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. william

    Think it's bad now?Wait next year for the insurance sticker shock, giving people heart attacks and strokes!

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

    Only the Left can convince themselves that it's the Right-Wing causing their dismal failure in Obama(don't)Care. Anyone with an IQ >10 could figure out that this system will cost EVERYONE more. Mix government into anything and the price goes up while the quality goes down. My premium increased by $500.00, my co-pay went up by 100%, the max out of pocket increased by 50%, the "approved providers" list shrunk by many many Dr.s we use, ALL because of this "wonderful" plan... So I pay thousands more per year along with countless other Americans and all for what??? All your left-wing ideas have already been tried in communist countries so why don't you all go live there? I'd gladly give the thousands I'm wasting on this "healthcare-plan" away to get you ALL one way tickets to North Korea, Cuba, or China.

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

    Will this finally be the first time in decafes when congressional members will have to defend their voting record in the next election? If Obamacare is a success then the Democrats that voted for it will get to take the credit fir it, it it fails they will have to take the blame.

    December 23, 2013 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  4. James Boyer

    Obamacare costs less than what my employer paid benefits costs. If you are on obama are in ny, you're getting a deal.

    December 23, 2013 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  5. Ariel

    Obama-care is just the scapegoat, for the fact for the last 5-9 years my employer sponsored health care plans have been getting more expensive and covering less. then high deductible plans start showing up in the last 3 and companies are steering their employee there more and more now day with the no cost to employee tactics. so during open enrollment a honest HR person will tell you it's not Obama-cares fault. Insurance companies make a larger profit on the high deductibles plans, so the top level managers see top $,$$$,$$$.00 bonuses.

    December 23, 2013 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  6. gmonsen

    I am very interested in seeing that there has been such a shift in women. Women and mother particularly, are the ones who pay the bills. Their shift is them seeing what their new costs will be. That simple.

    December 23, 2013 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  7. gawhite

    According to the poll 60% of women oppose Obamacare, does that mean that women are conducting a war on women?

    December 23, 2013 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  8. mcwsunshine

    Jo, that's exactly the problem. It's CAN"T and WON"T work in its current form. Now that people are finding out the negative impact of this irresponsibly written, naively implemented, garbage piece of legislation, is having on real people. It was rushed through to provide the President with a photo op and to give the democrats something to point to as an accomplishment. Now, the Pres has pushed back the employer mandate to AFTER the 2014 elections. He is banking on the Dems keeping the Senate and then this train wreck will reek havoc on Americans, 80 million of which will lose their healthcare provided up till now by their employers.

    December 23, 2013 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  9. Mr. Hand

    Every piece of legislation has it's give and take. Obama has removed or delayed all of the give in this legislation and it's nothing but take now. I can no longer get behind it.

    December 23, 2013 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  10. jpmichigan

    Only people who what it are those who applied and got medicaid. they didn't qualify for it before but now do. The rest of the American taxpayer still pay for them as they always have, but now they are the ones who are hurt by the ACA the most and have to pay outrageously more.

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

    My employer provided healthcare increased $200 per month this year and that's for a individual, not family, policy. Now I can barely afford to pay for my own insurance because I have to pay for other people too.

    December 23, 2013 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  12. Joshuab

    This program is horrible and does not work. I didn't vote for Mitt Romney. I voted for Obama but I've noticed that every thing Mitt said this program would do and everything he said Obamas policies would do has happened...even though Obama during campaign said Mitt was wrong. I am disgusted

    December 23, 2013 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  13. clem

    I got ins for me and my daughters after 5 years of deny, deny, deny. Obama is the BEST. Thanks for nothing for 8 years with bush...ewww.

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

    For the past week, the verification part of the online process has been failing. Many (including us) have redone the application dozens of times, get eligibility info, but then receive an error when trying to view or select a plan. After that the marketplace reps can't help and say to delete the old application and start anew.

    December 23, 2013 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  15. empathy4us

    So, as usual these poll's headlines miss the point. 50% support the ACA or want it to go farther while 43% oppose the law. And, of course, one's medical costs will go up. They've gone up before ACA and they will go up after ACA. The important point is how much they go up. ACA has bent the cost curve so that medical cost increases are at their lowest level in 50 years. It will be important that the nation sees their increase in costs in the context of what they were seeing prior to ACA (and it was more)!

    December 23, 2013 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  16. Robert N. constant

    There is a serious problem with this story. The polling firm is controlled by Lake Capital, which ic controlled by Terence Graunke, a major Tea Party contributor who opposed Mitt Romney because of Romney's stand on Health care, This google copy/paste explains it:

    But Mr. Romney suffered a big loss with the defection of one of his key fundraisers from 2008: Lake Capital principal Terry Graunke, who is “on the sidelines for now, still assessing the field,” as he puts it in an email. Mr. Graunke declines to say more. But it's clear that he's not the only one having doubts about Mr. Romney's staying power, given concerns about his health care stance and other matters.
    The bottom line is that one has to question the integrity of this poll as well as the integrity and agenda of CNN. For some time CNN has been FOX LIGHT. It would appear they have crossed into FOX SUB ROSA

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

    When people vote for the "feel good" candidate rather than one who has some integrity........

    December 23, 2013 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  18. RE: ShingoEx

    @ ShingoEx "Then let's let America vote on whether or not to get rid of it. This is supposed to be a Democracy, right?":
    ___________________________________________________________________________________________
    It's not a Democracy, the United States is a Republic our founding fathers didn't think it would be fair for 51% of the population to decide 100% of the Nations fate, so we have a Republic.

    That's why it's important to reach out to your representatives and tell them how you feel. Look at how they vote and let them know whether or not they are doing a good job.

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

    We are self-employed and choose to not have maternity insurance. We have money set aside and are ready to pay cash if we decide to grow our family. We're choosing to pay $10K one time vs. $300-400 every month for the next 25 years or so.

    My insurance is going to go up.

    December 23, 2013 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  20. Sol

    ACA will no doubt increase costs for many people for their medical care..
    They had no insurance and now they may have to pay a little.

    December 23, 2013 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  21. Victor

    What a joke. To make the deadline for sign up and payment at Christmas time. I said all along, this president cares nothing for Americans. I never voted for him.

    December 23, 2013 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  22. Sean

    If millions will be getting their healthcare for FREE, and millions will be paying LESS for their healthcare, and our government/country is ALREADY $17Trillion+ in debt...

    WHO IS PAYING FOR ALL THIS?

    We are.

    In higher taxes, fees, freedoms, rights, and debt to foreign countries.

    They're selling out our country and freedoms for political and monetary gain.

    Like a town selling all it's property, they will get cash for it yes, but it's a one time deal... and the people in the town will later realize that they no longer control their town in any meaningful way.

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

    it's the media, it's the GOP, it's the tea party, it's stupid americans, it's duck dynasty...it's anything but the law itself.

    December 23, 2013 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  24. jmr

    so many ignorant people, who judge before they even look into the healthcare plan, quit hatin on something u know hardly nothing about!

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

    No doubt the insurance industry will find a way or excuse to raise the cost of their products...it's all about the money! Universal health care is the future of every democratic country. Too bad Obama has gotten this initial offering so wrong...

    December 23, 2013 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
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