December 23rd, 2013
06:00 AM ET
11 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. David tessler

    Extremely misleading and disingenuous headline CNN. The poll shows roughly 60% support the law or wish it was more liberal. Lack of integrity.

    December 23, 2013 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  2. Rudy NYC

    These economic times are tough. When these deadlines were initially set, the intent was to push them out far enough for the economy to recover to a more robust state. It hasn't. More people are feeling pinched in ever increasing, unforeseen ways. Folks on the right are turning cartwheels, which can only mean one thing. They're about to overreach and shoot themselves in the foot. They just can't seem to help themselves. Greed trumps common sense.

    December 23, 2013 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  3. Maine Liberal

    I would be curious to know out of those surveyed: how many actually have insurance thru the ACA.

    I have employer based plan. its was not impacted. rates this year went down. I recieved 300 dollars premium cut for having a free "wellness check" and being tobacco free. I was diagnosed with Diabetes this year and no rate increase for having 40,000 in medical benefits this year.

    My employer changed our health coverage based on zipcode I had to change carriers, altho some people in the same state and different zipcode had the same carrier (anthem or cigna), I only could cjhoose cigna. This was an employer choice not the ACA.

    December 23, 2013 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  4. Brian from DC

    Odd, I guess a lot of people don't realize that the Affordable Care Act goes into effect until January 1st. So how do they know whether or not they'll like it? Oh, that's right–Fox News told them so.

    December 23, 2013 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  5. well,by golly

    no i dont,will not sign up for it and i dont like obama or his cronies either..

    December 23, 2013 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  6. HenryC

    I received notice of my new health care plan. It will cost about three thousand dollars more to get the same coverage I had, increase my deductibles by up to thirty five hundred dollars and increase my co-pay by about 25%. Needless to say I hope the law is repealed.

    December 23, 2013 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  7. jorge washinsen

    We deserve what we vote for.

    December 23, 2013 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  8. Tampa Tim

    Jason – ever hear of competition? Health insurers are going to spend $500 million next year to compete for insurees.

    December 23, 2013 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  9. ryan

    So it's no longer racist to not want obamacare?

    December 23, 2013 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  10. duts

    without the support of young enrollees the plan cannot survive unless the GOV were to pump a ton of money into the program. Most of us were not affected other than our premiums thru our employer going up a tad. The problem is with the Hospitals, they cry poor yet rake in billions. Florida Hosp owned by Adventist health group is richer than rich. Building constantly all over town yet trying to get service in the emergency room like most hosp is like standing in a new york bread line. I mean charging 90 bucks for a saline bag which cost 35 cents should be against the law. I know because thats how much I buy them for. 1500 for blood work? for a machine that gives you the info automatically with a press of a few buttons. people are leaving the country to get work done, why, becasue it really does not cost that much to do. This country has surpassed greed, darn near to its end, which is coming sooner than later. burn rome burn.

    December 23, 2013 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  11. George

    Could it be that the American public has decided to think for itself instead of being told what to think and believe by the government and its lapdog media? Between this survey and the response in support of the Duck Dynasty guy, I'm starting to have hope for this country again.

    Merry Christmas everyone, especially all of you atheists out there. Faith is a beautiful thing.

    December 23, 2013 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  12. Yankee Doodle

    Since "WE" tend to be wrong most of the time I believe that costs will be controlled better than previous system.

    December 23, 2013 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  13. mike

    Can't fix STUPID! This law is a joke and cannot be fixed!

    December 23, 2013 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  14. John

    Truth that needs evidence is only half true.

    December 23, 2013 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  15. rightospeak

    With all the propaganda and censorship CNN has no credibility.

    December 23, 2013 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  16. Allen

    Trying to insure the uninsured is a noble cause, but how many of these people who have "signed up" did so as a result of their previous plan – the one they liked and were told they could keep – being cancelled? Obamacare was supposed to help all Americans, but it seems to be hurting more than helping. I regret voting for Obama.

    December 23, 2013 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  17. Tampa Tim

    If republicans had the power, they would turn the US into Somalia, and the wealthy warlords would run it.

    December 23, 2013 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  18. Raymond Caron

    Health Care is all or nothing.
    Americans need to decide if they want health care or not. If they want it, then they need to go all in and make the programs that are required to deliver the health care that they want.

    This a bit of this, and a bit of that stuff like the USA is currently doing is ridiculous. You're paying top dollar for shit health care.

    Take the ENTIRE health care system apart. YOUR OWN SYSTEM (Designed since the 40's) is what is keeping you from enjoying affordable and high quality health care.

    The American government has been paying more PER PERSON, for health care than the Canadian government pays, and you haven't been receiving ANYTHING! There are 30 million Canadians, and 250 million Americans. You should be getting more for your money... you're buying the services in bulk (bigger hospitals, more of everything).

    YOU SHOULD BE PAYING LESS FOR HEALTH CARE THAN CANADIANS. Right now your government spends 2x more per person, plus each American is responsible for buying Health Insurance. Your total cost is closer to 4-5x per person for a Health Care that is delivering NOTHING.

    SOMEONE IS STEALING THE MONEY YOUR COUNTRY IS SPENDING ON HEALTH CARE.
    FIX THAT! DON'T IGNORE THIEVES OR THE SYSTEM CORRUPTION.

    Fight it. Make a system that works.
    USE THE EUROPEAN EXAMPLE. History has always shown that stop-gap methods or band-aids don't work. If you want something to work, you need to build it from the ground up. You need to do this together to get a health care system that is saving you money as opposed to the one you've got, which is constantly finding new ways to charge you MORE.

    December 23, 2013 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  19. MaryM

    If parts of the ACA are not working, then FIX IT and stop whining like a bunch of babies. Americans want legislators that KNOW how to fix things, NOT a bunch of whiners

    December 23, 2013 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  20. Happysnack

    WHAT???? A "Forced-On_America", far left Liberal plan is not accepted by the majority of Americans? You have GOT to be kidding me. Well, that just goes to show you that they did not get their message out clear enough (i.e. Americans are too stupid to know that the all powerful, all knowing, dear leader is ominipotent and his logic cannot be argued with).

    December 23, 2013 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  21. quidestveritas

    is anyone in the journalistic community ever going to ask the administration what in the law allows the president and his designee to unilaterally alter the law whenever and however they see fit?

    December 23, 2013 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  22. Tommy G

    allan
    When you guys go to the hospital and dont pay your bill, the hospital just spreads your costs over the rest of us who do have insurance. So, the HELL with you all who dont like having to buy insurance. The rest of us are tired of paying YOUR bills.
    -–

    OK, so Obamacare was supposed to FIX this right? So all that cost should have been placed on all these "healthcare free riders" and taken off you and me, resulting in LOWER premiums, right? But the exact opposite has happened. Premiums have sky rocketed, NOT gone down. And all those "freeriders"? They say there will STILL be 30 million people without insurance. So what the heck was fixed by Obamacare? NOTHING.

    This whole "freerider" BS of the leftists and Democrats is just another massive lie.

    December 23, 2013 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  23. Bill Smells

    Mr. President, if you like your law, you can keep your law, we don't want it. Period.

    December 23, 2013 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  24. Roger

    At least 23 Republican states have refused Medicaid expansion, which would have offset the cost of Obamacare and make it affordable. Republicans, again, will stick it to the American citizen in an attempt to gain power. It is truly reprehensible.

    December 23, 2013 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  25. LYDIA from Austin, TX

    I am a 61 years old woman and a substitute teacher and I have lived most of my adult life in the US without any medical coverage of any kind because of the extremely high cost. I have just enrolled in President Obama's health care program and I have nothing but praises for him and for what he is doing for the millions of people in my situation! I am now enrolled in a medical insurance plan with Humana that is so ridiculously inexpensive that I am somewhat embarrassed about it! So, why all the negativity? This program was designed to allow everybody in this country to be able to go see a doctor without having to hesitate because and put their lives in jeopardy by ignoring symptoms that could be life-threatening. The people who already have insurance are fine. They do not need to worry. This entire program was designed to help all the more unfortunate members of this society.

    December 23, 2013 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
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