CNN/ORC Poll: Are Obamacare's flaws fixable?
November 27th, 2013
06:00 AM ET
8 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. 4 years?

    Get real – most people are not undecided, young people who voted for this clown are getting ready to vote by "inaction" – not signing-up......Having an ipad is more important than healthcare to younger people.

    November 27, 2013 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  2. jimboe

    My question is, where are the startup insurance companies who would move in to take over and offer a lower price? It seems like these exchanges are all run by the same greedy people.

    November 27, 2013 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  3. FoolKiller

    "Only 25% of 18-to-34 year olds say that the new law is a failure"

    The remaining 75% are still laughing too hard to vote...

    November 27, 2013 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  4. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    How many young people do you know that will act in a timely fashion in regards to something that is basically an intangible to them right now?
    They are not sick. There is no sense of urgency for them.
    It behooves the administration to focus their efforts on creating a sense of urgency and getting young folks to take a proactive approach to their healthcare by signing up now.
    Hire a good marketing firm and go after that market,old folks are on board.
    Young people are like dominoes, once it gets around that their friends are signing up the rest will follow.

    November 27, 2013 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  5. Jim M

    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
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    In California, the youth sign-ups have been proportional to the insured population.

    November 27, 2013 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  6. Rachel

    Nice try on the spin to save Obama CNN, Yellow journalism at its finest.

    November 27, 2013 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  7. Gunderson

    What We Talking about?
    If it's the Web Site, of course it can be fixed. Just show me how. If it's the Bill just give me 10 Trillion and it will be fixed. Think you can find 10 Trillion?

    November 27, 2013 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  8. anonymous

    The Real Tom Paine
    Well, has your side producted a solution to the problem of lowering the cost of private insurance,
    --

    But the Unaffordable Care Act has driven the cost UP for hundreds of millions in order to subsidize and pay for the free healthcare of others. So this law has FAILED to even do what its name suggests. Should that also be tallied as another lie told by the Democrats?

    November 27, 2013 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  9. g

    no insurance –know care -simple

    November 27, 2013 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  10. jinx9to88

    "Younger Americans are much less likely to express negative views of the new health care law." Yep but the GOP (Grand OLD Party) thinks otherwise. Koch brothers need to start spending some of their money on commercials or on keg parties at college campus's.

    November 27, 2013 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  11. TSB8C

    The web site isn't the only, or even the main, problem with ObamaCare. Thus, fixing the web site will not fix ObamaCare.

    November 27, 2013 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  12. Data Driven

    @Dominican Mama,

    "It took YEARS to work the kinks out of Medicare and Social Security"

    In fact, it took 17 years for Medicare to be implemented in all 50 states. The federal exchanges under Obamacare have been operating for less than 2 months. Just a wee bit premature to be carving epitaphs in stone, by my reckoning.

    November 27, 2013 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  13. Brian

    It's funny what the media and government think is "Affordable" for most americans. The media rarely talks about the cost of a lot of these plans. The average cost of these plans are around $400 a month and there is a lot of out of pocket cost that people are responsible for as well. If you smoke or your pre existing conditions are from smoking, yu are screwed. In addition. once people try to sign up and realize most will not qualify for Government subsidy, they won't think this act is so affordable.

    November 27, 2013 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  14. Bubba Ray

    I remember back when the internet and WWW were just in their beginning. Dial-up, slow speed, dropped downloads, and on and on. If Republicans had thought the same way about the internet then as they do about healthcare now we'd all still be writing letters to people on manual typewriters and using the Pony Express/snail mail to deliver them. Heck, if Republicans had their way we'd still be using morse code and riding stagecoaches.

    November 27, 2013 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  15. Free Man in the Republic of Texas

    Are BOLD FACED lies "fixable" ???

    November 27, 2013 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  16. grichard1956

    Another fluffer piece for Obamacare. I do not know any sane person who wants this program and its governmental intrusion into our lives.

    November 27, 2013 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  17. daviddavid

    The young are supposed to pay for this?
    $1 trillion in student debt.
    
Unemployment rate of 16.3%
Just 6 in 10 Millennials have jobs, half are part-time 
48% of employed college graduates work in jobs that don’t require a four-year degree.
Median net worth fell 37% between 2005 and 2010.
Average student carries $12,700 in credit-card and other kinds of debt. 
Their average incomes have fallen 8% since the recession began in 2007.
    Where do you expect them to get the money to fund this?

    November 27, 2013 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  18. Anonymous

    This is that 47% again,who don't pay taxes,and mooching off of other working Americans

    November 27, 2013 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  19. Lynda/Minnesota

    Here we are, the day before Thanksgiving and GOPers still can't get past their hate of all things Obama.

    SMH at the absurdity (and hate).

    November 27, 2013 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  20. The Real Tom Paine

    -nonymous

    The Real Tom Paine
    Well, has your side producted a solution to the problem of lowering the cost of private insurance,

    But the Unaffordable Care Act has driven the cost UP for hundreds of millions in order to subsidize and pay for the free healthcare of others. So this law has FAILED to even do what its name suggests. Should that also be tallied as another lie told by the Democrats?
    ********************
    2 months in, and its a failure? Its rare for any program, service or product to be declared a failure except by those who never wanted it in the first place. it was branded a failure before the scope of the website problems were even admitted to, so please don't bother attempting to say your feeling are objective. BTW, you never bothered to answer the question about what the alternatives for the ACA are ( beyond the bullet-point goals), how these would be implemented, and what the cost, both financial and social, would be. 5 years to produce something substantive, and the the GOP has failed to do that: why? Because they would rather see the ACA collapse so they can use it to score political points than see it succeed and be branded as the people who passed on their own plan.

    November 27, 2013 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  21. MaryMary

    No one should lose everything they have because they can not afford health insurance. A friend of mine who was 33 got sick with cancer and died six months later. He had never been sick a day in his life. The bills were close to a million dollars. Thank goodness he had insurance so his wife and small children did not lose everything. That could be anyone regardless of age – youth is not a quarantine of good health. We have to have car and house insurance so why not health – we may never make a claim against the car or homeowners but very few people will go through life without health problems. Obamacare may not be the perfect solution but it is a start.

    November 27, 2013 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  22. John Hinge

    I agree..yellow journalism, bend the numbers until Obama looks good. This law is a 100% debacle.
    They forgot to tell you their survey was conducted at the college professor convention.

    November 27, 2013 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  23. mecheng

    This is a regurgitation of an article CNN put out last week. (the poll was conducted a week and a half ago). Give him credit , CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser is doing his best to put a good spin on Obamacare. However, when employee mandate/taxes start kicking in, people who elect not to sign up start getting their mandate/tax etc., this is going to get uglier.

    November 27, 2013 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  24. John Hinge

    I agree..yellow journalism, bend the numbers until Obama looks good. This law is a 100% de-bacle.
    They forgot to tell you their survey was conducted at the college professor convention.

    November 27, 2013 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  25. jinx9to88

    @ Uncounted Voter
    The problem with this poll is that CNN is not letting readers here take it.

    Obamacare is certainly repairable, if you just let us VOTE

    STOP RESTRICTING THE VOTING TO *** YOUR *** CHOICE OF RESULTS, CNN!!!

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    Yep just like that clown Issa parading around to four RED STATES to hear several people stories he personally chooses that have negative opinions on Obamacare but won't listen to the positive stories that Obamacare is providing. Why don't Issa go to Kentucky were Obamcare is working, thats a red state? Cause he is a Hypocrite!!!!

    November 27, 2013 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
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