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

    "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." – CNN

    How idiotic does one have to be to not see the flawed logic at work in this claim. The ridiculous insinuation is that if the law was more liberal, then obviously even more people would like it. In their rush to find their unicorn-filled liberal utopia, CNN completely discounts the fact that the people who do like it, like it how it is - not more liberal - and if you made it more liberal, those who like it now would find it bent too far to the left. You would pick up 10% of approval from the far left but would lose 20% on the other side, having a net fewer people liking it.

    Seriously CNN, we're smarter than that and we expect our journalists to be so too.

    November 27, 2013 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  2. Mike

    Is this amateur hour analysis?

    November 27, 2013 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  3. tom

    Only at CNN and MSNBC could they spin this as positive for the President.

    November 27, 2013 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  4. mediafail.2012

    I find it funny when I read all these liberals saying Obamacare is fine and "the Tea Party needs to go!", lol. The Tea Party was completely right about how destructive Obamacare was going to be and that Obama was lying. Yet somehow according to the liberals here, the Tea Party is still bad and Obama can be trusted?

    I guess some people are just true believers and live on faith to maintain their illusion, even if the thing they worship is of this world.. (to be clear, I mean believing liberal politicians and ideology)

    November 27, 2013 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  5. HowCanYouBelieveAWordHeSaysAnymore

    The ACA wasn't designed with the thought of 'what will work', rather it was designed based on 'what we can pass'. It is something that needs to be scrapped and reconsidered, not patched. It is also less about HealthCare, and more about income redistribution.

    November 27, 2013 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  6. WK WIcker

    This is a massive failure of a flawed plan by a dishonest president and a completely incompetent administration.

    November 27, 2013 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  7. MakeThemEatCake

    The program itself should be the main topic of discussion. will it really provide affordable health insurance to those that currently cannot afford it? A website with performance problems is not the key provision of the program. My doctor belongs to several insurance plans. Just because my company is reviewing the insurance plan it currently provides does not mean it isn't going to replace it. the decison to belong to an insurance plan is solely the doctor's. Right now, my doctor could easily say they no longer accept Medicare/Medicade patients.Even the plan I'm currently in. Before the ACA came along, whenever my company's insurance plans came up for renewal there was always a chance that the plan they chose would not include my doctor (or the hospital I would go to if necessary) and could include an increase in my out of pocket costs. In fact, if I get rushed to the hospital in an ambulance, where they take me is totally out of my control and could easily be a location not covered by my insurance plan. So people, please, take the scare tactics with a grain of salt. Just like your local gas station, the price of a gallon of gasoline is affected by market trends as much as the cost of oil. where I live, the price of a gallon of gasoline went up 4 cents overnight. why? because the station owners could. the cost of your insurance could go up. why? because the insurance carrier can (and that does not mean their bottom line would be affected if they didn't). And don't reply that I don't know how insurance works (or the free market by the way). I do.

    November 27, 2013 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  8. floydhowardjr

    OBAMACARE! “Too Profitable To Fail”? America If you lose your coverage, your doctor, your insurance BLAME a Democrat. Next time you go and vote...remember WHO did this to YOU! DEMOCRATS!

    November 27, 2013 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  9. sofork

    When Obama and the democrats had to lie and deceive about the law to get elected and to get the law passed, it should be scrapped.

    November 27, 2013 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  10. Mike

    This article is so great...I get it now. When 5 million people get cancellation notices today, and when 50 million get their insurance cancelled next year, and when when everyone is going to have to pay more for their insurance, and everyone loses their doctor, I can see all these people shouting, "THIS LAW IS NOT LIBERAL ENOUGH! I WANT A MORE LIBERAL HEALTH LAW!" Are the authors, the CNN Political Unit, are you guys recent college grads or something? This is like a freshman in college paper to appease the radical professor.

    November 27, 2013 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  11. Bigdoglv

    Nice try CNN, but no cigar.

    November 27, 2013 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  12. Just Saying

    Rudy NYC
    The law doesn't need fixing. It's the federal web site that needs the fixing. Stop building the false equivalence. I'm surprised to hear the right wing complain about the costs of some policies. Especially when it is the market forces that are driving prices up or down in different markets. The best part about it is that it seems to be the red states that are not participating in the expansion of Medicaid are the ones seeing the highest prices.
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    Rudy, the problem is that it is NOT the market forces that are driving up the costs. It is the fact that EVERYBODY in that area must pay the same price. In a market driven system, the people that actually USE more services are expected to PAY more. However, the way that this system was set up, anybody that is young or healthy (who use the least amount of health care services) are FORCED to subsidize everybody else that actually use the most amount of health care services. That's kind of the OPPOSITE of market-driven prices! And when you add in the fact that the middle class and above are also being FORCED to directly pay everyone else in the form of these "subsidies" that Obama talks about like they're simply free money, then it is even MORE unfair to a large segment of the population.

    November 27, 2013 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  13. sammy750

    Much of the blame has to go to those Republican Governors that said NO to their people on being insured. Those Republicans that prefer the tax payers pay for emergency room treatment, instead of the people having insurance. The Republicans Governors certainly show us they know nothing about economics, making their tax payers pay for the health of others. We certainly found that out when G Bush and the Republicans watched this nation go bankrupt and didn't even know it. Even after the job lost was increasing, the Republicans just didn't get it. Would any sane person want a Republican in control of them. I think NOT.

    November 27, 2013 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  14. Rudy NYC

    larry

    Ineptocracy (in-ep-toc'-ra-cy) – a system of government where the least capable to lead are elected by the least capable of producing, and where the members of society least likely to sustain themselves or succeed, are rewarded with goods and services paid for by the confiscated wealth of a diminishing number of producers.

    AKA: The Obama administration.
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    I keep trying to tell you folks that Rush Limbaugh is a comedian, but conservatives still seem to think that he's a political leader.

    November 27, 2013 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  15. Federico Escobedo

    The stupidity of (some) of the american people never ceases to amaze me. If they couldn't get the initial roll out right, which was the most visible, and perhaps the simplest part of the law, what are the chances that implementation of the rest of the law will go much better? Well, I guess it is possible, but not likely at all!
    Everyone, please go and ask a doctor what they think about this law and what it will do to them, please!!

    November 27, 2013 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  16. rlande

    First we have NSA imitating 1984 and now we have defenders of Obamacare imitating Animal Farm.

    November 27, 2013 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  17. ed

    "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."

    Where do you get this stuff!?!?!? The whole thing is a LIE and a FRAUD! It was their intent to take away your health insurance. liberals have ADMITTED IT!

    November 27, 2013 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  18. Bhawk

    from an old track coach–just because you are slow out of the blocks doesn't mean you won't win the race.

    November 27, 2013 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  19. RoomWithAMoose

    Yeah.... Declaring it a failure before open enrollment ends.... Never giving it even a chance and clearly ignoring how enrollment went in Mass. All tactics that don't work... Wait and see is the only proper response... If it doesn't work we can always pull the plug.... We still have elections in the country and one party that is hellbent on repeal...

    November 27, 2013 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  20. SeeThruIt2

    The ACA is now law. It's too far along with disruptions and changes to the previous healthcare system to be un-done in any coherrent fashion. It's going to cost our economy hundreds of billions of dollars in changing jobs and shifting money.

    Some people will benefit from these changes. But, most Americans will be hurt in some way. And most Americans won't even know why or how they're negatively impacted by it. They'll just listen to the same bullet campaign comments saying "vote for me" because this or that is the fault of those "bad people."

    November 27, 2013 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  21. Rudy NYC

    uske

    "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." – CNN

    How idiotic does one have to be to not see the flawed logic at work in this claim. The ridiculous insinuation is that if the law was more liberal, then obviously even more people would like it.
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    How ideologically driven over the cliff do you have to be in order to not understand it? Obviously, the hard left wanted more.

    November 27, 2013 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  22. Sean

    Any media outlet nowadays has an agenda. CNN, FOX, MSNBC, whatever; all the same spin. The facts are that this law has harmed the percentage of the population that swings the vote in November. My only hope is that the memory of Americans isn't as short as it has proven to be in the past. The Dems have already tried to start distancing Obama from Obamacare, now everyone refers to it as the ACA; don't tie the "Messiah's" good name to it anymore, that only will hurt them in November

    November 27, 2013 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  23. Barry White

    Janice, That's the best one I've heard so far today. A bill that was designed by nothing but democrats, voted on by nothing but democrats and being administered by nothing but democrats is failing because of republicans...

    That is the epitome of a conspiracy theory!

    November 27, 2013 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  24. Ken Hoag

    CNN spin… why do I keep reading their garbage? 6 in 10 don't like it, period.

    November 27, 2013 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  25. Chris

    I have been a data analyst for nearly 15 years. I have always liked the saying that statistics don't lie, people with statistics lie. This journalist put such a spin on the actual numbers that their own CNN/ORC poll gave that it makes me sick to my stomach. How you combine two different data elements to create a bias point is unnerving.

    November 27, 2013 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
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