December 23rd, 2013
06:00 AM ET
10 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. Matt

    A friend who works at a small church in Tampa was dropped by her insurance, went into the Obamacare pool, and now has to pay $80 higher premiums and has much higher deductibles she has to pay out of pocket before coverage kicks in. She needs cataract surgery, and that will have to be paid out of pocket if she gets it done, but would have been covered under her old plan.

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

    it's all the media's fault? that's the best, latest defense that obama's supporters can come up with? the same media that has fallen all over themselves in fits of swooning apoplexy at his every word? looks like the defensive playbook is getting thin.

    December 23, 2013 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  3. Jon King

    And 90% of those surveyed have no idea what they are even opposed to.

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

    Anything is better than the current assembly line system where a major illness can land you homeless. This isn't about affordable health care – it's about denying President Obama's legacy...

    December 23, 2013 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  5. Jack Rivera

    The only people with any degree of happiness are people on Medicaid because I'm paying for all of their insurance.

    December 23, 2013 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  6. Ricky Vee

    HEY LIBS – GOOD JOB! LOLOLOLOLLL>>> and by the way nice president. This guy isn't qualified to run a corner deli but don't tell that to libs, they only care about 3 main things.. race, homosexuality and amnesty for illegals. I bet CNN wont allow this to be posted because its the truth..

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

    Support for Obama is at a record low also,he and his healthcare should be dropped,and never heard from again.

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

    Quite simple. Sticker shock. No one, apart from those that are receiving heavy subsidies, is saving $2500 per year. For everyone else prices have gone through the roof.

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

    As a 60 year old free lance writer, this is not much help to me. But I can't honestly say it costs me more. It is in line with what I paid under COBRA. I am disappointed, but not really upset. I had hoped this would help people like me, but unfortunately it really does not. I paid high premiums for a high deductible policy under COBRA and will do the same under the Affordable Health Care Act. I don't feel like I am doing well, but I guess the government thinks I am.

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

    gee maybe Nancy should have read the bill before they passed it...how stupid could you be? I know – with liberals the bar is pretty low – and now they are shocked it isn't working??? 2000 pages of legislation with "unintended consequences"?? who would have guessed...

    December 23, 2013 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  11. edog355

    Can't wait for this thing to totally and finally fall apart. I'm making popcorn now for the big finale once the employer mandate kicks in.....!

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

    @blf83
    No, the right-wing has been successful in repeating the lie that no one will like the IDEA OF Obamacare, when, in fact, and in practice, it works quite well.

    ________________________________________________________________________________________________

    Right because it has been working so well so far. Not all people are that stupid and they certainly realize when they are paying more for health insurance than they previously had.

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

    As a lisc health ins agent, since 1999, I am troubled and amazed by all the B S that is written and posted about the ACA act
    Fist of it is NOT a govt health plan, it is a gov plan to buy health ins thru insurance companys with standard coverage and without pre-existing condition limits. This also has a tax benefit to help pay for the premium, in fact my girl friend came off of a company plan which was costing her 350 a mo, her share the company was paying an additional 400 a month, that did not pay anything untill she had $3000 a yr out of pocket. Her new plan costs her 232 a month and she has a full co-pay schedule for Dr visits and drugs,
    Thru Blue Cross of Nebraska thanks to the ACA

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

    I'm saving $100 / month and my deductible went from $5K to $250.
    But the most important thing is that my preexistings are now covered.

    December 23, 2013 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  15. PAT

    just what is the republican plan,i haven't heard one

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

    Duh!

    My heathcare premiums have doubled. I'm wondering when the $2500 a year savings are supposed to kick it. What's that? They won't/don't? That was a lie too? Why are the Democrat commies such liars on this topic?

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

    For the 43% who think Obamacare is too liberal, they should definitely opt out of Medicare since that is much closer to out and out "socialized" medicine, which works fine in all other civilized industrialized nations. In fact, anyone who has voted right wing should be thrown out of Medicare-just to be fair.

    December 23, 2013 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  18. John q

    In future news. STICKER SHOCK ON ACA!!!

    December 23, 2013 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  19. huh?

    Our healthcare is to be funded by the young and subsidized... The babyboomers are getting older and there are fewer young to carry the rising costs. The subsidies are a political hotcake; the politians giveth and taketh away. Besides the subsidies are partially from additional taxes that are being applied. Basically, I'm partially paying for my own subsidy, if I qualify for one.

    December 23, 2013 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  20. Sumsanity

    Ill conceived and poorly executed Obama is illegally trying to save this train wreck rather than admit it was a huge blunder. The good things in this law could be achieved without a government take over, but that was never the goal. The was and is more power and more taxes to an ever encroaching federal government.
    Repeal this boondoggle and throw out it's supporters.

    December 23, 2013 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  21. Gene

    I challenge CNN to post the wording of this poll on their web site. I know enough from drafting surveys in college that the results always depends on how the questions were asked. It's very possible to predict poll results before it is even taken, just by asking leading questions. I suspect that this is the game the pollsters are playing with this one.

    December 23, 2013 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  22. Jim

    This Congress should be tried for treason; they have totally screwed the American People while maintaining their preferred status and benefits. I'm so sick of the polarization; all of this due to the fact that one party can't tolerate the loss of the Presidency and, for that matter, a libera Black President. The guy is going to server out his last term folks; let's quit the political "all about me and let me trash you personally or your proposals no matter what they do for the American People" BS mentality. No wonder why any decent American will not run for office; who wants to be personally trashed in the media by scum bags manufacturing their versions of your life? Mark my words, this is the threat to America, poor choices for elected office because only scum bags seeking power will seek office; good, intelligent/ethical, Americans will not expose themselves to the personal political trashing so often associated with today's campaigns. Thank you Karl Rove! God bless America!

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

    And it took you "How" long to figure this out CNN ?

    December 23, 2013 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  24. A Citizen

    Okay, so a lot of people don't like the ACA. I don't like the Patriot Act, or Federal Income Tax, but they aren't going to be repealed anytime soon either. So what. It's not liked, but how many want to give up the positive things it has provided? Lack of popularity of the ACA doesn't trump the need to fix the healthcare system of this country. There's always room for improvement – it's called legislating, compromising, amending – and that can happen if folks really want it to. Running a country on the basis of Facebook "likes" and "Tweets" is sort of stupid don't you think?

    December 23, 2013 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  25. Grumpster

    @Beatlegal09 – Mitt was not right....this was modeled after his design that also had troubles in its beginnings. Keep your spin to yourself.

    December 23, 2013 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
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