December 23rd, 2013
06:00 AM ET
7 months ago

CNN Poll: Health care law support drops to all-time low

Washington (CNN) – Support for the country's new health care law has dropped to a record low, according to a new national poll.

And a CNN/ORC International survey released Monday also indicates that most Americans predict that the Affordable Care Act will actually result in higher prices for their own medical care.

CNN/ORC International survey full results

Only 35% of those questioned in the poll say they support the health care law, a 5-point drop in less than a month. Sixty-two percent say they oppose the law, up four points from November.

Nearly all of the newfound opposition is coming from women.

"Opposition to Obamacare rose six points among women, from 54% in November to 60% now, while opinion of the new law remained virtually unchanged among men," CNN Polling Director Keating Holland said. "That's bad news for an administration that is reaching out to moms across the country in an effort to make Obamacare a success."

According to the survey, 43% say they oppose the health care law because it is too liberal, with 15% saying they give the measure a thumbs down because it is not liberal enough. That means half the public either favors Obamacare, or opposes it because it's not liberal enough, down four points from last month.

Sixty-three percent say they believe the new law will increase the amount of money they personally pay for medical care, which may not be a good sign for a law known as the "Affordable Care Act."

The survey also indicates that 42% say they will be personally worse off under Obamacare, with 16% saying the law will help them, and four in 10 saying it will have no effect on them.

Just over six in 10 say they believe they will be able to receive care from the same doctors that they now use, with 35% saying they will not be able to see the same doctors.

The Affordable Care Act, which is the signature domestic achievement for President Barack Obama, was passed along party lines in 2010, when Democrats controlled both houses of Congress. Since that passage, Republicans have fought to either repeal, defund, or severely restrict the law. A push by congressional conservatives to defund the law was the catalyst for October's 16-day long partial federal government shutdown, the first in nearly two decades.

The roll out of the law was extremely flawed, from the rocky startup of HealthCare.gov in October to the controversy over millions of Americans being told they would lose their current insurance plans because they didn't meet standards mandated by the new health care law.

Despite all the problems, the President said things are starting to improve, adding that more than 500,000 Americans enrolled in the Affordable Care Act through HealthCare.gov during the first three weeks of December.

"So all told, millions of Americans, despite problems with the website, are now poised to be covered by quality affordable health care," he said at a news conference.

The poll was conducted for CNN by ORC International December 16-19, with 1,035 adults nationwide questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus three percentage points.

soundoff (1,206 Responses)
  1. Luckjoe

    With Obamacare our worthless president gave the IRS control of 1/6 of the economy and control of our healthcare. His dream and our nightmare.

    December 23, 2013 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  2. ObamaIsAMonster

    Get rid of the mandate.

    December 23, 2013 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  3. georgefallon

    I have had a hard time accepting how overall dumb this country has become. How could anyone.....anyone....with even the slightest of math skills, not know that adding 30+ million new people to healthcare was going to increase the cost to those who already had it? Seriously....this is mind boggling the simpleton nature of our countrymen. This is basic math.

    December 23, 2013 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  4. CaesarXIII

    Government overreach at its finest and I would say about 90% of you people who are complaining about it, voted for it. Give yourself a big pat on your back for political ignorance. You reap what you sow.

    December 23, 2013 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  5. Heisenberg

    Let me point out the media bias... The author says that 42-43% of those polled say they are worse off and think it's too liberal. They also say 15-16% of those polled say they are better off and it's not liberal enough. Saying "That means half the public either favors Obamacare, or opposes it because it's not liberal enough."

    So by CNN's calculations, 16% equals 50%

    December 23, 2013 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  6. benjighaus

    The media coverage is so bogus. First, "Obamacare" polls poorly and the "ACA" polls much better. In other words, people are in favor or not due to a name combined with negative media coverage over a rollout "debacle" which was merely a temporary glitch in a relatively large systemic undertaking. Most people polled are not even affected by the ACA. My insurance through my employer has stayed the same. My self-employed 30 year old brother, however, signed up for $40/month subsidized insurance after being uninsured for seven years. If people would stop and think for a second, they might see that this law is, on the whole, a good law.

    December 23, 2013 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
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