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. Dan5404

    Obama told us early on and in no uncertain terms that the law is not perfect and some changes would be required. When that proved to be true, the holier-than-thou crowd cried: "My GOD! Obama has destroyed the country! His health plan has glitches in the startup! If it's hard to sign up, then then the policies must all be bad for people, just like Social Security, Medicare and George Bush's Part D Drug Plan, all of which failed because they were no good....OH, WAIT!"

    November 27, 2013 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  2. TJC2

    What's that old song about spinning like a top?

    November 27, 2013 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  3. SHEILA

    he's toast. now on to somebody who can really fix the economy, hopefully in 2016, once we get a conservative congress to run things right in 2014.

    November 27, 2013 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  4. jinx9to88

    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.

    ------

    Great Point!! You won't here Fox news making that statement. The GOP don't like facts. So don't bother.

    November 27, 2013 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  5. timmy hordan

    Government isn't smart enough to administer our healthcare system. They are fare too corrupt and only out for their own interests. I would never put my personal information into the obamacare system, it's too flawed and my navigator would probably be a felon.

    November 27, 2013 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  6. Bill the Cat

    It's codependency.

    November 27, 2013 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  7. dnokc

    TASS has more credibility than CNN!

    November 27, 2013 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  8. Pato

    There goes CCN again discrediting the administration to get viewer rating; no wonder I no longer ready view CCN as a news source. CNN; the health care is the law like or note.

    November 27, 2013 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  9. Veritas Lavinga

    Poll: Most people do not favor ObamaCare and want it repealed.

    November 27, 2013 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  10. rc

    So the bottom line is that 90% of younger Americans are too clueless to realize that
    they are the ones getting screwed.

    November 27, 2013 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  11. hahahah

    Most unsure? No. No, i'm pretty sure that most despise this president and think Obamacare is a pile of lies and detect.

    November 27, 2013 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  12. molosar

    Sorry but I am in the not liberal enough camp. I am a single-payer supporter all the way. Medicare for all. You can buy in based on your income.

    November 27, 2013 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  13. m123

    People are waiting to see how it affects them
    Back in 2010 Obama knew tens of millions of people will lose their insurance because it won't meet Obamacare standards, according to admin documents
    How can you believe anything this mo ron tells you?
    Oh yeah, the brain dead Obama drones love abuse, so this is like heaven to them

    November 27, 2013 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  14. SeanZ

    CNN.............. The Obama Network, will come up with a positive spin, when ever their hero needs one.

    November 27, 2013 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  15. tom l

    @DMFO
    "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."

    ========

    Happy Thanksgiving!

    How many young people do you know that will pay $100-$300 per month for something they feel they don't need? Your whole theory is flawed and the fact that you think that it will just take "marketing" shows how pathetic and flawed the entire premise is. First, the supposed "great" part about the law is that men and women can stay on their mom and dad's insurance to 25 which wipes out a huge part of who you need to pay for this (by the way, I think it's really cool that the whole system is based on making people in their 20's and 30's pay to supplement the others). Secondly, take a look at what they're saying when they find out they have to pay for insurance. It's not pretty (anecdotal, to be sure, but certainly representative and if you weren't so biased and wanting/needing this law to work to validate your vote for Obama/democrats and make you feel like such a smart/good person because you "care"). Not to mention that if anything does happen they're still responsible for $5,000-$6,000 minimum to reach their deductible – something they don't even understand. And you can keep your head buried in the sand but this law has affected everybody – I work for the largest media company in the U.S. and we went from 3 insurance options (PPO, HMO, HSA) to HSA with low premium high deductible. Who do you think my coworkers feel is responsible for the change? It ain't the company that they hold responsible. And I didn't even have to say anything.

    November 27, 2013 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  16. charles

    'most people between 35 and 65 years old think that the system is permanently broken' That is to say, the people who are paying for it, think it is permanently broken.

    November 27, 2013 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  17. American Worker

    Fixable?
    How can he fix the theft from those who have to subsidize those who get rewarded for lack of ambition?

    He has no intention of fixing anything. He seems to have the intent to just delay it with the hope that people become complacent about it.

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

    No other president in history could still have support after all the blunders this one has made. Liberal media would have demanded impeachment. Liberals will support their own no matter how bad they are, how many mistakes they make.
    Coservatives "Expecially the Tea Party" have attacked their own. Removed the bad ones from office.

    Can liberals say that? NO….. Again, no matter how bad they are or what major mistakes (Even lying to their own) Liberals will give them a pass and THROW their support their way. WHAT A JOKE….

    November 27, 2013 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  19. Boondoggle

    I see Obama's camp contacted you regarding your article on this earlier in the week – giving an order to put a positive spin on the numbers for their views.

    November 27, 2013 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  20. u laby

    Shocking!! Another propaganda piece by the Obama News Network (CNN). You ain't spinning your way out of this mess Obama. This was sold as a LIE. There is no more reason to say is justifiable lie than there is to say there is justifiable rape. Period!

    November 27, 2013 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  21. Lynda/Minnesota

    @ molosar
    Sorry but I am in the not liberal enough camp.
    -------------

    Just to be clear, most folks left of Glenn Beck are now considered liberal. That being said. I agree with single payer. Why should Americans allow red state residents to use emergency rooms as their personal taxpayer funded health plan and then close the door on everyone else seeking affordable heath care coverage?

    November 27, 2013 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  22. AlgoreLIes

    no one bothered to rearrange furniture on the Titanic..

    November 27, 2013 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  23. Namrepus

    By the way….. Hopefully everyone is following what's been happening in the EU?

    The liberal parties are losing ground rapidly. Why? Because the younger voters are trusting the conservative party more with the economy and jobs. What did they base this from? The liberal party has had control for a long time there and it just keeps getting worse….. THINK ABOUT IT…….. It simply cannot sustain itself. China will rule…...

    November 27, 2013 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  24. FidyCents

    Is this administration along with the Democrats who rammed it down the country's throat admitting its' mistake now?

    Wait.......

    November 27, 2013 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  25. The Real Tom Paine

    -tom l

    @DMFO
    "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."

    ========

    Happy Thanksgiving!

    How many young people do you know that will pay $100-$300 per month for something they feel they don't need? Your whole theory is flawed and the fact that you think that it will just take "marketing" shows how pathetic and flawed the entire premise is. First, the supposed "great" part about the law is that men and women can stay on their mom and dad's insurance to 25 which wipes out a huge part of who you need to pay for this (by the way, I think it's really cool that the whole system is based on making people in their 20's and 30's pay to supplement the others). Secondly, take a look at what they're saying when they find out they have to pay for insurance. It's not pretty (anecdotal, to be sure, but certainly representative and if you weren't so biased and wanting/needing this law to work to validate your vote for Obama/democrats and make you feel like such a smart/good person because you "care"). Not to mention that if anything does happen they're still responsible for $5,000-$6,000 minimum to reach their deductible – something they don't even understand. And you can keep your head buried in the sand but this law has affected everybody – I work for the largest media company in the U.S. and we went from 3 insurance options (PPO, HMO, HSA) to HSA with low premium high deductible. Who do you think my coworkers feel is responsible for the change? It ain't the company that they hold responsible. And I didn't even have to say anything.
    *************************************
    Oh, you've said plenty. Demagogue, much?

    November 27, 2013 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
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