CNN/ORC Poll: Are Obamacare's flaws fixable?
November 27th, 2013
06:00 AM ET
5 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. min20

    "That means that 54% either support Obamacare, or say it's not liberal enough." Is this statement a result of a specific question by the poll or a "CNN' injection of their opinion.

    November 27, 2013 07:59 am at 7:59 am |
  2. Borderless

    58% oppose Obamacare and 54% say they think the problem will be solved. I think the real headline is "Most Americans Think Obamacare Will Be Repealed".

    November 27, 2013 07:59 am at 7:59 am |
  3. Dave in Houston

    Prescription for Obamacare:
    (1) Vote OUT Demos in 2014,
    (2) Impeach their "leaders" (Obama & Biden),
    (3) Repeal this bad law.

    November 27, 2013 08:01 am at 8:01 am |
  4. TommytheT

    Fix the flaws? It will be years before we even understand all the flaws, intended and unintended of this massive govt power grab bill.

    November 27, 2013 08:04 am at 8:04 am |
  5. Madison

    Give it time. It will be as popular as Medicare. And the gop will be once again shown to be liars

    November 27, 2013 08:06 am at 8:06 am |
  6. Really?

    The republicans don't have to do anything but wait and see how this thing plays out. Last week according to Chao 30-40% of the website still needs to be written. Obamacare is not a success story. Maybe things will change but his continued blame of the Republicans isn't going to work. He has lost credibility. Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice . .

    November 27, 2013 08:07 am at 8:07 am |
  7. T.Storm

    I am quite decided. I will not participate. I will not join the lemmings in socialistic slavery.

    November 27, 2013 08:08 am at 8:08 am |
  8. current state of the union

    Rwnj will have you believe that a 2% top tax rate, offset by deductions the working class gets, and problems solved, we just need to give the rich more tax breaks and we'll all be fine, it worked really good last time, let's do it again.

    November 27, 2013 08:09 am at 8:09 am |
  9. Jason

    Unions work very well....AMA has prevented any increase in thenumber of doctors net result they have increased doctors salaries by 475% BTW they do donate to the the GOP liberally

    November 27, 2013 08:09 am at 8:09 am |
  10. Rick McDaniel

    You can't fix an over reach of that proportion. It will always be a mess and it will only get worse with time.

    November 27, 2013 08:10 am at 8:10 am |
  11. southerngent

    What a joke cnn!

    If you want to support this crap then come out and stop pretending to be neutral.♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦

    November 27, 2013 08:12 am at 8:12 am |
  12. min20

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    "That means that 54% either support Obamacare, or say it's not liberal enough." Is this statement a result of a specific question by the poll or a "CNN' injection of their opinion.

    Moderation????

    November 27, 2013 08:13 am at 8:13 am |
  13. Notarichboy

    Yeah, impeach him, problems solved! Well maybe not then we would be stuck with Biden!

    November 27, 2013 08:13 am at 8:13 am |
  14. Vanz

    You guys are still workin' hard to help this fiasco survive.

    You can't make people like it just by telling them they like it.

    November 27, 2013 08:14 am at 8:14 am |
  15. Anonymous

    -Young (idealistic) people don't know any better.
    -47% already get some sort of government subsidy.
    -The reality is that some day, in the not too distant future, the system will crash along with the rest of our bloated government.
    -Look at the Soviet Union before it collapsed. We are on the same course.

    November 27, 2013 08:14 am at 8:14 am |
  16. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    It's technology, so of course it's fixable. Stupid question.

    November 27, 2013 08:16 am at 8:16 am |
  17. Logictox

    The basis for Obamacare is flawed. It will never work.

    November 27, 2013 08:17 am at 8:17 am |
  18. PtBarnumBoy

    Hard to imagine why people might be conflicted. Tthere has been very little negativity associated with it so far and the GOP, and even popular talk radio people, have been working extra hard to make it a success.

    November 27, 2013 08:17 am at 8:17 am |
  19. Alan

    Only the MSM could spin a poll that says 60% oppose the law into a positive article for Obama with an extremely misleading headline.

    November 27, 2013 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  20. M. Ozgoren

    Most Americans are opposed to it. CNN.. is just being CNN.

    November 27, 2013 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  21. reggie53

    When I read some of CNN's articles they really annoy me. CNN knows that this Obamacare is one of the worst laws for the American people and then they go out and do such stupid polling. CNN has definitely drank ALL of the Obama Kool-Aid and that is why their ratings have dropped so much. It does not matter to them that it will affect middle class families but because it is Obama's legacy they trying to promote it. Get real CNN and start looking out for the citizens of America and what they are losing because of this ridiculous healthcare law.

    November 27, 2013 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  22. Frank

    The tide is turning. A new CNN poll reveals that a majority of Americans thinks President Obama is untrustworthy and they doubt his management abilities. I’m a proud charter member of the club that thought this all along, as are many of you, but it’s nice to suddenly have so much company?

    And what’s driving it?

    Maybe it has something to do with all the broken promises and scandals. We all know about the like your health plan/keep your health plan lie, but there’s a lot more where that came from.

    One of the things Obama promised along was that any contract over $25,000 would be put up for a bidding process. Did you know HealthCare.gov wasn’t put out to bid? And it’s now estimated to be upwards of $600 million.

    Remember his promise that the average family would save $2,500 a year on health premiums? Oops! Remember the shovel-ready projects that were just waiting for all that stimulus money, and were going to bring unemployment down? Sorry!

    I suspect that, while all of this is helping to open people’s eyes, one of the biggest factors may be the astounding way the president simply refuses to accept responsibility for the things that have gone wrong. It’s one thing to make a mistake. We all do that. It’s another thing to systematically make excuses, try to blur the facts and change the subject. That’s the sort of thing you do when you are fundamentally dishonest and irresponsible, and Americans are noticing this is Obama’s modus operandi.

    So welcome to what is now the majority. Next time you decide who will get your vote, hopefully these things will matter to you before you pull the lever.

    November 27, 2013 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  23. CaesarXIII

    You know, I find that all these problems with the healthcare law could of been avoided years ago if this law would of been read before passed. But this is what you get instead. Enjoy your headaches with government running your lives. I'll be better off and more prosperous without them intruding into my personal life.

    November 27, 2013 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  24. Todays Reality

    They should have "all Democrat" and "all Republican" boxes on these polls... would be much easier. Or ask one question: "Do you believe Foxnews?"... then just fill in the blanks. The point is that polls no longer reflect truth, they just reflect what people have either heard or what they want to believe.

    November 27, 2013 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  25. The issue as it stands

    "... more than half of those surveyed in a new national poll believe the current problems can be solved." They have no idea of the problems, their scope, or magnitude let alone what Obamacare really is.

    November 27, 2013 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
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