Poll: Americans' approval of health care law drops
MIAMI, FL - NOVEMBER 05: Nayie Villa (L) speaks with Rudy Figueroa an insurance agent with Sunshine Life and Health Advisors as she looks to purchase an insurance policy under the Affordable Care Act at a kiosk setup at the Mall of Americas on November 5, 2013 in Miami, Florida. The insurance company was originally geared toward the Hispanic market but is expanding beyond that to specifically help people purchase and understand the policies offered under the Affordable Care Act. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
November 14th, 2013
09:32 AM ET
8 months ago

Poll: Americans' approval of health care law drops

(CNN) – Public opinion of the federal health care law is growing more negative as a new poll indicates the gap between those who favor and don't favor Obamacare has become the widest it's been in the last year.

According to the Gallup poll released Thursday, 40% of Americans approve of the Affordable Care Act, while 55% disapprove.

Americans have long been divided over the law but the new numbers represent a significant shift. In December 2012, for example, 48% of Americans approved of Obamacare while 45% disapproved.

In the new poll, nearly three-quarters of Democrats, support the law, while only 39% of independents and 8% of Republicans agree.

Gallup also found that more Americans than before say health care is one of the country's top problems, increasing to 19% of Americans in November from 12% in October. In September, the number stood at 10%.

The change in opinion comes as the Obama administration plays defense over the botched HealthCare.gov rollout and questions over people losing their health insurance, despite being assured they wouldn't.

However, 26% of Americans say dissatisfaction with government is the most important problem facing the country, making it the Number One issue. The economy comes in third at 16%.

But Gallup notes that this month marks the first time since 2007 that non-economic issues have taken the top two spots among Americans' concerns.

The new poll results follow a string of other surveys that show troubling numbers for the Obama administration. A Quinnipiac University poll released Tuesday showed the president's approval rating had fallen to 39%, while a majority of voters said for the first time they don't consider the president honest and trustworthy.

Another Quinnipiac poll indicated Democrats were losing support in next year's midterm elections.

For the new Gallup numbers, Gallup surveyed 1,039 adults by telephone from November 7-10 as part of its annual Health and Healthcare Poll. The sampling error is plus or minus four percentage points.


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soundoff (31 Responses)
  1. rs

    For you dreamer's, it's back to the salt mines.
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    Yup, that's why the GOP is sooooo popular right now- That my friends is what the GOP and their patrons (the 1%) think of the middle class- we're just here to work for peanuts for them. This is Romney's (false) 47% comment more crudely put.

    November 14, 2013 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  2. Data Driven

    @just (pick a handle, BTW),

    "but when the reality of tens of millions of americans losing their healthcare plans hits the democrat party like a ton of bricks, they will vote to repeal it in order for the party to survive."

    (shrugs) Maybe, maybe not. We all have opinions, we all make predictions. Meanwhile, Senator Landrieu has submitted a proposal that will let people stay on their junk plans as long as the insurers notify policyholders of their insurance options. Will the GOP Congresscritters accept this as a good-faith compromise? Of course not. Conservatives are talking repeal, but I no longer hear about replace. Tell your guys to get a coherent plan and run on it in 2014. Do it not, and you may be surprised to discover that, in the absence of a coherent alternative, voters will stick with the Dems.

    November 14, 2013 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  3. Lynda/Minnesota

    @ tom I

    Please try not to pretend to misunderstand my comments. It benefits neither of us. I want the GOP to once again become a viable political party. I don't see that happening when all the GOP has offered these past 5 years is bickering, obstruction, baiting, and false narratives.

    You see, tom I ... for me, the talking point narrative has never been all about Obama.

    November 14, 2013 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  4. Wake up People!

    With negative story after negative story for over a month now, what would one expect?? I guess the ACA isn't doing any good for anyone right??

    There are people benefiting from the ACA. My sister, who is employed btw, no longer has to worry about paying $3,000 per month for her MS medication. But those aren't the stories the media is interested in.

    November 14, 2013 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  5. A True Conservative

    So sad to see that you have such limited comprehension skills rs......you never understood what Romney was saying....you still don't....Everything will be fine....until too many people find that they can vote themselves wealth from the public treasury.....

    November 14, 2013 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  6. danita

    Wonder why bama is not on the list... Folks always want this minority race to run something, knowing all of the tine they will run it in the ground.

    November 14, 2013 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
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