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. PSYmuffin

    Only 25% of the "young" believe ACA is a failure.......suggesting 75% support the legislation...........but registration data denotes the "young" segment of population is not participating in buying insurance.
    Talk is cheap...their wallet is the true vote.

    November 27, 2013 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  2. Name jk. Sfl. GOP CRUZ lee&rubio 24billion dallar LOSS of your tax money conservatives,the garbage of America.

    It's funny that the party of stupid, the GOP campaigns AGAINEST healthcare for all Americans and thinks their going to win in 2014 while the GOP idiots have nothing to offer and lost 24 billion dallars in the world record time of 16 days and cry about the defict????

    November 27, 2013 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  3. hubert39

    The USA should have copied Canada's or Europe's health plan. They have been around for 50 to 80 plus years.

    November 27, 2013 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  4. Mike the American

    Vast right wing conspiracy.

    November 27, 2013 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  5. Sam

    CNN, I respected your journalism for focussing on reporting real news and leaving opinions out. Lately however you seem to just be sharing opinion while forgetting about what you stand for. I urge you gys to back to your sense of principle. You seem to be becoming more and more like Fox, which is terribly unfortunate.

    November 27, 2013 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  6. Just

    The undecided just aren't sure what their cost will be yet.

    November 27, 2013 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  7. TONE

    Just like right wingers, and the Gop no solution, only critizism,didn't do any work for the past five years but say no to everything proposed by this President, and still we have idiots on this post defending them. Talk about wasteful spending that would be the GOP salaries combined

    November 27, 2013 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  8. Mark

    PSYmuffin

    Only 25% of the "young" believe ACA is a failure.......suggesting 75% support the legislation...........but registration data denotes the "young" segment of population is not participating in buying insurance.
    Talk is cheap...their wallet is the true vote
    ---------------------------------------
    I think there is a distinction between a general view they may have towards the ACA and their registration decisions – the two are not necessarily related.

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

    CNN, how dare you provide cover for this attack on freedom in America by these criminals that the takers have elected. Its this type of cover that allowed the low information voters to be lied to and deceived.

    November 27, 2013 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  10. Anonymous

    The new law is a failure,just like OBAMA.

    November 27, 2013 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  11. JimInSC

    The Affordable Care Act? An ill conceived program designed by people with the ill conceived notion that government understands your needs and knows what you want better than you do. Big Brother. This "ant colony" mentality needs to stop.

    You can't legislate the poor into prosperity by legislating the prosperous out of theirs.

    What one person receives without working for, another person works for without receiving.

    Government can't give anybody anything that which it has not first taken from someone else.

    You can't multiply wealth by dividing it.

    When half a nation believes they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half believes that it does no good to work because someone else is going to get what they work for, the beginning of the end of that country has started.

    November 27, 2013 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  12. davefromjersey

    Headline should read: LIE – Most people are undecided about ObamaCare. CNN is still trying to save this disaster and failure Obamacare that was agreed to in back alleys by corrupts Democrats and jammed down our throats. Remember the line from the 2 biggest disaster in government Nancy Pelosi "You have to pass it to know what's in it" This whole ObamaCare initiative was never about the people, it is more about CONTROL over the people. It is a communist/socialist power grab by the Socialism poster boy Obama.

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

    I wish FOX would open their comments section back up so all these right wing trolls would go somewhere else and let the grown ups talk....

    November 27, 2013 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  14. Old white conservative male

    "Only 25% of 18-to-34 year olds say that the new law is a failure"
    Why don't you do this right? Poll those ages 18-26 (you know, the one still living off there parents and could care less) and I would bet you would get around 80% supporting this garbage. Then poll those 27 and older and watch how much the numbers drop.

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

    Obama is a joke,just like healthcare.

    November 27, 2013 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  16. sofork

    CNN, why are you continually trying to cover for Obama and the democrats? Have you given up being a credible news organization?

    November 27, 2013 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  17. You Can Keep Your Plan If You Want

    Six in 10 Americans oppose Obamacare. And they are still trying to shove it down our throats. Oh yeah, the website doesn't work. But the best part is it is going to be run by government workers....you know them, they are the people who no matter how badly they screw up, they can't be fired.

    November 27, 2013 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  18. Badger1217

    The poll was conducted November 18-20 for CNN by ORC International, with 843 adult Americans questioned by telephone

    So CNN paid ORC int'l for this poll. Less than 1000 people polled, and who were these people? What demographic was polled? Liberal foreigners? The name of the company is "International". The is a manufactured story with manufactured results.

    November 27, 2013 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  19. Data Driven

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

    Kinda flies in the face of those conservative critics who keep telling us that young people will never sign up for health plans, doesn't it?

    November 27, 2013 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  20. john.deatherage

    We don't yet know whether ACA will succeed. The lynchpin of ACA is persuading young healthy people to sign up and overpay for insurance in order to subsidize older less healthy Americans. If the young and healthy can be persuaded to act against their own economic interest for "the greater good", then ACA may succeed. Otherwise premiums will be priced to high for most people. ACA is a transfer of wealth from the young & healthy to the older less healthy.

    November 27, 2013 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  21. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Not worth talking about.
    The website is being fixed to operate optimally as we speak.
    It took YEARS to work the kinks out of Medicare and Social Security.
    Rethugs went through the exact same conniption fits about those too.
    Next!

    November 27, 2013 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  22. The Real Tom Paine

    -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.
    *****************
    Let me guess: you spent hours on this response? I'm assuming you see yourself as one of the diminishing number of producers. Well, has your side producted a solution to the problem of lowering the cost of private insurance, or do your resources go towards carping and fault-finding ( which is far easier)?

    November 27, 2013 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  23. Juan Jiminez

    Taking money out of the middle class's pocketbook will always be a certain failure. ALWAYS. Need proof? Look at obombas approval rating compared to two weeks ago. And we don't need to go to fox to rant anymore. CNN has finally caught on that this story is not going anywhere. Atta girls

    November 27, 2013 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  24. Organic1

    Back in the day, health insurance could be had even without being subsidized by an employer. Of course it cost 600 dollars a month and 5000 dollar deductible, nice to see nothing has changed...

    November 27, 2013 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  25. jinx9to88

    uh oh GOP all that crap coming out of your mouth still isn't changing people minds. Wait till Obamacare gets rolling. Good luck then.

    November 27, 2013 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
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