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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  1. Tom

    Cue the whining of Sniffit and Company about how the drop is due to the "misreporting" and repubs. It could never be due to any responsibility of the president and how he "misspoke" not could it ever be about the actual ACA and all of its problems. Blah blah blah

    November 14, 2013 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  2. Data Driven

    Cue the dumb conservatives who apparently think Obama can force insurance companies to not drop policyholders.

    November 14, 2013 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  3. 82ndABNVET

    This has nothing to do with the continual lying about being able to keep your health care if you liked it. Nope. Nothing at all.

    Or the fact that over 5 million people are getting notices saying thier plans are being canceled. Cant be.

    Or the fact that some, not all people's rates under this law increasing 2x, 3x, or even 4x as much. Nope.

    So far, 106,000 people have "signed up" for coverage in just over 4 weeks. To meet the 7,000,000 goal by the end of March, there needs to be an average of about 344,500 people sign up each and every week from here on out.

    So, basically there needs to be 14.5x more people signing up at any given time than what we had from OCT 1 to NOV 2. We had roughly 23,555 people per week, but we need to get to 344,500.

    A long way to go for a bad law.

    Oh, lets pass it so we can see whats in it. Now we see. Way to go. Way to go.

    November 14, 2013 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  4. You Can Keep Your Plan If You Want

    How ironic to think that Democrats in the House and Senate will probably be the group who delivers the death blow to Obamacare. Either they do so soon or face massive losses in the 2014 elections.

    November 14, 2013 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  5. Tony

    Some people are receiving letters from insurance companies saying that due to new Obamacare requirements, they are forced to cancel plans. Conservatives complain that Obamacare requires pediatric care for 60-year-olds, drug dependency coverage for Mormons, pregnancy coverage for guys and people beyond childbearing age. However, insurance companies and conservatives are lying or not telling the whole truth.

    There is a grandfather clause in Obamacare. Insurance plans do not need to meet all of Obamacare's requirements to be grandfathered. In fact, none of the things conservatives talk about (see above) are required in order for plans to be grandfathered. Insurance companies could have grandfathered the plans if they had wanted to. They chose not to keep the plans.

    November 14, 2013 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  6. Data Driven

    @82ndABNVET,

    "So far, 106,000 people have "signed up" for coverage in just over 4 weeks. To meet the 7,000,000 goal by the end of March, there needs to be an average of about 344,500 people sign up each and every week from here on out."

    So what happens if the "goal" isn't met? Obamacare ends? Like every other major initiative, it'll take years to get fully rolling. Took Medicare 17 years.

    Not only do conservatives seem to think that Obama can issue Executive Orders to insurance companies, they also seem to think that Obamacare "ends" after March 1 if 7M people haven't signed up.

    Well, they also think there's a "war on Christmas".

    November 14, 2013 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  7. Lynda/Minnesota

    Cue the fools that think anti-Obamacare talking points is going to be a winning GOPerville strategy from now until election day 2014.

    November 14, 2013 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  8. Dan

    I think the approval is due to the reality of the law now hitting as opposed to the 4 years of lies that preceded it

    November 14, 2013 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  9. Michael

    Remember what the GOP says – the ER is free and anyone can get treated and not pay there bill , Of course the rates hospitals charge reflect the NON payment for there services – we are all paying for those with out insurance

    November 14, 2013 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  10. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    For the last two months, CNN has been reporting every negative thing the GOP has been lying about. CNN has been obsessed with with this topic. Is it any wonder people are sick of hearing about it? Try posting a couple of items about people who actually are happy about Obama Care. We don't need another Faux "News" site. The one we have is bad enough!

    November 14, 2013 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  11. wendel

    well of course it has . after five years of badgering by the repo trolls and the terrible showing on the roll out. And the promise made by the president. The repo phonies have been chomping at the bit to discredit the affordable care act. Even with the low numbers . I think the site will get fixed and the president will find a way to keep his promise. They the trolls will move on to something else to complain about never once offering any solutions .Typical repo scum.

    November 14, 2013 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  12. Drink Tea not Koolaid

    AWWWWWW. Voting has consequences people! you all have a community organizer who never read his own signature law in charge of your health insurance and you are surprised by what exactly?!

    November 14, 2013 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  13. tom l

    @Data and Lynda

    Haaaa! I love that all three of us started with "cue to...."

    I thought that was pretty funny. Wouldn't it be nice if we could start talking TO each other rather than AT each other? It seems we all care deeply about our country (we just have a difference of opinion on how to reach that goal).

    I'm wondering if either of you have noticed an uptick here of people that are frustrated and angry with the law. I can see it. I have to be honest, though, and say that I don't think there is any way it's a bunch of "sock puppets". I think it is real Americans, like you and me, who are voicing there opinions. Thoughts?

    November 14, 2013 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  14. rs

    Like this is somehow a surprise CNN? This network, and infact the whole MSM have spent two weeks hyperventilating about a web site. There has been little factual reporting. Little information about the value found in the exchanges set up across 37 states that are offering real-live savings for people to be responsible (once a call from the Right), and take care of their medical insurance need.
    No, we have been treated to more of the "politics" of destruction. The President must go down; the ACA must go down; health care as we know it, must go down. With that mantra everyone's approval rating falls.
    So, sure Obama falls to 39%, Congress to 9% and the Republican Party as a whole to 22%. The GOP suceeds- they have proved that "government doesn't work". They may just get the anarchy they lust after.

    November 14, 2013 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  15. Rudy NYC

    "Cue the dumb conservatives who apparently think Obama can force insurance companies to not drop policyholders."
    ----------------------------------
    Comments by the same people who don't want government saddling the private sector with excessive rules and regulations.

    November 14, 2013 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  16. Data Driven

    @DrinkTea,

    " Voting has consequences people!"

    Yep. One of them is that you can't repeal the law. Sorry.

    November 14, 2013 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  17. Joi Gibson

    As a loyal supporter of President Obama, much to my dismay, Healthcare.gov has been bungled. However, hearing over and over and over and over again what a calamity this is is bound to give folks the vapors. Give it a rest already – we get it. How about let them work it out, and ask again in another month. You know, when people are constantly bombarded with negativity, even those willing to give the benefit of the doubt will eventually succumb to that negativity. While the implementation has been horrendous, the reasoning behind the law is sound and until the Republicans can come up with a viable alternative instead of constantly complaining and showboating in front of the cameras, they really need to stifle because they are, quite frankly, useless as representatives.

    November 14, 2013 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  18. Donna

    Data Driven
    Cue the dumb conservatives who apparently think Obama can force insurance companies to not drop policyholders.
    --–

    But he forced them to do many other things with Obamacare, including establishing minimum requirements for insurance plans which made the current plans of millions in violation of the law. Why do dumb liberals think they can remake the world according to the fantasies right out of fairy tales?

    November 14, 2013 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  19. Zolicon

    Well that is because it has not been given a chance and all of the negative news reports tat are being broadcast about it.

    November 14, 2013 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  20. What a shame

    Wait till next year when the employer mandate hits. This is just the beginning. Insurance companies have spent months on restructuring for this nightmare, thay can't change course that quickly to fix this. Much of the harm to the health insurance indudustry that is being caused by this law is here to stay. However that was the laws intent so as to make way for the single payer socialist system.

    November 14, 2013 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  21. Gunderson

    So,
    You can fool all of the people some of the time and some of the people all of the time, but you can't fool all of the people all of the time. When you play with fire you are bound to get burned. Rome is burning to the ground. The Peasant's are angry. Time for Liberal's to come clean before they break down the gates. The Emperour has no clothes. For you dreamer's, it's back to the salt mines.

    November 14, 2013 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  22. just asking

    Data Driven
    @DrinkTea,
    " Voting has consequences people!"
    Yep. One of them is that you can't repeal the law. Sorry.
    ---

    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. if they don't, obamacare will be the death of the democrat party. the american people will never ever tolerate this massive fraud that destroyed their healthcare system, all brought to them by obama, redi, pelosi and the demorcat party.

    November 14, 2013 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  23. smith

    Yeah, it`s just gonna continue to lose support. So far it has been all negative effects and now with the confusion and misinformation from the WH people are not happy.

    November 14, 2013 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  24. Lynda/Minnesota

    "For the last two months, CNN has been reporting every negative thing the GOP has been lying about. CNN has been obsessed with with this topic. Is it any wonder people are sick of hearing about it?"

    Yeah. When the media starts devoting its time obsessing with negative stories day after day, and then gloats over the negativity ... there is a problem in America news media.

    November 14, 2013 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  25. rs

    Tom

    Cue the whining of Sniffit and Company about how the drop is due to the "misreporting" and repubs. It could never be due to any responsibility of the president and how he "misspoke" not could it ever be about the actual ACA and all of its problems. Blah blah blah
    ____________________________
    What you fail to realize is that as you succeed at tearing down health care reform, or the President or the government, you reveal the Right for what it is: an ideology of destruction with no solutions. Hence, you may rightly cut the President down to size, but the approval of the GOP controlled House, and the GOP/TP as a whole falls even further. Check out the acceptance of the ideology of the Right at this moment, then realize that 76% of Americans want a higher minimum wage; 70% of Americans support marriage equality; 70% believe health care is too expensive; 78% support SSA and Medicare; 90% want better background checks on gun buyers- everything the GOP is on the wrong side of. Now consider 22% approve of the GOP; 9% approve of the GOP controlled House of Representatives. The GOP has virtually no support from any minority group, and is rapidly losing the support of women. Get the idea yet? You may succeed at your destructive missions, but the first real casualty will be your party and ideology.

    November 14, 2013 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
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