it entails...

    October 1, 2013 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
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