December 23rd, 2013
06:00 AM ET
9 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. Name VA865

    Who ARE THESE ppl polling? I'm SO TIRED OF THIS negativity,I got my insurance through the aca,n I'm paying alot less ...AGAIN WHO AND WHERE ARE YOU FINDING THESE PEOPLE YOU'RE CLAIMING TO BE AGAINST THE ACA???

    December 23, 2013 06:23 am at 6:23 am |
  2. Tom

    What a silly thing to try to poll about. Don't you know that propaganda works? Don't you know there has been nothing but a constant drum beat from the right about how horrible it was before anything got implemented despite the fact this was their idea entirely?

    You might as well poll about "are terrorists bad?" and see w hat you get for an answer.

    December 23, 2013 06:23 am at 6:23 am |
  3. perilous

    How is ensuring healthcare for all "too liberal?" Anyone who uses that argument invalidates their own opinions before they even get out of the gate.

    I dont like Obamacare because it is not "liberal" enough. I despise the fact that it is tied to the worst problem in healthcare in this country today: the insurance industry. I despise the fact that people have to go to bed at night worrying about whether or not they will become destitute if they get sick.

    Universal, one-payer healthcare, please. If we're going to make this happen, let's do it right. This will only work if we pay absolutely no attention whatsoever to the people who insist that healthcare is a privilege and not a right. People who think that way aren't worth paying attention to in the first place.

    December 23, 2013 06:25 am at 6:25 am |
  4. Dar

    So when will the Dems actually say that this was all a bunch of B.S. to take money from the people who have worked so hard to earn it and give it to the ones who.....well lets just say slack the drive to get off their rear ends and do something on their own.
    Omama wasn't lying when he said the word "redistribution" during his first campaign now was he. All that Kool-Aid that he had everyone drinking doesn't taste so sweet anymore.

    December 23, 2013 06:26 am at 6:26 am |
  5. Duane St.Pete FL

    Wow.....there's a shocker......anyone who thought big government could run healthcare is a dummy.....waste, mismanagement and low quality of care will result. Government should stay out and let free markets govern rates and care. This whole thing was a bad idea.....thanks overly intrusive liberals for getting government involved in something they should not have......big government is NEVER a good solution....

    December 23, 2013 06:27 am at 6:27 am |
  6. @RI_Roger

    Bottom line, moms are realizing this law is taking money out of their household budgets which puts food on the table, clothes on the backs of their children and roof over their heads, to pay for something many irresponsible people (millennial) don't want in the first place.

    America, wake up, the promises that Democrats and Progressive make to you always come at a cost they hide from you. At least Republicans and conservatives tell you "you own it, you pay for it".... We know what the expectation is. If we continue to vote for the promise of free STUFF, we'll be forever beholden on politicians who's main objective is to control us. We need to make sure we create safety nets for the less fortunate, not the ones out to game the system.

    Merry Christmas to one and ALL

    December 23, 2013 06:27 am at 6:27 am |
  7. Awaal Oastad

    Not sure what the pollsters actually looking for. Looks like even the pollsters don't know what they are looking for. It reminds me of Dr. Seuss's "The Sneetches". All these years I blamed Sarah Palin, now I see there can be a lot more Sarah Palin living outside Alaska. I am getting fed up.

    December 23, 2013 06:27 am at 6:27 am |
  8. Dave

    Why is that surprising when the media and GOP spend the entire year bashing the ACA in direct coordination. CNN's ratings are lower than ever too. No coincidence.

    December 23, 2013 06:28 am at 6:28 am |
  9. Marie MD

    They must be listening to cornyn who looks like he needs a shave really bad.

    December 23, 2013 06:28 am at 6:28 am |
  10. SeeThruIt2

    Women are probably figuring out that with higher deductibles and co-pay, their birth control and other benefits that they thought were covered are still costing the same out of pocket as before. So for most people, these better plans are a net loss to cover the sick.

    December 23, 2013 06:29 am at 6:29 am |
  11. EW3

    What goes on in DC is usually far removed from the average person.
    This law brings DC into all of our lives. And most people are not happy.
    The good news is that the younger generations are finding out the cost of socialism. Our country may yet be saved.

    December 23, 2013 06:30 am at 6:30 am |
  12. racedaymarc

    Who are these 35% that support this stupid healthcare law?

    December 23, 2013 06:31 am at 6:31 am |
  13. BO

    Peopke did not want this bill BEFORE it was passed. When did CNN finally catch on?

    December 23, 2013 06:32 am at 6:32 am |
  14. Fred

    "Enrolling" does not mean you have accessible insurance or can afford to keep it and will have access to
    the same quality of care you have now. The ACA is no such thing and is a catastrophe because it amplifies
    the same basic conflict of interest embedded in the current system. US healthcare risk arbitrage and delivery
    is compensated based on procedures, not outcome. For a healthcare system to be efficient and workable it must
    be accountable to it's customers and not the insurance company or hospitals shareholders. In a public system
    the customers are the shareholders. The ACA has given the for profits a monopoly and the IRS as a collection agent.
    This can be nothing but a recipe for disaster..

    December 23, 2013 06:33 am at 6:33 am |
  15. Irate Consumer

    Our household is fine with Obama Care A.K.A. The ACA. We simply transfered the additional 650 dollars per month its going to cost us from our monthly food and clothing budget. Am taking the kids to the Salvation Army for shoes today along with a possible stop at the food-bank... Thanks Barrack !

    December 23, 2013 06:36 am at 6:36 am |
  16. Bulldog

    Where is Nancy now supporting the plan she didn't read before passing?

    December 23, 2013 06:37 am at 6:37 am |
  17. giggy

    Any Poll by the Koch Brothers and the Republican party to hammer down the throats of people their loss. The rich who took this poll would not even be using Obama care. I know for a fact when someone orders a poit to to prove their point. I don't see the poll how many love Obama care. The reason is thy want a desired poll of results. If you don't ask the right question then you cant get the right answer. So who did they poll. The article should have said of people who are rich who don't give a dam about the poor or lower middle class hate Obama care. As these people might get a foot hole on poverty. We don't want that . Healthy people can think, they can make to work and pay bills. They can stay out of debt.

    December 23, 2013 06:38 am at 6:38 am |
  18. Allan

    Obamacare or Democare as I call it is what women wanted or they wouldn't have voted Obama into office, so live with it and smile

    December 23, 2013 06:39 am at 6:39 am |
  19. Jon

    Wow. This is 15 hours old and not one post? Maybe because people are starting to wake up about this law and are finding that they actually don't like what is in it? Maybe they should have read it before they passed it, huh? Hmmm...can you say "We told you?"

    December 23, 2013 06:40 am at 6:40 am |
  20. liberal disease

    it was 65% against when they were trying to ram it down our throats 3 years ago but that didn't stop them!
    They know whats best for us even though they know zilch about healthcare and everything else for that matter

    December 23, 2013 06:41 am at 6:41 am |
  21. Minnie Mouse

    This is a law that everyone should be supporting because no ones knows the future of their own health, family or friends. If you were to be diagnosed with something that has no cure, you will be thanking the lord this law has been passed. The costs are greater without insurance, let alone you would not get the care needed.

    It's only right for everyone to provide for themselves. More people will come around in the future and be more favorable about the law. Many don't like changes and especially ones they have to pay for but this law is 100% necessary, and has been for years.

    December 23, 2013 06:44 am at 6:44 am |
  22. Cindy

    The bottom line is that we Americans don't like government telling us what we must or must not buy, nor do we feel it is right for anyone to impose one's opinion on another. My husband and I do not want to pay for birth control or abortion-inducing drugs. My kids do not want to buy anything but catastrophic insurance. Obama-leave us alone to choose on our own.

    December 23, 2013 06:44 am at 6:44 am |
  23. sammy750

    Rep. Chairman D. Issa is traveling the nation, wasting tens of millions in Tax Payers money, urging people NOT to sign up for the insurance. He takes statements only from those that agree with him. He is wasting tax payers money. Issa is like the old Dan Burton, he was charging everyone with all kinds of freakly issues. Burton, even had a love kid, while he was charging Clinton. Never trust a Republican. They are bad for your health.

    December 23, 2013 06:46 am at 6:46 am |
  24. Edston

    Only CNN would need a poll to prove that.

    December 23, 2013 06:46 am at 6:46 am |
  25. Chris

    And just think how many would not want it if everyone knew what was in it! That would be 100%.

    December 23, 2013 06:50 am at 6:50 am |
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