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. Dan

    I have asked this dozens of times and have yet to get an answer. Mostly just insults and attacks from the left

    Why, if Obamacare was and is such a good idea, did President Obama knowingly and willingly lie about it for 4 years?

    December 23, 2013 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  2. Share the Scroo ge Thoughts CNN

    CNN lets try and stir the pot up to get the republicans spewing their ha te of those that need insurance.
    Did you hire a Faux news correspondent? Slow news day?

    I have no problem offering chooses of insurance to those in need. I have decent work insurance but I am a fortunate one...

    Continue with the class segre gation of the have and have not thoughts..... America is changing and greedy....

    December 23, 2013 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  3. worseforme

    I can say personally my healthcare expenses are increasing next year. My company offered a very nice healthcare plan and because it was "too nice", they were going to be taxed/fined by the government for offering a "cadillac" plan. Why should the government tell a company what type of benefits to offer their employees? It was part of a package that attracts employees to work for that (non-unionized) company.

    I'm expecting a child and it will cost me almost triple in medical expenses what I paid just two years ago to have my other child. Personally not a fan of the Affordable Health Care Act...

    December 23, 2013 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  4. TSB8C

    To 'HOUSEDOC" (the Canadian) – Government provided healthcare is NOT a right and that type of misbelief is the problem. In the US, you have a right to obtain whatever you want (that is legal) if you can make it yourself or afford to pay for it yourself. You do not have any right to force another person to pay their hard earned money to provide you with something. If you want health care treatment, medicines, condoms, etc, you can have all you can either provide for yourself or pay someone to provide to you. Any program that forcibly takes from me to provide for you is not your right. The entire premise of Obamacare is theft. Steal from some through government power to give to others in return for votes. The only reason the SCOTUS upheld it is because the individual mandate is based on a tax. In other words, I can still choose not to participate in Obamacare if I want to pay the tax penalty, and the SCOTUS declared that Congress does have the power to tax under the Constitution. So technically it's still an option for me. That ruling was splitting hairs in my opinion, but that was the ruling.

    December 23, 2013 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  5. rla

    Should have elected MITT Why in the name of G– did we let the self servinge lect this progressive bunch again!!! Republicans you need to get out and vote not sit around and put one another down and whine.... Define what conservatism can do for this country and then do IT!

    December 23, 2013 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  6. mkuske

    "That means half the public either favors Obamacare, or opposes it because it's not liberal enough, down four points from last month." – Paul Steinhauser, CNN

    Again CNN, this time through Paul Steinhauser, trots out the idiotic ideology that people would like the law if only it was more liberal, completely ignoring the fact that those who are now comfortable with the law as it stands would not be comfortable with it were it to be made more liberal. Move the law to the left to appease that 15% and you would push another 25% off on the right. It's insulting the disregard Paul - and the rest of CNN - has for our intelligence.

    December 23, 2013 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  7. styxhexenhammer666

    Obama has alienated every key voting group that got him elected.

    December 23, 2013 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  8. itwasntme904

    Once again the conservatives were silenced by the media, the media did NOT do its job and investigate this, and we the people were screwed by the liberals who think they know best for the rest of us! Guess again!

    December 23, 2013 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  9. iReason

    It's wonderful. I now have paid birth control, but my deductible has now quadrupled, my copay has increased by 10% and more. Bottom line, I have worse coverage than I have ever had for just about the same price, and that will certainly continue to rise each quarter/year as it always has.

    With energy costs through the roof, food prices through the roof – none of which are measured by the governments "inflation index" the only thing I getting that is bigger than it ever has been is the SHAFT.

    Welcome to the America.

    December 23, 2013 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  10. Tilley

    This what you get when you sneak a bill through in the middle of the night by changing the rules and before reading it.

    Who in their right mind thought this could possibly save money? No one, that's who.

    Vote the liberals out or the downward spiral continues.

    December 23, 2013 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  11. DinB

    All you folks outside of Mass just wait until you see this fully implemented. We have the highest costs in the country, some of the longest wait times to see primary care, and we are still spending 10s of million$ on illegal immigrants clogging the ERs – along with the insured who don't/can't wait to see a doctor so they go straight to the ER.
    Do the simple math – your premium might stay the same or go down (for a minority) but the co-pays and minimums skyrocket. So if you use your insurance other than basic checkups, you're screwed...... This is not speculation, we've been living it in MA for years. Just wait.

    December 23, 2013 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  12. scottoest

    Why bother finding out if it actually does, when a poll of people who have no clue makes for a way more explosive headline?

    God CNN is the worst.

    December 23, 2013 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  13. pogojo

    Free Ice-cream for all!!
    I do not know who will make it
    I do not know who will pay for it
    But if elected there will be free Ice cream for all
    This is how democrats win elections

    December 23, 2013 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  14. seamusmeboy

    Add this to the mix. I work at a place that has excellent health coverage, beyond what the ACA required. We (our company) will be hit with between 700,000 and 1,000,000 in extra taxes next year. Guess what, we either lay off, or cede to a lesser health plan. This piece of crap law needs to be repealed.

    December 23, 2013 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  15. Truck

    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.
    Yea,it works quite well,being it was sold on lies,more people on Medicade,more people losing their policies & millions more to come.Doctors & hospitals don't want to participate,the prices are high etc.,etc. & the American people don't want a socialized government running their lives. Only moonbats believe this will work....LOL

    December 23, 2013 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  16. vuduchld

    This law is not even six months old and people are ready to give up on it. All I have to say is this, tell me one maggot in Congress who has given up their health insurance and benefits, yet they salivate, wanting Obamacare to fail. Are these same people willing to pay your medical bills if you become sick or ill, NOPE!! Frankly, I'm sick and tired of all the whiners out there, if you don't want the Obamacare then go and ask Fox News to pay for your medical bills, see how far that gets you!!

    December 23, 2013 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  17. stopdrinkingthekoolaid

    heh.. the 15% that think the law doesn't go far enough.. thats really 15% that think they are entitled and deserve a handout from the gov and are mad since they didn't get it.

    December 23, 2013 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  18. Leon

    Does anyone think that passing something before they actually read it is a) a good idea OR b) should even be allowed?

    THEY DIDN'T EVEN KNOW WHAT WAS IN THE BILL!

    That should be illegal. Our legislators should take an oath to read and understand every page or every bill on which they vote. THAT should be codified and there should be extreme penalties for those who break the rule.

    December 23, 2013 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  19. grs

    Thumbs down or not, you better have or have signed up for insurance by today!

    December 23, 2013 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  20. stephen

    this is what happens when true democracy fails. in a socialistic society, the government will dictate how you live. is it a surprise to people that they are forced to sign up overtly or by subtle, indirect measure? This is what you get when you do not examine the candidate. This is what happens when you vote for the color of their skin instead of the content of their character. this is what happens when you vote for someone who was ingrained in communistic ideology. Guess what? The rich are too smart to pay taxes and too rich to be affected by the law. The rich will always find a way to get richer...thus they're rich. Its the poor and the middle class getting knocked down. Good luck to those who buy into the 'change we can believe in' that will get us 'moving forward' what a travesty.

    December 23, 2013 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  21. Follow The Money

    Where did the $650 million for the awful website really go? Amazon, eBay, etc. spent a tiny fraction of that amount and can handle more traffic. Expect much of it to show up in Democrat campaign funds for negative propoganda to trash their opponents as the Democrats have nothing positive to run on.

    December 23, 2013 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  22. glenn

    After reading the article, that's a ridiculous headline. What's CNN trying to do, compete with FOX?

    December 23, 2013 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  23. Karl

    I'm an employer in Pennsylvania. We received our Aetna renewal figures under Obamacara. Individuals went from $344 to $948. Families went from $919 – $1359. Real figures people. Guess what options are?

    December 23, 2013 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  24. Don Dons

    CNN is siding with the truth now that they see the train wreck ahead. Smart CNN, you should have reported the truth though a long time ago.

    December 23, 2013 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  25. MotherRedDog

    Obama lied. People died. Period.

    December 23, 2013 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
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