December 23rd, 2013
06:00 AM ET
4 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. tarura

    "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 said. – and that without specifying the number for men. And this does not include yet those insured thru their corporations, which is to come next year. So, if the women, being pro-Obama oppose this so strongly, what is that number for men, huh?

    2014 will be an interesting year, the year to finally get rid of this madness.

    December 23, 2013 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  2. Michele

    Don't be stupid people. This is the closest we've gotten to what we SHOULD have, which is national healthcare for all (like the rest of the civilized world). If this is repealed, the insurance industry will know just how much control they have over those to whom they shovel mountains of campaign dollars and your rates will SKYROCKET, because they will know that the cowards in DC do no have the moxie to vote against campaign donors. The CEO of my ins co is paid over 20 mil per year, plus all the payments to stockholders.............so how much do you think they actually care about your healthcare? Zero, zip, nada. They care only about lining their own pockets and those of the lackeys they employ to get the laws they favor passed. Wake up silly people. Demand universal care for all.

    December 23, 2013 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  3. Wade

    Obamacare is great of you live off of welfare. You pay little or nothing for subsidized insurance funded by taxpayers. For regular Americans that work for a living this is a nightmare. We are losing plans we liked and could afford for forced plans that are too expensive.

    December 23, 2013 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  4. JP

    I don't see anyone proposing any better system. The survey size on this particular survey was way too small. I t is statisstically not valid.

    December 23, 2013 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  5. julnor

    Well, that's what happens when you find out what's in the bill.

    December 23, 2013 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  6. CrazyDog

    Some folks talk here about media bias against obamacare...Since when it turns out? It used to be a pet project for most of the media. And maybe it's a good time to analyze this phenomenon.

    December 23, 2013 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  7. TmX

    Why do democrats hate young people?

    We had to pass the law to see what was in it. Now that we've seen it, end it.

    December 23, 2013 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  8. naugatuckian

    I couldn't get health insurance until the Affordable Care Act was passed, and give thanks everyday that "Obamacare" is law.

    December 23, 2013 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  9. Deac

    The only one's that support this law are the one's with their heads in the sand. Believe it or not most of the media has been sheltering this president, and eventually they have no choice but to report the truth

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

    To the guy named "HouseDoc" who claims he is a Canadian and loves his socialist health care, you must be living in fantasy land. Oh, and Obamacare and the "affordable care act" are the same thing retard.

    December 23, 2013 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  11. sumguy2006

    I've read this 5 times and it still doesn't makes sense with the other stats in this story: "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."

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

    So sad that the presidents ego is so large he refuses to admit he's a clown.

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

    I would have like to have known what percentage of those polled are currently enrolled in a health plan through work as opposed to those using the website to sign up. Also why don't they like it. Has it really cost you more, or is the opinion of those polled based on media reporting.

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

    Obamacare, So good they have lie about it.

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

    Do far the liberal response seems to be:
    1. People too dumb to know what good for them
    2. Its the GOP's fault,
    3. Shut up.

    Seems to be their response to everything.

    December 23, 2013 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  16. Veritas

    Fascinating watching Liberals now argue that democracy is a bad idea and the overwhelming will of the people doesn't matter...and implying that over 60% of American's are stupid for not wanting their insurance rates to go up, for less coverage.

    Now THAT's a winning Democratic strategy...for Republicans...

    December 23, 2013 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  17. jamie

    Th USA administration takes our hard earned tax dollars taken out of our hard earned monthly wages and gives billions to other countries in backpacks and suitcases. They (The Administration) gets the best medical and dental without co-payments on our dime. And what do we, the American public get in return? OBAMACARE

    December 23, 2013 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  18. Bill

    Wait until the employer plans get canceled next year because they don't meet obamacare standards.

    December 23, 2013 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  19. JCFinley1

    I just love the ease at which the Affordable Care Act has been vilified. Get all you information straight and look at the alternative that corporate insurance has been giving us. It has cost me over $30k in deductibles for two events (an accident that I spent one day in the hospital and a two day stay where a stint was inserted because of heart blockage ). Since then I got new insurance because the corporation I worked for went bankrupt (they also sold insurance) and I then was saddled with a pre-existing condition. Joy Joy ... Our health care in this country is abominable. Until you can come up with something better, this is at least a step in the right direction.

    December 23, 2013 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  20. drjehr

    The crowing of CNN about how they have been able to change the public's view of this law is disgusting. This just shows how effective the republican disinformation campaign has been, and how complicit CNN has been. (We already knew about FOX.) Obama's only hope here is that the reality of what the law does will be able to shine through all the propaganda before the November elections. I for one am thrilled that pre-existing condition exclusions are a thing of the past and people can now change jobs without the fear of being uninsurable.

    December 23, 2013 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  21. don

    This isn't going to save lives. Actually it will kill more people since there will be much longer waits to see a doctor.

    December 23, 2013 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  22. obamadontcare

    The only thing obamacares for was his re-election. We have been duped!

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

    So just give it a chance, eh? Just give my $1200 per year increase a chance, eh? That's just the first year.
    This plan was a clusterfark from inception. *SMH*

    December 23, 2013 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  24. marty in MA

    When surveyed, people prefer the Affordable Heathcare Act to Obamacare.
    Conservatives need to be reminded that the plan was Republican-originated. what a joke politics has made of this country.

    December 23, 2013 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  25. Alsvets

    I am amazed that CNN posted the results of this poll. Personally our insurance hasn't increased a lot but it did increase. I am not a proponent of the affordable care act only because I don't feel the govt should be forcing the citizens into having coverage. This is one step towards socialism that we don't need. IMO this is not about coverage for everyone as there will be many that still aren't covered. This is set up to be a revenue generating machine and after the initial 10 years the coffers will start growing as more and more boomers pass on. Only at that point will there be a turning point in this law.

    If you think it's alright to pass legislation without knowing the full scope of it, you aren't very bright and probably only vote for party based upon what party your family and friends associate with. They should pass legislation that the voting public know the nuts and bolts of proposed legislation, know what the positions are of candidates aside from what media spews before they are allowed to vote on something or someone.
    I remember just filling in the blank for judge etc when I was younger, not being informed but stupid enough to even punch the ticket for someone I didn't ever hear of before. I think a ton of voters are doing just what I did in the past.

    December 23, 2013 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
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