CNN/ORC Poll: Are Obamacare's flaws fixable?
November 27th, 2013
06:00 AM ET
1 year ago

CNN/ORC Poll: Are Obamacare's flaws fixable?

Washington (CNN) – Despite the flawed rollout of HealthCare.gov, a majority of Americans still seem to have an open mind about whether Obamacare will work, and more than half of those surveyed in a new national poll believe the current problems can be solved.

A CNN/ORC International poll also indicates nearly six in 10 Americans oppose the national health care law, but some give the Affordable Care Act a thumbs down because it isn't liberal enough.

According to the survey released on Wednesday, four in 10 say they support the law, with 58% opposed. Those figures are little changed from a CNN poll a month ago, just two weeks into the rough start up of HealthCare.gov and mostly before the controversy over insurance policy cancellations due primarily to the new health law.

But 41% say they oppose the law because they think it's too liberal, with 14% saying the measure doesn't go far enough. That means that 54% either support Obamacare, or say it's not liberal enough.

Is the new law a success or failure?

Nearly four in 10 say it's a failure, with 53% saying it is too soon to tell.

Will the current problems faced by Obamacare be eventually solved?

Fifty-four percent express optimism on this question, with 45% saying that Obamacare's flaws will never be fixed.

Younger Americans are much less likely to express negative views of the new health care law.

"Only 25% of 18-to-34 year olds say that the new law is a failure, compared to more than four in 10 in any other age bracket. Seven in 10 younger Americans think the current problems faced by Obamacare will eventually be fixed. Senior citizens are split, and most people between 35 and 65 years old think that the system is permanently broken," said CNN Polling Director Keating Holland.

The poll was conducted November 18-20 for CNN by ORC International, with 843 adult Americans questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser contributed to this story.


Filed under: CNN/ORC poll • Obamacare • President Obama
soundoff (488 Responses)
  1. @RI_Roger

    When the true reality of losing the insurance they presently have hits the 54% who either thinks its not liberal enough or think it can be fixed, these poll numbers will drop like a lead balloon.

    November 27, 2013 06:11 am at 6:11 am |
  2. trayvondejavu

    it's flawed and can't be fixed, it's bad to the bone, conceptually it was ill conceived, it is a failure

    November 27, 2013 06:12 am at 6:12 am |
  3. Richard Long

    Damage has already been done. Do you really think the health insurance companies are going to let go of the goldmine that Obama handed to them?

    November 27, 2013 06:13 am at 6:13 am |
  4. PHinMiami

    ObamaCare – "Let no good deed go unpunished".

    November 27, 2013 06:17 am at 6:17 am |
  5. aCriticalEye

    Once we eliminate the GOP/Tea Clowns in 2014, congress can remove all the poison ammendments the GOP included to ensure the ACA failure. The hateful obstructionists have got to go!

    November 27, 2013 06:19 am at 6:19 am |
  6. Cancer Patient

    By this time next year when the elections are ready to take place, the hatred towards obamacare will transform into love.

    And let's not forget many states will set up their own universal healthcare exchange. When the rest of the states see how well it works, everyone will follow suit.

    I don't like Obama, but I must admit I like obamacare.

    November 27, 2013 06:20 am at 6:20 am |
  7. mmmb

    Interesting. The demographic group that pays the bulk of taxes - that contributes more than they take - think the law is a failure. Others aren't so sure.

    November 27, 2013 06:30 am at 6:30 am |
  8. Marie MD

    Duh! it's a website and it's being fixed and upgraded as we speak.
    On the other hand, the hate coming from the right wing nutsos teaklans is harder to repair, if ever.

    November 27, 2013 06:33 am at 6:33 am |
  9. Gurgyl

    Any flaw is fixable. Nothing new to flaws. ACA is a Law. Glitch is fixable. Tell me which version is unfixable? Don't drag on this.

    November 27, 2013 06:35 am at 6:35 am |
  10. Dave L

    I do love CNN's spin on what this poll should mean vs. what it truly says. To paraphrase an old movie line, I do not think you really know what "...really means..." Means.

    November 27, 2013 06:35 am at 6:35 am |
  11. JoeMama

    Epic Fail. Redistribution. Socialism. The Obamanation.

    November 27, 2013 06:38 am at 6:38 am |
  12. croaton999

    Why would anyone believes anything that is said by this administration? You want to solve it? I'm am for that, repeal and replace it.

    November 27, 2013 06:40 am at 6:40 am |
  13. ncwriter

    Before you can say if the flaws are fixable, there needs to be consensus on what the flaws are. Everyone sees their own problems with the law. If you fix it so 51% of the people are happy, then you've failed to protect the minority.

    In the end, Obamacare forces the minority to pay for the health care of the majority and does it in a way that causes economic grief to the minority. If that is fair to you, then the issues can be fixed. For me, as a moderate and a liberal...that IS the problem.

    November 27, 2013 06:44 am at 6:44 am |
  14. gary baroni

    numbers lie like obama

    November 27, 2013 06:47 am at 6:47 am |
  15. rs1201

    We have to wait until everyone that's going to register for obamacare has done so before an honest opinion can be given. We have to wait and see if all the young healthy people that obama counts on to register do indeed register. If they don't, the premiums on everyone else's policies will be sky high along with huge deductibles. That's something that will NOT be tolerated by any American who had a policy before obamacare that was affordable.

    November 27, 2013 06:49 am at 6:49 am |
  16. John

    Yes they are fixable just like Romney care in MA and it will become better than what we had. The people who really hate it simply hate Obama and make so much noise that when a few things go wrong others are easily persuaded it is totally bad.

    November 27, 2013 06:50 am at 6:50 am |
  17. Herman

    Obama is a loser...and nobody can fix that.

    November 27, 2013 06:50 am at 6:50 am |
  18. BO

    Anyone still considering Obamacare needs to have their heads examined.

    November 27, 2013 06:54 am at 6:54 am |
  19. Gee, to hear Repubs talk, the only person for Obamacare is Obama and his wife

    and his wife ain't all that sure, either...

    Funny how what Republicans say and what REALITY IS are always two different things.

    Hey repubs... Find those Easter Eggs in Iraq yet?

    November 27, 2013 06:55 am at 6:55 am |
  20. Tony in Maine

    Yes, therefore the McConnell Boehner Gang (funded by the Koch Crime Family) must destroy a attempt lest the ACA begin to perform and the serfs decide they like it.

    November 27, 2013 06:55 am at 6:55 am |
  21. Kenweil

    I am undecided too. I can't decide if I hate it or really hate it.

    November 27, 2013 06:56 am at 6:56 am |
  22. king

    it seems as our country gets better the president approval gets worst, wonder if the country was spirralliing out into the abyss like it was during the bush years, what the repubs would be saying right now, because they dont to give this president any credit about the upward movement of this country, but is set to jump on him if this country have a hick up. i always say that the repubs owns all the media outlets in this country, even the minute liberal ones, and for a president to try and help the less fortunate and middle class folks from bankruptcy, he would get slammed, only his legacy will say that this was a good thing. i am just sick and tired of the impatientness of the American people, and their quickness to jump into the barrel with the repubs nay Sayers who only want corporations to run this country, and never want to look at the bigger picture. lesson folks this might be the only president in decades ahead that will put himself and his democrats comrade under the gallows for the sake of the common man. you might not see this again, if a democrat is not elected.

    November 27, 2013 07:03 am at 7:03 am |
  23. Namedave

    Spin it for your master CNN... anybody whose asked anyone about Obamacare has not heard 'oh me I'm undecided'

    November 27, 2013 07:05 am at 7:05 am |
  24. Jerry

    Plain and simple, NO, Obamacare IS NOT fixable! Mr. Obama and clan, PLEASE stop your lies and your personal/political attacks; at least for Thanksgiving Day and the rest of the Holiday season. You can go back to lying and your customary attacks and blame games after the New Year!

    Is that too much to ask?!

    November 27, 2013 07:06 am at 7:06 am |
  25. Jeff Lundberg

    Whether or not the website works or not, the fact that most people will have to pay double and triple the cost for healthcare that they were already getting just so the poor will have healthcare is unacceptable. People have no one to blame but themselves for their bad decisions, people don't end up poor and on welfare by accident, it's the result of a long chain of poor decisions and lack of effort and determination on their part. Get over it, I work hard for what i have, now i have to work harder so that they can get what I've earned. I hate it.

    November 27, 2013 07:07 am at 7:07 am |
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