CNN/ORC Poll: Are Obamacare's flaws fixable?
November 27th, 2013
06:00 AM ET
11 months 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. deee510

    This law is what this country needs.it's obvious to anyone with a brain that haters are making a lot of noise trying to spread misinformation before the benefits of obamacare kick in and americans can really see who's for helping the middle class.

    November 27, 2013 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  2. ouldbollix

    NEVER to VOTE REPUBLICAN again
    for Lynda – I live in MN. MNSURE is fabulous!

    I do hope you are keeping a sharp crease in that brown shirt there shill. Your master is very proud of you posting such propaganda. Well done shill well done there will be rewards in the regime some day for you.

    November 27, 2013 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  3. anonymous

    Data Driven
    @anonymous,
    "You just gotta leave these ridiculous and irrelevant comparisons thrown out by the lefties. Basically saying, yeah but this failure is no worse than our last failure"
    --
    Basically saying, you think current events happen in a vacuum of the Here and Now, and historical context is not allowed if it doesn't help your argument. Perhaps this why you're wrong about stuff.
    --

    Come on, comparing the roll out of other programs like Medicare and Social Security with Obamacare is absolutely ridiculous. 1930s, 1960s, all pre-computer, pre-internet, manual paperwork.

    Obamacare, three years, billion dollars spent, reinventing a wheel that already existed in the private sector, by contractors that had failed in the past, managed by NOBODY in the federal government... involving a 2,500 page law that spawned 20,000 pages of federal rules and regs that most people still do not understand to this day. One did not have to be a rocket scientist to know this was doomed to fail.

    November 27, 2013 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  4. parshman

    Um...6 out of 10 oppose the law, but a MAJORITY think it is workable? 4 out of 10 approve and that is a MAJORITY?
    Puulease CNN. It is dead. Have some respect for the corpse. This law has been exposed for what it is, a thinly veiled attempt to control more of the Democrat's voting base...along with immigration "reforms", suits against law enforcement for doing their jobs, support for unions, expansion of entitlement programs and all the rest. The last gasps of life started when after 3 years, and $200 million a website could not even be launched. In the final moments, lies were exposed, policies cancelled by the millions, rates soared, deductibles double and tripled, and America said "enough!" Allow this law to rest in pieces.

    November 27, 2013 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  5. Mike Texoma

    Some folks are going to find themselves hanging on to all this negative thinking long after the ACA has gotten passed the roll-out glitch and won the approval of the people, just to save face. So, look, Bengazi has backfired on the Republicans, the ACA will survive and backfire, global warming has been established, the House has yet to pass a jobs bill, and their forecasts of economic doom have proven false, so what else have the so-called conservatives got? Round two of shut down the government? How about some new leadership?

    November 27, 2013 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  6. DBrenner00

    This is every bit as bogus as Obama's statements. According to them only 14% of the population is unhappy about paying more, being forced to buy insurance they do not want, and that their Medicare has been pilfered in the amount of 700 billion. That is 54% are opposed and 40% don't think it goes far enough.

    Also only 14% mind being deceived. People voted for improvement in the way health care is insured, what they got was their control over their own healathcare was wrested from them, and that the insurance it provides was substantially more costly that before.

    CNN even you folks cannot believe this.

    November 27, 2013 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  7. John

    Strummer: "the American people voted for the ACA in 2008 and in 2012" I wonder how they would vote now that they know they were lied to about it. I guess that's the point of lying about it. To get it passed. Biggest fraud ever against the American people.

    November 27, 2013 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  8. Roscoe Chait

    Obamacare is the best thing that's ever happened to this country. Every modern western country has a means for all its citizens to get reasonably priced medical care. The USA is in the stone age. Obama has done a wonderful thing... and, as they say, no good deed goes unpunished.

    November 27, 2013 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  9. Socrates

    Why don't you learn from the Canadian healthcare system that works very well for all Canadians without exception. Poor and rich are all protected by their system. Canada is not far from United States. Why invent the wheel when is already invented. Every time I go to see a doctor, have an operation in a hospital, or go to a lab to make me some tests, etc, etc, I've never worried if I carry money or credit cards, I do not need them. That's the way it works for any Canadian.

    November 27, 2013 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  10. truth

    seriously...it's now the law of the land. whether it can be salvage or not, we'll all be penalized if we choose NOT to be insured. so everyone better start finding a plan! it is very unfortunate for those who qualify for medicaid though. they are being squeezed and ignored by their state's medicaid office. For example, California has been extremely slow to process qualified medicaid applicants. they simply don't want them and will do whatever they can to make it difficult for applicants.

    November 27, 2013 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  11. mike

    Most are undecided? Huh?

    November 27, 2013 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  12. Eagle0831

    Looks like the visit to the WH (aka woodshed) is paying off for The One. The lib lap dog press is going into full "circle the wagons" mode trying to bail Obama out. The lies matter not, the incompetence matters not. It is all about protecting THE ONE WE HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR!

    November 27, 2013 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  13. Carol

    When a President tells you on TV that your health Insurance can be kept, period, that means after that period nothing changes to upset your families world, and if you've trusted him enough to vote for him you believe him. Next time you tell your children something and put a period after it so they'll trust you be sure you are not lying, because if you have you'll lose their trust.

    November 27, 2013 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  14. Glynn

    Who did this poll? Because its seriously waaaaay off.

    November 27, 2013 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  15. Just

    Anything can be "fixed". But even a bad plan with adjustments remains a bad plan. Too bad O's incompetence and inexperience got in the way.

    November 27, 2013 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  16. rschier

    Scrap the whole thing. The best protest is to simply pay the fine, and let it serve as the "no vote" that
    we should have had an opportunity to register, for something that should have been put to referendum
    to begin with. I fully detest having to make a forced contribution to "Health Care Incorporated's" bottom line.

    November 27, 2013 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  17. DBrenner00

    IT appears salient comments questioning the veracity of this article are being censored.
    According to the article only 14% of the population is unhappy about paying more, being forced to buy insurance they do not want, and that their Medicare has been pilfered in the amount of 700 billion. That is 54% are opposed and 40% don't think it goes far enough.

    Also only 14% mind being deceived. People voted for improvement in the way health care is insured, what they got was their control over their own healathcare was wrested from them, and that the insurance it provides was substantially more costly that before.

    November 27, 2013 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  18. scooter

    The ACA, or something very much like it, is here to stay. Now to tweak it to the best effect. I am one of those that think it does not go far enough. But its better than nothing. And the GOP, who I would listen to if they had a plan, still are just sputtering and muttering. I do not really care what party solves the healthcare delivery and cost problem. Currently only people like Obama seem to be trying. I would bank on lots of efforts to try and solve the problem over doing nothing. Doing nothing was driving fewer and fewer people to pay for services. I still think that in the end we will end up with a fully nationalized system. People want "simple and solid". A free market free for all is not simple and solid and people did not like it. People do not like the part of Obamacare that tells them they have to shop around and buy stuff. The easiest solution would be to jack your income tax up, something that most people forget about, and then you go to the doc if you need to end-of-story. Currently I am paying 4700 a year for me and my kids to have coverage. I would gladdly pay an extra 5 grand a year in taxes provided I did not have the malarkey of insurance deducts, and billing departments to deal with. And that would also drastically reduce business operating costs for having to deal with their employees healthcare benefits. Heck they might pass those benefits on as increased wages and hence the actual hit to the average worker would be more of a wash.

    November 27, 2013 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  19. Data Driven

    @Hayden Davis,

    " Say hello to the new Nazi Germany and Hail Obama... We will be burning books, especialy the Bible, soon and genetically manipulating the new order in the coming years mark my words.."

    So you're basically the guy everyone's dreading during Thanksgiving dinner?

    November 27, 2013 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  20. Me

    Madison

    Give it time. It will be as popular as Medicare. And the gop will be once again shown to be liars
    _________________
    where have you been the past few months??? Most of what the GOP told has has already been PROVEN to be TRUE!!! Get a clue and stop blindly following one party!!!

    November 27, 2013 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  21. Lynda/Minnesota

    @ NEVER to VOTE REPUBLICAN again

    LOL. A niece of mine agrees with you 100%!

    BTW: love your handle and welcome to our "ticker-gang".

    November 27, 2013 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  22. John the Electrician

    News flash 30% of Americans hate the government and want it to fail. Even if they have to fall on their own sword.

    November 27, 2013 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  23. Lars

    The real fix to participation in the ACA is to ban or disallow the use of hospital emergency rooms by those who willfully choose to evade their personal responsibility to purchase for themselves and for their families, health insurance from private insurers who offer affordable health insurance on the ACA market place.

    The ER ban should apply along with the mandated IRS penalty for not having health care coverage.

    November 27, 2013 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  24. parshman

    Only the most ardent, goose stepping progressives could possibly look at this ball of yarn that is the ACA and think it is actually a viable solution.

    November 27, 2013 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  25. CTConservative

    This is how Obama got elected. This is how he managed to get RE-ELECTED for a 2nd term despite an abysmal 1st term. THIS... is why we as a nation are in SERIOUS trouble. Essentially what these "polls" tell us is that on average more than 5 in 10 Americans are complete idiots.

    November 27, 2013 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
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