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. Mark

    The amount of money and time and job killing Obamacare has produced should reflect on the liberal press that covered up for it in the first place.

    Hello CNN

    December 23, 2013 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  2. EllenM

    Democrats are ok with the LIES as long as the message is what they want to hear. I, for one, do not like being taken for a fool. Get your partisan heads out of the sand and look what this administration is doing to this country, for God's sake. I know 3 people who like Obamacare as well. They have not signed up yet, either.

    December 23, 2013 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  3. timverba

    Where are the metrics for people that did not have healthcare coverage? It was already understood that some people would pay more while others would pay less in the short term. But the goal is to get everyone covered to reduce the overall healthcare costs. The law is designed to frontload the insurance premium payments to reduce the backend medical service payments. This article does not track the metrics of what the law was intended to address.

    December 23, 2013 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  4. Larry in Houston

    LOL – well all I can say is : we'll have to wait & see what happens in Oct / Nov 2014, to see how many people is "happy" – if the ACA continues the way it has been – for the last 6 wks – and no change – there will be some type of "change" when November rolls around

    December 23, 2013 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  5. Donna

    Obamacare, proof positive there is no such thing as a free lunch.
    Obamacare, a massive FRAUD, passed with lies, deceit and bribes.
    Obamacare, a majority of Americans never wanted it and still don't.
    Obamacare, the downfall of the far left Democrat Party.

    December 23, 2013 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  6. AM

    Their system sucks. First the websistes were down. Now the websites dont sync.
    My Dad had to apply 3 times and now has 3 application numbers. Such poor management on an issue that was athe keystone of Obama's campaign.
    POOR EXECUTION!!!!

    December 23, 2013 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  7. Gone

    The insurance companies still get premium money and still set the rates. No government control of rates. Just what has to be included.

    December 23, 2013 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  8. s~

    Just lie about your income and get some public money to pay for your Obamacare......wait....Oh...never mind.

    December 23, 2013 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  9. Robert

    I just signed up for Health insurance for me and my wife who both have pre-existing conditions. We are saving $1100. per month. The insurance Company is Blue Cross not the government. Are the people who want this to fail, those who have insurance?

    December 23, 2013 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  10. wheeljc

    Obama's OBAMACARE is replacing the old saying, "As bad as a t__d in a punch bowl!" Congratulations Obama!

    December 23, 2013 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  11. Jim

    The President is bragging because one million of the 40 million people without health care signed up. The President admitted that 4 to 5 million people lost their health insurance because of Obamacare and will not have any medical insurance January 1, and then there are people with chronic health problems that want insurance at a cheaper rate. Insurance companies have stated that if the young and healthy do not sign up before April of 2014 when they set rates for next year rates will climb an additional 10 to 15 percent above the normal increase so everyone will pay a lot more in the fall.

    December 23, 2013 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  12. David

    The sample size is very small. The comparison of gender is statistically irrelevant based on the sample size. The headline is shock jock style. The "liberal" slider scale positioning is classic Republican speak. Disappointed by the quality of this article.

    December 23, 2013 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  13. Sam

    A law passed with endless lies, bribes, single party rule, against the will of a majority of Americans should be replaced with a bipartisan compromise.

    December 23, 2013 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  14. BO

    The Liberals owe Ted Cruz a HUGE apology. Ted was right.

    December 23, 2013 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  15. Alan

    It's all the republicans fault. They lied about the cost. They lied you could keep your doctor. They lied you could keep your insurance.

    December 23, 2013 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  16. 1375

    In practice it in fact does NOT work well.

    December 23, 2013 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  17. TG

    This article doesn't really show anything other than the fact that if something gets bad mouthed long enough people will start to dislike it. Shocker. Only about 15% of the population is eligible and of that group only a small fraction has signed up already. So of the 1035 people surveyed how many have actually had any direct contact with the law? If you want to see for yourself how crazy the generally baseless hate for this law is just read some of the comments on this board until you find one that says how bad Obamacare is and then gives a reason why it's so bad. Next do a little research and see if the criticism is legit or complete BS.

    December 23, 2013 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  18. Pg128

    Professionals attend all day seminars on the Patient Protection Act to learn about it and understand it. Your poll is meaningless because EASILY 80% of the American public does not understand or know how state laws / exchanges interact with it.

    December 23, 2013 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  19. Mary

    Thumbs down for this biased CNN tripe obviously backed by corporate interests! A friend of ours who has a very complicated medical history and who was turned down by insurance companies prior to the passage of the Affordable Care Act just got coverage she can afford and she is very grateful for the help. Fie on those who would undermine the President's efforts to provide health insurance to the American public.

    December 23, 2013 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  20. numbers_guy101

    The people affected directly by ObamaCare are far less in number than those who are not affected. For example, people who could never get decent coverage, at any cost, if any at all, due to a pre-existing condition. So yes, one would expect all things being equal that covering the healthcare expenses of more sick people vs. more healthy people would cost more! That said, the mandate is there to assure healthy people, particularly young people who often opted to wait till later in thier lives to get insurance, even when offered with the employer picking up most of the tab (I had fellow employees like that), will now also answer in the positive-is this costing you more? Yes, because paying something no matter how reasonable, or smart to do, is more than paying nothing. And so, the point of this survey is? That social-psyche question – about what are dysfunctional and unproductive attitudes-is the more interesting question.

    December 23, 2013 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  21. edwardst35

    Due to Obama Care, my daughters medical plan went from 292.00 a month to 601.00 and so I rejected it. Who the heck does he think he is to tell us to find a different provider when we are satisfied with our present provider? He is far from being God.

    December 23, 2013 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  22. I OpT OUT

    Hell yeah! We replaced 5 million paying, working customers with 3.9 million medicaid fraud recipients. Somehow democrats see that as good. This does not make sense.

    December 23, 2013 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  23. Jesse

    I think the only good to come out of the ACA is that it's gotten everyone talking about healthcare. My hope is that maybe a more efficient system based on innovative new ideas unique to America's situation (not Denmark's, or Canada's, etc.) can be implemented that minimizes government involvement and that will allow this lousy law to be repealed.

    December 23, 2013 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  24. bxjohnson

    The Affordable Care Act is a payment plan, not a cost-containment or quality plan. It provides more $$ to pay for healthcare without addressing cost or real quality (e.g., patient satisfaction surveys do not measure quality of management of health issues: happy does not equal healthy). Many people will find it easier (not necessarily cheaper, but easy trumps cheap) to take the penalty than get a 'plan', thus shifting the payment burden toward the government, which pays far less than private plans. The dwindling risk pool will drive private premiums higher, while lower government payment for patient-provider encounters will probably result in a general decline in the availability and quality of care. A reasonable window into a government-run healthcare system is the Veterans Affairs system. Not saying it's bad, but what we'll probably see is a general reduction in high-end prompt, quality care with a general elevation of low-end care, resulting in a drift toward mediocrity without much change in overall 'cost'. It's what happens when voters want 'the best' for 'less' and elect officials who promise it. Perhaps we ought to be more focused on personal accountability: tax breaks for exercise, proper eating, etc., while taxing behaviors that cost (smoking, drinking, obesity, etc.).....BUT: it would be impossible to get elected on such a platform.

    December 23, 2013 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  25. critical thinking

    This is what you get when you elect someone who has ZERO business experience and ZERO executive experience to the most powerful position in the world. Experience matters. Stop electing people who can speak well and start electing people who can govern well.

    WAKE UP AMERICA BEFORE IT BECOMES TOO LATE !

    December 23, 2013 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
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