December 23rd, 2013
06:00 AM ET
8 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. Lizzie

    STILL waiting on my PROMISED $2500 reduction in premiums. I heard obama promise that with my own two ears. Since I lost my job that $2500 sure would come in handy.

    December 23, 2013 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  2. Obamaroid Ointment

    Told them so.

    December 23, 2013 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  3. kev

    Proof will be in the (christmas) pudding – Check back in January AFTER folks start actually USING their plans – talk about STICKER SHOCK – my guess is that less than 5% of 'new' plans will be less than previous plans in actual use.

    December 23, 2013 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  4. My Too Senseworth

    We did not agree to this, we did not vote on this. This is on those that forced it on the American people. I do not know anyone that likes it or supports it. Since we did not vote on the issue, this is not supported by us, and should not be dictated to the American people.

    December 23, 2013 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  5. lolwut

    In a related story, a new CNN/ORC poll shows 43% of Americans are complete idiots. In another related story, CNN is slowly trying to become Foxnews.

    December 23, 2013 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  6. W

    Republicans have killed every effort to reform health care in the last 40 years.

    They've lied and pulled every dirty trick in the book to defeat the Affordable Care Act as well.

    That's why it's struggling now.

    December 23, 2013 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  7. Anonymous

    For those of you saying that this is going to make people who never paid insurance, pay their insurance bills – what planet are you on? Those that go to the emergency room for a fever and toothache, and stiff the hospital will continue to do the same thing. There is no way people who don't feel they have to pay are ever going to pay. If they keep this law, you're going to see millions of middle class Americans join them.

    December 23, 2013 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  8. Sokr8ez

    No one I know has signed up. Nor will we. Why should we? This is a nail in the coffin of this society. In a nation where illegal aliens get free and the citizens are forced to identify themselves and be punished. Just go into a hospital and not give any information at all. They will cover you totally and on the American citizen;s dime.

    December 23, 2013 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  9. Dan

    BTW, does anyone really think that Obama would have gotten this passed if he had told the truth about loosing your insurance?

    December 23, 2013 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  10. Jimmy Canuck

    Sure it's not perfect but at least someone down there is trying to do something about your health care mess. The real solution is to rid the system of all the layers of profit making bureaucracy and go to a single payer system. Much more efficient. Good luck and Merry Christmas.

    December 23, 2013 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  11. Robert N. constant

    The owner of the company that did the polling is Terence Graunke, a major Tea Party funder who opposed Romney because of his stand on health care. Shame on you CNN!
    cnn is no longer to be trusted.

    December 23, 2013 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  12. Dan

    BTW X 2, does anyone really think Obama would have gotten reelected if he had told the truth about keeping your healthcare?

    December 23, 2013 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  13. CNNisPropaganda

    Once again, CNN resorts to sound-off.

    December 23, 2013 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  14. Xman

    Every Obamacare naysayer I've talked to, can't describe or talk to in the least, a single point about the Healthcare law. People with such an ignorant and uninformed state of mind need to be told to educate themselves. You'd think adults would be adults by now and learn to read, even if its just the highlights.

    December 23, 2013 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  15. byron allen

    OBAMACARE was destined to fail because its basic premise was a LIE. Obama had to LIE just to get it passed and he continued the LIE in order to be re-elected. Just like he lied about Benghazi…remember all of that "it was a movie' propaganda Obama put out and it turns out it was all a lie? Then he said the IRS problem was 2 rogue agents in Ohio, when he knew all the time it was a top down policy to harass political enemies. This president needs to be impeached for fraud and lying, he has become the national embarrassment!!.

    December 23, 2013 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  16. allen

    At least americans finally agree on something.

    December 23, 2013 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  17. JiminNM

    It is a tax for the Federal Reserve to fund the debt-based Federal Reserve Notes just like the Social Security tax that was deceitfully advertised as an insurance. If America were to print its own debt-free interest -free currency, like Lincoln and Kennedy attempted to do, we would not have a national debt nor lose all the real wealth to the bankers. Write your Congress person and Senators and demand America print its own currency to replace the Federal Reserve Notes like the Constitution authorizes and get rid of the Federal Reserve and globalist bankers enslavement of America and its people.

    December 23, 2013 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  18. Tighthead Prop

    In other news..... A CNN/ORC International Poll finds that a majority of Americans believe that water is wet and the sky is blue

    December 23, 2013 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  19. John Cram

    I like all the folks who say "ya it sucks" and "I bet is going to cost more!"... what "sucks"? its not like it is the HEALTH CARE it is simple the place where you can PURCHASE health care from. And before you
    "bet" why don't you just check? And on that note how much more comedy can you get by saying it "liberal"? Yes a totally "liberal" website that provides you choices about healthcare you can purchase. I mean if all the FauxNews watchers wanted to take to the streets ;) why not start with are COMMUNIST road system? Don't they understand that are entire highway system and surface streets is pure socialism?

    December 23, 2013 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  20. talravan

    Ever since ACA took effect, my health insurance costs have gone up and the insurance pays less for hospital visits. Should change the name to Not-So-ACA.

    December 23, 2013 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  21. Bama

    I enrolled and now have a great BCBS plan for $100.00 a month. Before the ACA I couldn't get insurance. I hadn't seen a doctor in years & I lived in fear that I'd be hurt or become seriously ill. I'd suggest to everyone that they at least see if they qualify for the tax credit. Even if you do qualify you don't have to apply it to your insurance if you don't want to. It would be included in your tax refund (if you usually receive a refund). Everyone I know that's complaining hasn't even bothered to see if they'd benefit.

    December 23, 2013 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  22. abnguy

    It will get much worse when employer sponsored plans start getting cancelled or increased by a significant amount.

    December 23, 2013 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  23. sean

    This is not Obama fault. This is all bcs of the Democratic sheep who have no brain

    December 23, 2013 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  24. Tom

    Maybe the president should produce a show called pajama boy dynasty discussing the #benifits if obamacare? Oh wait, everyone hates that nerdy pajama boy and obamacare.

    December 23, 2013 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  25. Clueless

    I am shocked.

    December 23, 2013 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
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